Cool Classes to Take

July 2nd, 2014

Inexplicably, we have have several seats still available in these two classes (see below). If you need a class related to South Asia, you might consider these.

ANS 340 • Sufism & Islamic Mysticism

31880 • Hyder, S. Akbar
Meets T 400pm-700pm CLA 0.126
(also listed as HIS 364G, ISL 340, MES 342, R S 358)

This class explores Sufism and other Islamic mystical traditions as they infused cultural milieus spanning four continents and fourteen centuries. The first half of the semester will focus on the historical developments in Islamic theosophical traditions of the Arab and Persian worlds. We will concentrate on the prose and verse traditions tied to Ali b. Abi Talib, Jafar as-Sadiq, Mansur al-Hallaj, Rabia al-Basri, Suhrawardi Maqtul, Ibn Arabi, Ibn al-Farid, Sanai, Attar, and Rumi. In the second half of the semester, we will move to a discussion of Islamic mysticisms’ growth over time and beyond the porous borders of Arabia and Iran. The relationship between Sufism and modernism, Sufism and colonialism, and Sufism and post-colonial resistance movements will also constitute a significant part of this course. Issues of gender, sexuality, globalization and pluralism will be discussed throughout the semester. This class assumes no prior knowledge of Islam.

ANS 372, Living Epics of India

31970 • Harzer, Edeltraud 
Meets W 400pm-700pm WEL 3.266 
(also listed as C L 323, R S 341)

The two epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, are an essential part of the living cultural tradition of the Indian subcontinent that has survived for more than two thousand years.  There is no India without these two works.  Both have been preserved in oral as well as textual tradition.  They are brought alive in their performances, whether by storytelling (katha) or annual staging of gigantic theater productions.  The course will explore the cultural and religious aspects of the narratives.  These epics have been most influential in the formation of the values of the Indian peoples.  The Mahabharata, which includes the Bhagavadgita, represents an encyclopedia of the Hindu culture.  Since there are many “tellings” of each, we will sample different ones and study them as sources of information on other areas, such as social and political ideas, as well as a source book for mythology.  We will also compare similar works in other cultures.  These narratives form a living tradition and are normally performed.  As such we shall view videos and live performances as well as study the texts.

Northern Gods, Northern Faiths: Upper-Division Elective

July 1st, 2014
The department of Germanic Studies is offering a really interesting class this fall called Northern Gods, Northern Faiths. The course takes an in depth look at the sagas and epics of the shamanisms and paganisms of the north, and discusses their influences on modern epics like The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. 
 
Although the class is upper-division, they welcome enrollment by lower division students as well.
While the home department is Germanic Studies, the course has many cross listings:
EUS 347 (36655)
HIS 362G( 39727)
REE 345 (45230)
RS 357 (44245)
GSD 361G (38440)
 
The course also carries the Global Cultures Flag (GC). If you’d like a more detailed course description, email me (Joni) and I will send you one.

Professor Paul Muller-Ortega in Denton, TX on May 16th

May 1st, 2014

Hello!

As an alum from the UT Asian Studies Department (2005), I thought I might pass along some info about an event in Denton that may be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students in your department, particularly those whose focus is Indian philosophy and religion. If you have a bulletin, newsletter or calendar for your students, perhaps this would be a good event to include!

For the past several years I have studied meditation and yoga philosophy with Professor Paul Muller-Ortega, a world-renowned scholar of Indian Religions and a foremost authority on Kashmir Shaivism and Hindu Tantra. He is in the process of teaching a series of public teleseminars on his rendering of the Shiva Sutras, and he will soon publish complete translations of the Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra and the Tantraloka.  He retired from the University of Rochester in 2008 to establish a private school for advanced studies in Shaiva texts, yoga and meditation philosophy called Blue Throat Yoga: www.bluethroatyoga.com.

Professor Muller-Ortega will be in Denton on the evening of Friday May 16 to teach a Satsang at Denton Yoga Center, and he will also be offering diksha in the context of an 18-month meditation study course that weekend.  Here is a flyer with more info on the Satsang:

http://www.dentonyogacenter.com/flyers/SatsangDentonMay2014.pdf

UT students who are interested are also eligible for discounts and scholarships for the entire weekend by contacting the Blue Throat Yoga office.

