Arts and Humanities News Archive

April 9, 2013: Robert Plant Armstrong Scholarship Promotes Student Success

Jin KatherineFor Katherine Jin MFA’12, graduate education may have been vastly different had she not received the generous Robert Plant Armstrong Scholarship. Jin, an international student focused on reexamining the role of photographic and video images in art, arrived at UT Dallas via Beijing and Canada. During her three years taking night classes, Jin endured five-hour round trips on public transportation from her home in Fort Worth to the University. Despite her commute, she is extremely appreciative of the support that allowed her to pursue her education. “It was an honor to receive the scholarship,” she said. “As an international student, the funds helped reduce my tuition to more of an in-state rate.”

The scholarship was endowed through a bequest from Dr. Robert Plant Armstrong, who served as a faculty member in the School of Arts and Humanities from 1974 until his death in 1984. Since that time, hundreds of students have benefited from his forethought and generosity.



April 4, 2013: A&H Professor to give lecture at Southern Methodist University

Shari GoldbergDr. Shari Goldberg will be giving a lecture at Southern Methodist University as part of the “Thinking About Legacy Lecture SeriesentitledThe Camera's Agency: Taking and Other Photographic Work“. Organized by the “Thinking about Agency” Fellows Seminar, this lecture series will explore the nature of agency- the capacity, condition, or state of acting or exerting power- across a range of disciplines.


Lecture Abstract:

In response to increasing concern about the capacity of photography to effectively bear witness to suffering, Goldberg turns to the discursive history that attributes to the camera an intentional violence.  Words like taking, shooting, and capturing indicate a particular apprehension of the photographic process: through the middle and end of the nineteenth century, photography was consistently figured as affecting a material transfer, whereby a part of piece or aspect of the photographic subject was conveyed and maintained on the chemically treated plate.  To hold a daguerreotype portrait, then, was to hold as well the person whom it depicts, so that the image was not a representation so much as an instantiation of what existed elsewhere. Goldberg proposes that this earlier perspective resonates with recent theories of materiality that advocate dissolving the sharp line that holds structures of knowledge essentially separate from objects of knowledge.  By insisting on the connection between the material world and the materiality of the image, the earlier discourse may help us to refigure the indexical identity of the photograph and more exactly understand its political agency. 

The Camera's Agency: Taking and Other Photographic Work
Dr. Shari Goldberg,
Literary Studies, University of Texas at Dallas
Tuesday, April 16th
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Southern Methodist University
Fondren Science, Room 152

February 20, 2013: Open Rehearsal for Swingle Singer Performance

The Swinlge SingersOn Friday, The Swingle Singers are joined by the UT Dallas Chamber Singers at the Eismann Center. Chamber Singers will accompany The Swingle Singers for their arrangement of "Lady Madonna." Get a sneak preview of this performance Thursday at 4 p.m. during the open rehearsal held in Jonsson Performance Hall.

For further details contact:
Kathryn Evans
[email protected]




February 19, 2013: A&H for Athletes

A&H for AthletesIn an effort to create more continuity on campus, as well as increase interest and attendance at on-campus events, the school of Arts and Humanities is launching A&H for Athletes. The plan is to provide A&H students incentives to attend more sporting events. These sporting events range from athletics(including golf, softball, tennis, etc.) to club events (including the UT Dallas Debate Team and Recreational Sports).

Goal: More continuity on campus

How: Attend 4 events between Feb. 23 - April 20, 2013; obtain signature and title of person in authority at the event (i.e.-coach, trainer, player, statistician) on A&H for Athletes official form; snap a photo on your phone or camera watching event; bring your proof to A&H advising suite located on 4th floor of Erik Jonsson Academic Center after you have reached your 4 events.

Incentive: Prizes will range from gift cards to stylish A&H backpacks.

Get out and show support for those who represent YOUR UTD!

Check your UTD email for schedules for: athletics, chess team, debate team, and recreational sports.

For any additional information, contact Amber Miles, Academic Advisor, [email protected]

November 12, 2012: Dr. Alma Bennett, who earned a PhD in the humanities from UT Dallas and was named a distinguished alumni in 2008, passed away.

Dr. Alma Bennett, 71, professor of English and humanities, died Oct. 18 from complications associated with kidney cancer. A graveside service was held Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Mizpah Cemetery in Durant, Miss.

A memorial service will be held at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 2 p.m., Dec. 2.

