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The book was published by Hanover Square Press, June 2018.

A Shoemaker's Dilemma: Q&A with Spencer Wise

Tue, Aug 14, 2018

Set in contemporary South China, The Emperor of Shoes is about a young Jewish Bostonian preparing to take over his family’s shoe business. But he ends up falling in love with a factory worker who may or may not be using him as a pawn to start a pro-democratic revolution in the factory.

Photo Courtesy of Milla Lubis

Pursuing a Passion for Service and Justice

Thu, Aug 2, 2018

Milla Lubis, a psychology and social work double major from Allen, Texas, has been awarded the 2018 Randy Diehl Prize in Liberal Arts.

This mini documentary was funded by the Humanities Media Project.

Watch the Mini Documentary: "Fight Like a Girl"

Fri, Jul 27, 2018

Most of the narratives about the women’s liberation movement focus on the Northeast, the Midwest or the West Coast, not the South and certainly not Austin, Texas. This omission inspired Laurie Green, an associate professor of history at The University of Texas at Austin, to create a women’s activism memoir project.

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Four Reasons Everyone Should Study History

Mon, Jul 23, 2018

In the past, STEM and the arts and humanities have largely been taught as unconnected disciplines, but there is more overlap between fields than many realize.

Sixty-eight percent of students experience a decline in GPA during their first 12 weeks of high school.

How Students View Intelligence May Affect How They Internalize Academic Stress, Study Finds

Wed, Jul 18, 2018

As students transition into high school, many see their grades drop. And while some students are resilient in the midst of this challenge, others succumb to the pressure. How they think about themselves and their abilities could make the difference, according to adolescent psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Rochester.

David Buss in La Ciudad de las Ideas 2011

David Buss: The “Darwin” of Evolutionary Psychology

Tue, Jul 17, 2018

In laying the foundation for evolutionary biology in his classic 1859 book, “On the Origin of Species,” Charles Darwin also prophesied a rise of new scholars that would seek to understand the ancestry of the whole human: body and mind.

Picture taken at the site of the discovery of ancient tools in China. Photo by Prof. Zhaoyu Zhu.

When and Why Did Our Human Ancestors First Leave Africa?

Thu, Jul 12, 2018

John Kappelman explains how a new discovery in China may help bridge the gap between where humans began and where they are today.

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How women define their sexual histories affects how they are influenced by them, study

Mon, Jul 9, 2018

While it’s estimated that more than a third of women have had nonconsensual sexual experiences in their lifetime, the way they define those experiences may influence their sexual wellbeing, according to psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

Erika Bsumek

Historian Named Regents' Outstanding Teacher

Fri, Jul 6, 2018

Erika Bsumek, associate professor of history, has been named a recipient of the 2018 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, a system-wide award that recognizes innovative teaching and commitment to student success.

Texas State Representative Mary E. Gonzalez delivers the keynote address.

The Future is Female: Young Women Inspired to take on NEW Leadership™ Roles

Thu, Jul 5, 2018

With more running for political office than ever before, women have moved beyond breaking ceilings and on to breaking records.

The Texas Capitol

Family Separations, Guns and Elections: How Do Texas Voters Really Feel?

Thu, Jun 28, 2018

In the latest edition of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, Texas voters weigh in on some of the nation’s most contentious issues — border detention centers, school shootings, NAFTA — and offer insight into the upcoming November elections.

History professor Leonard Moore

Leonard Moore Named Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement

Mon, Jun 18, 2018

Professor of History Leonard N. Moore has been named vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. Moore, who served as interim vice president this year, was selected after a national search to fill the position.

Williams participates in the 2017 March for Science.

UT Austin Sociologist Aims to “Improve People’s Lives” as New ASA President

Thu, Jun 7, 2018

Sociologist Christine Williams was elected as the president of the American Sociological Association (ASA). She is the first from The University of Texas at Austin to be chosen for the position.

College of Liberal Arts Building

Teaching Awards, Fellowships Recognize Liberal Arts Faculty

Fri, May 25, 2018

The College of Liberal Arts has recognized 10 professors for excellence in teaching with the following awards and fellowships:

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The Healing Power of Storytelling

Fri, May 25, 2018

Stories occupy a variety of roles in our lives. They can be everything from a feel-good childhood memory to a potent force that reflects a culture and drives social change. They should also be a tool in healthcare, according to Dr. Annie Brewster, the head of the Health Story Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that uses the healing power of storytelling to promote health.

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How Language Reveals Relationships with the Natural World

Thu, May 24, 2018

Much like a Georgia peach can be defined as either a fruit or a sweet southern belle, the ancient Romans identities and culture, too, were tied to their interactions with landscapes, agriculture and food.

Dean's Distinguished Graduates Sana Saboowala and Sam Karnes

Forged in the Fires of My Liberal Arts Classes: Dean’s Distinguished Graduates Q&A’s

Fri, May 18, 2018

Every spring, the College of Liberal Arts recognizes 12 outstanding seniors as Dean’s Distinguished Graduates; students who have dedicated themselves to scholarship, leadership and service to the college and university community.