For more info, please feel free to contact me, or refer any questions to Kara at the Blue Throat Yoga office: karabty@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Jessie Lubke

B.A. Asian Cultures and Languages 2005

B.A. Plan II Honors Program 2005

HPO Celebrating Health Professions School Acceptances

May 1st, 2014

Pre-health students who have been admitted to professional school this year are invited to stop by and celebrate their acceptance to the following:

Medical School

Dental School

Pharmacy School

Physical Therapy School

Occupational Therapy School

Optometry School

Veterinary School

Physician Assistant School

WHERE: Health Professions Office, PAI 5.03

WHEN: Thursday, May 1, from 12:00 – 4:00

** Fun photo booth (with props!)

** Jim Jim’s Snow Ice **

** Networking with other pre-Professional Students **

Thank you.

Best regards,

Eirin

_________________________________

Eirin Gould | Pre-Health Professions Coach

512.471.3172 | PAI 5.03

http://cns.utexas.edu/health-professions

Lavender Graduation and LGBT Alumni Celebration

April 29th, 2014

When: Wednesday 5/14, 4-7pm

Where: Student Activities Center Ballroom (SAC 2.410) & The Etter-Harbin Alumni Center (2110 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, TX 78712)

Registration for Lavender Graduation is now LIVE!!! Click here to register.

Lavender Graduation is a special graduation ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally students on campus.

Lavender Graduation is co-hosted by the Gender and Sexuality Center and the UT Queer Students Alliance (QSA). Our goal is to provide a venue to demonstrate the success of our community members in a personal, entertaining and celebratory way. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony includes:

Exhilarating speeches from UT faculty, administrators, students, and alumni; the chance to cross the lavender stage to celebrate your success and to receive a Lavender Graduation certificate as well as a rainbow tassel; and music, cake and food to share with friends, family and well-wishers!

Do you want to show your support even though you are not graduating?

Attend the event, and bring your friends! Sign up on the GSC listserv to get updates and reminders closer to the event.

Would you like to volunteer at Lavender Graduation?

Students, staff and faculty are welcome to help make this a successful event by providing assistance with event set up and clean up. Email us to learn how you can help, or get on our mailing list: gsc@austin.utexas.edu!

Click here to see our Facebook eve

Duke Semester In India Opens Fall 2015

April 29th, 2014

The Duke Semester in India program, which will open in fall 2015, features four courses that focus on and environmental conservation, global health, poverty studies and development. Students will have the opportunity to spend half of the semester in Udaipur in the west and the other half in Bangalore in the south, visiting wildlife sanctuaries, field hospitals, rural villages and prominent development NGO’s. 
There will also be excursions to Jaipur and Agra, as well as extended homestays and a chance to partake in the famous Mysore Dussehra Festival.

Additional details can be found on our website: http://globaled.duke.edu/programs/semester/duke-semester-in-india.  For students who want to explore and learn about a variety of different dimensions of India, combined with a highly 
immersive cultural experience and an intellectually stimulating curriculum, then this is the ideal program for them!

For students interested in global health and development, they will be able to do coursework on India’s health care practices and systems with outstanding faculty affiliated with award-winning NGOs. This program also features coursework and research opportunities on significant environmental issues/themes, during the Bangalore portion. 
We are pleased to have Dr. Krithi Karanth directing this half of the program, and she has spent over 12 years doing research in India examining human dimensions of wildlife conservation. 
For more details, please see http://globaled.duke.edu/programs/semester/duke-semester-in-india/faculty

Our application system will be opening this fall for students who want to enroll in the program when it opens in fall 2015.

If you have any questions about the program, you can contact me at 919-684-2174 or via email paul.paparella@duke.edu and I’ll be happy to assist. I can also put you in touch with the Duke faculty director, Prof. Anirudh Krishna (Sanford School of Public Policy Studies, Duke University).

Thanks,

Best,

Paul

Paul Paparella, 
Assistant Director
 Global Education Office for Undergraduates

Duke University
Tel: 919-684-2174
 Fax: 919-684-3083 
web: http://globaled.duke.edu/

Liberal Arts Career Services Update for Week of April 28 – May 3

April 29th, 2014

Liberal Arts Career Services – helping liberal arts students go “Beyond the Tower!”

To apply for these opportunities or learn more about these events, check out your BTT Gateway account.

Don’t have an account? Register with LACS to access opportunities and to learn about our events, services and resources.

EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT:

Morningstar – Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Morningstar Commodity Data offers a world-class data warehouse which gathers and distributes data from over 200 different sources in the power, oil, gas, commodities, equities, futures and weather markets. They are currently recruiting liberal arts majors for their Vendor Management Intern position. Applications are due April 30. Explore and apply for the opportunity here.

APPLICATION DEADLINES for the week of April 27:

Explore BTT Gateway for details and to apply. If in the list below you see a JOB ID, search the BTT Gateway [Jobs/Internships] tab; if you see a SCHEDULE ID, search the [Interview Schedules/Qualified Schedules] tab. The following are just a sample of the many jobs and internships you will find in BTT Gateway.

  • 4/27 – Indeed.com, Technical Associate Country Manager-Japan,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8277
  • 4/27 – Indeed.com, Associate Country Manager-Latin America,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8278
  • 4/27 – Indeed.com, Associate Country Manager-Japan,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8279
  • 4/28 – Green Basin Institute/Nevada Conservation Corps, AmeriCorps 6 Month Crew Member,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8182
  • 4/28 – Green Basin Institute/Nevada Conservation Corps, 2014 AmeriCorps Summer Crew Member,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8186
  • 4/30 – Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Young Adult Volunteer Internship,  BTT Gateway Job ID 7363
  • 4/30 – Morningstar, Vendor Management Intern,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8129
  • 4/30 – Austin AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Texas Family Literacy Program,  BTT Gateway Job ID 6935
  • 4/30 – Translation and Interpretation Network, Interpreter Internship,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8273
  • 4/30 – Podesta Group, Government Relations Internship,  BTT Gateway Job ID 7803
  • 4/30 – Ascend Marketing, General/Strategic Marketing Specialist,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8134
  • 4/30 – Websense, Inside Sales Associate,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8274
  • 4/30 – Bilingual Education for Central America, Summer Camp Counselor in Honduras,  BTT Gateway Job ID 7946
  • 4/30 – Bilingual Education for Central America, Teach in Honduras,  BTT Gateway Job ID 7944
  • 4/30 – Bilingual Education for Central America, Program Manager,  BTT Gateway Job ID 7945
  • 4/30 – Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Summer 2014 Internship Program,  BTT Gateway Job ID 7823
  • 4/30 – Keller Williams Realty International, Internship,  BTT Gateway Job ID 7978
  • 4/30 – Macy’s Inc., Store Management Executive Development Program,  BTT Gateway Job ID 7961
  • 4/30 – Macy’s Inc., Store Management Internship Position,  BTT Gateway Job ID 7962
  • 4/30 – Oracle, Associate Sales Representative,  BTT Gateway Job ID 7936
  • 4/30 – Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, Social and Online Media Intern,   BTT Gateway Job ID 8328
  • 4/30 – Pecan Press, Magazine Writer Intern,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8327
  • 4/30 – PERI Software Solutions, Inc., Programmer Analyst,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8275
  • 5/1 – Goldman Sachs, Global Investment Research – Equities Research – Chemicals – Business Analyst,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8377
  • 5/1 – Texas Historical Commission (THC) – Texas Historical Commission Summer Internship,  BTT Gateway Job ID 6726
  • 5/1 – Yodle, Sales Representative,  BTT Gateway Job ID 7707
  • 5/1 – Pixl Production, Production Intern,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8169
  • 5/1 – Shell Oil Company, Economist – Full time and Internships,  BTT Gateway Job ID 7912
  • 5/1 – AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, Urban Poverty Corps Member,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8091
  • 5/1 – Citizen Schools, National Teaching Fellowship,  BTT Gateway Job ID 5580
  • 5/1 – Liberty Mutual Insurance, Internship, Claims- Dallas Summer 2014,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8257
  • 5/1 – Liberty Mutual Insurance, Claims Specialist Rotational Program,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8256
  • 5/1 – Refugee Services of Texas, Volunteer/Housing Coordinator Internship,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8262
  • 5/1 – Refugee Services of Texas, Resettlement Facilitator Internship,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8263
  • 5/1 – Walgreens, Community Management Internship,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8128
  • 5/1 – RIO Advisors, Summer Intern,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8229
  • 5/1 – Sika Corporation, Sales Position,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8276
  • 5/1 – Gerson Lehrman Group, Senior Associate Program,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8292
  • 5/1 – UT Campus Environmental Center, Tailgate Recycling Coordinator,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8286
  • 5/1 – UT Austin Office of Technology Commercialization, Marketing/Communications/PR Internship,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8295
  • 5/1 – Writers in the Schools, Summer Workshop Teaching Assistants,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8287
  • 5/1 – Writers in the Schools, Summer Performance Poetry Internship,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8290
  • 5/1 – Office of State Representative Dawnna Dukes, Legislative Intern Summer 2014,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8288
  • 5/1 – Institute for Humane Studies, Harper Internship Program,  BTT Gateway ID 6394
  • 5/1 – Viacom, Various Internships,  BTT Gateway Job ID 6992
  • 5/2 – Project Vote Smart, Summer 2014 Legislative Research Internship,  BTT Gateway Job ID 7739
  • 5/2 – Livestrong, Multiple Intern Positions,  to see all positions click here
  • 5/2 – Children’s Defense Fund Texas, Policy Intern,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8208
  • 5/3 – Modern Woodmen of America, Financial Advisor,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8297

