Applications Open for Peers for Pride Class & Program!

WGS 335-1 Confronting LGBTQ Oppression (Unique: 46835) is Part of the Peers for Pride Class & Program.  The Peers for Pride program is an amazing opportunity for students to build leadership and teaching skills and make a difference on campus! Information and application links are listed below.

Students who are admitted to the Peers for Pride Program take two classes (one in the fall and one in the spring) and create and facilitate performance-based workshops on LGBTQA+ justice. They gain experience with education, facilitation, critical thinking, and performance work, and they build vital community that supports their academic career and their whole selves.

46835 WGS  335   1-Confronting LGBTQ Oppression
26190 T D  357T  Confronting LGBTQ Oppression
61365 S W  360K  Confronting LGBTQ Oppression

Applications Open for Peers for Pride Class & Program!

Want to make a difference on campus, meet community, & build teaching skills?
Looking for classes on intersectional LGBTQA+ justice?

Apply Now to join Peers for Pride 17-18 & facilitate workshops for Thriving Queer Communities!
Priority Deadline: April 15

* Take two WGS/TD/SSW classes in ’17-18 with Dr. Kristen Hogan (Fall 2017: WGS335/TD357T/SW360K)
* Get your course flags in Cultural Diversity in the United States and Ethics and Leadership
* Learn more about LGBTQA+ activism & how it’s interconnected with racial, class, & dis/ability justice
* Create & facilitate performance-based workshops around UT for thriving queer communities
* Have fun together!

Apply Now:
Peers for Pride is a project of the Gender & Sexuality Center: Serving Women & LGBTQA Communities
Peers for Pride is supported by the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies
& see this year’s cohort’s final show: “What Do Thriving Queer Communities Look Like?”
5/3 Wednesday 5-7pm at the SAC Black Box Theatre
This final performance workshop is a celebration of a semester’s dialogue together about thriving queer communities. Join us to imagine and witness thriving together. Work together to talk about and practice embodiments of how thriving queer communities affirm people of color, bi and pan people, trans and gender nonconforming people, and people of more than one or all of these identities.

We look forward to hearing from you! If you have any questions, please let me know:

Kristen Hogan, PhD | Pronouns: she, her, hers
Education Coordinator, Gender & Sexuality Center: Serving Women & LGBTQA Communities
The University of Texas at Austin | 512.232.1790 |
Author of The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism & Feminist Accountability (Duke University Press 2016)
“The fact is that there is no other work but the work of creating and re-creating ourselves within the context of community.” – M. Jacqui Alexander, Pedagogies of Crossing (Duke University Press 2006)

IE Pre Grad School Internship – Registration Confusion

Dear UT Undergraduates:


Please read below.

Are you thinking about whether graduate school is in your future?  Are you uncertain about what it would be like to be a graduate student and what academic program may be suited best to your interests and career goals?

If your answer to these questions is yes, you may wish to consider undertaking the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) “Pre-Graduate School Internship.”  This internship is open to students in all UT colleges/schools and departments.  You may earn one, two or three hours of academic credit (CMS 164M/264M/364M) by participating in the internship.

You may read more about this program (including FAQ’s, examples of internship activities and an easy to complete internship contract) on the web:

You may also be eligible for a Kuhn Intellectual Entrepreneurship Award.  This award is designed to encourage both first generation and economically disadvantaged undergraduate students to pursue their academic passions and to seriously consider graduate study.

The awards will be in the form of $1,000 stipends offered to a select number of qualified undergraduate interns. The award is intended to support and encourage students to pursue opportunities that further enrich the Pre-Graduate School Internship experience. (e.g., traveling to conferences, potential graduate school visits, research endeavors, supplies, books etc.)

