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New Janis Joplin Biography Reveals the Woman Behind the Superstar Persona

It was the summer of 1962 when a blues-loving, wild-haired hippie with a soulful voice left her hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, and arrived in Austin. Janis Joplin...

 
 

First-ever American Sign Language Accessible Video Game Launches on Campus

Video games have come a long way since the ’80s, when “Oregon Trail” had kids act as wagon leader, guiding 19th-century settlers, and friends duked it out...

 
 

The Modern Movement Lands at UT’s Harry Ransom Center

Annette Campbell-White should have been overjoyed to collect her auction fee. But as she stood at the Sotheby’s cocktail party, staring at the last 30 years...

 
 

UT’s New Urban Lab Hopes to Improve Texas Cities

Each year, 60 million or so people around the globe leave their rural areas to move into a city. By 2050, the United Nations estimates that 70 percent of the world’s...

 
 

Formerly Homeless UT Freshman Sara Escobar Defies the Odds

Four minutes. That was all the precious time that now-UT freshman Sara Escobar had to deliver her salutatorian address on June 1, 2019, to some 2,000 people at...

 
 

Michener Center Alumna Domenica Ruta’s Debut Novel Imagines Our Last Days on Earth

Following her bestselling memoir about her relationship with her mother, With or Without You, Domenica Ruta, MFA ’08, is back with her debut novel, Last Day....

 
 

Planet Texas 2050 Uses Ancient Civilizations to Prepare Texas For the Future

Thousands of years ago, on the western coast of the Black Sea, where the water flows through the mouth of Europe’s second-longest river, the Danube, hundreds...

 
 

Meet the Furry Four-Legged Beast that has Stolen Longhorns’ Hearts

Everything the Tower’s burnt-orange light touches is his kingdom. He spends his days lounging on his grassy throne outside the Flawn Academic Center or prowling...

 
 

Following ‘Austin,’ Blanton Museum Receives Ellsworth Kelly Art Collection

A year ago, a monument was constructed at the edge of campus. Difficult to miss, this structure protruded from the ground with silky white limestone walls, gleaming...

 
 

Big Moments from the 2019 State of the University Address

As the fall 2019 semester gets underway, Greg Fenves gave the annual State of the University Address on Wednesday, marking his fifth year as president of The University...

 
 
 
 
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