EVENTS for the week of April 27:

Details available under “Career Events” in BTT Gateway or the LACS online calendar.

  • 4/29 – Herb Kelleher Center Speaker Series, Entrepreneurship Live with  Dan Graham, 5:30pm At&T Conference Center

LACS RESUME POLICY

The first resume you upload to BTT Gateway will be reviewed by a member of LACS for grammar, format, marketing and relevance to help you highlight your experience in a professional format. Please allow up to two business days for the review process, during which you will not be able to submit the resume for jobs or internships in BTT Gateway. If your resume is not approved, we will provide feedback to help you craft a stronger resume. Once your first resume is approved, all subsequent resume uploads will be automatically approved and you will have immediate access to the resume for BTT Gateway applications. Due to the review process, we recommend you upload your resume well in advance of any upcoming deadlines.

Review the LACS Resume Guidelines to learn the criteria for resume approval.

Liberal Arts Career Services Summer and Fall Courses

April 17th, 2014

LACS is offering a number of courses this summer and fall.

Web-Based Internship Courses 

The Liberal Arts web-based internship courses are designed to complement your internship experience. Assignments will be completed each week and uploaded to Blackboard or Canvas. Assignments include journals, reports, resume writing, evaluations and a final paper.

Summer 2014

LA 320wb: 81220

LA f110wb: 81215

LA s110wb: 81230

Fall 2014 

LA 320wb: 30180

LA 110wb: 30160

Fall 2014 Career Planning Courses (Liberal Arts in the Workplace) 

These career planning courses are for students interested in learning to articulate the value of their major in whatever career path they pursue. Students will identify potential careers, understand their career-related strengths, write targeted resumes, practice interviewing, learn networking techniques and develop a strategic job or internship search plan.

LA 101L Wednesdays: 30150

LA 101L Thursdays: 30152

 

Liberal Arts Career Services Update for Week of 4/20 – 4/26

April 17th, 2014

Liberal Arts Career Services – helping liberal arts students go “Beyond the Tower!”

To apply for these opportunities or learn more about these events, check out your BTT Gateway account.

Don’t have an account? Register with LACS to access opportunities and to learn about our events, services and resources.

Employer Spotlight:

YES Prep Public Schools - YES Prep’s mission is to increase the number of low-income Houstonians who graduate from a four-year college prepared to compete in the global marketplace and committed to improving disadvantaged communities. The organization has 13 schools in operation, serving 8,000 college-bound 6th – 12th grade students throughout Houston, and it was recently recognized as the “Best Place to Work in Houston” for the 4th year in a row. They are currently recruiting liberal arts majors for teaching roles for the 2014-2015 school year. Applications are due April 26. Explore and apply for these opportunities here 

APPLICATION DEADLINES for the week of April 20:

Explore BTT Gateway for details and to apply. If in the list below you see a JOB ID, search the BTT Gateway [Jobs/Internships] tab; if you see a SCHEDULE ID, search the [Interview Schedules/Qualified Schedules] tab. The following are just a sample of the many jobs and internships you will find in BTT Gateway.

