Lunchtime Lectures is a new series of events intended to give alumni a taste of their college days. Lectures are $25 for members or $35 for nonmembers, and lunch is provided.

Michele Deitch

Michele Deitch in her office

November 19, 2019 

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

“Is Orange Really the New Black?: Women and Incarceration” 

Criminal justice policy expert and Senior Lecturer Michele Deitch will discuss the special challenges presented by women in custody and what should be done to better address their needs.  She will also talk about her work helping to develop model women’s jail facilities here in Travis County and in Harris County, Texas. 

Michele Deitch, J.D., M.Sc., is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas, where she holds a joint appointment at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and at the School of Law.  An award-winning teacher, she teaches courses on criminal justice policy and juvenile justice, and conducts research and writes on issues related to jail safety, prison conditions, independent oversight, and the management of youth in custody. Prof. Deitch is also frequently invited to testify before the Texas Legislature on criminal justice matters, and she helped in the development of the Sandra Bland Act. 

Prof. Deitch is frequently quoted in the national and local media, has given a widely-viewed TEDx talk on youth in the adult criminal justice system, and many of her reports have received national attention.  She received a prestigious Soros Senior Justice Fellowship, and was named the winner of the 2019 NACOLE Flame Award, a national award given to recognize her significant and long-term contributions to the field of law enforcement oversight. 

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Dr. Linda Henderson 

Linda Henderson in her office

March 10, 2020  

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

“The 4th Dimension in Art and Culture in the 20th Century and Beyond.” 

Since the early 20th century artists have been fascinated by the idea of a higher, invisible, fourth dimension of space, perpendicular to the familiar three dimensions we know.  This view predated Einstein and Relativity Theory’s identification of the fourth dimension as time, which was first popularized in 1919 and dominated the middle decades of the century and still remains in many people’s minds.  But since the 1970s/1980, both string theory in physics and computer graphics have stimulated renewed interest in higher spatial dimensions, and contemporary artists and filmmakers are exploring this idea once again.  Professor Linda Henderson will provide an overview of this history from the Cubism of Pablo Picasso to Christopher Nolan’s 2015 film interstellar

Linda Dalrymple Henderson, the David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor in Art History, earned her PhD at Yale University and has taught 20th-century art in the Department of Art and Art History since 1978. Before coming to the University of Texas, she served from 1974 through 1977 as Curator of Modern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Professor Henderson’s research and teaching focus on modern art and modernism, more generally, in relation to their broader cultural context, including ideas such as “the fourth dimension,” the history of science and technology, and mystical and occult philosophies. 


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Kate Winkler Dawson  


May 5, 2020   

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

“American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics and the Birth of American CSI”  

Professor Kate Winkler Dawson will discuss her new book American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics and the Birth of American CSI, the riveting story of the birth of criminal investigation in the twentieth century. Learn more here

With almost 25 years in television news, Kate Winkler Dawson has worked as a field producer, line producer, and writer for some of the top news organizations in the country. Dawson has taught at UT in the broadcast journalism department for almost nine years; before that she was on the faculty at Marymount College at Fordham University in Tarrytown, New York. At Fordham, she supervised one of the campus newspapers while teaching journalism and English literature courses. Dawson wrote the book The Digital Reporter, released in 2014 by Kendall Hunt Publishing. Her debut nonfiction narrative, Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, London's Great Smog and the Strangling of a City, has been optioned for television development. 

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