A member of the Clemson faculty since 1991, Bennett was known as a generous scholar and mentor. Author of a book on the writer Mary Gordon, she also edited a collection of conversations with Gordon and published numerous articles on subjects as wide-ranging as Dante and the photographic artist Cindy Sherman. Bennett also served as president of the National Association for Humanities Education. Recently she edited two volumes for Clemson University: Women and Clemson University by Jerome Reel and a collection of biographical essays on Clemson founder Thomas Green Clemson.

As an innovative teacher, Bennett developed and taught over 30 different courses during her time at Clemson, from a comparison of the Italian, English and Harlem Renaissances to “Literature and Arts of the Holocaust,” to “East-West Exchanges of Literature and the Arts: Europe, USA, and Japan” to “The Arts, Politics and Technologies of Food” to her most recent offering, an honors seminar on the Nobel Prize winners.

Her adventurous spirit and love of travel were combined with her devotion to teaching in the many summers during which she led study abroad trips to Italy. Serving as director of the M.A. in English for 10 years, she was a concerned mentor for dozens of graduate students and also an active participant and mentor in the Calhoun Honors College and the National Scholars program. For these and other services to Clemson University, she received the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Calhoun Honors College, the Gentry Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities, the Clemson University National Scholar Award of Distinction as well as the prestigious Class of 1939 Award for Excellence.

Bennett is survived by her brother, George Bennett, and wife, Sara Ann of Starkville; niece, Laurie Bennett Johnson and husband, Chip of Hernando, Miss.; nephew, Robert Bennett and wife Lisa, of Savannah, Ga.; cousins, Cordelia Seawright Bealor and husband, Jesse of Lynn Haven, Fla.; Jessi Seawright Ogburn and husband, Joe of Shelby, N.C.; and Raye Bennett Morris of Abilene, Texas.

Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, Columbus, Miss.; French Camp Academy, French Camp, Miss.; or a charity of your choice.

Read more about Bennett here

October 26 ,2012: Professor Re-issues Work in Ebook Format

2011 Spur Award winner and UT Dallas professor Clay Reynolds has re-issued all his works of fiction in ebook format. The ebooks include the historical western and Pulitzer and WWA Spur Award finalist and Violet Crown-winning novel Franklin’s Crossing, along with the historical western The Tentmaker, and novels set in contemporary or near-contemporary times, Monuments, Ars Poetica , Threading the Needle, Players, Agatite, and The Vigil.

Larry McMurtry has called Reynolds’ work “ambitious and absorbing.” Reynolds’s novels, which are often set in the American West, are known for their themes of grit, daring, mystery, and the display of determination on the part of the characters even in hopeless or overwhelming conditions bred by living in an unforgiving, starkly beautiful landscape. Stephen King called Reynolds “a write of scope, vision, and vigorous storytelling ability.”

We are proud to bring these great novels to ebook readers,” says Tony Daniel, editor at Baen Books who published the digital copies. “And we’re very happy to give them new covers and generally put them in the form their author desires and the books deserve.”

The Reynolds ebooks will be available in multiple ebook formats, including for Kindle, atBaenebooks.com They are available both individually and in a bundle of eight for a significant discount.

For more information email [email protected] or call 1-800-ITS-BAEN

October 23,2012: Director of UT Dallas Asia Center Recieves 2012 Constellation Award.

Monique Wedderburn, director of the UT Dallas Asia Center, has received a 2012 Constellation Award from The Asian American Contractors Association of Texas (AACATX). Wedderburn was recognized with the Venus Award, which is presented to a woman-owned company or woman that significantly impacts the growth of AACATX members. She received the award at the Second Annual AACATX Awards Luncheon on October 23, 2012.

The AACATX awards are designed to thank and highlight those who are giving outstanding opportunities to minority business enterprises. more

October 22, 2012: Faculty to perform at Undermain Theater in Dallas.