In addition, each intern’s graduate mentor will be awarded a matching $1,000 stipend through the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.  For more information about this award, please go to:

If after examining these materials you have questions, please feel free to contact me at:

NOTE: Because of the generosity of several UT deans, undergraduates who do their pre-grad internship in programs in the following colleges will be eligible to receive travel grants to help cover part of the cost of attending an academic conference (with their grad mentor)– Law, Public Affairs, Communication, Nursing, Information, Architecture, Liberal Arts, Pharmacy, Business, Social Work, Geological Sciences, Education, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts.


Rick Cherwitz
Professor and IE Director

Richard Cherwitz, Ph.D.
Ernest S. Sharpe Centennial Professor, Moody College of Communication
Founder and Director, Intellectual Entrepreneurship  Consortium (IE)
Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
CMA 7.118B
The University of Texas 1 University Station A1105
Austin, Texas 78712
VOICE: (512) 471-1939   FAX: (512) 471-3504

Fall BDP Courses

Upcoming topics include:

Digital Arts and Media
Health Inequality
Public Policy
Professional Ethics
Human Rights
Museum Studies

• BDP 101 Forum Seminars and BDP 319 are open to all Freshmen and Sophomores
and to students in the Bridging Disciplines Programs.
• BDP 101 courses meet once a week for two hours for the first half of the semester.
• BDP 126 is open to ALL students with upper-division standing.

Fall 2017
BDP 101: Exploring Digital Arts & Media (61860)
W 5:00-7:00pm • MRH 2.634 • Professor Jack Stamps
Exploring Digital Arts & Media is a Bridging Disciplines Forum Seminar and one-credit course that aims to present a broad survey of digital art and media. For most of the eight seminars there will be a guest speaker in the first hour then in the second hour there will be a lecture/discussion period based on the presenter’s work and on the general topic. Students in this course will learn about the many areas of specialization that the phrase “digital art & media” covers ranging from the Internet to game design.

BDP 101: Introduction to Museum Studies (61865)
W 9:00-11:00am • MAI 220E • Professor Janice Leoshko
This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of museums, archives, libraries, galleries, and other institutional sites of collection, preservation, research, and education. Students will learn how museum professionals select and curate objects, define and serve their publics, and preserve and shape the histories, heritage, and identity of cultures and societies. They will also learn how scholars analyze museum practices of collection and representation, and how practices of curation have spread beyond museum walls.

BDP 101: Introduction to Public Policy (61870)
W 2:00-4:00pm • SRH 3.219 • Professor Edwin Dorn
The Bridging Disciplines Program in Public Policy has two goals: to introduce you to a substantive arena of policy, and to familiarize you with the policy-making process. Underlying these goals is an attitude toward the sources of change in a society, which is this: major transformations do not always begin with powerful leaders or large institutions; often, they begin with a scientific discovery or an act of protest. A journalist’s inquiry into the effects of agricultural chemicals, for example, gave rise to the environmental movement; and a black woman’s refusal to yield her bus seat to a white man galvanized the civil rights movement. In other words, this BDP provides insights into how change happens.

BDP 101: Professional Ethics in Law, Business, and Medicine (61875)
W 3:00-5:00pm • TNH 2.114 • Professor John Dzienkowski
This course presents and critically examines the regulation of professional ethics in three distinct professions. It compares and contrasts how the professions of law, business, and medicine address similar ethical dilemmas. We will examine the rules, the policies, and seek to determine the instrumental and intrinsic justifications underlying the rules. Students write three 3-page papers on ethical dilemmas presented in the three professions and a 10-page paper on an ethics issue in an area of their choice.

BDP 126: Thinking Like a Lawyer (61905)
M 2:15-3:15pm • TNH 3.127 • Professor Ward Farnsworth
This course introduces students to legal reasoning and to perspectives on the American legal system. We will study classic problems and cases from several branches of American law, including the law of contract, torts, and civil procedure. In addition to teaching students the style of thought used by lawyers and judges to solve problems, the course is an excellent chance for students interested in attending law school to sample the classroom experience.

