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The Helen and Jeff Herbert Family University Lecture Series

Designed to create a campus-wide conversation, the Helen and Jeff Herbert Family 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 Helen and Jeff Herbert Family University Lecture Series is made possible by a generous gift from the Herbert Family.

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Fall 2022 Herbert Family Lecture Series

Black Austin Matters: Highlighting the Stories in Our Community
Dr. Richard Reddick & Dr. Lisa Thompson
Monday, Sept. 12, 7-8 p.m., Bass Concert Hall

How do you learn about a community that is in transition? What do individual stories tell us about the whole? How can researchers interact with and contextualize a city and state in innovative ways? How can we use technology to provide an auditory snapshot of a place and time? Our experience as friends and colleagues with different disciplinary backgrounds, with a shared investment in the importance of the stories in our community guided us to collaborate and co-create the KUT podcast and radio segment Black Austin Matters. Recording interviews of Black Austinites and sharing those interviews in a podcast, as well as on the air creates a broader and more diverse community conversation. Archiving and foregrounding the stories of citizens who are often marginalized can shift not only how we see our hometown, but our world.

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Two Guys on Your Head: Doing “well” in school… in every sense of the word
Dr. Robert Duke & Dr. Art Markman
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7-8 p.m., Bass Concert Hall

Success in school means different things to different people, but those who gain the most from their college experience behave in ways that allow them to learn effectively, remain physically healthy, and experience pleasure in all aspects of their academic and personal lives. In this talk, we’ll examine core principles of learning, motivation, and resilience and connect them to the common features of happy and rewarding lives.

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