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Archive for April, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

“Design for a Vulnerable Planet” Explores Our Physical Environment and Its Future

Vulnerable-Planet-cover1-231x300The recent horrific events in Japan were a brutal reminder of just how fragile the human race is. Mother Nature has always been a force to be dealt with; now with our burgeoning population and the rapid urbanization of the planet, her power over our wellbeing is undeniable.

The tragedy in Japan is the most recent on record; however, it follows a decade of destruction. In 2001, the United States experienced a cataclysmic man-made disaster on September 11; in 2004, Asia…

Monday, April 11, 2011

Frank Guridy discusses anthology on Latina/o life, stereotypes

The cover art for “Beyond El Barrio: Everyday Life in Latina/o America” features tall, spindly apartment complexes overlooking a street that disappears into the distance. The buildings are a reflection of barrios themselves: colorful, unbound by straight lines and rigid structures, each one different yet tied together as a community.

Frank Guridy, co-editor of “Beyond El Barrio” (NYU Press, 2010) and associate professor in the Department of History, set out to explore these notions of el barrio as both a place and…

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Heart and Soul of Our Poetry Community

smDYcolorOn Friday, April 8, poets from across the country will read at Austin Museum of Art downtown in a benefit honoring The University of Texas at Austin’s  Livingston Endowed Chair in Poetry Dean Young, beloved poet and teacher who faces a heart transplant.

Nationally acclaimed poets Tony Hoagland, Thomas Lux, Dobby Gibson, Barbara Ras, Stuart Dischell, David Rivard and Joe Di Prisco are volunteering their time to fly in for the free event and will read along with a raft of local poets,…

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

“Everyday Information” Views How We Seek and Use Information


All day, every day, Americans seek information. We research major purchases. We check news and sports. We visit government Web sites for public information and turn to friends for advice about our everyday lives. Although the Internet influences our information-seeking behavior, we gather information from many sources: family and friends, television and radio, books and magazines, experts and community leaders.

In  the newly-published “Everyday Information: The Evolution of Information Seeking in America,” co-edited  by William Aspray, professor in the School of…