BURYING OUR FATHER: A Biblical Debacle
Written by Fred Curchack
Performed by Fred Curchack and Laura Jorgensen
Wednesdays through Saturdays – October 31 to November 17
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm ($15.)
Fridays at 8:15pm ($20.) and Saturdays at 8:15pm ($25.)
Senior, Student, KERA & Group discounts available
Tickets: (214) 747-5515 for easy fee-free online ticketing
Undermain Theatre
3200 Main Street.  Dallas, TX 75226 (between Hall & Exposition in Deep Ellum)
Free attended parking at Trunk & Main

Musical Features Faculty's Original Compositions
Frankenstein the Musical is in a revival production at Dallas' historic Pocket Sandwich Theater. The show's composer is UT Dallas music faculty member Mary Medrick, who originally wrote the score in 1984, a collaboration with the theater's founder and the play's author Rodney Dobbs. A rather spooky musical comedy, the show begins with 19-year-old Mary Shelley, struggling to compete in a ghost storytelling contest with her husband Percy and the infamous Lord Byron, among others. Shelley finds herself dreaming the enduring legend of the creature, with each of her real life associates showing up as characters in her progressively more disturbing dream. The score captures the romantic and the hallucinatory with a nod to Chopin, serial music and tango. Read the review here.

Professor's Book Becomes Hollywood Movie
Dr. Matt Bondurant’s 2008 book, The Wettest County in the World, has made the leap to the big screen, and on Wednesday, Aug. 29, the film adaptation opened in theaters in a movie called, Lawless, starring Shia LaBeouf. Read more.

July 3, 2012: Electronic Fashion Camp

Amy Pickup, an EMAC grad, is putting on a 3-day camp for young girls interested in engineering, technology and fashion. Campers will discover how microcontrollers work and create their own electronic fashion project using the LilyPad Arduino, a sewable microcontroller that bridges technology and the arts.

The camp will be held August 1-3, 2012 at Oil & Cotton in the Bishop Arts District. We're looking for smart and courageous young girls, ages 12-14, to come experiment with female engineers, technologists, media experts and fashionistas to create one-of-a-kind LilyPad Arduino projects. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Read more about the camp at or check out the event on Facebook at

June 15, 2012: Megan Gray: Undergraduate Advisor of the Year

Megan Gray has been named the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Advisor of the Year. UT Dallas recognized Gray’s excellence in advising with an award of $1,000.

"I would like to offer a huge thank you to my students. It is a privilege to get to journey with such a stellar group of people. They, and my colleagues, make the School of Arts and Humanities a fantastic place to work," said Gray.

June 14, 2012: Students receive Bryce and Jonelle Jordan Scholarships

Eleven students from the School of Arts and Humanities will receive a total of $15,750, thanks to the Bryce and Jonelle Jordan Scholarship Fund.

The fund's annual awards support undergraduate students in music, theater, dance, creative writing, visual arts, and arts and technology. The 2012-2013 recipients will each receive up to $2,500.

This year's winners include:

Visual Arts
Narongsukchai Tintamusik
Luke Harnden
Pierre Krause
Dana Lieja
Katherine Crowell

William Vulcan
Eli Alderink
Sarah Martinez

Creative Writing
Robert Howell

Caroline Curley
Devin Ewing

May 8, 2012: Creative Writing Students to Spend Summer Working on Craft

Program Boasts List of Student Publications for School Year

Lily Ounekeo and Susan Norman, graduate students in the School of Arts and Humanities, have both been accepted to the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, hosted by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Working closely with faculty and a core group of peer writers, Ounekeo and Norman will generate new work and revise work in progress. Admission to the workshop is competitive and drawn from faculty nominations.

Norman also will have a short story, "Casco on the Foam Planet," published by the celebrated literary journal, Literary Review later this year.

For the 2011-2012 school year, a number of other students in the creative writing program at UT Dallas have published work in different anthologies and literary journals:

  • LaToya Watkins' short story, "The View," has been accepted for publication in The Lunch Ticket, a new literary review being published by Antioch University in Los Angeles. Watkins has also has seen the publication of two other stories, "American Death," in Specter Magazine in September 2011; and "Straight Dollars or Loose Change" in Kweli Journal, January/February, 2012.
  • Steve Howell published a short story, "The Price of Dying," in Riversedge in the Fall 2011 edition.
  • Adam Cheney published a short story, "Child and Dragon," and a poem, "Caliban's Dream of His Dam," both in Aelurus, the spring 2012 edition.
  • Lauren Leibowitz published "Green," a story in Cicada Magazine, September/October 2011 and has had a second story,"Gold," accepted for publication in Weird Tales, in late 2012.
  • Elizabeth Bruce published a story, "Watching Over Pink Pea," in Windhover in April 2011 and also published her story, "Vermin," in Concho River Review, fall, 2011.
  • Michael Federico also published a short story, "The Five Steps," in an anthology, The Endlands, Volume II, slated for 2012 publication from Hobbes End Publishing Company.
  • Allene Nichols published three poems: "Myrtle" in Conclave, Fall, 2011; "Kepler," in Science Poetry Anthology, fall 2011; and "There is no safe place," in Ginger Piglet, spring 2012.
  • Toni Muñoz published a creative non-fiction piece, "Obsessive-Compulsive Boob Behavior," in Concho River Review, fall 2011;
  • Mark Jenkins published a prose poem, "Dangerous Safety Tips" in Moti 3: All the Livelong Day: An Anthology of Writing About Work, from Mote Books in 2011;
  • George Henson has seen two translations published: "Fátima, Queen of the Night," from the short story by Miquel Barnet, accepted for publication in World Literature Today, July 2012; and has had his translation of "Continuity of Hell" from the story by Andrés Neuman, accepted by World Literature Today for the September 2012 issue.
  • "Don't Forget These Moments, Though They May Bury Us" a poem by Chris Foltz published in ISLE by Oxford Univ. Press - forthcoming in the fall.

Creative writing courses will be offered this summer, for more information, go here

April 26, 2012: Winner of 1st Annual Sherry Clarkson Prize Announced: Terje Saar-Hambazaza

Congratulations to Terje Saar-Hambazaza, the winner of the first annual Sherry Clarkson prize for the best conference paper or presentation at the RAW Symposium. The prize is named in honor of Ms. Sherry Clarkson, who served for many years as the Graduate Coordinator in the School of Arts and Humanities. The pool of submissions was quite strong, which shows the quality of this year's presentations.

This year's winner is Terje Saar-Hambazaza for "'You're Scared of Me Just Because I'm Myself': Anzia Yezierska and the Reconciling of Multiple Identities." This presentation exemplified the qualities outlined in the guidelines for the Prize: academic excellence; clarity and fluidity of prose; significant findings and/or conclusions. The paper presented the argument in an accessible and clear prose that allowed a larger audience to converse with the text and grapple with the argument. The argument was topical, as it related to current issues of assimilation, immigration, and identities. Overall, the presentation conversed with a larger academic discourse.

An Honorable Mention was awarded to Brad Hennigan for his paper "Toward a Methodology for Writing Dynamically Immersive Branching Dialogue in Digital Games and Simulations." The Committee felt that Hennigan's work was notable for the significance of its findings.

November 29, 2011: CentralTrak Hosts Family Day: December 3

On Saturday, December 3, CentralTrak will be hosting a family day in the gallery, for parents and their children to come in an experience the current exhibit, "One Song, Three Composers," in an unique way.

The gallery will be transformed into a workshop space for families to create their own color collages in response to visiting artist Shannon Novak's work. The collages that are created will be transcribed and played by a musician. This activity works toward the theory of synesthesia—the idea that one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color.

November 22, 2011: Glasstire Reviews Seriality Exhibition, curated by John Pomara

Seriality, curated by John Pomara, presents the work of ten primarily North Texas artists who embrace seriality through form, process and content. more

September 26, 2011: The School of Arts and Humanities announces: The Gavin Hambly Scholarship Competition, 2011

A $500 scholarship, awarded annually in honor of the late distinguished historian of the Ancient Near East and Mughal India and beloved professor of Historical Studies at UT Dallas.

Only Historical Studies majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible. A student can become a candidate for this scholarship by self-application or by nomination by a faculty member in Arts and Humanities. In the first scenario, the student must submit a 250-word personal statement and secure two academic letters of reference. The second scenario is slightly more elaborate: The student must be nominated by an A&H faculty member, who also commits to providing one of the letters of reference. After confirming that the student has a GPA of 3.5 or above, she will be notified that she is a nominee. If she chooses to compete, she must submit a 250-word personal statement and secure a second letter of reference. The deadline for submitting all materials is Oct. 31, 2011. Nominations will be accepted starting immediately. Send all materials and nominations, or questions, to [email protected]. Electronic submission is strongly preferred. Materials in hard copy may also be submitted to Prof. Peter Park, Mail Station JO31.

