Archaeologists working on the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project in Italy have discovered what may be a rare sacred text in the Etruscan language that is likely to yield rich details about Etruscan worship of a god or goddess. The project is co-directed by Dr. Michael Thomas, who is also director of the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy in the Department of Art and Art History.
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Francie Ostrower, public policy professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, penned an article for Nonprofit Quarterly weighing costs and benefits of nonprofits existing in perpetuity versus spending down their endowments.
Stephennie Mulder, associate professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, joined KUT Austin’s Views & Brews for a live discussion panel at the Cactus Cafe. Listen to the episode, which focused on the rhetoric, the iconography, the mythology and the history around the development of ISIS.
Lecturer Dorothy Overbey introduced gyrokenisis to the Department of Theatre and Dance this year. Described as yoga for dancers, Overbey discovered the fluid rehabilitative movements after surgery nearly left her unable to dance on pointe.
In today’s business world, design is all about problem solving and critical skills, Doreen Lorenzo said. After a successful career in the design industry, Lorenzo is bringing her knowledge to the university. Lorenzo discussed with Fast Company her move to UT to integrate design studies.
Beginning this fall, undergraduate students can earn a Bridging Disciplines Program certificate in Museum Studies through curriculum that draws upon the impressive array of museums, collections and archives across the University of Texas at Austin campus.
Michelle Habeck, associate professor of design and technology in the Department of Theatre and Dance, was named a 2016 Provost’s Teaching Fellow.
Eighth Blackbird’s March tour stop of Hand Eye at McCullough Theatre was described by the Austin American-Statesman as “surprising, energetic and engaging work.” The evening-length piece was composed in part by Robert Honstein (M.M., Composition, 2007), and visual elements were co-commissioned by Texas Performing Arts.
Lyn Koenning, lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance, believes the millennial generation will help support the American musical through a changing economy and industry. She writes in the Austin American-Statesman, “As they cultivate community, encourage conversation and influence content, we can all rest assured that millennials will sustain the American musical for years to come.”
The Collections, edited by Landmarks Director Andrée Bober, featured the more than 170 items in collections across the UT campus. The Austin American-Statesman highlighted the book and some of the more unique and unusual items found on the Forty Acres.