Dean Randy Diehl
Knowledge—intellectual capital—remains the United States’ strongest currency. For every national and global challenge facing us, there is a liberal arts researcher working toward a solution, from stabilizing the economy to strengthening national security to increasing international diplomacy.
The American Citizen & Modern Democracy
In this issue of Life & Letters, titled The American Citizen and Modern Democracy, we introduce you to the researchers and thought-leaders who shape national and international policy issues. In the American Landscapes section of the magazine, H.W. Brands sheds new light on the FDR presidency, and Michael Winship and scholars throughout the college examine books that changed America.
In the American Politics section, go behind the headlines with Bruce Buchanan and Sean Theriault to learn more about the politics of the presidency and congress, and explore how religious communities become politically active with Eric McDaniel and Christopher Ellison.
In the Global Opportunities section of the magazine, you’ll meet Terri Givens, vice provost and political scientist, who is calling upon scholars and alumni to expand the university’s international portfolio and relationships, and Mahmoud Al-Batal and Kristen Brustad who are helping the world learn more about the history, culture and language of the Middle East.
Finally, the back page of the magazine highlights theinternationally recognized work of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, also known as LLILAS. As part of the Campaign for Texas, the College of Liberal Arts will be raising funds to match the generous $10 million gift from Joe and Teresa Lozano Long.