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Moody College Honors Program News & Events


Annual Awards Cap Unforgettable Year

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.

Saeed Jones

An Evening with Saeed Jones

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)

Don Belt on Slow Journalism

Don Belt on Slow Journalism

In this talk, Belt will discuss the slow journalism approach to reporting he helped develop through his work with Paul Salopek and his “Out of Eden Walk.” Join us on Thursday March 11, 11:00 - 12:30, via Zoom:

Black Women's Voices in Popular Music

"Who Run the World?" Black Women's Voices in Popular Music

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

An Evening with Mira Jacob

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

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 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.

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

Feb. 11 – An Evening with Mira Jacob, author of the graphic memoir “Good Talk”

March 1, 3:00 - 4:30 – "Who Run the World?" Black Women's Voices in Popular Music, held over Zoom at

March 11, 11:00 - 12:30 – Don Belt on Slow Journalism, held over Zoom at

April 1 -- An Evening with Saeed Jones, poet and author of the memoir "This is How We Fight for Our Lives," former LGBT and culture editor for Buzzfeed.

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