Stephennie Mulder, associate professor of Islamic art and architecture at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named the $10,000 grand prize winner of the 2015 University Co-op Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards for her work "The Shrines of the ‘Alids in Medieval Syria: Sunnis, Shi’is, and the Architecture of Coexistence.”
To the ancient Celtics, Oct. 31 marked the end of harvest and the beginning of barren winter, or a time when life and fertility ended and arid death began.
The future just got a whole lot bigger for 12 high school students from Hart, Texas who were selected to attend a three-day STEM workshop at The University of Texas at Austin.
Semel, an award-winning Israeli author and playwright, was born to Holocaust survivors in Tel Aviv. Her work gives a voice to scars of the past and shapes Israeli identity through her Jewish heritage. She was invited by the Institute for Israel Studies at The University of Texas at Austin to speak to students, faculty and community members to discuss her works and offer a new perspective on Israel.
Members of academia and governmental and non-governmental organizations convened at The University of Texas at Austin campus to brainstorm ways to manage, conserve and promote continued learning to address the crisis of Caribbean coral reefs.
Each year, two liberal arts students are awarded the Larry Temple Scholarship, which is designed to recognize students in the college with superior academic merit.
The nomination period for the 2016 Pro Bene Meritis award is open until Oct. 30.
Online users can now travel back in time to the medieval world by clicking through a collection of international research on the first digital platform of its kind from The University of Texas at Austin.
Greek classicist and archeologist Dimitri Nakassis’s fresh take on prehistoric Greek societies has earned him a spot among the nation’s 2015 MacArthur Fellows.
William E. Doolittle, a geography professor at The University of Texas at Austin, received an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University for his work as a cultural ecologist, geoarchaeologist and geographer.
The University of Texas at Austin will receive a $2.4 million grant over the next five years from the National Institute on Aging to study how social interactions improve the health of older adults. Participants will use wearable electronic devices and cell phone apps to monitor their physical activity and social interactions in real time for several days.
The New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni, author of three New York Times best-selling books, will deliver the Glickman Centennial Lecture at The University of Texas at Austin.
The University of Texas at Austin assistant professor of psychology David Yeager will receive the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Robert B. Cialdini Award for his published studies on effectively providing criticism to children of all races.
Director John O. Brennan spoke of the Central Intelligence Agency’s primary mission to do “everything possible around the globe to uncover threats to the United States” in a wide-ranging live conversation streamed over the Internet to a class of over 1000 University of Texas undergraduates enrolled in an innovative Government Department course on United States foreign policy that is delivered entirely online.
Evidence from the tropical lowlands of Central America reveals how Maya activity more than 2,000 years ago not only contributed to the decline of their environment but continues to influence today’s environmental conditions, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.
Initially denied an interview to join Liberal Arts Council his first semester on campus, Austin Reynolds received an interview slot through a last-minute cancellation and earned his spot in the organization with an impressive question and answer session.
This summer, liberal arts students took to professional settings with internships that helped sharpen their skills and develop their roles as employees.
Robert Reich, an expert in global and domestic economic policy and a former U.S. secretary of labor, will discuss “The Future of Inequality: The 2016 Election and Beyond” for the 2015 Carpenter Lecture, hosted by the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin.
The Learning Commons in the Perry-Castañeda Library opened this fall semester, creating a cross-campus collaborative space to support developments in student learning styles and needs at The University of Texas at Austin.
Various Western nations’ work-family policies leave many working mothers feeling unsupported as both caretakers and workers, according to a comparative study of working mothers in multiple countries by The University of Texas at Austin.
Men’s and women’s ideas of the perfect mate differ significantly due to evolutionary pressures, according to a cross-cultural study on multiple mate preferences by psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.
A National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant will make many of the first books printed in the Americas available for the first time in digital full-text format, thanks to innovations in optical character recognition (OCR) technology.
Hormones play a two-part role in encouraging and reinforcing cheating and other unethical behavior, according to research from Harvard University and The University of Texas at Austin.
Psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin found that children flexibly choose when to imitate and when to innovate the behavior of others, demonstrating that children are precocious social learners.
President Barack Obama intends to nominate University of Texas at Austin economics Professor Sandra E. Black to join the three-member White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).
