LAHers if you need a GOV 312L course for fall, we have a new honors offering. Topic US and World Economy

# 38724 TTH 9:30-11:00, MEZ 1.120 Taught by Prof. Wellhausen. Please come by the LAH office to sign up!

Wednesday, 23 April, 5-6:30PM

CLA 1.302 D

Meet the Professors and Graduate Assistant

 Learn About Courses, Field Trips, Requirements,

Costs, and Scholarships

Light Refreshments will be served

The UT English Department has sponsored this popular study abroad program in Oxford since 1984. The 2015 Summer Program will take place during the second summer session, from July 11 – August 15. The program is housed in the heart of Oxford, at Wadham College, where students may take up to two courses taught by UT English Department faculty (see course descriptions below). Each course has a built-in travel component with weekly trips to locales such as Bath, Portsmouth, London, and the English Lake District. The cost, exclusive of airfare, is $6000 for five weeks room and board at Wadham, including all field trips, theatre tickets, and admissions for all students regardless of the classes they take.  Students must arrange their own transportation to Wadham independently.  Scholarship money is available (both need and merit based) from the program and other sources. The Program welcomes students of all majors who have an interest in English literature and culture and are eligible to take upper-division English courses. The Summer 2015 courses promise to have a wide appeal, with offerings on the original staging of Shakespeare plays, the reading and writing of Romantic lyrics, and the relationship between land and sea in some of Jane Austen’s most beloved novels.

Those who want more information should contact one of the 2015 Summer Program in Oxford organizers:

Lance Bertelsen (, Co-Director

John Rumrich (, Co-Director

Katherine Cox (, Graduate Assistant

Some nice photos of Oxford:

Internships with TexPIRG!

April 18, 2014 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment


My name is Sara Smith, Staff Attorney with TexPIRG, a citizen based consumer advocacy group, and we are reaching out to you because you’re a professor and a member of TexPIRG. We’re looking to recruit interns for our public interest issue campaigns, including Toxic Chemical Security, Youth Voter Registration and Antibiotics in Factory Farming.

Our internship program focuses on giving students a well-rounded experience in campaign politics. Students will work on each major part of any political campaign, grassroots/grasstops advocacy, direct advocacy (lobbying), media relations and policy research. These skills are essential whether you’re working on a presidential campaign or a ballot initiative.

Furthermore, TexPIRG is non-partisan, which means students will learn to build coalitions across partisan boundaries. Our focus on coalition building and cooperation has lead us to success in many of our issue campaigns.

Students will work closely with experienced advocates, staff attorneys, community organizers and legislatures on our campaign, gaining valuable skills.

Below are internship descriptions for our three types of positions. It would be great if you could forward this e-mail to your students.

Keep in mind that we are looking for volunteers as well. We’re willing to be flexible with your schedule to ensure a productive and educational internship for you, no matter how many or few hours you can commit.


Sara E. Smith, JD

Staff Attorney

Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG)

815 Brazos, Ste. 600

Austin, Texas 78701

740-591-6928 – cell


TexPIRG Internship: Research and Issue                 

Research Interns are an important link to the educational mission of  TexPIRG’s campus program.  The problems that our society faces seem complex and daunting.  Research interns take important information, cut through the confusion, and present the information to the campus and community in accessible and action-oriented ways. The position is open to students wishing to learn more about a particular issue, improve writing and communication skills, and learn more about the political system.

Responsibilities vary from project to project, but may include:

  • Working with TexPIRG and USPIRG staff to
  • Compiling local facts on top priority issues including Texas specific transportation developments, New Voters Project work across Texas campuses, Healthcare enrollment   and developing potential coalition partners.
  • Working with media interns to organize a news conference centered around research results on a particular issue.

TexPIRG Internship:  Media, Public Relations

Media and public relations are key to each TexPIRG project.  Media/PR interns work to educate the campus and surrounding community about the environment, consumer protection and community service opportunities.  The position is open to students who want to learn how to work with the media, improve writing and designing skills, and learn more about campaigning and politics.

Responsibilities vary from project to project, but may include:

  • Designing, editing, and producing a poster that encourages the campus to attend an education forum.
  • Organizing local newspapers, radio and television stations to cover an event.
  • Writing media advisories, press releases, and fact sheets.
  • Pulling together a meeting between the editorial board of the campus or local newspaper and the Project Coordinators.
  • Generating letters-to-the-editor and op-eds in local newspapers on a particular campaign.
  • Managing and maintaining social media accounts including Twitter, and Facebook

TexPIRG Internship: Grassroots Organizing

Grassroots interns have a key role in each TexPIRG project.  Grassroots interns recruit and mobilize the hundreds of volunteers who make TexPIRG’s campaigns successful.  Grassroots interns supervise the letter writing and petitioning, generating political pressure on our elected officials to support our issues, and design the materials to educate the public about the problems of our time.  The position is open to students who want to work with other people, have a direct impact on our elected leaders’ decisions, and learn more about campaigning and politics.