BDP 319: Human Rights: Theories & Practice (61880)
MWF 9:00-10:00am • PAR 101 • Professor Evan Carton
This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary study and practices of human rights at home and around the world. Drawing on materials from the humanities, social sciences, law, fine arts, and public policy, the course will engage both historical precedents and contemporary debates over the relevance of a human rights discourse to academic inquiry and extracurricular advocacy. Divided into five sections, the syllabus is designed not only to encourage a broad understanding of human rights’ emergence into current public policy and persistent humanitarian narratives, but to facilitate as well the opportunity to research these concerns through specific topical examples, both issue-oriented and regionally-grounded.

BDP 319: Museum Studies (61885)
TTH 9:30-11:00am • ART 3.433 • Professor Chris Bell & Professor Julia Guernsey
This class, one of the foundation courses in the Museum Studies portfolio, is designed to introduce students to some of the main issues in museum studies and practices. The course will explore these issues through a focus on both art and natural history museums and their practices of collecting and display. Topics to be considered include issues of cultural heritage, the legalities of collecting, who “owns” specimens and works of art, the legacies of colonialism, issues of classification, and the relationship between collecting and global conflict.

“Bridging Disciplines Programs • FAC 338 • 512-232-7564”

Jewish Voices from Latin America — Fall 2017

Jewish Voices from Latin America — Fall 2017

Professor Naomi Lindstrom

SPC 320C (Unique 40225) – GC FLAG
Meets with JS 363, LAS 328

This course acquaints students with the work of outstanding
Jewish writers, filmmakers, and visual artists from Latin America
and the Caribbean while providing an overview of Jewish life in
communities throughout the region. We also read stories by Jorge
Luis Borges, who became enthralled with the mystical and magical
aspects of Judaism, such as Kabbalah and the Golem.
Taught in English

T/TH, 9:30AM -11:00AM

CBS Radio Dallas Internship Program

On behalf of CBS Radio Dallas, we would like to ask for your help in spreading the word about our internship program for the Summer Semester. As of last year we now offer students a paid internship with us here at CBS Radio. Students will still be able to take part in the fast paced learning environment that is provided while also being able to participate in a more hands on approach while earning the minimal base wage for up to 120 worked hours.  The student may also earn course credit from their institution if the school deems necessary however, a student no longer has to be eligible for course credit to seek an internship with CBS Radio. Attached is a flyer we would like you to post in the necessary places so that the students are aware of the application deadlines. While you may not be directly involved with your university’s internship activities, we ask that you make this information available to all students or colleagues of interest.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Please let us know that you have received the flyer and have extended the invitation. Thank you for your participation; our organization could not thrive without your help and your administration’s fantastic students.
Once students RSVP with a copy of their resumes they will receive the application, which is due back by May 12, 2017 –
Please send questions or concerns to

CBS Radio Dallas is home to a cluster of 6 local stations with formats such as Sports, Light Rock, Hot AC, News, Classics, and Spanish. Internships include those in programming, promotions, production, sales/marketing, and accounting.

Hiring: Summer Student Workers

The Jackson School is looking to hire 2-3 student workers (undergrad or graduate student) this summer to help with various facilities-related projects.  If you  have any students looking for summer employment options please share the following information with them.  Thanks!
Nicole Evans

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The Jackson School is looking to hire 2-3 student workers (undergrad or graduate student) this summer to help with various facilities-related projects such as:
·         Clearing out lab and storage space;
·         Assisting with minor building maintenance and repairs;
·         Moving rock collections, office furniture, and lab equipment;
·         Helping full-time facilities staff with facilities-related projects.

Attendance and punctuality are top priority so applicants must demonstrate reliability in these areas.
A very close second is the ability to follow instructions and remain attentive to safety at all times.
At least some experience with hand tools, power tools, and performing manual labor over an extended period of time are preferred.

