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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.

Fall 2018 Lecture Series

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)
September 24 | 7-8 p.m. | Bass Concert Hall

Keffrelyn Brown will be lecturing on Getting Schooled v. Seizing an Education: How Adopting a Growth Mindset Can Transform You and Change the World. There is a difference between going to school and getting and education. Do you know the distinction and why it matters? Taking a unique position on growth mindset, Dr. Brown will describe how becoming more curious, engaged, open, and fearless learners increases our capacity to make a difference—and how to get started.

Robert Crosnoe will be highlighting the work of UT social and behavioral scientists on the Mindset Scholars Network, which is dedicated to using research to foster learning mindsets in young people that promote educational success and reduce educational inequalities. He will also discuss the results of the National Study of Learning Mindsets, a nationally representative intervention that is situated here at UT Austin. The major focus of this lecture will be growth mindset, or the belief that intelligence can be developed.

Robert Duke will be discussing how research in the psychology of learning has revealed a great deal about the fundamental principles of human learning, yet much of what we do in education effectively ignores those principles.

Turning Points
Featuring former UT Presidents William Cunningham and William Powers, Jr.
September 25 | 7-8 p.m. | Bass Concert Hall

Careers are often not linear in trajectory, and today’s students need to prepare for a dynamic and unpredictable workplace. Many will undoubtedly take on multiple positions, likely involving opportunities that unexpectedly come their way. Please join us for an informative and inspiring University Lecture Series event in which former UT presidents, William Cunningham and William Powers Jr., will discuss memorable turning points in their lives that led them to their important positions at UT Austin.

Bass Concert Hall does not permit backpacks. Please travel light and only bring the essentials (i.e. notebooks, pens). Leave backpacks and non-essential items at home.

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Additional Events

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.

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