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University Lecture Series

Designed to create a campus-wide conversation, the University Lecture Series gives first-year students an opportunity to interact with leading members of our faculty—scholars, scientists, and civic leaders who are nationally and internationally renowned. All students, faculty, alumni, staff and community guests are invited, but the events will be aimed at entering first-year students. The University Lecture Series is generously brought to The University of Texas at Austin by the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Excellence Fund for Undergraduate Studies.

Fall 2015 Lectures

Monday, Sept. 21
6:30-7:30 p.m. & 8:30-9:30 p.m. (two shows)
Hogg Memorial Auditorium
“Two Guys On Your Head”

Speakers: Dr. Robert Duke – School of Music & Dr. Art Markman – College of Liberal Arts

What’s going on in that head of yours? Most everyone has a mind, but very few people know how the mind works. As a result, the ways that people study, learn, and use knowledge are often less than optimal. In this talk, we’ll examine core principles of learning, and consider elements of motivation that influence what people learn in and out of school. We’ll also discuss ways to connect information across disciplines and to make the transition from being a good student to becoming a good thinker.

Watch the Two Guys On Your Head lecture.

Tuesday, Sept. 22
6:30-7:30 p.m. & 8:30-9:30 p.m. (two shows)
Hogg Memorial Auditorium
Lessons in Leadership

Speakers: Dr. Andrea Gore – College of Pharmacy, Dr. Richard Reddick – College of Education, & Professor Daron Roberts – Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation

Dr. Andrea Gore will discuss her research, teaching, and outreach activities related to her work on hormones and the brain, and how environmental chemicals disrupt neurodevelopment and behavior. As Editor-in-chief of the journal, Endocrinology, and through service to the US government, she has had additional opportunities to influence the future of science. Dr. Gore is chair of UT-Austin’s faculty council and will provide some perspective on the changes taking place on our campus.

Dr. Richard Reddick will discuss Leadership in the #BlackLivesMatter Era using The Forty Acres as a living laboratory for cross-cultural understanding. For the past two years, young people have engaged in discussions and activism addressing systematic inequities in the criminal justice system, education, and many aspects of our society. Drawing on his research on campus diversity and mentoring, Dr. Reddick hopes to examine how to exhibit leadership in a time of profound differences in American society, as well as what opportunities students may encounter on campus.

Professor Daron Roberts will examine leadership as a contact sport. The art of shepherding people to a desired destination begins with rigorous introspective work. After understanding “self”, the leader can craft a blueprint for success. Professor Roberts will focus on three essentials for cultivating an effective leadership style.

Watch the Lessons in Leadership lecture.

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