~$9-11/hr  relative to classification (Freshmen, Sophomore…Grad Student)
Positions may be 20-40 hours/week depending on applicant schedule and availability
Work hours are between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday

Start / End date:
June 1 – August 31st (negotiable depending on availability and schedule)

To Apply:
Email the following directly to Nicole Evans
·         Resume
·         Calendar showing schedule of availability for June 1-August 31st
o   Show days/hours of summer courses (if enrolled) at UT, ACC or other
o   Include hours available, between 8am-5pm, each date
No phone calls please.
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M. Nicole Evans
Assistant Dean for Student Services & Administration
Jackson School of Geosciences, UT Austin
Main Campus JGB 6.218E   ph: 512.471.2916

We’re going on a trip #CCStakesDallas

CCS is ditching our desks and taking the show on the road. We’re going to where the action is, visiting with actual employers and seeing how things are done in the real world of communication.

Two days to network, ask questions, and get inside the minds of the pros. Join us!

Career Connect is open to the first 18 Moody College students to sign up on Career Source with deposit (cancellations after Friday, April 28 will be charged $75) and submit all requested materials.

Career Connect: Dallas – Monday, May 8 – Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Employers: Dieste, TPN, The Marketing Arm, Hearts & Science, The Integer Group, Reel FX, Texas Instruments

Sign ups begin on Career Source at 9:00am TODAY, Monday, April 17.

How to Register

Step 1: Login into CareerSource
Step 2: Click Events from the Menu
Step 3: Select Career Fairs – Communication Career Services; Keyword Career Connect
Step 4: Register!
Step 5: Submit a $75 deposit via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) or by check. If paying by credit card, you can submit your payment at the point of your registration, or you can make your payment via phone by calling Communication Career Services at 512-471-9421. If paying by check, your payment must be received by Communication Career Services in BMC 2.302 before your space is confirmed. Checks must be made payable to “Communication Career Services.”
Step 6: Submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest in working for one of the employers included in Career Connect: Dallas to for review.

Step 7: Attend a Career Connect Pre-Departure Briefing (see options below).  Please bring a valid form of identification.

Tuesday, May 2 in BMC 2.508 at 12pm

Thursday, May 4 in BMC 2.508 at 5pm

All participating students are required to attend a Pre-Departure Briefing.

Note: All attending students are required to be transported from UT to the employer site visits on a chartered bus and provided by Communication Career Services.

Visit  for more information or contact Clint at


Communication Career Services

College of Fine Arts VAPA Courses

Below are all Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) courses offered by the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin in fall 2017. All courses on this list fulfill the university core requirement for a VAPA course required for all majors at the university. Many of these courses also fulfill other flag requirements for degrees, and those flags are noted in the course descriptions. Three classes—Jazz Appreciation, Intro to Visual Arts and Intro to Theatre—are offered in an online format as SMOC courses.

See some exciting course trailers (link is external)!

Butler School of Music VAPA courses

MUS 302L: Introduction to Western Music

MUS 303C: Fundamentals of Music: Classroom Instruments

MUS 303D: Fundamentals of Music: Guitar

MUS 303E: Fundamentals of Music: Piano

MUS 303M: Introduction to Music in World Cultures

MUS 306M: Elements of Music

MUS 307-1: Music of African Americans

MUS 307-2: History of Rock Music

MUS 307-3: Jazz Appreciation [ONLINE]

MUS 334: Music of African Diaspora

Department of Art and Art History VAPA courses

ARH 301 Intro to Visual Arts [ONLINE]

ARH 302 Survey Ancient Thru Medieval Art

ARH 303 Survey of Renaissance Thru Modern Art

ARH 329N Art & Architecture of Late Antiquity

ARH 330G Art at Court: Gothic Period

ARH 332L Northern Renaissance Art 1500-1600

ARH 337K 20th Century European Art to the 1940’s

ARH 339M American Art 1958-1985

ARH 339R Art, Art History, and Medicine

ARH 345J Contemporary Art African Diaspora

ARH 346L Africana Women’s Art

ARH 347K Art & Arch of Ancient Peru


Department of Theatre and Dance VAPA courses

TD 301: Introduction to Theatre [ONLINE]

