#4 CALL FOR PAPERS (4 new cfp’s)

#5 JOB LISTINGS  (Mills College, Miami University, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and more)



  • Helpful information sheet on waivers and tuition reduction benefit: Waivers & TRBs Spring 2018
  • The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement would like to give another the opportunity for graduate students to apply for a travel grant for any conferences they will be presenting this spring. Please forward to any doctoral graduate students in your area who fit the criteria.We had a successful round in Fall and awarded 7 graduate students with travel funds. Please check out these wonderful graduate students and the work they are doing: apply, go to The deadline is December 22, 2017
    2. Eligible to only doctoral graduate students
    3. The purpose of this grant is to promote the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion at UT Austin and across the nation.Thanks in advance,
    Helen WormingtonDeputy to the Vice President of Diversity and Community Engagement
    Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
    The University of Texas at Austin
    1 University Station G1050, MAIN 22
    Austin, TX 78712
    512-471-3114 (office)
  • DRACOR.fellowship.flyerUT has been invited to participate in this year’s DACOR Bacon House Foundation Fellowship 2018-2019 competition. DACOR Bacon House Foundation Fellowships of up to $10,000 ($5,000 per semester) are awarded to encourage and assist American students in advanced study of international affairs at recognized American institutions of higher learning in the United States. The awards are made primarily on the basis of academic excellence.Eligibility criteria:
    Must be US citizen
    Awards are exclusively for tuition costs for FULL-time students
    Is for a first-year graduate student to help support his/her second year of study in 2018-2019 towards a MASTER’S degree
    Nominee must express an interest in pursuing some aspect of foreign affairs such as a language, conflict resolution, international economics or environmental scienceTo apply, applicants must submit the following to the Graduate School (MAI 101) no later than Jan 19, 2018:
    Curriculum vitae
    OFFICIAL transcripts from UT and any other institution of higher learning that the student has attended
    An essay of approximately 600 words prepared by each nominee, expanding on the information provided in the resume, as appropriate, and covering such matters as special academic or other accomplishments, work experience, experience related to international affairs (e.g. foreign travel, foreign study, competence in foreign languages), career objectives and any other matters pertinent to the nominee’s qualifications.Nominees selected for the final round will be invited to an interview (usually in March) by the DACOR Education Committee.
    We are heading into the time when your students should be considering applying to the Regular Program or the Summer Sessions. This year at the AIA/SCS meetings we will be holding an information session for faculty members wishing to learn more about the Regular Program as they contemplate how to advise their students (the current schedule of trips, opportunities for student research in Athens, modern Greek lessons, etc.).This session will be held Sunday, January 7, 10:00-11:00 am, Regis Room, Marriott Copley Place, and is being organized by MC Vice Chair Kathleen Lynch and Mellon Professor, Sylvian Fachard.Information Session Invitation_2018



  • The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is seeking two Assistant Instructors to teach first level Spanish.These are the requirements:
    -Native level of Spanish.
    -30 hours of graduate credit or a Master’s degree.
    -One year of teaching experience.
    -Have taken 398T methodology course.If you are interested please contact Laura Rodríguez:


