Dr. Lori Holt joined the Department of Psychology faculty this past year as a professor. Her research in the auditory cognitive neuroscience field has been recognized by the National Academy of Sciences, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and many other organizations.
We may be a week into 2024, but we’re not quite ready to close the book on 2023 just yet. In case you’re feeling the same — or just looking for a great read to start off the new year — we’ve asked some of our COLA faculty what they most enjoyed reading over the last 12 months.
The growing demand for avocados in the US has led to significant socio-environmental consequences in Mexico, where most of the supply comes from, according to new research from UT Austin faculty.
Classics professor Tom Palaima on Bob Dylan’s epic and the 60th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Dr. Amy Thompson talks settlement archaeology, the Classic Maya, and what your neighborhood can — and can’t — say about you.
You’ve seen them on TV and in movies, in History Channel specials and textbooks on antiquity, maybe even on a tour of the Italian countryside. But to archaeologist Rabun Taylor, there’s more to aqueducts than meets the eye.
Craig Campbell’s “Greeting Cards for the Anthropocene” don’t look anything like Hallmark.
From video games to virtual reality, JapanLab is bringing history into the 21st century and beyond.
In the first-ever Extra Credit Q&A, anthropology professor Anthony Di Fiore talks spider monkeys, sloth attacks, and a historic vote in Ecuador.
Roger Reeves, English professor at UT Austin and poet extraordinaire, has won the 2023 Griffin Poetry Prize for his book Best Barbarian. The world’s largest international poetry award for a book written or translated into English, the Griffin comes with $130,000 in prize money.
Kamran Asdar Ali, chair of UT’s Department of Anthropology, just finished his term as president of the Association for Asian Studies. His goal? Expanding how we think about Asia.
Jacques Derrida, the famous philosopher, thought the advent of digital word processing meant the end of the draft. Thorsten Ries and a team of researchers are proving him wrong — and pushing the boundaries of digital forensics in the humanities.
The idea for Deborah Beck’s podcast burst forth from her head like the goddess Athena from the head of Zeus. That moment of inspiration has turned into three seasons and counting of “Musings in Greek Literature,” a podcast on classical Greek texts hosted by Beck and a rotating cast of her advanced undergraduate students.
A few things to know about Elizabeth McCracken: She’s hilarious on Twitter. She likes to spend her mornings swimming in Austin’s Barton Springs Pool. She’s not wild about the term “autofiction,” and her new book, “The Hero of This Book,” is definitely a novel, not a memoir.
The Texas Prison Education Initiative offers college-credit courses to incarcerated students in the Austin area. The courses, which span subjects from physics to philosophy, are taught by volunteer instructors and offered at no cost to students. Since it began in 2018, the program has served some 230 students in over 400 classes. But there’s still far more demand than they can meet.
With 2023 just around the corner, we asked some of our COLA faculty what they most enjoyed reading in 2022. Below are their picks, which cover contemporary fiction and poetry as well as looks at long-haul trucking and Black women’s impact on pop culture. Whatever it is you like to read, we’re sure there’s a winning recommendation for you here.
For more than 20 years, the Texas German Dialect Project, an organization housed in the Department of Germanic Studies and the Linguistics Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin, has recorded and preserved Texas German language, culture, and history. Now, with the award of a million-dollar grant from an anonymous donor, the project’s efforts to build awareness and appreciation for Texas German are getting a crucial boost.
Now the Head of Economics for Spotify, Kretschman was once a doctoral student studying microeconomics at The University of Texas at Austin. One afternoon in October, we met over Zoom to discuss how he got from one point to the other and how he sees his liberal arts background affecting the work he does now.
David Genecov, a COLA alum, longtime Advisory Council member, and dear friend of the College, tragically passed away this November. He possessed a combination of innovative drive, intellectual curiosity, and an unyielding willingness to collaborate with others, and he will be missed by all of us at COLA.
A professor of African and African diaspora studies at The University of Texas at Austin and a celebrated author and playwright, Thompson is also a Presidential Visiting Scholar at The New School for 2022-23. The New School’s president Dwight A. McBride recently interviewed Thompson about her work as an artist-scholar and how she uses her teaching to give students creative liberty.
Whom is dying out … mostly. As an essential part of grammatical English, that stuffy, old-fashioned object pronoun is declining in usage, and has been for more than a century. As a stylistic marker, though, it has some life left.
Oh investigates how Korean cities and regions use popular culture, particularly television dramas and K-pop, to promote themselves to an expanding audience of ardent fans. But pop culture is always a bit of a gamble, and it’s not always clear who — or where — benefits from sudden stardom.
Roger Reeves’ latest poetry collection, Best Barbarian, is part jazz song, part fever dream, part mythic reimagining. “For me, the barbarian is the achievement of something that is recognizably outside and potentially threatening, not because it seeks to be but just because it’s making a way and a life of being possible. It’s about self-love. Being your best barbarian is really about loving yourself, and that is completely different from the normal.”
One of the French and Italian department’s Italian Civilization courses, Avalle’s class gives students a tour of Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend” and its Neapolitan context. But more importantly, Avalle says, it introduces students to a new way of thinking about cultures outside their own.
Celina de Sá, an assistant professor of anthropology and an affiliated faculty member in African and African Diaspora Studies and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at UT Austin, is one of the College of Liberal Arts’ newer faculty members. Her research focuses on performance and race through grassroots social networks in […]