College of Liberal Arts

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October 16 - 18 is Family Weekend 2015!

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

Registration Information

Information about Family Weekend 2015 will be updated soon. See below to review last year's event, and check out 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 0.126

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

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. 2014 classes are:

9:30 - 10:10 a.m.

John Beavers

Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellow (2013-14)

It's Not Just Semantics: How We Infer Hidden Meaning

It is a common experience that what people actually say, and what they really mean, are not the same thing. Yet someone's true meaning is often not that difficult to infer. This class will review some discoveries from the field of linguistics on the specific strategies people use to construct and infer meaning above and beyond what is literally said.
Room 0.128

Bethany Albertson

Assistant Professor, Department of Government Josefina Paredes Endowed Teaching Award (2013-14)

Why Your Children Don't Vote (and Why They Should)

The 2014 election is just weeks away. Several key races will have big implications for the direction of our government and yet young Americans are widely expected to sit this election out. In this class, we’ll discuss the evidence for low levels of political engagement among young people and the prospects for change.
Room 0.130

10:20 - 11:00 a.m.

Theresa Jones

Professor, Department of Psychology President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award (2011-12), Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence (2013-14)

Changing the Brain: We are what we think (and do)

Our brains are changing continuously. We control some of the reigns for this change in how we choose to spend our time: practice makes perfect, study leads to expertise, and contemplation yields insight, because these activities drive brain changes that enable new capacities. We will explore the nature of brain plasticity, its implications for our own natures, and new frontiers in harnessing this process to treat brain disorders.
Room 0.128

David Kornhaber

Assistant Professor, Department of English Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellow (2014-15)

The Origins of Modern American Drama 

The American dramatic tradition dates back to the 18th century, but it underwent a period of rapid and substantial transformation in the early 1900s. In this class, we will examine some of the social and economic causes of this change in American dramatic artistry and consider its legacy for the American theatre today.
Room 0.130

11:10 - 11:50 a.m.

Tracie Matysik

Associate Professor, Department of History Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellow (2009-10)

“The Walking Dead” and the Social Contract: Hobbes, Spinoza, and the Zombie Apocalypse 

Do ideas from the 17th century have anything to teach us? Can historical figures speak to us in an age when we are consumed by seemingly immediate and pressing threats such as ecological disaster, global violence, uncontainable new diseases – or maybe even a zombie outbreak? This session will use the AMC series “The Walking Dead” and its post-apocalyptic landscape to explore classic social-contract theorists. In doing so, we will practice the fundamental method of the humanities: recycling views of the past to help us reflect on our current concerns.
Room 0.128

Kevin Cokley

Professor, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, and Educational Psychology; Director, Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award (2014-15)

Corporal Punishment: Should parents spank their children? 

Spanking children has long been considered a fundamental right of parents. However, many psychologists discourage this practice, citing a host of negative outcomes. What does research say about the effects of spanking? Do attitudes toward spanking differ by race and social class?
Room 0.130

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