  • My name is Charlie, and I’m a senior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) in Austin. I’m reaching out because this February my school is hosting a day where students attend panels, dance shows and discussions over various topics like race, culture and identity. Do you have involvement in intersection of art and culture or ethnicity, or anything having to with wealth dynamics (gentrification, wage gap, etc) or a foreign language? We would be grateful if you could come and speak to students on your topic, or run a discussion/panel, whatever you’d like! We’re looking to build a culture of well educated and aware teens who embrace all of the diversity around them.
    The event would be on February 15th and lasts from 12:45-3:45; unfortunately the time is not flexible, as it is linked to our class schedule. Within these three hours, you would be presenting to three distinct audiences. If you are unable to commit to the three sessions, we would be happy to work with your schedule.
    if interested email:
  • CSEF GA Position, Spring 2018The Center for the Skills and Experience Flags is hiring a 20-hour/week Graduate Assistant for spring 2018. Attached please find the position description, including instructions for applying. Our application deadline for this position is 8:00 am on Wednesday, December 13.
  • BDP GA Position Description, Spring 2018    BDP 101 DAM TA Position Description 20182In addition to the Graduate Assistant positions noted below, the Bridging Disciplines Programs are also hiring for two spring Teaching Assistants for BDP 101 Forum Seminars in Digital Arts & Media (DAM) and Media, Cultures & Identities (MCI). Attached please find the position descriptions, including instructions for applying. Please share this information with any graduate students who you feel may be a good fit.
    ConTex has released it’s 2nd annual call for doctoral fellowships in support of Mexican students who are accepted into a UT Austin PhD program. This opportunity is open to new and continuing students, by registering via the ConTex website (see full posting below). Please disseminate widely. With the exception of Fine Arts, the ConTex fellowships are open to all disciplines.If your students encounter any difficulties with the application process, please advise them to contact ConTex as soon as possible.2017 winners can be found here:
  • Texas Performing Arts is pleased to offer discounted tickets to UT faculty and staff for the upcoming Lexus Broadway in Austin™ presented by Texas Performing Arts performance of THE BOOK OF MORMON!THE BOOK OF MORMON
    April 17-22, 2018 | Bass Concert Hall
  • Program summary- CI programs feature a series of career-readiness classes, workshops and events centered around an internship placement at a leading company.All programs are open to students from any year, with any major. Students may choose to join a program in one of 18 cities, with a placement in one of 9 career fields.18 Destinations: New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Miami, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Rome, Zurich, Sydney, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires.9 Career fields: Banking & Financial services; Consulting & Professional services; Law & Politics; Technology & Engineering; Marketing, Advertising & PR; Media, Entertainment & Journalism; Art, Fashion & Design; Start-ups & Entrepreneurship; Charities, NFPs & NGOs.Our one-page notice board flyer and 13-page student prospectus provide, respectively, summary and detailed information for those new to CI and our programs.2017 Q4 ScholarshipAs you may be aware, each quarter we provide an opportunity for students to receive fully-funded places on a CI program.The 2017 Q4 scholarship contest invites students to enter a draw to win two fully-funded spots, one for themselves and one for a friend, on the Global Explorer Program this summer.The CI Instagram page is a great resource to help students visualize a summer with us. To enter the draw, students need only follow CI’s Instagram page, indicate their preferred city by liking one of 18 city-themed images, and tag a deserving friend.The recipients of the 2017 Q4 scholarship will be drawn on Monday 18th December 2017. Visit our blog for more details.For your information, I have also provided additional information about CI and our 2018 programs, our new academic partnerships initiative, and managing membership to this distribution list.
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      • I am excited to announce the next Research Roundtable of the semester, “Chasing the Visuality of Epiphany in Greek and Roman Art” with Dr. John Clarke.Dr. Clarke will be presenting his research and fielding your questions on Thursday, November 30 at 5:00 PM in DFA 2.506.I will also be plying you with refreshments and home-baked snacks (courtesy of Alexandra Boiarsky), so be sure to come! Thanks to everyone who attended last week’s roundtable with Dr. Papalexandrou!DATE CHANGE-“How to Publish”- Wednesday, Nov. 29, 5-6pm in ART 1.302L
        Co-led by Dr. Eddie Chambers and PhD Candidate Ariel Evans- Please join GSAHA for the second professional development workshop of our fall series- “How to Publish,” which will be co-led by Dr. Eddie Chambers and PhD Candidate Ariel Evans on November 20 from 5-6pm in the Art History conference room (DFA 2.506). This workshop will focus on the process of writing and publishing exhibition/article reviews and journal essays across a number of platforms, with a Q&A of successful tactics for approaching publishing in the early career stages. Snacks and refreshments will be served.
      • SUMMER 2018 PAID INTERNSHIP PROGRAM The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, will be offering paid internships to be held for ten weeks, from June 4 – August 9, 2018. The Ringling is part of Florida State University and serves as the State Art Museum of Florida. Located on a 66-acre site overlooking Sarasota Bay, it consists of an art museum, circus museum, historic home, theater, and research library.
      • 2017 Figúralo Entry FormSummer internships at the Ringling combine practical, hands-on experience working on a project for a specific department with exposure to all aspects of the Museum’s operation.
      • JRSP Awards 2018This year marks the inauguration of the Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park Educational Programme.It offers three exciting opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

      Save the date:

      • The Eleanor Greenhill Symposium will be on March 24th 2018 from 11 AM to 4 PM in ART 1.110

      Th., Mar. 1, and the morning of Fri., Mar. 2. The History department will host a Career Diversity Symposium aims to support grad students interested in moving from academia to jobs other than the professoriate.


