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Lectures Challenge Perceptions of Disciplines and Research

The seventh annual University Lecture Series gathered some of UT’s finest scholars to share discoveries with students. Three nights of themed lectures, titled In Pursuit of Health, In the Creative Mind, and In the Lab, challenged traditional perceptions of academic disciplines and put first-year students in front of some of the top scholars at the university. View the lectures online.

A Glimpse of What is Possible

Over 3,000 members of the UT community, mainly first-year students, attended the series in Hogg Memorial Auditorium. All students enrolled in first-year Signature Courses were required to attend. “It’s essential that, in welcoming new students to the University of Texas, we give them a glimpse of the breadth of the university and an understanding that they are now part of something that is truly exceptional,” said Professor Pat Davis, a speaker at Tuesday night’s In Pursuit of Health lecture. “The University Lecture Series is one effort designed to provide this glimpse.”

The overall goal of the series is to provide students a view of large-scale topics and themes from an interdisciplinary perspective. Patty Micks, senior program coordinator for the First-Year Experience Office, said, “The series showcases opportunities new students might not have known existed—like doing lab research if you’re a music student or working in the health care industry without being a doctor.”

Research Beyond the Traditional Lab

Each event demonstr