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Lecture Series Provides Perspective on Learning and Leading

The twelfth annual University Lecture Series brought first-year students from the Class of 2022 to Bass Concert Hall for two nights of lectures from some of the top faculty members at The University of Texas at Austin. Signature Course students are required to attend one of the lectures, each designed to create a campus-wide conversation. This year’s lectures, Keep Calm and Grow Your Mind, and Turning Points, addressed the importance of education and leadership.

The series began with three perspectives on the importance of education. Robert Crosnoe, a professor in the Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts, focused on the “growth mindset,” the belief that intelligence can be developed. Crosnoe discussed the results of the National Study of Learning Mindsets. Keffrelyn Brown, a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, made the distinction between going to school and getting an education. She also challenged students to remain open and fearless throughout their time in college. Robert Duke from the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts talked about what it takes to form a memory and how students can incorporate this research to improve their learning.

The second night was all about passing on life lessons. Former UT President William Cunningham reflected on his time at the helm of the university as well as his stint as Chancellor of the UT System and as a member of the board of Southwest Airlines. Daron Roberts discussed the twists and turns of his professional career. Roberts served as student body president at UT as an undergraduate, went on to graduate from Harvard Law, and coached in the National Football League. He is now a professor in the College of Liberal Arts and founding director of UT’s Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation.

The University Lecture Series is supported by the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Excellence Fund for Undergraduate Studies. View archived ULS events.