TD 317C Theatre History Thru 18th Century


Arts and Entertainment Technologies VAPA courses

AET 304: Foundations of Arts and Entertainment Technologies

Real Estate Certificate Curriculum Changes & Summer/Fall Registration

The undergraduate Real Estate Certificate Program has made several changes to the curriculum requirements and real estate course prerequisites, which are outlined below.  To help you advise students interested in the program, please also see the attached program flyers containing course offerings for Summer and Fall 2017, as well as side-by-side comparison of program requirements by course catalog.

Changes to Curriculum and Real Estate Course Prerequisites
1. Beginning Spring 2018, the prerequisite for R E 358 is changing to CREDIT for FIN 357 for all students, regardless of major, course catalog or date of admission to the program. Upon acceptance to the program, non-business majors may request a registration waiver by emailing Professor Way.

2. Beginning with the 2018-2020 Course Catalog, R E 376G is required for everyone; however, the course is highly encouraged for all students, regardless of catalog. R E 376G will now be offered each fall and spring semester.

If you have any questions, please contact me or Professor Way, Program Advisor.

Best regards,

Rachel Allen
Program Director

Real Estate Finance & Investment Center
University of Texas at Austin
McCombs School of Business

P: 512.232.6842 | CBA 6.432L
Submit a position to the UT Real Estate Job Board

RTF Courses for Non-Majors | Summer & Fall 2017


Because the history of American race relations has long been governed by the simplistic binary of black and white, the constructions of blackness in popular media carry significant implications for how race – both blackness and whiteness — and identity more generally are understood in national culture and society.  How have different popular media — at different industrial, historical, and cultural moments — variously constructed this racial category, and thus made blackness both visible and meaningful for American audiences?  In addressing this question, this course will critically examine the representation and production of blackness in commercial American film and television, from the emergence of cinema on the eve of the 19th Century through classical Hollywood to the digital, post-network, conglomerate present. Through surveying American film and television history, we will track key movements, texts, and figures in the history of mediated blackness.  We will explore such topics as stereotyping and the politics of representation; independent and/versus mainstream black media producers and productions; feminist critiques and intersectional identities; and black audiences, among others.  In screening and discussing texts like The Birth of a Nation (1915), Imitation of Life (1934), The Cosby Show (1984-1992), Do the Right Thing (1989), Atlanta (2016-), and Moonlight (2016), among many others, this course will prepare students to critically analyze race and the media.  It will introduce them to key concepts and methodologies from media studies, critical race and feminist theories, and cultural studies, and teach them to apply them through lectures, discussion, and weekly screenings; quizzes and a final exam; written screening responses; and a group project.

This course will introduce you to writing for film and television, delving into the three primary elements of screenwriting:  story, character and structure.   In lecture, we will carefully examine each step of the screenwriting process – from the initial premise, through character exploration and treatments, to writing the first draft – then apply those steps to the development of your own scripts in workshop. The class will also focus on critically examining produced scripts and films from a screenwriter’s perspective, in order to learn more about the craft.

From an independent production company struggling to survive to a highly profitable global conglomerate, the history of the Walt Disney Company echoes the history of the U.S. media industries. Disney offers generative insights into children’s culture as well as into corporate behaviors and logics that govern media production. In this course, we will consider the role of industry in textual analysis as well as the value of texts for understanding industry. We also will hone our knowledge of the cultural studies framework through close attention to race, gender, sexuality, and class both on screen and behind the scenes at Disney. Through in-depth formalist and ideological analyses of representative Disney narratives, students will better understand Disney and American media in general, both on screen and behind the scenes.

Introduction to historical, cultural, political, economic, and international characteristics of film, television, and other media in society.