      • Indigenous Arts Fest: Film Screening and Discussion with Sterlin HarjoScreening of Mekko and An Evening with Seminole Filmmaker Sterlin HarjoFri, November 10, 2017 | ART 1.1023:00 PM – 5:30 PMJoin us on Friday, November 10th for Indigenous Arts Fest, featuring Seminole filmmaker Sterlin Harjo. There will be a screening of his film Mekko (2015), which will be followed by a short conversation and Q&A. The film paints the portrait of a homeless Native American parolee who seeks to save his chaotic yet beautiful community from the darkness that threatens it. Harjo is the director of a number of other feature-length films, documentaries, and short-form projects that address the contemporary lives of Native Americans in Oklahoma. In addition, he is also a founding member of the five-person Native American comedy group, the 1491s. A trailer of the film, and more about the filmmaker, can be found here: Indigenous Arts Festival is hosted by Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) at The University of Texas at Austin and organized by graduate students interested in indigenous aesthetics, especially as performed by native artists and cultural activists through languages, literature, the arts, and media.Join us for this lively event! There will be coffee, snacks, and a meaningful dialogue between the filmmaker and members of the community. Check out the Facebook event page here.
      • Wednesday, November 15, 4:00 p.m., ART 1.102 : Lecture by visiting artist Molly Zuckerman-HartungMolly Zuckerman-Hartung is a mixed-media painter unconstrained by the white rectangle. Her pieces — on raw canvas, silk, burlap, or more likely a combination of these materials — may extend onto the floor or in any direction as needed by her brightly colored compositions.Her work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and can be found in the collections of the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. She is currently a critic at the department of Painting and Printmaking at Yale University.The Contemporary Austin is now accepting applications for Crit Group 2018!This program provides focused feedback and professional growth
        to working artists in Travis County.Deadline to apply for Crit Group 2018: December 1, 2017Crit Group is free for participating artists, pending application acceptance.See full program and application details here.The Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group program aims to build a network of critical support for working artists dedicated to growing their artistic practices. Monthly sessions include traditional group art critique to provide peer feedback for current work in progress and follow-up, one-on-one studio visits with the co-leaders and a gallerist. Participating artists will also gain relevant knowledge with monthly sessions discussing the work that artists do when not making artwork and opportunities to talk with invited guests. Topics addressed include writing an effective artist’s bio and statement, applying for grants and residencies, public speaking, sustaining a holistic creative life, and more.The program culminates in a satellite group exhibition at grayDUCK Gallery (2213 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin) in August 2018. Crit Group 2018 is steered by an artist and curators/museum professionals Sterling Allen, Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, and Andrea Mellard.Eligibility
        Open to artists working in all disciplines living and working in Travis County.
        Open to artists with at least 3-5 years of professional activity outside of degree-granting programs (BA, BFA, and/or MFA).
        Commitment to attending all Crit Group formal (six monthly 3.5-hour evening sessions with co-leaders) and some informal sessions. Participation in exhibition required.
        Ideal for working artists in active production who are career-oriented as well as conceptually and technically rigorous; artists committed to a studio (or post-studio) practice; artists who have attended (either in the recent or distant past), or soon plan to attend, an MFA program and want to hone their focus; artists new to Austin seeking community and/or a network of engaged peers; artists from varied media practices, including interdisciplinary and those with familiarity with more than one medium; artists exploring a period of artistic transition; artists willing and eager to accept critical feedback and gain insights into how others view their work.Full program and applications details here.Don’t take our word for it! Here’s what past participating artists have to say about Crit Group:”This was one of the most valuable experiences I’ve had as a person, and an artist. The program is so comprehensive, is a great size, and the co-leaders and administrator were very open to sharing their experiences in the art world.”Crit Group entered my life at the perfect time. I was transitioning between more commercial work to showing at galleries. I was preparing for a few gallery shows and the feedback I received was extremely helpful in influencing the new work I created.”My favorite experience was the exhibition opening night, and then the artist talk. They were both magical and made the professional development aspect very real. The months leading up with critiques and studio visits were crucial in that. I think the studio visit was one of my favorites, too, because it felt like a turning point for me, artistically. Someone coming over to look at my work was a huge deal, in a good way.”


