Written in 2014 as a college application essay. The person I am today is nothing more than a result of my interests and upbringing. I learned how to live through my favorite stories and learned how to use my talents, as well as learn new ones, to make those stories a reality.  Although public school... Continue Reading →


Sancho: An Act of Remembrance

The aspect of Sancho I found most interesting was the metatheatrical aspect the show introduced. Throughout the performance, many references were made to Shakespeare and Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko. Sancho’s namesake was attributed to Cervantes’ character, Sancho Panza, who he was forced to portray in his childhood. Sancho says, “the play’s the thing” in reference to... Continue Reading →

The Value of Student Volunteerism

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 By Brittany Worthington, Marketing Student Assistant In the midst of classes, homework, part-time jobs, internships, and a social life, it takes a special student to choose to spend what extra time they have volunteering. Texas Performing Arts is lucky to have a network of UT student volunteers who serve as campus... Continue Reading →


Bring Your Voices, Bring Your Pain

  Young Israeli and Palestinian Leaders on Modeling Difficult Dialogues Each semester, the Humanities Institute hosts a Public Forum as part of our Difficult Dialogues program, designed to foster dialogue-based learning on campus. On February 13th in the Texas Union, the HI hosted a panel discussion with Creativity for Peace, a non-profit organization that trains... Continue Reading →


The Salmon of Doubt

Douglas Adams On Friday, May 11, 2001, the world mourned the untimely passing of Douglas Adams, beloved creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, dead of a heart attack at age forty-nine. Thankfully, in addition to a magnificent literary legacy—which includes seven novels and three co-authored works of nonfiction—Douglas left us something more. The... Continue Reading →


The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade.... Continue Reading →


A Dissertation on the task of writing a poem on a candle and an account of some of the difficulties thereto pertaining

by Douglas Adams, January 1970 I resisted temptation for this declamation To reach out to literary height For high aspiration in such an oration Would seem quite remarkably trite: So I thought something pithy and succinct and clever Was exactly the right thing to write. For nights I sat musing And musing ... and musing... Continue Reading →


NaNoWriMo Pep Talk from Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket Lemony’s Website Lemony’s Books Dear Cohort, Struggling with your novel? Paralyzed by the fear that it’s nowhere near good enough? Feeling caught in a trap of your own devising? You should probably give up. For one thing, writing is a dying form. One reads of this every day. Every magazine and newspaper, every... Continue Reading →



Polly’s body wasn’t cold yet when the weather started to warm. Spring used to be her absolute favorite season, and it was almost poetic how she died on the first day of the season. Almost. Polly was always almost something. At age four, she was almost a ballerina, at age twelve, she was almost a... Continue Reading →


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