Monthly Archives: March 2014

American Studies Graduate Events Committee: Spring Symposium theme of SECURITY/INSECURITY, featuring Dr. Torin Monahan

Please join the American Studies Graduate Events Committee for our Spring Symposium on our departmental theme of SECURITY/INSECURITY, featuring Dr. Torin Monahan. Dr. Monahan is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He’s the author of the 2011 Surveillance Studies Book Prize winning text Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity (2010) and has published a number of works on surveillance and security programs and their relationship to social inequality. Dr. Monahan’s current NSF-funded collaborative research project analyzes data-sharing practices through Department of Homeland Security “fusion centers.”

Dr. Monahan will be speaking in Garrison 1.126 on Thursday, March 27th, at 5pm. He will be introduced by Simone Browne, Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies here at UT. Dr. Browne has written extensively on surveillance and race, and will facilitate a Q&A after the talk. This event is sponsored by American Studies and The Robert R. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, with special thanks to the UT Graduate Student Assembly.

An abstract of Dr. Monahan’s talk:

The voracious collection and promiscuous sharing of data define contemporary security organizations. While the seemingly disembodied, intelligent, and passive nature of new surveillance techniques appears to be less prone to bias or abuse, such techniques are infused with interpretive actions that afford racial, religious, and political profiling. Drawing upon empirical research on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “fusion centers,” this talk will explore the politics of emergent security paradigms. Fusion-center officials propose to fight distributed networks of criminals or terrorists with similarly distributed digital networks that overcome traditional jurisdictional boundaries. Through their intelligence activities, though, fusion centers perform an erasure, or a selective non-generation, of data about their own practices, thereby creating zones of opacity that shield them from accountability. This is concerning particularly because fusion centers are rapidly becoming primary portals for law-enforcement investigations and the model for information sharing by security agencies more broadly.

We hope to see you there!

-AMS Grad Events Committee

— Rachel

Rachel Rutter

Graduate Coordinator – American Studies Department

University of Texas
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Austin, TX 78712


Apply to be a Graduate Student Assembly Officer!

The Graduate Student Assembly is looking for executive officers for the 2014-15 operating year.  Serve on the executive board of the Graduate Student Assembly, the official voice of all 13,000 graduate and professional students at the University of Texas at Austin. 
As a GSA Officer, you have the opportunity to learn valuable leadership skills as you represent one of the largest graduate student bodies in the country.  You will connect with other graduate and professional students from across the University while promoting the academic welfare of graduate students.
Officer positions are varied and suited to many talents.  The list of open positions is:
Administrative Director

Academic Affairs Director
Communications Director

Finance Director 
Legislative Affairs Director
Programs and Events Director
Student Affairs Director

Each of these positions is described more fully in the attached application.  Completed applications should be dropped off in the GSA Mailbox in SAC 3.102 or sent via email (PDF) to by Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 5 PM CST.
GSA Officers are compensated for their dedication with a stipend of $2,000/year, plus a University parking pass.  All graduate and professional students, including working TAs and RAs, are eligible to apply.

For more information about the GSA, please contact your departmental representative or visit:


Spring 2014 Symposium
with special guest respondent Professor “Dumpster” aka Jeff Wilson


This year at the annual Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability Annual Symposium participating students from across the University will present their sustainability research in an exciting poster session. Topics range from sustainable preservation, to placemaking, to environmental stewardship in urban environments. “Green in the New Black” students from Hutson-Tillotson will be attending the event to join in on these collaborative sustainability discussions. Lunch will be provided.

WHEN: Friday, April 4th 12:00-2:30pm 

WHERE: Goldsmith Hall Review Room 3.118 

RSVP to:

The Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability provides Master and Doctoral students at the University of Texas at Austin with a trans-disciplinary framework to study and research issues related to sustainability. The program supplements a student’s graduate work, similar to a minor area of study or a certificate.


For more INFORMATION, visit

or contact the program coordinator, Catie Carter at

catie carter
Research Associate – Center for Sustainable Development
PhD Student – Sustainable Design
The University of Texas, Austin – 512.475.7996 

Talk: “Enemies of the State: Pussy Riot and the New Russian Protest Culture” by Artemy Troitsky

A legend of Rock culture in Russia joins us in Austin tomorrow– don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear him speak!

Talk: “Enemies of the State: Pussy Riot and the New Russian Protest Culture” by Artemy Troitsky

Thu, March 6, 2014 • 12:30 PM • Avaya Auditorium, ACES 2.302


Artemy Troitsky is a celebrated Russian activist, cultural critic, university lecturer and journalist. He is the author of Back in the U.S.S.R. : The True Story of Rock in Russia (1987) and Tusovka: Who’s Who in New Soviet Rock Culture (1990), as well as several recent Russian-language volumes on music and culture in Russia. He has lent his voice to the Putin-era culture wars, including the circumstances around the arrest, imprisonment, and recent release of Russian punk band members, “Pussy Riot.”

Click here for an NPR broadcast on Russian Rock Culture featuring Troitsky from Sound Opinions on WBEZ Chicago!

Check out our flyers for this event here.

This talk is sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Plan II, the Department of English, the Department of Theater and Dance, the Performance as Public Practice Program, the Program in Comparative Literature, and the Department of Communication Studies.

Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies &
Center for Russian, East European, Eurasian Studies
The University of Texas at Austin, BUR 444
2505 University Ave., Stop F3600
Austin, TX 78712


Project IMUSE

Dear Recipient:

Hello, my name is Brian Oh and I am a junior at Harvard University. I am contacting you because I am a student representative from Harvard IMUSE (Initiating Mutual Understanding Through Student Exchange), emailing you to ask for your assistance in publicizing our summer conference in China this year to undergraduate and graduate students. We received your contact information from the international center of your respective university, and hope that you will notify individuals to apply to this wonderful opportunity.

IMUSE ( founded in 2008 through a collaboration between Harvard University, Peking University, and Tsinghua University students, aiming to foster mutual curiosity, respect, and understanding between people in China, Europe, and the United States. Our conference provides top college and graduate students an intimate forum for discussion and deep personal reflection about key issues affecting China and the world today. What makes IMUSE different from other conferences is its small size of 30 participants selected through a rigorous application process in which we choose the brightest university students from US, China, and around the world.
The publicity task is simple. We only ask that you will be able to notify your organization(s) and individual(s) of this opportunity, and to put posters around the university when we send it the file to you. This will help us create a diverse group of individuals interested and involved in the conference.
Please let us know if it is possible for you to publicize this opportunity and if there are other contacts we should email.
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards,
Brian J. Oh