September 21, 2011: Video Gives Sneak Peek of Friday, Sep. 23 and Saturday, Sep. 24 Events at CentralTrak

September 5, 2011: Songs in the Key of Life: UT Vocal Quintet Offers Up "The Meaning of Life"

"If classical music in general suffers from the perception of elitism, then early music groups suffer more than most from that dreaded label. Even most classical music buffs are not interested, mostly because they don't know much about it and fear two hours of boredom... Not so, insists Kathryn C Evans,...this music was sort of the ABBA, well maybe the Four Seasons, of its time" read more

September 2, 2011: UT Dallas Student Exhibit Featured at Mckinney Art Walk

Please join us at Second Floor Gallery, Saturday, September 10, for the reception of student exhibition, Solvent 2! The gallery will be open all day as a participant in downtown McKinney's monthly second Saturday art walk. The evening reception from 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm will feature live music and drinks.

August 17, 2011: Video Showcases Faculty Member's Novel

Dr. Matt Bondurant talks about his book "The Wettest County in the World" and upcoming movie based on the book starring Shia Labeouf. Watch YouTube Video

August 10, 2011: Dallas Gallery selects UT Dallas Artists

The New Texas Talent Exhibit Juried show at Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas has chosen UT Dallas artists for its opening Saturday, Aug. 13, including:

  • Adjunct Lecturer, Visual Arts: Mary Ellen Lacy
  • ATEC grad student: Lori Robertson
  • Current Visual Arts Student: Stephanie Hargrove
  • UT Dallas Visual Arts alumni: Grant Billingsley

April 2, 2011: PhD Candidate Places Second in Art Competition

T.J. Griffin earned Second Prize at the 2011 Rising Eyes of Texas: an annual exhibition for undergraduate and graduate students emerging in the visual arts.

April 1, 2011: Ackerman Center For Holocaust Studies Celebrates New Location

The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies has moved into a new home on the UT Dallas campus. Their new suite, on the 4th floor of the Jonsson Academic Center, hosts a media room, computer lab and lending library, which is "always full of students studying," according to Pfister.

On Sunday, April 3, at 4 p.m., the Ackerman Center will host an open house to showcase the new surroundings. This event, held in the Arts and Humanities Foyer on the 4th floor of the Jonsson Academic Center, is open to the public - please RSVP to [email protected].

March 10, 2011: Facutly Member cast in play featured at Horton Foote Festival

Akin Babatunde will be playing "Doug" in "Dividing the Estate ," March 11 - April 9 at the Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre (2400 Flora Street, Dallas). The play is part of the Horton Foote Festival. A hit on Broadway last year, "Dividing the Estate" is a clear-eyed, witty portrayal of a family slow to surrender its sense of entitlement--and quick to start a feeding frenzy when the matriarch passes on.

Februrary 22, 2011: Students Get Positive Review for Permanent Collection

The North Dallas Gazette, Tues., Feb. 22 by Rick A. Elina:
"... Mr. North, a black character capably played by white actor, Jonathon Horne, has been named head of the Morris Foundation. From the first moment that Mr. North enters, he does so with strides so purposeful, there is little doubt that the new guard has now taken over the watch... Now enter Paul Barrow, a white character played by black actor Bill Hass... Mr. Hass convincingly portrays his character as a loyal protector of the past. The stage is now set for a clash between the old guard and the new. The object of their ensuing battle will be the display of African art by the foundation, in violation of its founder's vision and last will. The race card is now dealt, with new layers being added to the struggle..." read more

Februrary 5, 2011: Faculty Member Receives Honor for Essay

Dr. Monica Rankin's essay, "La ropa cósmica: Identity and Fashion in 1940s Mexico," published in Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (SLAPC), Vol. 28 (2010), has been selected as the "Honorable Mention" for the Twenty-Fifth Annual Carlos and Guillermo Vigil award given for the best article in each issue. The announcement of the honor will be made in the next issue of SLAPC, Vol. 29 (2011), scheduled to be in print by May of this year.

January 30, 2011: New Video Exhibition at CentralTrak Explores What Happens When Things Go Wrong

Glitch exhibition Jan. 15 - Feb. 5
Technology is often seen as the answer to many problems, but it can also be the cause. Glitch is a video exhibition at CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, which highlights the recent investigations of a dynamic group of artists who are investigating digital error. What normally would be considered a malfunction of computers, networks and interfaces either by design or by accident is exploited here in dramatic fashion, whether through video, stills, or sound. Glitch explores the possibilities and spaces and moments that are exposed when things go wrong.

