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



Dr. Charters Wynn

“Stalin’s Russia at War: Victory at an Unimaginable Cost”

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Noon–1 p.m.

The January Lunchtime Lecture will explore the Soviet Union's decisive role in the Allied defeat of Nazi Germany, which cost more than 27 million Soviet soldiers and civilians their lives. Dr. Wynn will also describe UT's Normandy Scholar Program that studies the causes, conduct, consequences, and contemporary representations of the Second World War from multiple national perspectives.  

Dr. Charters Wynn is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the College of Liberal Arts. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Revolutionary Russia and Stalinist Russia as well as the undergraduate Soviet survey and a graduate course on the Soviet Union From the War to the Collapse. He also teaches Stalin's Russia at War as a faculty member in the Normandy Scholar Program. 

Dr. Wynn's research interests include Soviet political, labor, and military history, with a forthcoming book entitled The Moderate Bolshevik: Mikhail Tomsky From the Factory to the Kremlin. He is also currently at work on a book tentatively entitled Circle of Five: Stalin's War Cabinet, 1941-1945. 

Dr. Wynn has received multiple teaching awards including the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award for the 2010-11 academic year, the Eyes of Texas Excellence Award, and the Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship. 

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Juan Miró 

“Building a New Arcadia”

Thursday, February 18, 2021
Noon–1 p.m.

Architect and professor Juan Miró has built an international reputation by shaping private and public spaces that connect with nature and define a unique sense of place. He will reflect on 20 years spent studying Mexican architecture and history, reshaping Austin’s identity as a creative hub, and crafting innovative design solutions that blur the lines between art, architecture, and landscape. 

Miró is the David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor in Urban Studies at the UT School of Architecture. He was named a Distinguished Professor by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT Austin. Miró has received the Texas Society of Architects’ Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions and the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. 

Juan Miró was born in Barcelona and obtained his professional degree at the Escuela de Arquitectura of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Miró worked in Spain with his father, Antonio Miró, and with Fernando Higueras, Felix Candela, and Santiago Calatrava. In 1989 he earned a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a post-professional master's degree at Yale, where he was awarded the William Edward Parsons Memorial Medal. Prior to moving to Austin, Miró worked at Gwathmey Siegel and Associates in New York City. He is a licensed architect in Spain, Texas, and New York. 

Miró is a founding partner of Austin-based Miró Rivera Architects, which has won over 100 design awards including 40 American Institute of Architects design awards and the AR Emerging Architecture Award in London. Miró Rivera Architects received the Texas Society of Architects’ Architecture Firm Award in 2016 and was included in ArchDaily’s 2017 list of the World’s Best Architects. In 2020, the firm celebrated its 20th anniversary with a monograph published by University of Texas Press entitled Miró Rivera Architects: Building a New Arcadia

Miró has lectured and published extensively on his academic and professional work, the role of the architectural profession in civic life, and Mexican architecture and architectural history. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and was elevated to the organization’s College of Fellows in recognition of his contributions to the profession and to society.