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University Lecture Series

University Lecture Series

Designed to create a campus-wide conversation, the University Lecture Series gives first-year students an opportunity to interact with leading members of our faculty—scholars, scientists, and civic leaders who are nationally and internationally renowned. All students, faculty, alumni, staff and community guests are invited, but the events will be aimed at entering first-year students. The series is funded by the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Excellence Fund for Undergraduate Studies.

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Fall 2018 Lecture Series

Kwame Anthony Appiah Lecture
November 1 | 5 p.m. | Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium

Kwame Anthony Appiah is among the most distinguished ethical philosophers writing today. He writes for The New York Times Magazine. His most recent books include The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen and Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers.

If you would like your students to attend, please give us as accurate a count as you can of those who will require student seating. We will rope off a section of preferred seating in the center of the auditorium for students in classes for which we have received notice. If your students wish to sit together, they will have to arrive as a group, mustering outside first. Please advise them to arrive no later than 4:45 p.m. for student seating.

Concluded Fall 2018 Events

Keep Calm and Grow Your Mind
Featuring Dr. Keffrelyn D Brown (Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education), Dr. Robert Crosnoe (Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts), and Dr. Robert Duke (School of Music, College of Fine Arts)

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.

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Turning Points
Featuring former UT President William Cunningham and professor Daron Roberts

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.

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