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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:
Professor of History, Senior Associate Vice-President, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
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.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Imaging Research Center
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..
Associate Professor, Department of English; Director, English Department Honors Program
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.
Professor of Psychology
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.
Professor of French and Comparative Literature; Associate Director, Plan II Honors Program; Trice Professor in Plan II
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.
Associate Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, Department of Middle Eastern Studies and Program in Comparative Literature
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.
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