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Virginia Garrard-Burnett Named New Director of LLILAS Benson

Thu, May 26, 2016

Professor Virginia Garrard-Burnett has been chosen as the new director of LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections. A faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin since 1990, she is a professor in the departments of History and Religious Studies, and a faculty affiliate of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS).


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IUPRA Study: African-Americans are Leaving Austin for More Affordable Housing and Better Schools

Wed, May 25, 2016

Heightened cost of living and dissatisfaction with public schools may have pushed many African-Americans out of Austin, limiting their access to public amenities and quality services, according to a survey by The University of Texas at Austin.


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Sleep May Preserve Memory and Cognition in Aging Adults, UT Study Shows

Thu, May 19, 2016

Lifestyle changes, such as getting a good night’s rest, can help maintain memory function and may slow cognitive decline in older adults, according to psychology research at The University of Texas at Austin.


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Relationship Satisfaction Depends on the Mating Pool, Study Finds

Tue, May 17, 2016

Relationship satisfaction and the energy devoted to keeping a partner are dependent on how the partner compares with other potential mates, a finding that relates to evolution’s stronghold on modern relationship psychology, according to a study at The University of Texas at Austin.


From left: Ponton, Karas, Zarrugh and Garner. Photo by Mike McGraw

College of Liberal Arts Awards Keene Prize for Literature to Michener Center Graduate Student

Tue, May 17, 2016

Nouri Zarrugh gives voice to Libyans repressed by the reign of Muammar Gaddafi in his story “The Leader,” awarded the $50,000 Keene Prize for Literature at The University of Texas at Austin.


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Liberal Arts Faculty Receive Teaching Awards, Fellowships

Mon, May 16, 2016

The College of Liberal Arts has recognized eight professors for excellence in teaching with awards and fellowships.


Christle Nwora

Living with Purpose and Passion: In-Depth with 3 Dean's Distinguished Graduates

Mon, May 16, 2016

Each spring, 12 graduating seniors in the College of Liberal Arts are named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates.


Angelbert Metoyer, Remorial, 2007. Mixed media on canvas. 106 x 164 inches. Artwork © Angelbert Metoyer. Image courtesy Craig Massey.

Warfield Center Announces Spring Exhibition in the New Gallery

Tue, May 10, 2016

The newly renovated art gallery at the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies will open its spring exhibit this week, featuring works by the Houston/ Rotterdam-based contemporary artist Angelbert Metoyer.


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College of Liberal Arts Faculty Dominate Texas 10

Fri, May 6, 2016

Five faculty from the College of Liberal Arts have been nominated by alumni and selected by Alcalde magazine to be a part of the 2016 “Texas 10,” an annual list of inspiring professors at The University of Texas at Austin.


Photo by Julia Ferguson.

Chris Kirk Named to Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Wed, May 4, 2016

Anthropology professor Chris Kirk is one of seven faculty members chosen this year to be inducted into the prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers for excellence in teaching at The University of Texas at Austin.


Tim Beach (right) and a team of student researchers.

Professor and Alumnus Receive Back-to-Back Awards for Latin American Geography

Tue, May 3, 2016

The Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG) announced the 2016 and 2017 awards for significant contributions towards Latin American geography, honoring both a professor and an alumnus from the Department of Geography and the Environment at The University of Texas at Austin.


Jennifer Oruebor

Under the Microscope: Undergraduate Research Week 2016

Liberal Arts Students Present at Undergraduate Research Week 2016

Thu, Apr 28, 2016

The fields of study within the College of Liberal Arts are vast, and the number of topics that merit in-depth investigation are seemingly endless.


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Minority Voter Groups Oppose Concealed Carry on Campuses, UT Poll Finds

Wed, Apr 27, 2016

The majority of black and Latino voters in Texas oppose the new state law that allows for the concealed carry of handguns on college campuses, according to the first public opinion poll from the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA) at The University of Texas at Austin.


Zoraima Pelaez

Passion for Social Activism Inspires Truman Scholar

Fri, Apr 22, 2016

A passion for learning and public service inspires the life and work of Zoraima Pelaez, a Liberal Arts Honors and humanities junior at UT Austin who was named a 2016 Truman Scholar.


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Digital Ancient World Dictionary to Expand with UT Libraries Partnership

Thu, Apr 21, 2016

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has named the Periods, Organized (PeriodO) web project as a finalist for its grant awards in the first cycle of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.


Harel Shapira, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Sociologist Wins Carnegie Fellowship for Research on U.S. Gun Culture

Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Communities of gun owners may be reshaping democracy, according to ongoing ethnographic research conducted at The University of Texas at Austin by sociologist Harel Shapira, one of 33 scholars nationwide to receive the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.


Rachel Graubard

UT Austin Student Developing App That Can Help Diagnose Skin Cancer

Sat, Apr 16, 2016

A psychology and biology student at The University of Texas at Austin is using the accessibility provided by the web and smartphones to help people who could be in medical need.


