Moody College Honors Program News & Events
A global pandemic. Nationwide protests for racial justice. A Capitol riot. “The Eyes of Texas.” Snowpocalypse. Zoom. Zoom. Zoom. The 2020-21 academic year has been one like no other. Through it all, honors students persevered and prevailed. To commemorate their efforts, we recently held our annual reception with a spotlight on outstanding work, student service and leadership, and our first cohort of Moody Honors Program graduates.
Joins us on April 1st at 7:00 pm for a talk with Saeed Jones, a former Buzzfeed LGBT and culture editor who has been a leading voice on issues of identity.
Registration Required, using passcode: crowds202 (case sensitive)
In this special panel of Black women scholars and music fans, we’ll listen to and discuss select 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.
Mira Jacob is a novelist, memoirist, illustrator, and cultural critic. Born in New Mexico to parents who emigrated from India, she uses her dual-culture background to navigate the ebb and flow of politics and modern culture.
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 11, from 7–8 p.m.
Registration is required, using passcode crowds202
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the Virtual Spring Reception, student excellence and service dominated the headlines.
Spring 2021 Events
Feb. 3, 1:30 - 2:45 - Ethical Theory X Practice Panel Series: Public Relations, Political Crisis, and Leading with Principle. Hosted by faculty with alumni and student respondents, held over Zoom at https://utexas.zoom.us/j/97398739548
March 1, 3:00 - 4:30 – "Who Run the World?" Black Women's Voices in Popular Music, held over Zoom at https://utexas.zoom.us/j/93386280985
March 11, 11:00 - 12:30 – Don Belt on Slow Journalism, held over Zoom at https://utexas.zoom.us/j/96868086798
April 28 -- 6pm - Honors Diversity Colloquium. Virtual diversity colloquium with student panel discussion.
Further events will be added as dates and times are confirmed.
Tips from Special Guest David Wallace Wells