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Moody College Honors Program News & Events

Ethical Theory X Practice Panel Series

Ethical Theory X Practice Panel Series

This is the first panel in the Ethical Theory X Practice Series, a public discussion dedicated to faculty research and how that research can inform Advertising and Public Relations practices related to ethics, equity and diversity. This panel will be held over Zoom at https://utexas.zoom.us/j/97398739548 on February 3rd at 1:30 pm.

Austin City Council meeting 10/29/20

City Council Approves Funding for Colony Park

Honors student Aisling Ayers reports on an important milestone for the Colony Park neighborhood: approval of a $400,000 investment by the Austin City Council at its Oct. 29 meeting. Colony Park is a community partner of the Moody College Honors Program.

Fear of a Black Planet album

30 Years of Fear of a Black Planet

The year 2020 marks the 30-year anniversary of one of the most important hip-hop albums of all time, Fear of a Black Planet by Public Enemy. On Wed., Nov 18, Black scholars and hip-hop fans Ya’Ke Smith, Richard Reddick, Christen Smith, and Roger Reeves will discuss the sonic and lyrical dimensions of this milestone in the expression of black consciousness.

Women Leading Positive Change poster

Women Leading Positive Change

On Nov. 13, 11--12:30 a.m., join three recent alumni and one current student for a discussion on the leadership of young women. Faith Castle (Co-founder, BlackPrint), Andrea Fernandez, (National Organization of Women, Austin), Jane Claire Hervey (Founder, #bossbabesatx), and Zoraima Pelaez (Civil Rights Advocate, UT Law student) will answer questions from moderators Michel Fabode (People Strategist, Dell Technologies) and Carolyn McGourty Supple (Executive Director, Press Forward).

Still from Brother

Reflections on Art as Activism Panel

Honors student Emily Anaya reflects on an important conversation between students and Professor Ya'Ke Smith, whose film "Brother" provided a springboard for questions about racism, the role of film in social activism and how to face the challenges that come with being a Black filmmaker.

Sarah Smarsh

An Evening with Sarah Smarsh

Anyone who wishes to understand our deep national divisions must also understand the complex interactions of economic inequality, class identity, and rural America. Few writers can provide that understanding – through careful research and their own upbringing among the white working poor – like Sarah Smarsh. On Thursday, Nov 12, Smarsh will deliver a livestream lecture open to the UT community.

Ya'Ke Smith Headshot Courtesy of Greg Schnabel

Art as Activism: A Conversation with Filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith

If we are in the midst of a long-overdue national conversation about race, what role does film, art and storytelling play in that conversation? Award-winning filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith and a panel of Moody Honors students will discuss such questions as reflected in Professor Smith’s recent short films, Brother, Dear Bruh, The Pandemic Chronicles and The Beginning and Ending of Everything.

Barbara Scott and other community members gather at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Colony Park District Park.

Fighting for Peace of Land

Black lives matter is more than a rallying cry against police brutality. It’s a far-reaching argument about a legacy of neglect and a failure to connect.

Honors students at the first ever Day of Service, painting and beautifying Webb Middle School.

Student Council Recognized, New Officers Announced

For fostering a small community of big ideas, our Honors Student Council could not be more vital. At the Spring Honors Reception, we had a chance to thank those who have been instrumental in establishing the Honors Student Council as the beating heart of the honors community during a pivotal time.

David Wallace Wells was the year’s featured speaker. Moody honors student Emily Anaya, pictured with microphone, joined Wells and other students on stage for a follow-up panel discussion.

Spring Honors Awards Upstage Coronavirus

At the Virtual Spring Reception, student excellence and service dominated the headlines.

David Wallace-Wells

"A Story of Mythological Proportion"

David Wallace-Wells, author of climate warning "Uninhabitable Earth," to give honors keynote on November 12th at 3:30.

Honors Spring Reception Award Winners

Senior Achievements Recognized

At the 2019 Honors Program Spring Reception graduating seniors were recognized and the new officers of the Honors Student Council were announced.

John Moore

Seeing a Thousand Words

Just prior to being named winner of World Press Photo of the Year for 2019, John Moore paid us a visit that included a public lecture and panel discussion, as well as honors class visits and the following interview.

Brooke Gladstone visits the Moody College Honors Program on Oct. 11

A Conversation with Brooke Gladstone, Award-Winning Journalist and Co-Host of NPR’s ‘On the Media’

To help kick-off the new Moody College Honors Program, award-winning radio host Brooke Gladstone is visiting the Moody College of Communication on Oct. 11 for a moderated discussion and Q&A with students and the public.