Lunchtime Lectures


Lunchtime Lectures is an event series intended to give alumni a taste of their college day


“The New China”

Dr. Kishore Gawande 

Department Chair, Professor, Department of Business, Government, and Society,
McCombs School of Business 

Tuesday, October 10 | 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
This is an in-person lecture  
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How and why did China grow so fast in the last 30 years? And what challenges will the country face in the next 30? In our October Lunchtime Lecture, Dr. Kishore Gawande will explore these questions and the present state of U.S.-China relations. The roots of which lie in the “China shock” and what it has meant to manufacturing in America.

Kishore Gawande is a professor and chair of the Department of Business, Government & Society in UT’s McCombs School of Business. An award-winning professor, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on business, global political economy, and international business. 

Gawande's research examines the effects of socioeconomic and political events on economies. He has examined economic relationships in emerging and developed economies on issues such as state capacity, institutions, protests, the effects of lobbying, and relationships between anti-poverty programs and violence reduction. Gawande has also studied global supply chains, trade policy, and economic crises, and some of his research has been funded by the World Bank and the National Science Foundation. 



“The Crisis of the Institutional Press”

Dr. Stephen Reese

Jesse H. Jones Professor, School of Journalism & Media,
Moody College of Communication

Tuesday, November 28 | Noon–1 p.m.
This is a virtual lecture  
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In our November Lunchtime Lecture, Dr. Stephen Reese will reflect on the issues raised by his recent book by the same title. As polarized factions in society pull apart from economic dislocation, tribalism, and fear, and as strident attacks on the press make its survival more precarious, the need for an institutionally organized forum in civic life has become increasingly important. Populist challenges amplified by a counter-institutional media system have contributed to the long-term decline in journalistic authority, exploiting a post-truth mentality that strikes at its very core.

Stephen D. Reese has been on the University of Texas at Austin faculty since 1982, where he is now the Jesse H. Jones Professor of Journalism.  His teaching has included a general introduction: “Critical issues in journalism,” research-oriented graduate seminars, a freshman campus-wide Signature Course: “Understanding 9/11,” and a summer course: Global Media Literacy.  He has been Director of the School of Journalism and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Moody College of Communication. 

His research focuses on questions relating to press performance, including the sociology of news, media framing of public issues, and the globalization of journalism. Along with some 50 articles and book chapters, Reese is co-author with Pamela Shoemaker of Mediating the Message in the 21st Century: A Media Sociology Perspective (Routledge, 2014), a follow-up volume to its predecessor, named by Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly (JMCQ)as one of the "significant journalism and communication books" of the 20th century. His edited volume, Framing Public Life: Perspectives on Media and our Understanding of the Social World (Erlbaum, 2001), has been widely cited, and his most recent edited volume (with Wenhong Chen) is Networked China:  Global Dynamics of Digital Media and Civic Engagement (Routledge).  He has served as book review and associate editor for JMCQ, and on its editorial board and 14 others. 

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