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Monday, June 23, 2014

From MOOC to eBook: John Hoberman on “Age of Globalization”

Dr. John Hoberman was among the first University of Texas professors to offer a MOOC, or Massively Open Online Course. Now, lectures, images, video, and audio from the course are availabile in an enhanced e-book version that explores the systems of competition and cooperation that drive globalization. The video and audio enhanced e-book is available in multiple formats through The University of Texas Press and major online book retailers. Read this interview with Dr. Hoberman about the “Age of Globalization.”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Buck Stops Here

GlobalShellGames_bookHit TV series like Breaking Bad demonstrate just how far criminals will go to conceal their piles of dirty money. But of all the countries in the world, these illicit activities are most easily carried out under the guise of shell companies right here in the United States.

A shell company is a business in name only, with no actual employees or products. It exists only on paper and can be set up within a matter of hours. They are the global…

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Michener Center to Host Acclaimed Novelist Zadie Smith on March 27

The UT Michener Center for Writers will host a reading by acclaimed author Zadie Smith on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the Blanton Auditorium on UT campus. The reading is free, requires no tickets, and is open to students and the public, but seating is limited to 300.

Zadie Smith, born in London in 1975 to an English father and Jamaican mother, made a stunning literary debut in 2000 with White Teeth, which was praised internationally and won numerous…

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Secret Life of Magnum Photographs: American Studies Professor Offers an Inside Look at Some of the World’s Most Iconic Images

High above a blur of cars on a congested street in Lower Manhattan, a Chinese man sits atop a tiny fire escape sipping a bowl of noodles.

Surrounded by a concrete jungle of asphalt and high-rise buildings, the man is far from isolation. Yet somehow he appears to be very much alone and out of place.

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This powerful portrayal of modern immigrant life —the cramped living space, the alienation, the absence of color and wide-open spaces – exquisitely captures the parallels between…

Friday, January 31, 2014

Architecture Professor Receives Subvention Award for Book on Early Colonial Buildings in Oaxaca, Mexico

Benjamin Ibarra Sevilla, assistant professor in the School of Architecture, has been granted a $5,000 book subvention award by the Office of the Vice President of Research, Subvention Grants Program. The award will support the book named “Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry / El arte de la cantería mixteca” to be published by the National Autonomous University of Mexico Press.

Ibarra, who was involved in the restoration of early colonial buildings in Oaxaca Mexico, had been planning for a number of years to…

Friday, January 10, 2014

Cognitive Psychologist Art Markman Shows Us How to Create New Habits in Smart Change

The New Year is on the horizon, and just like clockwork many people are dutifully preparing lists of resolutions that will likely be forgotten by mid-January.

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Art Markman, a cognitive psychologist at The University of Texas at Austin, shows us a better way to make lifestyle changes in his new book Smart Change: Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others, which was released on Jan. 7. Based on decades of cognitive research, the book shows how…

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Prof. Robin Moore to translate Cuban music author’s essays to English for first time

Moore Robin 2008Robin Moore, professor of ethnomusicology in the Butler School of Music, has been granted a $5,000 book subvention award by the UT Office of the Vice President for Research’s Subvention Grants Program in support of an annotated translation of the works of Cuban music author Fernando Ortiz (1881-1969), to be published by Temple University Press.

Moore, who has been the editor of Latin American Music Review since 2005, had been considering taking the project on for about five years. He was encouraged by…

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Poets Nye, Fountain and McGriff on Campus Dec. 5

The UT Michener Center for Writers will host an evening with our visiting poets and alums NAOMI SHIHAB NYECARRIE FOUNTAIN, and MICHAEL MCGRIFF on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302.  San Antonio native Nye is a force of nature in American poetry who has taught for the Michener Center numerous times over the years.  Fountain and McGriff are distinguished alums who are teaching for UT’s Department of English New Writers Project and the MCW, respectively, this fall.

The Peter O’Donnell building, formerly known as the ACES…

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dec. 7: Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair

Love reading? Need a great present for those bibliophiles on your holiday list? Want to meet some talented Texas authors? Come by the Byrne-Reed House (1410 Rio Grande Street) for Humanities Texas’s fifth annual Holiday Book Fair, which will take place on Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Noteworthy authors participating in this year’s festive event include Bill Minutaglio, Steven Harrigan, Nick Kotz, Joe Nick Patoski, Chase Untermeyer, Jesús F. de la Teja, Jerome Loving, Ricardo C. Ainslie,…

Monday, September 23, 2013

Deadline for Hamilton Book Awards Program Jan. 7, 2014

THE HAMILTON BOOK AWARDS PROGRAM, sponsored by the University Co-operative Society, is accepting all books, including scholarly monographs, creative works (e.g., novels and anthologies of poetry), exhibition catalogs, textbooks, and edited collections published in calendar year 2013 by university faculty and staff. Deadline is Jan. 7, 2014.

Information and application form for this program is available at the Vice President for Research website:

http://www.utexas.edu/research/resources/awards-fellowships-grants. We are unable to accept late submissions due to tight review schedules. Please direct questions to liza@austin.utexas.edu or 471-2877.