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Here are 10 stories highlighting students who have overcome obstacles, discovered new dimensions and doggedly pursued their academic goals

Here are 10 stories highlighting students who have overcome obstacles, discovered new dimensions and doggedly pursued their academic goals

About 7,500 students will graduate from The University of Texas at Austin at the 128th spring commencement this Saturday, May 21. Students from around the world with diverse cultural backgrounds, students who have faced adversity and students who have realized their dreams will come together to share in the spirit of commencement. “Inspired by the…   » Continue Reading

Historian examines how the holiday exists at the intersection of the sacred, secular and profane

Historian examines how the holiday exists at the intersection of the sacred, secular and profane

PHOTO SLIDESHOW Is Christmas sacred or secular? Pagan or Christian? Private or public? A commercial event or a season of hope and possibility? Every winter, Americans debate the questions that surround their most celebrated and controversial holiday. And every year, senior lecturer of history Penne L. Restad, finds herself fielding media requests to settle the…   » Continue Reading

Why ancient alphabets adorn a university icon

Why ancient alphabets adorn a university icon

When then-Harvard University Professor John Huehnergard and his wife and colleague Jo Ann Hackett first visited The University of Texas at Austin last spring, they couldn’t help but notice the ancient Phoenician and Hebrew letters that adorn the Tower. After all, Hackett, a Hebrew scholar, and Huehnergard, who teaches Semitic linguistics and writing systems, have…   » Continue Reading

From Freud to Dr. Phil, scholars analyze the rise of psychotherapy in America

From Freud to Dr. Phil, scholars analyze the rise of psychotherapy in America

In Treatment: The first day of class in “The Birth of Psychotherapy,” taught by historian Dr. Robert Abzug, begins more like a group therapy session than a graduate seminar course. Seven graduate students from a variety of disciplines sit around a u-shaped arrangement of tables. After a round of introductions, Abzug, the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History and director of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, grabs a marker and invites the class to participate in a brainstorm about the cultural meanings of psychotherapy.