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Seeing Race


The moment that many white students walk into my course they are experiencing a series of firsts: The first time many of them have had a black teacher or professor. The first time many of them have ever taken a class dealing with African-American history. The first time many of them have been in a class with so many black and Latino students. The first time many of them have taken a class that does not meet their parents’ approval. The first time many of them feel like a minority. The first time many of them will be in a class that forces them to confront African-American issues and concerns.

Source: Seeing Race | The Alcalde

The Alcalde has a very enjoyable article about Dr. Leonard Moore’s History of the Black Power Movement course, taught in the fall semesters at The University of Texas at Austin.

It has been nearly 13 years since my freshman year at UT-Austin—holy 💩 has it been that long?—and what struck me walking on to 40 Acres for the first time was that lack of diversity after 12 years of attending some of the highest minority-attending public schools in my hometown. In fact, it was one of the earliest posts on this site after it adopted a blog format.

I’m excited that this is being offered at UT and that it is in high demand.

Father Hesburgh

Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., was president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987. He increased the stature and size of the university, and greatly influenced the areas of civil rights and higher education in the United States.

Source: University of Notre Dame

Fr. Hesburgh passed away last night at 97. While plenty think he derailed Catholic Higher Education, Notre Dame is a shining example of an university dedicated to the whole person absolutely rooted with Christ at the core.

They way Notre Dame navigates remaining a national university while maintaining Catholic identity is unmatched and that’s largely due to the way Hesburgh navigated the early waters during our—both American and Catholic —social chaos of the 1960s.

Visit ND’s Memorial Site.

Update: Another nice memorial from ND Observer (student paper).

Texas Legohorns

Meet Drew Finkel, the Longhorn who built the UT Tower and DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium out of Legos.

Installing a tablet into the scoreboard of the stadium, playing Longhorn highlights is my favorite touch.

Source: Lego Land | An Alcalde Interactive Feature

Texas Fight!

We all went to the annual Orange and White game—the annual internal scrimmage. It is a free event, so, as a family of five and normal game tickets costing ~$60-75/each, it is the closest thing to a UT football game we’re going to go to in a while.