College of Liberal Arts

Family Weekend

family weekend

October 26 - 28 is Family Weekend 2018!

Please see below for the 2017 schedule. 2018 details will be posted soon.


Liberal Arts Breakfast & Open House

Saturday, 8:30 a.m.– Noon
College of Liberal Arts Building

Enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet with other families in the Liberal Arts Building (CLA). Throughout the morning you can visit information tables hosted by Dean’s Office advisors, Liberal Arts Study Abroad, Liberal Arts Career Services, Liberal Arts Council, and Liberal Arts Parents’ League. There will also be information sessions presented by various offices and programs throughout the morning.

Information Sessions

9:00 a.m. Welcome from Richard Flores, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
9:30 a.m. Liberal Arts Academic Advising Services
10:00 a.m. Liberal Arts Career Services
10:30 a.m. Liberal Arts Study Abroad

Mini-Classes with Faculty

College of Liberal Arts Building

Attend any of the short courses that will be taught by some of the most talented faculty in the College. Classes are 40 minutes long and cover a variety of topics and issues. 2017 classes include the following:

9:30 - 10:10 a.m.

Dr. Erika Bsumek

Associate Professor, Department of History
President’s Associates Teaching Award, Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship, Provost’s Teaching Fellow, Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award, and New Mexico Book Award.

Selling the Southwest: Lessons from the Early Twentieth Century Southwestern Tourist Industry

Businessman Fred Harvey had a vision to provide American tourists with culturally enriching experiences in the Southwestern United States. Navajo artisans wanted to be part of the American marketplace on their own terms. This class will explore what happened when Harvey worked with “Indian traders” to facilitate his goals and what it can tell us about Native American experiences and the history of the U.S. West.

Dr. Caroline Faria

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, Center for Women's and Gender Studies, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies
Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching

"Second hand, First class!": Innovation and Entrepreneurialism in Uganda's Apparel Industry

Where do your donated jeans end up, and what happens then? Most clothes donated in the US and Europe end up in Latin America and Africa. Yet much more than simple charity, the second-hand clothing industry is a dynamic, global, and highly profitable industry worth nearly $4 billion. It is also hotly contested in the countries that receive it. In this class, we explore the travels of second hand clothing in one of its key destinations, East Africa, centering the small-scale innovators transforming the industry, and the flashpoints of debate around its impending ban.

10:20 - 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Patrick McDonald

Associate Professor, Department of Government
Dads' Association Centennial Teaching Fellow #2, Fellow of Patterson-Banister Chair

Teaching Politics to the iGeneration in an Age of Trump

Mobile phones and social networking sites have fundamentally changed how students consume information and how instructors can present content in class. Simultaneously, a polarized political environment has activated intense student interest in contemporary politics while heightening the social challenges of public discussions in a group with differing viewpoints. This short class shares some of my reflections on these intersecting shocks to the university classroom from an atypical perspective.

Dr. Cristina Cabello De Martínez

Senior Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Texas 10 Award, Texas Exes Professor of the Year, UT Austin Hispanic Pre-Med Association Best Professor of the Year

The Effervescence of Literature: Real-Life

Words mesmerize with purpose. Is there a more efficient approach to interpreting a classic literary text? What makes fiction real? How can one gain a better understanding of the author’s objective with the literary work? Effervescence, vibrancy in literature is ultimately real-life. Its attraction must challenge the reader to ponder the difficult questions beyond those that the characters or the poetic voice discerns. Finally, and most importantly, what happens when we read a translation of a literary work? Are we more easily “lost in a translation”? These are some of the questions that we will discuss as we read excerpts from recent Nobel laureates in literature.

11:10 - 11:50 a.m.

Dr. Evan Carton

Professor, Department of English
Joan Negley Kelleher Centennial Professor in Rhetoric and Composition, Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching, President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award

Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”: The Poem That We Americans Love Most, Read Worst, and Are Best Read By

No classic American poem likely hangs on more refrigerators or has been the source of more tattoos — and certainly none more deeply permeates American advertising and other popular culture media — than Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.” But this widely read and loved poem is almost universally misread. Not only that: what we take to be its profound truth is stated in the poem to be a lie. This class will ask why we so deeply love and so badly read Frost’s poem, whether Frost intended readers to misread it, and what this misreading says about — in other words, how “The Road Not Taken" reads — us.

Additional Information

Liberal Arts Parents’ League

Join the College of Liberal Arts Parents’ League today by filling out this quick online membership form. Parents’ League memberships are free.


Once registration opens, parking cards will be available for purchase.

Disability Resources

Disability resources at The University of Texas at Austin may be found here.


Maps of campus can be found here.

For more College of Liberal Arts information, please email Agnes Savich.