College of Liberal Arts

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October 24 - 26 is Family Weekend 2014!

Breakfast, Open House, and Mini-Classes with Faculty, Saturday, October 25.

Registration Information

Additional information about Family Weekend 2014 will be coming soon. Registration is requested and will open in September. Please read below to review information about last year's event.


Liberal Arts Breakfast & Open House

Saturday, October 19, 8:30 a.m.– Noon
College of Liberal Arts Building, Julius Glickman Conference Center

Enjoy a complimentary breakfast with other families on the patio of the College of Liberal Arts Building. Throughout the morning you can visit information tables hosted by Dean’s Office advisors, UT and Liberal Arts study abroad, Liberal Arts Career Services, 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 the Dean
9:30 a.m.          Dean’s Office Student Division, Dean’s Office Advisors
10:00 a.m.        Liberal Arts Career Services, Robert Vega, Director
10:30 a.m.        Liberal Arts Study Abroad Coordinator

Mini-Classes with Faculty

Saturday, October 19, 9:30 a.m. - Noon

College of Liberal Arts Building, Julius Glickman Conference Center

Attend any of the six 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. 2013 classes are:

Mark Longaker

Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric and Writing 
Department of English Lillian and Tom B. Rhodes Centennial Teaching Fellow 
Dad's Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship 
President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award 

Rhetoric: Not just for Liars Anymore -  Rhetoric is a millennia-old subject with a bad reputation. It’s also a required course for every student at The University of Texas at Austin. Find out why people should study rhetoric, why every student at UT must get credit for having studied rhetoric, and why your children might consider even majoring in rhetoric. 

Elizabeth Hedrick

Associate Professor, Department of English 
President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award 
Lillian and Tom B. Rhodes Centennial Teaching Fellow 

Samuel Johnson and the Art of Biography - Many people are familiar with Samuel Johnson as the subject of one of the greatest English biographies: James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson. But Johnson was himself a great biographer, one who laid down a few basic guidelines for writing biography that Boswell self-consciously followed in writing about Johnson. How well did Johnson follow his own rules for writing biography? How well did Boswell? By looking briefly at one of Johnson's most interesting biographies--The Life of Richard Savage--we can start to answer the first of these questions. By examining selected passages from Boswell's great Life, we can perhaps begin to address the second. Maybe following rules isn't all it takes to write a good biography? 

Art Markman

Professor, Department of Psychology 
Director, Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations 
Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship 
Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts 

Smart Thinking - When you think about the smart and successful people in the world, it often feels as if they have a gift that the rest of us do not have. However, psychological research makes clear that much of what you need to do to be smart is under your control. In this class, I present the formula for smart thinking and then discuss strategies you can use to get smarter starting today. 

Caryn Carlson

Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Psychology 
Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship 
President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award 

The Science of Happiness - A recent movement in the field of psychological science has called for the study of “positive psychology.” Representing the belief that psychological science can be utilized not only to reduce human suffering, but also to enhance our potential, positive psychology is the scientific investigation of what makes life worth living. This class will examine some intriguing findings from this emerging field, including the notion of a “happiness set point”, what matters (and what doesn’t) in determining our well-being, and a discussion of what’s “good” about happiness. 

Ami Pedahzur

Professor, Department of Government and Department of Middle Eastern Studies 
Arnold S. Chaplik Professor in Israel and Diaspora Studies 
Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship 
President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award 

Arab-Israeli Conflict - We will use the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict as a demonstrative case study that can provide comprehensive answers to some of the most intriguing questions about the changing nature of wars over the last 120 years. 

Ben Carrington

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and African and African Diaspora Studies Department 
President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award 

Sport, Politics, and Society - In this talk, Professor Ben Carrington explores the widely held belief that “sport and politics don’t mix”. Contrary to this notion, Professor Carrington shows how interrelated sport and politics are, and further that we can only truly understand sports and appreciate their attraction to millions of people once we situate sport in its wider social context.

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 on September 16, parking cards can be purchased here.

Texas Parents Check-in Locations

Friday, October 18 – Noon-7 p.m. – Gregory Gym Plaza
Saturday, October 19 – 8 a.m.-2 p.m. – Gregory Gym Plaza

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 Carmen Hoffman or call at 512-232-5749