College of Liberal Arts

Family Weekend

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October 16 - 18 is Family Weekend 2015!

Breakfast, Open House, and Mini-Classes with Faculty, Saturday, October 17.

Registration Information

View the university-wide website at for info and registration.


Liberal Arts Breakfast & Open House

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

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, Room 1.106

9:00 a.m.          Welcome from Richard Flores, Senior Associate Dean (Room 1.104)
9:30 a.m.          Advising Services 
10:00 a.m.        Liberal Arts Career Services 
10:30 a.m.        Liberal Arts Study Abroad
11:00 a.m.        Liberal Arts Honors (by invitation only for parents of Liberal Arts Honors students)

Mini-Classes with Faculty

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

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. 2015 classes are:

9:30 - 10:10 a.m.

Dr. Leonard N. Moore

Professor of History, Senior Associate Vice-President, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Black Males, College Sports, and the Longhorns

If you watch the Longhorns play a football game you will notice that the overwhelming majority of the players on the team are African American. Why does this dynamic exist? Are black people naturally gifted in athletics? Are white kids steered away from sports like football, basketball, and track? This interactive lecture will explore these and other issues related to race and athletics on the Forty Acres that you've always wanted to discuss.
Room 1.302B

Dr. Jessica A. Church-Lang

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Imaging Research Center

Why Don’t Kids Come with an Instruction Manual? Parenting Tips from Child Development Research

Raising a child in today’s world, parents face both immense opportunities and difficult decisions. Research can inform parenting, but is often distorted by the media. This class will explore the latest research on hands-off/helicopter parenting, media use by children, media interpretation of scientific findings, and other sticky parenting topics..
Room 1.302E

10:20 - 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Daniel Birkholz

Associate Professor, Department of English; Director, English Department Honors Program

Filming the Middle Ages

Umberto Eco has said that every generation produces its own version of the Middle Ages. This hands-on mini-course will "get medieval,” by using a selection of famous film-clips to explore how (and to what ends) the meanings and images of the period have been deployed in various 20th-century settings.
Room 1.302B

Dr. Samuel D. Gosling

Professor of Psychology

Snoop Dreams: The Expression of Personality in Everyday Contexts 

How are we connected to the spaces in which we live and work? How do our living rooms, bedrooms, offices, music collections, and Facebook profiles reflect what we are like and, more fundamentally, who we are? We are so tightly bound to our living and work spaces that many of the connections linking people and places go unnoticed. But these environments are rich with information about our values, attitudes, preferences, and personality. This lecture will present the result of a decade’s worth of research unraveling the links between people and the worlds they craft around themselves.
Room 1.302E

11:10 - 11:50 a.m.

Dr. Alexandra K. Wettlaufer

Professor of French and Comparative Literature; Associate Director, Plan II Honors Program; Trice Professor in Plan II

Revolutions in Representation: Painting, Poetry, Paris 

How does an artist represent modernity? How can a poet capture the fleeting experience of the city, in all of its chaos? What is the role of the novel in helping an audience grasp the changing world in which we live? What can the painter learn from the writer and vice versa? We will look at representations of Paris in the revolutionary paintings of 19th-century Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte, the ground-breaking poetry of Charles Baudelaire, and the innovative novels of Balzac to consider the ways in which these artists explore radical means to depict and make sense of the modern world.
Room 1.302B

Dr. Karen Grumberg

Associate Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, Department of Middle Eastern Studies and Program in Comparative Literature

Literature in Wartime: a Cultural Perspective on Israel/Palestine

The world news media’s exhaustive coverage of the Israel/Palestine conflict paints a dismal picture of two diametrically opposed adversaries locked in a perpetual cycle of violence. Cultural production by Israelis and Palestinians, however, such as films, television programs, art, music, and literature, reveals a far more nuanced and complex situation. In this class, we’ll read several short texts by Israeli and Palestinian authors to consider the role of the poet or artist in wartime; the influence literature can have on conflict; and the effect of conflict on cultural production.
Room 1.302E

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 Richard Bruce or call at 512-232-5749