“Very light” smoking, defined as five or fewer cigarettes per day, is common among young adult women in the United States, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.
Psychology professor Cristine Legare will receive the American Psychological Association's 2016 Boyd McCandless Award for her significant and continued contributions to the field of developmental psychology.
The murders at the Emmanuel AME Church in South Carolina and the series of arson attacks on black churches across the South have reignited questions about why black churches are targets for those seeking to demonstrate their anger.
Two faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts were chosen to receive 2015 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.
The University of Texas at Austin and the government of Mexico have renewed and expanded an agreement that will deepen academic relations between the two. UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves and UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven welcomed top Mexican officials to campus Thursday to sign the agreement.
Five faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts won 2014-15 Sustainability Course Development and PLUS Awards that will support new sustainability courses or course conversions to a Peer-Led Undergraduate Studying (PLUS) model.
Austin conjures two parallel images in America’s popular imagination: Glowing descriptions of a “cool,” fast-growing city for the “young and creative” known for internationally famous musical events and Formula One racing compete with portrayals of increasing socioeconomic inequality and residential class, racial and ethnic segregation.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remain front-runners among Republican and Democratic primary voters in Texas, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
Sexual dysfunction in women can be linked to low resting heart rate variability, a finding that could help clinicians treat the condition, according to a study by psychologists from The University of Texas at Austin.
Medicare, which is already the costliest public health insurance program in the world, is costing taxpayers an excess of $2 billion annually because of a practice called “upcoding” in private Medicare Advantage plans, according to research by an economist at The University of Texas at Austin.
As Texas and the rest of the nation celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth — when enslaved Africans in Texas were notified that the Civil War had ended and they were free — we should take this opportunity to reflect on current race relations in Texas and the nation.
The sensational bribing scandal and the fall from power of former FIFA president Joseph (Sepp) Blatter has amazed the world. Following the implosion of FIFA’s ruling circle have come the demands for reform. But who has the lawful authority and the political traction to reshape a globe-girdling sports federation whose executives enjoy an autonomy comparable with that of the pope in the Vatican?
Contrary to logic, intuition and common sense, the hard fact is that punishment does not reduce criminal offending.
Can we learn to rid ourselves of our implicit biases regarding race and gender? A new study lead by a postdoctoral fellow at The University of Texas at Austin indicates that sleep may hold an important key to success in such efforts.
A new study by anthropologists from The University of Texas at Austin shows for the first time that epigenetic marks on DNA can be detected in a large number of ancient human remains, which may lead to further understanding about the effects of famine and disease in the ancient world.
Liberal Arts Council was named the Best Academic/Departmental Organization on campus this year by the Texas Leadership and Ethics Institute (LEI).
Banning cellphones in schools reaps the same benefits as extending the school year by five days, according to a study co-authored by an economist at The University of Texas at Austin.
This semester a class of UT Austin freshmen were given the responsibility of deciding how to donate $85,000 to charity.
The University of Texas at Austin is welcoming the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) back to campus, where it was founded and operated for 108 years, to support the teaching and preservation of Texas history.
A survey by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project suggests Texas women face significant barriers accessing family planning services.
The College of Liberal Arts has recognized 12 faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year who exemplify outstanding teaching and a commitment to excellence.
It’s been more than 20 years since Larry Carver began working with UT Austin students applying for the nation’s most prestigious graduate school fellowships, and he can still tell you the names of all the nominees from memory.
The fields of study within the College of Liberal Arts are vast, and the number of topics that merit in-depth investigation are seemingly endless.
More than 1,000 liberal arts students are being recognized this Saturday in a UT Austin tradition that began in 1948.
Valentina Gudiño is an anthropology and international relations & global studies senior who was born in Cabimas, Venezuela and grew up in Houston, Texas. This semester, she’s working 10 hours per week as an intern at the Equal Justice Center.
King Davis (Mike Hogg Professor Emeritus in Liberal Arts, professor at the School of Information and in the African & African Diaspora Studies department) and two other faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information have received a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to develop and field test a digital infrastructure for preserving and managing the historical public records from the Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane in Petersburg, Virginia.