      1. Please inform students that there is a graduate creative writing workshop in Spring 2018, English 385N, open to all students with grad status in any department. This class will be for those writing poetry or fiction. The course description is attached here, and if students need more information, contact Professor Peter LaSalle at this email: of Grad Creative Writing Workshop, Spring 2018–LaSalle[1]
    2. GRADUATING THIS FALL?- don’t forget to formally apply to graduate by Nov 17th.     Forms  here
    3. Dr. Papalexandrou will be presenting his research and fielding your questions on Wednesday, November 15 at 5:00 PM in DFA 2.506.
    4. COFAStudentAffairsPositionThe student associate will play a pivotal role in the daily operations of Fine Arts Student Division and Fine Arts Career Services.  This person will be the first line of contact, welcoming and directing all visitors.  In addition, this position provides essential administrative support.
    5. Wednesday, November 15, 4:00 p.m., ART 1.102 : Lecture by visiting artist Molly Zuckerman-HartungMolly Zuckerman-Hartung is a mixed-media painter unconstrained by the white rectangle. Her pieces — on raw canvas, silk, burlap, or more likely a combination of these materials — may extend onto the floor or in any direction as needed by her brightly colored compositions.Her work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and can be found in the collections of the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. She is currently a critic at the department of Painting and Printmaking at Yale University.
    6. I am looking for a Teaching Assistant (TA) for HDO: 379: Applying the Human Dimensions of Organizations: Philanthropy, Public Service and Healthcare for Spring 2018.
      Unique: 39475; meets Wednesdays 2pm-5pmThis is the Capstone Experiential Learning course of the new undergraduate major. HDO teaches that a humanities background can be the basis for a successful career in work involving organizations. There’s a programmatic emphasis on philanthropic, public service/governmental, and military organizations, and I am adding healthcare organizations for this first iteration of the course. I am using history as the humanities prism, and we’ll be using Bill Bush’s Circuit Riders for Mental Health (the history of the Hogg Foundation) and David Oshinsky’s Bellevue as our historical texts. The students will also have practicums, where they’ll serve as organizational consultants to organizations, including the Hogg Foundation, Austin City Government, Central Health, Dell Medical School, Waller Creek Conservancy, and Foundation Communities. Students will keep a log of their practicum activities and write a final report to the organization, which will have given them defined organizational problems to solve.The ideal TA would be a graduate student in the Liberal Arts with an interest in a career that spans the academy and the role of public intellectual. A McCombs graduate student with a strong interest in healthcare and the liberal arts, or a Moody College of Communication graduate student with an interest in healthcare and the humanities, would also be excellent. The course will be conducted as a seminar, and I will work side by side with the Teaching Assistant.Expressions of interest should be sent directly to
    7. This is a reminder that the deadline to apply for Independent Study and Research (ISR) for Spring 2018 is December 01, 2017.Any students that wish to apply for ISR for Spring 2018 (or an extension) must complete all application requirements by the deadline.We will not accept late applications. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions:
    8. 2017 RitaStephan Flyer  Friday, November 3, 2017, 10 am -11.15 am in CLA 1.302D.I am pleased to invite you to a PHS (Power, History & Society Network) discussion on “Political Sociology and Diplomacy: Applied Perspective from the US State Department” to be led by our very own Dr. Rita Stephan, UT Ph.D. in Sociology, one of the founders of PHS, now Director of the Middle East Partnership Initiative at the State Department.
    9. Have a passion for the environment? Interested in what UT grad students are working on? Join us for an evening of craft beer from Black Star Co-op and a speed session of sustainability presentations! All grad students, faculty and staff are welcome to this social and informal community-building event!Sustainability on Tap
      Wednesday, October 25th
      SAC Ballroom South (SAC 2.412)
      Hear from grad students as they showcase their sustainability or environmental research in fun, fast-paced, 3 minute talks. This is a zero waste event, so we encourage you to BYO-mug (16oz or less!) and enjoy a local brew, on us!RSVPs are appreciated.This event is part of Campus Sustainability Week and is co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability and The Graduate School. Thank you to Black Star Co-op for their generous support.Explore the ecological restoration of Waller Creek, tour the stadium’s zero waste efforts, learn about UT’s green buildings, and more during Campus Sustainability Week, Oct. 23-27! Check it out!
    10. Every year, the graduate students of the Classics Department bring an esteemed scholar in the field of Classics to hold a public lecture in a lecture series called the William J. Battle Lecture. This year, the graduate students have selected Dr. Sarah E. Bond as the Battle Lecturer. Dr. Bond is a young scholar who is helping to give Classics a public face with her blog at Forbes. In addition to her blog, you can learn about her scholarship by watching a video interview with her on Vice News.In addition to the lecture, Dr. Bond will offer two graduate student seminars. To attend the seminars, please email me for the readings. It is important that all students come to the seminars prepared so as to reflect well on the University and to show respect to Dr. Bond. The seminars are as follows:Wed. 3-5pm, WAG 116, “Defining Corruption in Antiquity and Today”
      Thu. 12:30-2:30, WAG 116, “GIS, Digital Humanities, and Mapping the Ancient World“Dr. Bond’s public lecture is titled: “‘I Will Build A Great, Great Wall: Ancient City Walls, Trump, and the Rhetoric of Fortification”. It will be held at 4:30pm on Friday, October 13th in CLA 0.130. Refreshments will be served afterwards at CLA 1.302C. I have attached the official poster for the event

