Monthly Archives: February 2015

Paul and Mary Ho Distinguished Lecture in China Studies

Eugenia Lean, Paul and Mary Ho Distinguished Lecture in China Studies

Wed, February 18, 2015 • 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM • AVAYA Auditorium, Peter O’Donnell Jr. Building (POB) 2.302


Dr. Eugenia Lean, Associate Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, will be this year’s Paul and Mary Ho Distinguished lecturer in China Studies.

Dr. Lean received her BA from Stanford, and her MA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. She joined the Columbia faculty in 2002. The American Historical Association awarded the 2007 John K. Fairbank prize for the best book in modern East Asian history to her book, Popular Passions: The Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Popular Sympathy in Republican China (University of California Press 2007). In 1935, Shi Jianqiao avenged the death of her father by murdering his killer, the warlord Sun Chuanfang as knelt in prayer in a Buddhist temple. The book examines both the crime and the subsequent trial, demonstrating how public sentiment—as galvanized by Shi Jianqiao and her defense team, and fueled by popular media—played an important role in her eventual exoneration. Lean uses the events to describe passion as an important part of the formation of a critical urban public.

Her lecture, Fabricating the Future: Coastal Cuttlefish, Magnesium Carbonate, and a Strong Dose of Vernacular Industrialism in Early Twentieth-century China, draws from her current research project, Manufacturing Modernity: Chen Diexian, A Chinese Man-of-Letters in an Age of Industrial Capitalism. This project examines the intersection among vernacular science, commerce, and the ways in which knowledge and things are authenticated in an era of mass communication.  The American Council of Learned Societies supported this project through a 2010-2011 Charles Ryskamp award.

National Women’s Studies Association fellowships

NWSA Graduate Scholarship
NWSA will award $1,000 to a student who, in the fall of the year of the award, will be engaged in the research or writing stages of a Master’s Thesis or Ph.D. Dissertation in the interdisciplinary field of women’s studies. The research project must enhance the NWSA mission. This opportunity is open to current NWSA invididual members.

Current individual membership
Online application form (preview here)
PDF of CV sent to
Two letters of recommendation sent to

Click here to access the online application form

Deadline: May 15 each calendar year

Lesbian Caucus Award
The purpose of the annual NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award is to provide a $500 research award in recognition of a Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation research project in areas of Lesbian, Queer, and LGBT Studies that resonates with the mission of NWSA.

Letters of recommendation must be emailed to  no later than May 15 of each calendar year.

Deadline: May 15 each calendar year

Student Professional Development Funding

Title: Student Professional Development Funding

Sponsor: Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES)

Deadline: 03/13/2015

Amount: $500/$1,000 max.


Description: Open to all graduate students at UT, CREEES is offering Professional Development assistance for pursuing an internship​, fieldwork/research, or​​ ​presenting at a conference, for students whose interest pertains to Russia, Central or Southeast Europe, or Eurasia (including the Caucasus or Central Asia). Awards ​will be issued up to $1,000 for international travel or $500 for domestic travel. International travel does not have to be to ​​​the ​​region, but it must be for research or professional development having to do with the region.


How to Apply: Apply directly to the sponsor by March 13. See the grant announcement for a complete list of materials to be submitted with the application.


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Lunch with Chancellor McRaven

Good morning,
A small group of graduate students are invited to have lunch with Chancellor McRaven to discuss issues of graduate life here at UT Austin. This is a rare and exciting opportunity given the Chancellor’s purview and workload.
The lunch will be held on Monday, March 23. If interested in attending, please email Jennifer Jendrzey by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 13, 2015.
Thank you,

Jennifer A. Jendrzey
Communications Director
Graduate Student Assembly

Admissions Update

Dear applicants,
The admissions committee will finalize its decisions over the next two weeks, and we plan to file admissions decisions between February 23 – March 13. You will receive an email from the admissions system alerting you to the decision.
Please note that we do not maintain a “waitlist” for admissions. An applicant is either admitted or not.
If you plan to be in Austin for SXSW and would like to visit campus, please let me know. Part of SXSW occurs during Spring Break so it can be difficult to arrange meetings with faculty.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Best regards,
Jennifer Tipton
Graduate Coordinator | Asian Studies