The free exhibition runs Jan. 15 - Feb. 5, with an opening reception Saturday, Jan. 15, from 6 - 8 p.m. Participating artists include Matt Brooks, Jon Cates, Paul B. Davis, Kyle Kondis, Lovid, Shane Mecklenburger, Tom Moody and Jenny Vogel.

Glitch is the fourth in a series of video exhibitions curated by UT Dallas faculty John Pomara and Dean Terry. Says Terry, "The glitch has well-worn uses as a narrative device. In popular media, glitches are a cue for the paranormal. Serious glitches: harbingers of doom. Lights go out, cell signals fade: prepare for the worst. Celebrating uncertainty, mishap and creative misuse, and transgressively exposing what we are not meant to see, glitch artists also participate in an aesthetic of abjection and resistance."

CentralTrak is located at 800 Exposition Ave. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 - 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (214) 824-9302 or email [email protected] or go to

January 27, 2011: Charissa Terranova: Gallery Walk Through

You are invited to a gallery walk through with Charissa Terranova

Thursday, January 27 at 6pm
Dallas Contemporary
161 Glass Street
Dallas, Texas 75207
The event is free, please rsvp at [email protected]

Listen to Charissa Terranova's perspective on current exhibition Christian Wulffen: Bridges and Constructions.

Charissa N. Terranova is Assistant Professor of Aesthetic Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas. She lectures and teaches seminars on art and architectural history, theory, and criticism and media and new media theory. She is a scholarly writer and freelance curator and critic working both nationally and internationally. She is the Editor of Art, Architecture, and New Media Studies for the scholarly journal Transfers: New Mobility Studies.

Dr. Terranova's book-length manuscript on the automobile and perception is currently under consideration for publication. Titled Automotive Prosthetic: The Car, Technological Mediation, and the Conceptual Turn in Art, 1951-Present, the book focuses on conceptual art, the aesthetic experience of seeing the world in motion through the car window, and the global political economy of the car in the post-WW II period.

December 15, 2010: Korean Students Get the American College Experience

Three Korean student interns at The University of Texas at Dallas have since returned home, but their memories will last a lifetime. The students were the first participants in the new Global Communication and Leadership Institute (GCLI), which plays a key role in the development of a global humanities program designed to foster international understanding.

On December 7, Seungeun Lee, Yeonggyeong Park and Heechan Song returned to Seoul, where they are students at Hanyang University, after spending the past two semesters at UT Dallas under the watchful eye of Tom Lambert, senior lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities.

In addition to attending classes and conducting research at the University, the students took part in a program of communication and cultural activities with Lambert, who explained, "The program is based on a need to prepare students for a global work environment, one in which the need for skills intercultural communication is increasingly commonplace. The intent is to expand this to other universities in other countries."

With Lambert's guidance, the Korean students took advantage of the resources available to them at UT Dallas. Lee took courses in electrical and computer engineering, Park studied biology, and Song focused on management and philosophy. Though their coursework differed, they all agreed that the biggest lesson learned came outside the classroom, meeting people from other cultures and backgrounds. "Having grown up in Korea surrounded by a single ethnic group, I was eager to meet people from different cultures and experience diversity," said Song. "They say America is a 'melting pot,' and it's true! My roommate was from Turkey, and it was very good learning to communicate with him. There is lots of diversity here, especially at UT Dallas."

Park added that "based on this experience, learning a new language and meeting new people, I decided I want to be a doctor. I have two more years in university, but will then go to medical school." She said a UT Dallas biology course, "Human Anatomy and Physiology," helped make up her mind.

Lee and Song also have big plans for the future, as both intend to return to America for graduate school - perhaps at UT Dallas. Lee in particular wishes to pursue electrical engineering and thinks UT Dallas might be the place for him.

And they would certainly be welcome. Arts and Humanities Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education Shelley Lane said, "These three students are the first among what I hope will be many more to come at UT Dallas."

November 20, 2010: UT Dallas Faculty Member Wins Award

Akin Babatunde won the 2010 Audelco Award for Best Director/Musical Production for "Blind Lemon Blues," of which he is the co-author (with fellow UT Dallas alum Alan Govenar), director, musical arranger, choreographer and star. The Audelco Awards, which honor excellence in Black Theatre, were presented at Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Inc.'s Marian Anderson Theatre in New York, on Monday, November 15.