    he Gender and Sexuality Center is pleased to host a writing group aimed at offering queer and trans graduate students in all disciplines space to support and empower one another in their writing. For six Mondays from October 2 to November 6, students will gather in an explicitly feminist and queer affirming space together–each meeting will consist of a quick check-in followed by independent work (with snacks!). On October 16 and October 23, the space will be exclusively for those who identify as a QTPOC. We hope you’ll join us and share this opportunity with the graduate students in your programs who may be interested!

  1. Career Diversity Symposium-The grad students in History are organizing a seminar on the afternoon of Th., Mar. 1, and the morning of Fri., Mar. 2.  The Career Diversity Symposium aims to support grad students interested in moving from academia to jobs other than the professoriate. A special committee is forming to invite speakers and discussants from NGOs, higher education administration, IT and Tech, museums and archives, and other professional paths.  Last year’s Diversity Symposium was funded generously by the American Historical Association and CoLA, as well as several CoLA departments.

The History Grad Student Council would welcome an art historian on the Career Diversity Symposium committee. By participating, the art history grad student could help the Symposium address the needs of a wider audience and help publicize this event to students in the College of Fine Arts, who might also be interested.  If you would like to help, please contact Christina Villareal ( or Haley Schroer ( Even if you can’t help on the committee, you’ll want to mark your calendars for this event.

  • English as a Second Language Services (ESL Services) provides several resources to the university and community at large. Be apprised of the following opportunities that may benefit your students, their spouses, or faculty in your departments.CELTA Information Sessions UTC 1.130 5-6 Sep 28, Nov 2, Dec 8
    CELTA is the most widely-recognized and sought-after qualification for teaching English as a foreign language. The 4-week training program provides guided lesson planning, strategies for effective instruction, teaching practice, and feedback. The academically rigorous, 8-hour a day program is great for those who desire to live and work abroad after graduation.Online Pronunciation Class
    Classes begin the first Monday of every month, last for 7 weeks, and are appropriate for any level of English proficiency. Participants can learn to speak more clearly and fluidly, use listening to improve pronunciation, and self-correct. The class is organized into 28 modules and paced at 4 hours per week, including personal, real-time interaction with the instructor.English Language Program
    Spouses and dependents of UT students, faculty, and visiting scholars are invited to register at a special discounted rate. Improve speaking and writing fluency and accuracy, listening comprehension, and discussion skills.Please visit for more information our contact us at At your request, brochures may also be sent to your office.