Workshop: Time Management for Researchers

Time Management for Researchers

Scholarship on graduate student and faculty success strongly suggests that academics who publish on a regular basis don’t necessarily work more than anyone else, but use their time strategically. This two-hour  workshop will provide a quick overview of the research on scholarly writing and its relationship to time management and procrastination. The final third of the workshop will concern apps, programs, and practical strategies for managing the writing process effectively.
In person: PCL 1.124

March 27                                  12-2pm
RSVP encouraged, but not required

Taught by Trish Roberts-Miller of the University Writing Center



In anticipation of the 14th Annual Sequels SymposiumE3W invites you to the first of two Prequels events this semester. This roundtable on Digital Race and Sexualities will focus on the work of our distinguished alumnus, Shaka McGlotten. In Virtual Intimacies: Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality(2013), McGlotten explores the promise and power that the Internet and social media offer to queer men of color as they navigate relationships and communities. The panelists – Dr. Neville HoadAlex Cho, and Lily Zhu – will discuss the implications of McGlotten’s work for Ethnic & Gender Studies, considering also how his book enriches our understanding of the political uses of the digital. The panel will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 3:30pm, in PAR 308.  

Sequels, an annual symposium sponsored by the Ethnic and Third World Literatures specialization in the Department of English, hosts distinguished graduates and honors their recently published books.The 14th Annual Sequels Symposium will take place on April 9-10 at UT Austin and will feature Shaka McGlotten (Purchase College, SUNY) and Jeremy Dean (Education Czar at Genius) as keynote speakers. Inspired by McGlotten and Dean’s work, the symposium will consider how networking, whether social, activist, or educational, has taken on profound new dimensions in the digital age. In addition to the keynote addresses, graduate student panels will showcase research that intersects with McGlotten and Dean’s scholarship.

SEQUELS CO-CHAIRS: Allison Haas & Lauren Grewe

SPONSORS: The Department of English and Ethnic & Third World Literatures (E3W)







Graduate Student Tax Seminar: March 3, 2015

Graduate Student Tax Seminar: March 3, 2015 | AVAYA Auditorium-POB 2.302 | 7:00 P.M.
Individual tax returns are due April 15th! To ease some of the panic associated with filing a tax return, please join us for a seminar discussing the basics of tax return preparation. Topics will include the common forms used, how your graduate student/ fellowship income should be reported, possible deductions and credits you may be eligible for and where to find additional information. This presentation is directed at DOMESTIC graduate students with incomes of $35,000 or less.

The Project, UT’s Largest Day of Service

On February 28, UT community members will volunteer at various sites in East Austin. Projects include planting trees, painting, building picnic tables, etc. You can see all of the volunteer opportunities at Most of the shifts appear to be around 5 hours long.


The Project, UT’s Largest Day of Service, is in 26 days!  We are recruiting 2200 volunteers and event staff (Team Leads) for February 28th.  Since January of 2013, we’ve been working with the Holly/East Cesar Chavez neighborhoods to get to know residents, map community resources, and to volunteer alongside a rapidly changing community.   After Project 2014 we had 1850 volunteers and 15 community organizations working at 36 sites, making a nearly $400,000 economic impact.  We’re proud  to support the Austin community that supports UT so well, and we hope you’ll join us in giving back – we welcome all UT faculty, staff, alumni, and families!

To volunteer:

Are you a student interested in leading a piece of the event?  We’re looking for Team Leads who will manage some part of the day – applications are due 2/9!

See you there!

Hook ‘Em,

AMORY BARIL, Assistant Director, Student Engagement Programs

The University of Texas at Austin | Longhorn Center for Community Engagement | 512-232-6593 |


Volunteer tutors for veterans

My name is Gina Bass and I am the Program Coordinator for the Veteran Academic Success Initiative at Student Veteran Services. We are currently looking for graduate students who are interested in volunteering to tutor veterans in all subject areas. This is a great way to give back to fellow students, as well as veterans. If you have students who are interested, they can email me at with the subject areas they are willing to tutor in and their availability.


Thank you for your assistance!





Gina Bass

Academic Success Coordinator, Student Veteran Services

Office of the Dean of Students

The University of Texas at Austin

(512) 232-2835 office