November 10, 2010: UT Dallas Faculty Member has Radio Interview

Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth was interviewed on KERA's "THINK" program on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. She was promoting her new book, When the Danube Ran Red, an extraordinary and moving account of Ozsváth's own experience of the Holocaust. Tune in to 90.1 FM to hear her interview! Click here to listen

November 5, 2010: PhD Alumna's Short Story Selected for Presentation

PhD alumna, Lori Stephens, short story, "Epidural," is selected by the "Texas Bound" committee for presentation during their program on April 11, 2011. They will use the story as a "closer" for the evening. The story was originally written in a graduate short fiction workshop taught by Dr. Clay Reynolds. The committee has designated it as a "star story," meaning they will try to obtain the services of a major celebrity actress to read it.

Dr. Stephens teaches English at SMU. Her first novel will be released in the Spring of 2011 and she is scheduled to present a reading on UT Dallas campus on January 27.

October 30, 2010: Literary Studies Student Selected for Research Award

Literary studies student Sally Stewart has been selected to receive a University of Texas at Dallas Undergraduate Research Scholar Award. The award carries with it a $500 stipend for Stewart and an additional $300 in research support funds for her faculty advisor, Dr. Theresa Towner.

Says Towner, "Sally won the research award to support her honors thesis project, which is a study of vampires in literature and their cultural significance as it has changed over time. Specifically, she treats Bram Stoker's "Dracula," Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles," and Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. Sally's an outstanding student, who is planning to become a teacher."

October 18, 2010: UT Dallas Faculty Member on Conference Discussion Panel

Dr. Marge Zielke is part of a panel discussion at the 4th Annual Technology Trends Conference, held Oct. 18 at the Westin Park Central Hotel in Dallas. Zielke will speak on "Social Networking as a Tool, " addressing the future of social networking, as well as challenges and risks that go along with it. Register online at

October 15, 2010: UT Dallas Faculty Member Nominated for Four Awards

Akin Babatunde was recently nominated in four categories for the coveted New York Audelco Award for Excellence in Black Theater. His show, "Blind Lemon Blues," received the nomination for Best Director, Best Choreographer, Best Ensemble and Best Musical Production of the Year . Babatunde says he is thrilled to be nominated in the same category as famed director and choreographer Susan Stroman.

In addition to being on the faculty at UT Dallas, Babatunde is serving as an adjunct professor this Fall, teaching two courses in "Fine Arts Appreciation" at Mountain View College, and will be a guest lecturer on the poets of the Harlem renaissance at Brookhaven College.

October 9, 2010: UT Dallas Faculty and Student winners at the Hub Shorts Film Festival

Micki Saba, Michele Hanlon and UT Dallas graduate student Danielle Georgiou recently had dance video works presented by the Hub Shorts Film Festival Dance for Camera Series. Hanlon's "The Guitarist" placed second in the Producer's Pick category and took first place in the Audience Award competition. Georgiou's "Roam" placed third in Producer's Pick, second in Audience Award and won first place in the Box Office category.

September 21, 2010: UT Dallas Professor to Interview Chosen Author

The Richardson Reads One Book program has asked Jessica Murphy, assistant professor of literature at The University of Texas at Dallas, to interview the author of the 2010 selection, The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Murphy will have a conversation with Garth Stein during a private luncheon at the Richardson Women's Club on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Stein's book, narrated by a philosopher dog, tells the story of a sometime race-car driver, Denny Swift, as he builds his own family and deals with life's challenges.

Now in its seventh year, Richardson Reads One Book aims to build community participation in an annual program that selects and reads one particular book that is carefully chosen for its general interest as well as for its timely, thought-provoking issues; and to encourage citizens of our richly diverse community to come together to openly discuss the book and the issues it raises. The chosen book will be available in paperback and will be accessible to high school as well as to adult audiences.

September 16, 2010: Associate Professor of Aesthetic Studies to perform

Please join us for our Members Salon!
6961 Lakewood Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75214
Thursday, Sept. 16, 8pm to 9:30pm
featuring Cindy St. John and Venus Opal Reese

Cindy St. John is the author of City Poems (Effing Press 2009) and People Who Are in Love Will Read This Book Differently (Dancing Girl Press 2009). Her poems have Cindy St. John appeared in many magazines, including The Southern Review, H_NGM_N and Cimarron Review. She holds an MFA from Western Michigan University and currently teaches literature and creative writing in Austin, Texas.

Venus Opal Reese is a tenured professor of Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas and an award-winning solo.