A printer’s ornament on the title pages of William Shakespeare's earliest works suggests that from an early stage in his career, the poet received significant support in fashioning a unique bran
A new study by a linguistics professor and an alumnus from The University of Texas at Austin sheds light on a well-known linguistic characteristic of autistic children — their reluctance to use pronouns — paving the way for more accurate diagnostics.
The University of Texas at Austin has launched a new Latino Research Initiative in conjunction with presenting the university’s first Latino Leadership Award to Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.
The College of Liberal Arts is saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Janet Taylor Spence, Professor Emeritus, on March 16, 2015. Dr. Spence held the Alma Cowden Madden Professorship of Liberal Arts and the Ashbel Smith Professorship of Psychology and Educational Psychology.
Sai Gourisankar is a Plan II Honors and chemical engineering senior from Fort Worth, Texas. He is a recipient of the 2015 Rhodes scholarship, as well as being a Dedman distinguished scholar, a Goldwater scholar and an Astronaut Foundation scholar.
A psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin sheds new light on today’s standards of beauty, attributing modern men’s preferences for women with a curvy backside to prehistoric influences.
Benjamín Ibarra Sevilla has spent a lot of time in late-Gothic churches. He is not a casual visitor to these vast structures, who might stroll in and crane his neck to take in the splendor of the ribbed vaults high above, or fleetingly ponder the enormous effort that must have gone into their construction: removing stone from a quarry, transporting it, shaping it, and assembling the impossibly heavy pieces of chiseled stone in just the right way so that a structure could withstand the test of centuries.
Religion and politics are at the root of conflict around the world, and historians are looking to the past for solutions to today’s most heated debates.
Major Ellis, an economics junior from San Angelo, Texas, says entrepreneurism runs in the family.
The Lebermann Foundation of Austin has committed $1.5 million to create two endowments at The University of Texas at Austin honoring the parents of former Austin civic leader Lowell Lebermann.
Japanese artists have scripted suicide into their work, sometimes marking destinations for contemplating, committing and mourning suicide, morphing modern Japan into what some consider a “suicide nation.”
Since the ending of the Mao era, China’s economy has grown from small and centralized to a global market giant. But, is China’s success a response to what many consider to be an era of economic failure?
Though gender equality has come a long way since the 19th century, modern day literature and culture remains gendered, quieting the voices of worthy intellectuals.
Today, we receive information from around the world in a blink of an eye; but the forces that have helped the world become so closely connected had their origins in the 19th century.
Twelve graduating seniors have been named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates.
Q&A with Founding Member Sarah Fischer
The Humanities Institute at The University of Texas at Austin has awarded three 2015 Community Sabbatical Research Grants, which provide paid flexible leave time, faculty consultants and access to the university libraries to three staff members of nonprofit organizations based in Central Texas.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas holds a narrow lead over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker among potential Republican primary voters in Texas, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
The College of Liberal Arts is proud to announce the 2015 Pro Bene Meritis Award recipients. Peggy Beckham, Austin Gleeson and President Bill Powers were chosen for their outstanding service to the college.
Students in the College of Liberal Arts can get firsthand instruction about important workplace skills and etiquette through a workshop series put on by Liberal Arts Career Services.
Texas Exes has named College of Liberal Arts advisors Joni Carpenter and Brad Humphries as two of its five 2015 Vick Award recipients.
Turn to the op-ed pages of any major newspaper, and you’ll see how writers are wielding the power of the written word to keep people honest, to speak out about injustices, to shake readers out of apathy. You’re also likely to see the article was most likely written by a man.
A UT Austin undergraduate’s research could help change the way doctors diagnose diseases with known protein biomarkers like multiple sclerosis and leukemia.
More students from underrepresented minority groups will be encouraged to pursue academic careers thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to The University of Texas at Austin.
The majority of young women and men today would prefer an egalitarian relationship in which work and family responsibilities are shared equally between partners if that possibility were available to them, according to a new study from The University of Texas at Austin and the University of California-Santa Barbara.
The smallest, most forgettable words in admissions essays can tell us in advance how students will perform in college, a new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin reveals.
Created in the spring of 2014, the Digital Storytelling Seminar provides the opportunity for 30 Liberal Arts undergraduates to relive and retell some of their most epic, real, tragic and ecstatic college moments.