Nwora (third from right) with fellow Orange Jackets

Honors Students Receive Texas Parents Outstanding Student Awards

Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Each year, Texas Parents honors two senior students who have exemplified leadership, scholarship, character and service with the Outstanding Student Award. This year, two honors students from the College of Liberal Arts were recipients.


UT Austin President Gregory Fenves and Larry Carver. Photo by Brian Birzer

Carver Receives Civitatis Award for Campus Citizenship

Mon, Apr 11, 2016

The University of Texas Tower was lit orange for this year’s presidential award winners, and among them was Liberal Arts Honors Program director Larry Carver, who received the 2016 Civitatis Award for his dedicated, meritorious service to the university.


Richard Marston (KSU) and Edgardo Latrubesse (UT Austin) at 2016 AAG Meetings in San Francisco, California.

Geography and the Environment Professor Makes Waves with River Research

Tue, Apr 5, 2016

Geography and the Environment professor Edgardo Latrubesse received the 2016 American Association of Geographers Grove Karl Gilbert Award for Excellence in Geomorphic Research for his work examining large river systems like the Amazon basin.


Dean Randy Diehl with a previous DDG.

2016 Dean's Distinguished Graduates Announced

Tue, Apr 5, 2016

Twelve graduating seniors have been named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates.


For details on how to apply, visit www.utexas.edu/cola/research/HRA/

2013 HRA Recipients Wrap Up Their Research

Established in 2009 by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, the Humanities Research Award supports faculty efforts to complete an in-progress research project in the humanities by awarding select tenured and tenure-track faculty with $5,000 for three consecutive years, for a total of $15,000.

Fri, Apr 1, 2016


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PRC Research Brief: Advancing the Civil Rights of LGBT Students

Mon, Mar 28, 2016

Previous research has shown that LGBT youth are disproportionately likely to experience harassment, bullying and exclusionary discipline at school. Data supports that LGBT students are 1.4 times more likes to be expelled from school than their heterosexual peers. However, there is insufficient data collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) on the state and national level to allow systematic documentation of these disparities.


Carton was honored during a banquet hosted by the Office of the President on March 21.

Literary Scholar Recognized by Students for Teaching Excellence

Thu, Mar 24, 2016

English professor Evan Carton was selected to receive the 2016 Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching, a student-nominated award, for the way his teaching has influenced students, society and beyond.


Photo by James Gathany, United States Department of Health and Human Services

Global Spread of Zika Linked to Types of Mosquitos that Transmit It

Tue, Mar 22, 2016

More cities than previously assumed could soon grapple with the Zika virus if two species of mosquitos are found to be equally effective carriers of the disease, a University of Texas at Austin disease ecologist and his colleagues argue in the current edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases.


Surrogate mothers did not experience significant changes in economic status after surrogacy, according to researchers.

Sociologists Expose the Moral Framework of India's Rent-a-Womb Industry

Tue, Mar 22, 2016

Despite India’s multimillion-dollar, transnational surrogacy industry’s reputation as a “baby factory” or the “global market in bargain basement price babies,” it continues to thrive, bringing in more than $400 million a year.


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QS World University Ranks Six UT Austin Liberal Arts Programs Among the Elite

Tue, Mar 22, 2016

The University of Texas at Austin was named as a top 50-school worldwide in six of the eight humanities subject areas ranked in the sixth edition of the Qacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings report.


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Difference between Trump and Sanders is YOOGE, except for their NY accents

Mon, Mar 21, 2016

On the national political stage, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump may say very different things, but phonetically they sound almost the same, according to an analysis by the Texas English Linguistics Lab at The University of Texas at Austin.


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U.S. News Ranks UT Austin Clinical Psychology Among Nation's Top 10

Wed, Mar 16, 2016

The University of Texas at Austin has more than 40 graduate programs ranked among the top 10 in the nation and three programs ranked No. 1, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2017 edition of "Best Graduate Schools," released this morning.



Kelley Doll

Getting It Done: Q&A with UTurn Mentor Kelley Doll

Tue, Mar 8, 2016

The transition to college can be a rough one, and it’s not unusual for students to end up on academic probation after their freshman year.


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Accepting a Job Below One’s Skill Level Can Adversely Affect Future Employment Prospects

Thu, Mar 3, 2016

Accepting a job below one’s skill level can be severely penalizing when applying for future employment because of the perception that someone who does this is less committed or less competent, according to new research from a sociologist at The University of Texas at Austin.


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UT Austin conference addresses issues facing contemporary families

Wed, Mar 2, 2016

The Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) invites social science researchers to gather and discuss topics certain to take center stage this election cycle surrounding issues of contemporary families at the 18th annual conference, titled “Families as They Really Are: Demographics, Disparities, and Debates,” a two-day conference at The University of Texas at Austin.


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Website Permits Global Policy Analysis Across Time and Place

Tue, Mar 1, 2016

As the presidential primaries heat up, political leaders, journalists and students of government can compare politicians’ policy suggestions to public policy around the globe and across time using an online tool developed by The University of Texas at Austin.