Maymester in Poland 2018

      • Dear Colleague,The Graduate School is conducting a climate study to gain a holistic understanding of campus environment. In 2011, a similar study was conducted that provided invaluable insight into issues affecting graduate students as they progressed through their degree programs. As a result, thousands of students have benefited from the partnerships the Graduate School created to enhance career services, graduate housing, writing services, classroom training for teachers, and diversity training.The information you provide in this confidential survey will not only help us to understand and learn about your experiences at UT Austin, but it will also shape future decisions about how we allocate resources so they have the greatest impact on our graduate community. The survey should only take about 12 minutes to complete. We would greatly appreciate having your input.Or copy and paste the URL into your internet browser: you experience difficulty with the survey, simply reply to this email and we will be happy to assist you.
        Sincerely,M J T Smith
        Dean of the Graduate School
        Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
      • TA/AI’s: Beginning on October 17, employees of The University of Texas at Austin can receive treatment for common illnesses and routine procedures including:Cold, flu and other upper respiratory infections
        Sprains and muscle strains
        Bladder and urinary tract infections
        Skin infections
        Common digestive disorders
        Routine physicals and vaccinations
        Lab testing
        Flu shots
        Primary Care and Specialist referralsThe WorkLife Health and Wellness Clinic is conveniently located in the Health Transformation Building (HTB) at 1601 Trinity Street, and parking is available next door in the Health Center Garage (HCG). WorkLife is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. No appointment necessary – walk-ins welcome.The Graduate School will no longer require the non-remuneration (“no-cost”) form for outside dissertation committee members. Outside (non-UT) committee members should, of course, not receive remuneration for their service on committees (that has not changed), but they no longer need to sign this form. Our web pages & candidacy app have been updated to remove mention of this form.
      • Following the success of its Guest Artist Initiative program to empower staff and faculty to propose residencies to serve broad programmatic goals, the Fine Arts Diversity Committee (FADC) is establishing a new program and accepting proposals from students for projects that will support the inclusion and diversity goals of the college.In 2015 the FADC launched the Guest Artist Initiative, funded through dedicated funds from the Provost’s Office, to encourage cross-college collaboration on diversity and inclusion through sponsorship of distinguished visitors to the UT campus and College of Fine Arts (COFA). Through proposals presented by faculty and staff in the college, several visiting artists and speakers supported by the Guest Artist Initiative have both celebrated and expanded conversation about inclusion and diversity in COFA.Now FADC is also accepting student project proposals, with up to $1,000 available for each proposal submitted. Student proposals with complete information must be submitted at least four weeks before the proposed project.The FADC supports and collaborates with the COFA units in the design and implementation of strategies that advance diversity.  By actively establishing and fostering a culture of inclusivity throughout the Fine Arts community, the committee assists in the development of recruitment and retention strategies for underrepresented students, faculty and staff; provides forums for mutual respect, an appreciation of differences and cross-cultural understandings; and prepares our community for a changing global society.Proposing students will be asked to document the residency or student project and help assess its effectiveness in reaching a wide constituency across the College of Fine Arts and beyond. All proposals must clearly indicate how the student project will further the goals and objectives of the FADC.Proposals will be reviewed as received by a COFA/FADC review team, and the committee will respond within two weeks of proposal submission.For help or questions, please contact Associate Dean Andrew Dell’Antonio at <>.


      • The Experiencing Artists’ Books event will take place tomorrow, Tuesday November 7th from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Fine Arts Library. Allison Myers, curator of Fool’s Romance/ Books from Aeromoto at the Visual Arts Center, will moderate a round table discussion on the topic of experimentation with print formats. The round table participants include Jason Urban, Lindsay Starr and Claudia Zapata. After the discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to experience the unusual artists’ books in our special collections.The event will be located in DFA 4.106 on the 4th floor of the library.
      • AUSTIN, Tx – The Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce three new exhibitions halfway through its fall season, opening Nov. 3, 2017 with a reception from 6 – 8pm.
      • Join the Fine Arts Council as we discuss current and future use of the Fine Arts Library space with administrators, including Dean Dempster, Vice Provost & Director of the UT Libraries Lorraine Haricombe, Director of the Butler School of Music Mary Ellen Poole, Department Assistant Chair for Art History Glenn Peers, Department Chair for Theatre & Dance Brant Pope, and Department Chair for Studio Art Teresa Hubbard.Submit your questions to be asked by moderators during the event here:
        Please submit by Wednesday 11/8 @ 1pm