Animation, Visual Effects, Digital Painting and CGI are used to produce digital content for a variety of media including films, animation and interactive formats like video games and VR/AR.  This course is an interactive, online experience designed to teach you the foundational Digital Media Production tools: Photoshop, After Effects, Adobe Animate (Flash) and Maya. Through creative hands-on challenges, you will apply digital media tools and techniques to a variety of tasks in the pipeline of production from concept, storyboard, layout to compositor, VFX, CG and interactive design.  In the end, you must choose:  Will you become a generalist across all digital media production, will you specialize in one discipline or will you define a new role in digital media production? Please note this is a brand-new, web-based upper-division course; it will be open to any upper-division student at UT.

Lastly, RTF s317-NARRATIVE STRATEGIES & MEDIA DESIGN (second session) and RTF f318-INTRO TO IMAGE & SOUND (first session) will be open to non-majors from the beginning of registration. This is the best—and oftentimes only—opportunity for non-majors to take these courses.

For a full list of RTF summer offerings, check here

FALL 2017

RTF 305 will continue to be web-based and open to non-majors.

Love the movies? Join us and explore how the movies developed from a circus amusement to multinational industry as well as how film can be understood as socio-cultural, technological, aesthetic and economic artifact. Global in scope, this course will sample a variety of “national cinemas” in order to compare and contrast how moviemaking developed uniquely in different parts of the world. We will also address how decades of popular and critical attention to the glamour and gossip surrounding Hollywood movies has affected our understanding of “American” cinema. The course fulfills VAPA requirements, and is designed for non-RTF majors who have not taken previous coursework in film or media studies. Both an in-person and web-based version of this course are being offered for Fall 2017. A reminder that this class is now officially VAPA-approved!

We also have three upper-division RTF courses that will have some seats available for upper-division non-majors:

This course is a survey of international film history for undergraduate students who seek an understanding of the history and aesthetics of the motion picture. On a weekly basis, it consists of two 75-minute lectures and a screening of a feature-length film. All RTF majors interested in learning more about the development of the motion picture are welcome, regardless of concentration. The course will cover the history of the medium from beginning (Thomas Edison and the Lumière brothers) to 1960.  While the history of cinema will be looked at from various perspectives (as a technology, an industry, an entertainment medium, and a mode of personal and national expression), particular attention will be given to the evolution  and development of film’s formal elements. Several written assignments are designed to acquaint students with how research in film history is conducted; in addition, three exams are also required.

Animation, Visual Effects, Digital Painting and CGI are used to produce digital content for a variety of media including films, animation and interactive formats like video games and VR/AR.  This course is an interactive, online experience designed to teach you the foundational Digital Media Production tools: Photoshop, After Effects, Adobe Animate (Flash) and Maya. Through creative hands-on challenges, you will apply digital media tools and techniques to a variety of tasks in the pipeline of production from concept, storyboard, layout to compositor, VFX, CG and interactive design. In the end, you must choose:  Will you become a generalist across all digital media production, will you specialize in one discipline or will you define a new role in digital media production? Please note this course will be web-based and all prerequisites will be waived for any upper-division student.

What is going on in the media industries today? What kinds of issues and challenges are entertainment industry professionals dealing with? This class has two key goals: First, students will learn how the media industries operate, gaining a sense of the “big picture” of the contemporary film, television, and digital media landscape. Large-scale issues being faced by those working in the entertainment industry – including the impact of conglomerate ownership, regulation, globalization, and digitization on creative practices and work roles – will be addressed through readings and class discussion. Second, students will hear from a series of guest speakers coming from Hollywood, New York, and Texas about the range of career opportunities available in the entertainment industry today. While some of these speakers work in production (writing, directing, editing, etc.), other guests will include attorneys and talent agents, as well as development, production, and marketing executives.

As always, there may be additional RTF courses open(ed) to non-majors during the registration period. Interested students should frequently check the online course schedule as restrictions may be lifted at any point during any registration period.

More information on RTF courses available to non-majors (for Fall 2017) is here.