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Moody College of Communication

The Moody College of Communication believes in diverse, talented people and their collective power to change the world through communication.

Undergraduate and graduate students, numbering nearly 5,000, master the foundations and pursue the innovations of advertising, communication and leadership, communication studies, journalism and media, public relations, radio-television-film and speech, language, and hearing sciences.

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Moody College Events

  • Monday March 1, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

    WHEN:             Monday, March 1, from 3—4:30 p.m.

    Shirley Thompson, Ph.D., American Studies, African and African Diaspora Studies
    Traci-Ann Wint, Ph.D., Lecturer, African and African Diaspora Studies
    Skyller Walkes, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Pharmacy

    Ya’Ke Smith, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Moody College of Communication
    Dave Junker, Director Moody College Honors Program

    In racial justice movements as well as in popular music, Black women have been at the center of political action and artistic creativity. Yet their voices have rarely been given their just recognition. Perhaps this is about to change. Does the increased visibility of Black women in popular music – along with recent films on Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Ma Rainey – suggest a corrective to this history and a new era of greater equity and inclusion?  Artistically, culturally and politically, what have Black women been telling us through their music over the years, and what should we be listening for today? In this special panel of Black women scholars and music fans, we’ll address these and other questions by listening to and discussing selected tracks from important and overlooked Black women artists from jazz to neo-soul, and from hip hop to the rich musical mix of the Black diaspora.

    This event is sponsored by the Moody College Honors Program; the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Moody College of Communication; and the Center for Women and Gender Studies.

    CONTACT: Dave Junker,

  • Tuesday March 2, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

    Overdoing Democracy: The Problem of Political Polarization

    Dr. Robert B. Talisse, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University

    March 2, 2021 ¦ 3:30PM-5:00PM ¦  Via Zoom

    Register for Link Here (Free):

    Democracy is such an important social good that it seems natural to think that more is always better. However, we also recognize that it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. In this talk, Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt University) draws from current findings regarding political polarization to argue that, as important a social good as democracy is, it is nonetheless possible for citizens to overdo it. Today, our everyday activities are increasingly fused with our political profiles: commercial spaces, workplaces, professions, schools, churches, sports teams, and even public parks now tend to embody a particular political valence. When politics is permitted to saturate our social environments, we impair the capacities we need in order to enact democracy well. In a slogan, when we overdo democracy in this way, we undermine it. The solution is to build venues and activities where people can engage in cooperative activities together in which their political identities are neither bolstered nor suppressed, but simply beside the point. If we want to do democracy well, we need to put politics in its right place.

    Dr. Robert B. Talisse is the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. An internationally recognized theorist of democracy, Talisse has lectured throughout the world about democracy, moral disagreement, political polarization, and the ethics of citizenship. Overdoing Democracy: Why We Must Put Politics in its Place is his tenth book. Among the books he has authored are Why We Argue (And How We  Should) (with Scott Aikin), Democracy and Moral ConflictA Pragmatist Philosophy of Democracy, and Democracy After Liberalism.

    The Media Ethics Initiative is part of the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. Follow Media Ethics Initiative and Center for Media Engagement on Facebook for more information.

    Media Ethics Initiative events are open and free to the public.

  • Wednesday March 3, 5 to 6 p.m.

    General information session for students interested in participating in the Semester in Los Angeles (UTLA) Program for the Fall 2021 semester and beyond.

  • Wednesday March 3, 5 to 6 p.m.

    Join the Department of Radio-Television-Film and Moody College’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for a conversation with Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Ya’Ke Smith, and award-winning film director, Shaka King.

    King‘s latest project Judas and The Black Messiah chronicles the FBI’s aggressive infiltration of Chicago’s Black Panther Party which ultimately led to the assassination of its chairman Fred Hampton.

    The film is getting rave reviews and has been named as one of AFI’s movies of the year and is now nominated for two Golden Globe awards. Professor Smith and Shaka King will discuss King‘s film work, his evolution as a filmmaker, and how he uses film to address the most pressing issues of our time.

    Before the talk, we recommend that, if possible, you watch Judas and the Black Messiah—now streaming on HBO.

    RSVP to join the conversation.

  • March 4 - 5, All Day Event

    The Center for Media Engagement is proud to host COGSEC, an online conference that will bring together a community of practitioners on the front lines of dealing with and actively combatting the efforts of malign actors online.

    COGSEC will be held online March 4-5 and will feature practical workshops on hunting and neutralizing online influence campaigns. We invite students, scholars, journalists, activists, NGO professionals, and anyone with an interest in the real-world tools and techniques being used to deal with media manipulation threats in the field.

    Tickets are $10 for general admission, free for students at UT-Austin, and $5 for anyone with a valid .edu email address. Register now: 

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