      Creating Inclusive Classrooms
      Cultures Flags Instructor Development Event
      Wednesday, November 8, 1- 2:30p, FAC 328The Center for the Skills and Experience Flags invites both prospective and current instructors of the Cultural Diversity in the US and the Global Cultures Flags to join us for a discussion and refreshments.At this event, we invite instructors to discuss how we can create inclusive classroom environments on our campus. What strategies are effective in promoting student engagement and classroom equity? We invite instructors to talk about their experiences and to share teaching strategies. This discussion will be moderated by Dr. Brooke Rich (Center for the Skills and Experience Flags) and Dr. Adria Battaglia (Faculty Innovation Center).Please RSVP to this event via the following link: you have questions about this event, or if you need assistance or accommodations, please contact Brooke Rich, curriculum specialist for the Cultural Diversity and Global Cultures Flags at (512) 471-2508 or

    • Fall 2017 GSAHA Professional Development Workshops:“Applying to PhD Programs”- Wednesday, Nov. 1, 5-6pm in DFA 2.506 Co-led by  Dr. George Flaherty  -Are you curious about the process of applying to PhD programs? The workshop will include Dr. Julia Guernsey and Dr. George Flaherty, who will lead a casual discussion on the intricacies of application review from an internal standpoint. PhD student Kaila Schedeen will also be present to answer any questions about what to expect from the process, how to keep yourself organized, and tools for wellness throughout. Snacks and refreshments will be served.
    • Please join us in two weeks for the October lecture of the Mesoamerica Center Colloquium Series, featuring Dr. Timothy Beach of the Department of Geography, The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Beach will present “Water Management and Landesque Capital in the Maya Lowlands: Twenty Years of Digging & Two Days of LiDAR” on October 30th, at 4pm, in DFA 2.204.
    • THURS, Oct. 26-4pm-ART BLDG-RM 1.120“Conflicting Economic and Sacred Values in Aztec Culture” a lecture by Dr. Emily Umberge
      Friday, October 27th & Saturday October 28thWe are pleased to welcome Dr. Richard T. Rodriguez, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at The University of California, Riverside, to our conference this year. As our keynote speaker, he will join our conversation and many inquiries, which examines popular culture in the context of the academy’s place in public space. Specifically, Dr. Rodriguez’s plenary talk, “Latino/UK: Transatlantic Intimacies in Post-Punk Cultures” will examine the varied collaborations, physical convergences, and mutual influences of British post-punk music artists and Latina/o communities in the U.S. during the 1980s. Exploring the reciprocal touches of seemingly disparate parties, the talk traces analogous histories and cultures of working-class Latina/o and British youth in the late Cold War era to make sense of the way popular music established—and continues to facilitate—intimate contact across the Atlantic divide.Richard T. Rodríguez is associate professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He specializes in Latina/o literary and cultural studies, film and visual culture, and queer studies with additional interests in transnational cultural studies, popular music studies, and comparative ethnic studies. The author of Next of Kin: The Family in Chicano/a Cultural Politics (Duke University Press, 2009), which won the 2011 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Book Award, he is at work on two projects: Undocumented Desires: Fantasies of Latino Male Sexuality and Latino/U.K.: Transatlantic Intimacies in Post-Punk Cultures.PLEASE JOIN US ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th at 6 pm in the Texas Governor’s Room at the Texas Union Building for the Plenary Address.**The conference registration will open on Friday October 27th at 10:00 am in the Student Activity Center (SAC 3.116). We hope you can join us for Breakfast Tacos and coffee. The first panel will begin at 12:00 pm. Please refer to our conference program (enclosed) for a full schedule of events.You can also find more information on these websites:, October 24 from 10:00am-11:00am in DFA 1.101
      Coffee with COFA
      Did you know many of the staff members of the College of Fine Arts are working in the fine arts themselves? To kick off COFA Careers Week, come have a cup o’joe and doughnuts with College of Fine Arts staff and hear about their own artistic pursuits and projects. Bring your questions about the Austin arts scene to these local makers here in your own ecosphere! RSVPs are appreciated, so we can make sure to order enough coffee and doughnuts, but walk-ins accepted!
    • Pope.L Seminar Thursday, Oct 12th, ART 3.214 from 11:15-2:00pm
    • Roundtable: Ethical Considerations in Curating Participatory Art
      Wednesday, October 4 at 4pm
      ART 1.102
    • Please request to join the new COFA Graduate Student FB page to
    • Good news. Please inform your classes!
      Subsequent to the announcement of Saturday closure for most UT libraries (except PCL), the College of Fine Arts dean’s office has partnered with UT Libraries to maintain open Saturday hours in the Fine Arts Library.  The library, and Foundry, will be open from 1:00-5:00 pm on the Fall semester dates below (football Saturdays have been excluded because of traditionally low usage):