Responsibilities vary from project to project, but may include:

  • Recruiting, training, and motivating volunteers to organize a call-in-day to your target on a particular campaign.
  • Coordinating petitioning drives.
  • Building a coalition of campus and community groups to endorse your particular campaign.
  • Organizing campus and community organizations to turn out volunteers for an event

Congratulations to Linda Mayhew!

April 18, 2014 | by amorous | | Leave a Comment

Linda Mayhew has been awarded Winner of the Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role. Established in 1983, the NACADA Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising honors individuals  and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. NACADA is a representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service to higher education. WOO HOO Linda!!

The Liberal Arts Honors Student Council would like to congratulate our newly elected officers:

President: Haley Williams

Vice President: Kenneth Williams

Secretary: Walker Fountain

Treasurer: Madeleine Toups

Mentoring Chair: Nick Gatz

Mentoring Vice Chairs: Sarah Fischer and Ena Ganguly

Social Chair: Imogen Sealy

Social Vice Chair: Kris Smith-Wright

Service Co-Chairs: Hannah Shepherd and Helen Heston

Academic Chair: Claire Smith

Publicity Chair: Marlene Renz

We’re looking forward to a great 2014-2015 school year!

Congratulations to the 2014 Amorous Mayhew Carlson Liberal Arts Honors Student Council Scholarship winner, Nina Ho! The committee selected Nina for her dedication to LAH and for taking initiative in creating LAH’s first social innovation challenges, Envision Austin. The challenge was an enriching addition to the LAH freshmen class this year. We look forward to seeing Nina’s continued impact within LAH, UT, and the Austin community.


Gearing Courtyard

April 17, 7 p.m.

April 18, 7 p.m.

April 19 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

April 20 7:30 p.m.

As You Like It

Governor’s Room in the Texas Union

April 17, 8 p.m.

April 18, 8 p.m.

April 19 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

April 20 7:30 p.m.


The Texas Institute for Literary & Textual Studies (TILTS) and the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) welcome filmmakers John Sayles and Maggie Renzi to UT Austin on Monday, April 28, at 5pm in the Smith Building Auditorium. The evening will begin with a screening of Sayles’ most recent film, Go for Sisters (2013), followed by a discussion with Sayles and Renzi. Featuring Edward James Olmos, LisaGay Hamilton, and Yolanda Ross, the movie traces the search for Hamilton’s missing son across the Mexico-California border. Mapping the relationships between two women (Hamilton and Ross) and the ex-LAPD officer they have enlisted to help them (Olmos), this “borderland detective tale” has been described by the Austin Film Society as “artfully blending humor and drama” through performances that are “powerful and understated.”

Sayles and Renzi have been creative partners since the early 1970s, collaborating on projects that were pivotal to the evolution of the independent film movement. Sayles, who has directed 18 feature films, is perhaps best know for works such as Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980), Passion Fish (1992), and Lone Star (1996). Sayles’ work has earned Academy Award, Oscar, and Golden Globe nominations, with The Village Voice describing him just last year as “the very embodiment of the independent spirit.” Maggie Renzi has produced the majority of Sayles’ films, including the Academy Award nominated Passion Fish and Lone Star. More recently, Renzi co-produced Girlfight (2000), which earned, among many awards, the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

Are you interested in working in the investment banking or consulting fields? 

Most investment banks and some consulting firms recruit for their full-time positions only once a year, between mid-August and early September.

So, if you are graduating in December 2014 or May 2015, you will need to apply in August of 2014.

With that in mind, our goal is to help you gain a glimpse into consulting and investment banking careers and to learn what you can do to be ready by August and make your eventual application stand out in a crowded applicant pool.

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm
Location: CLA 1.104
RSVP at 

This workshop is open to Liberal Arts majors graduating between December 2014 – August 2015 (juniors planning to apply at the start of their senior year, or sophomores considering a summer internship to help with their eventual senior year application).

Our workshop goals include:

  • Considering the most effective time to start your search
  • Learning how to find job postings and other related resources
  • Scheduling your summer job search plans to be ready by August
  • How to work with a career coach, your secret weapon in finding the job or internship YOU want
  • Networking with and learning from industry representatives


Liberal Arts Career Services | The University of Texas at Austin
FAC 18 | ph 512.471.7900 | fx 512.471.7903 |

The sign up book is available in the LAH office for  Honors lower-division classes.

REMINDER: No sign up is needed for upper-division LAH classes. You can register for upper-division on your own when it’s your registration time. EXCEPTIONS: If you are a dual degree student (i.e. Communication and Liberal Arts) you will need to call or come by during your registration time (please don’t email) and either Stacey or Linda will hand register you in to a LAH 350 class, as long as it’s open.

If you are looking at LAH classes that are cross-listed you may be able to register for the class under the other cross-listing too. Government majors can have a LAH/GOV seat reserved ahead of time by going to the Government department (BAT 2.102).