Government professors Thomas and Lorraine Pangle have been named co-directors of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas, College of Liberal Arts Dean Randy L. Diehl announced this week. The husband and wife team took over as interim leaders of the college’s Western Civilization program last December. With strong support from the program’s steering committee, they spent most of this year developing the Jefferson Center, which grew out of the Western Civilization program.
About half of the 49 professors who will be joining the College of Liberal Arts faculty in 2009-2010 are female. That includes an unprecedented five women coming in as full professors from such schools as Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Southern California.
Torture at Guantanamo Theme of This Year’s University of Texas at Austin’s Keene Prize for Literature
Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, a graduate of the James A. Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin, has won the 2009 Keene Prize for Literature for her play titled "Lidless," a poetic treatment of the issue of torture at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has raised $536,000 in response to a $500,000 challenge grant it received from the TLL Temple Foundation of Lufkin, Texas, to support the first privately funded faculty chair in the study of Pakistan.
Michael B. Stoff, associate professor of history at The University of Texas at Austin, will lead the nationally recognized Plan II Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts. The distinguished teaching professor has been interim director since 2006.