  • 4/20 – BuzzFeed, Editorial Intern – Food,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8237
  • 4/20 – Zimmerman Advertising, InfuZion 2014 Internship Program,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8230
  • 4/20 – Burke Center, Service Coordinator,  BTT Gateway Job ID  8238
  • 4/20 – Burke Center, Centralized Intake Therapist,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8234
  • 4/20 – Burke Center, Mental Health Clinician,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8235
  • 4/20 – Pecan Street Insurance, Part Time Data Entry Specialist,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8240
  • 4/20 – Flinja, Google Adwords Expert,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8217
  • 4/20 – Flinja, Technical Blog Writer,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8218
  • 4/20 – Flinja, Blogger/Copywriter/Editor,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8219
  • 4/20 – Flinja, Communications Internship,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8221
  • 4/20 – Flinja, SEO Keyword Researcher,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8223
  • 4/20 – Flinja, Office Coordinator and Manager,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8224
  • 4/20 – Flinja, Engineer IOS or Android,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8225
  • 4/20 – Pecan Street Insurance, Part Time Data Entry Specialist,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8240
  • 4/21 – Websense, Associate Technical Support Engineer,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8260
  • 4/21 – Camp Tanuga, Male Counselor,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8241
  • 4/23 – Grassroots Campaigns, Assistant Director,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8244
  • 4/23 – Medix Staffing Solutions, Entry Level Recruiter into Sales Opportunity- Dallas/Houston, BTT Gateway Job ID 8245
  • 4/23 – UT Information Technology Services, Help Desk Consultant,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8247
  • 4/23 – Software Advice, Inside Sales: Software Analyst,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8326
  • 4/23 – StatusLabs.com, Account Management Assistant Internship,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8248
  • 4/23 – StatusLabs.com, Sales Development Representative Assistant Internship,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8249
  • 4/23 – Stepping Stone School, Early Childhood Education/Preschool Teacher,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8251
  • 4/23 – Tangoe, Inc., Client Services Analyst,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8236
  • 4/24 – Water to Thrive, Marketing and Outreach Intern,   BTT Gateway Job ID 8252
  • 4/24 – Fanstailgate.com, Tailgate Photographer,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8253
  • 4/24 – StatusLabs.com, Account Manager,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8254
  • 4/25 – Children of All Nations, Adoption Program Intern,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8259
  • 4/25 – New Era Colorado Foundation, Summer Fellowship,   BTT Gateway Job ID 6942
  • 4/25 – Financial Process Group, Financial Representative,  BTT Gateway Job ID 7974
  • 4/26 – The Settlement Home for Children, Houseparent,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8264
  • 4/26 – TexPIRG, Grassroots Organizing Intern,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8267
  • 4/26 – TexPIRG, Texas Program Associate,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8268
  • 4/26 – Camp Cody, Counselor,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8261
  • 4/26 – YES Prep Public Schools, Multiple Teacher Roles 2014-2015,  BTT Gateway Job ID 8269

EVENTS for the week of April 20:

Details available under “Career Events” in BTT Gateway or the LACS online calendar.

  • 4/22 – Herb Kelleher Center Speaker Series, Entrepreneurship Live with Daniel Nelson, 5:30pm AT&T Conference Center
  • 4/23 – Advise TX Information Session, PAR 301, 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

LACS RESUME POLICY

The first resume you upload to BTT Gateway will be reviewed by a member of LACS for grammar, format, marketing and relevance to help you highlight your experience in a professional format. Please allow up to two business days for the review process, during which you will not be able to submit the resume for jobs or internships in BTT Gateway. If your resume is not approved, we will provide feedback to help you craft a stronger resume. Once your first resume is approved, all subsequent resume uploads will be automatically approved and you will have immediate access to the resume for BTT Gateway applications. Due to the review process, we recommend you upload your resume well in advance of any upcoming deadlines.

Review the LACS Resume Guidelines to learn the criteria for resume approval.

Application Deadline Extended for Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship to May 7

April 17th, 2014

The South Asia Institute has extended the application deadline to May 7th, 2014 for the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Scholarship. This is an annual scholarship of $500 to be awarded to two undergraduate students at the University of Texas at Austin based on academic excellence and dedication to the study of India.

The guidelines for the application are:

  • To be eligible a student must have taken a minimum of nine semester credit hours in courses relating directly to India and/or a minimum of two semesters of an Indian language.
  • Students must submit with the application an informal transcript of their undergraduate work and two letters of recommendation from professors who are familiar with the applicant’s work in the area of Indian Studies.

The application deadline is Wednesday, May 7 2014. The application form can also be downloaded by clicking here.

The application has to be turned into the South Asia Institute, WCH 4.132 or mailed to -

The South Asia Institute, UT Austin

Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Scholarship Application

120 Inner Campus Drive

Mailcode: G9300

Austin, TX 78712

Application materials can also be turned in electronically by e-mailing them to: sai@austin.utexas.edu