    Saturday October 14
    Saturday October 28
    Saturday November 4
    Saturday November 18
    Saturday December 2
    Saturday December 9

    Additionally, the FAL will be open for the 1:00-5:00 Saturday hours throughout the Spring 2018 semester. As always, the FAL is available for all students on the UT campus.

    *Please note: for Fall 2017 the 4th floor computer lab in DFA 4.216 is not included in the Saturday hours.  The seminar rooms and other 4th floor public spaces are available for use when they are not reserved.

    We will be tracking actual usage this Fall and Spring to determine cost effectiveness for the future.

    Thursday, Oct. 19 at 5pm:
    Priscilla Ybarra discusses her book Writing the Goodlife: Mexican American Literature and the Environment.See poster below & attached for details. Readings available on Box.

  1. Perspectives: Dan Quiles
    Thursday, October 196:30-7:30 pm
    Capitol Room, Blanton Museum Smith BuildingDan Quiles is Associate Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He will discuss the work of Jaime Davidovich, whose works Red, Blue, Yellow (1974) and Taped Project, Akron Art Institute (1972/2016) are currently on view at the Blanton.
  2. Tuesday, October 17-4PM-ART 1.102 Larry Bamburg in Conversation with Amy Hauft  -Larry Bamburg talk. Larry will be discussing his newest work, BurlsHoovesAndShells on a Pedestal of Conglomerates, currently on view at the VAC. The production of this work was a physical tour de force and I promise you that Larry’s way of thinking about what he is doing is eccentrically charming. Please come and encourage your students to as well.

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  • Sep. 22 2017 6:00PM8:00PM– Join the Visual Arts Center for the opening of their fall 2017 season, including the following exhibitions.
  • BurlsHoovesandShells on a Pedestal of Conglomerates, a site-specific installation by Vaulted Gallery Artist-in-Residence Larry Bamburg
  • Fool’s Romance / Books from Aeromoto, a collection of over 300 artist’s books from the Mexico-City-based, non-profit art library
  • American Dream, an exhibition of paintings made in the plein air tradition during a recent course taught by artist collective The New Barbizon group
  • Kind of About Michigan, new work by Studio Art MFA candidates Marta Lee and Anika Steppe in response to a shared summer road trip around the state
  • Mille Otto, the annual exhibition of work made by students participating in the Learning Tuscany study abroad program

    Time: Thursday, September 14 at 5 PM (after lecture by Carrie Vout)
    Location: ART Courtyard (adjacent to Visual Arts Center)
  • Workshop on preparing for your MA or Ph.D Colloquium with David Stuart.  This will be an opportunity to go over issues and questions regarding your thesis prospectus and expectations for the Colloquium meeting.When: Monday, September 18, 5-6 PM Where: Art History conference room, DFA 2.506

Understand better the students you’re working with….
COFA GRADS who take this will receive a FREE COFA JOLT CHARGER **
The College of Fine Arts encourages all TAs and AIs to take the Inclusive Classroom Leadership Certificate Seminar. The next offering is:
Monday, October 2nd AND Wednesday, October 4th, 2017*
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Application available online at the following link: and must be submitted by Monday, September 25, 2017.
*Please note: To be eligible for the seminar certificate you must participate in BOTH sessions in their entirety as indicated above. This is FREE.
** Come to the Dean’s Office (DFA 2.4) with proof of completion.



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