Venus Opal Reese performer, playwright, director, choreographer and poet. Her solo performance work, Split Ends, was featured on the cover of the Palo Alto Weekly, showcased at the Black Repertory Theatre in Rhode Island, and ran off-Broadway at La MaMa ETC. Split Ends was nominated for an AUDELCO Award. Dr. Reese was recently featured on ABC News and in Glamour Magazine and Diversity Inc., as an expert on race, beauty, and culture. Her performance with the Hip-Hop Theatre play, Will Power's The Seven (a retelling of plays by Aeschylus), was featured in the American Theatre Magazine and won three Critic's Choice Awards.

September 13, 2010: Recent Publications Validate ATEC Professor's Work

The work of Dr. Mihai Nadin, Arts and Technology (ATEC) professor and director of antÉ - Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems at The University of Texas at Dallas, is extensively referenced in two recent publications. Both are substantive acknowledgements of the importance of his research.

In his book To Live is to Change, author Frederic Chorda presents Nadin's views on the dynamics of human development. Nadin does not explain change after it occurred, but rather deals with what makes change necessary. He sees anticipation as "the science of change" since human action is affected not only by previous and current states, but especially by possible future states. The book is one in a series, published by Anthropos in Barcelona, Spain, focusing on complexity.

Nadin has also written the chapter entitled "Play's the Thing: A Wager on Healthy Aging." in the book, Serious Game Design and Development: Technologies for Training and Learning (IGI Global Publishers). The book examines the high-tech delivery of simulated environments, and bridges the gap between development and science. Nadin presents examples of research carried out on the AnticipationScope (which combines motion description and neurological data and makes a digital record of it) set up in the Motion Capture (MoCap) Lab at ATEC.

September 5, 2010: Publication Annoucements

Sarah Bowman, who received her PhD in Humanities in 2008 and is currently an adjunct instructor in ATEC, has recently published The Functions of Role-Playing Games. It's a revised version of her dissertation.

Wei Shao, a PhD candidate in Humanities, has published the Chinese version of her memoir, Homeland, with the New Century Publishing House in Taiwan.

August 30, 2010: Dallas Museum of Art Welcomes Mexican Poet Homero Aridjis As Part of its México 200 Celebration

Richardson, Texas (August 30, 2010) - As part of the Dallas Museum of Art's "México 200" celebration of the bicentennial of Mexican independence, acclaimed poet Homero Aridjis will give a reading on Friday, September 17, at 9:00 p.m. at the Dallas Museum of Art's monthly Late Night. The bilingual reading will come from two of Aridjis' poetry books, Solar Poems and Eyes to See Otherwise (both in English translation). A book signing will follow. This special event will be presented in partnership with The Center for Translation Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Late Night is held every third Friday of the month and the museum remains open until midnight. September's Late Night includes performances in the galleries, Mexican films, creativity challenges, and family activities that celebrate Mexican culture, as well as an After Hours Music Showcase featuring the Tejas Brothers.

A poet of worldwide renown, Aridjis has published 38 books of poetry and prose, many of them translated into a dozen languages. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships and numerous awards, including the Global 500 Award from the United Nations Environment Program on behalf of the environmental association he founded, International Group of 100, in 1987, and the Prix Roger Caillois from France for poetry and fiction in 1997. President Emeritus of International PEN and former Mexican ambassador to the Netherlands and Switzerland, Aridjis was until recently Mexico's ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The poetry reading is open to the public, and is included in general admission to the Museum. Adults $10; students (with a current Texas ID) $5; children 12 and under and DMA members free.

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August 10, 2010: UT Dallas Professors Make it a "Late Night"

Two members of the Arts and Humanities faculty at UT Dallas will take part in the Late Nights program at the Dallas Museum of Art this Friday, Aug. 20.

Frank Dufour will give a brief presentation about his favorite work of art at 9:00 pm, and Susan Briante will give a poetry reading at 9:30 pm

The DMA's Late Nights program allows guests to interact with artists, from poets to sculptors, with an evening of performances, Creativity Challenges, artist demos, and artist talks. The event runs from 6 pm - 12 am

During the Late Night on Aug. 20, DMA members get a sneak peek of the new exhibition African Masks: The Art of Disguise before it opens to the public on Sunday, Aug. 22.

General admission for the DMA: $10 for adults, $7 for ages 65 and older, $5 for students with ID, free for kids under 12, free for DMA members.

Visit LateNights at the DMA for more information.