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UT in a Day

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
3:30–7:00 p.m.
River Oaks Country Club
Main Dining Room
1600 River Oaks Boulevard
Houston, Texas, 77019

Schedule of Events:
3:30 p.m. Registration
3:45 p.m. Opening remarks
3:50 p.m. Transforming Texas: Realizing the Vision of Artist Ellsworth Kelly at UT
4:30 p.m. Dell Medical School: Redesigning Health and Health Care
5:10 p.m. Break
5:20 p.m. The Politics of News Choice
6:00 p.m. The Electoral and Governing Consequences of Our Polarized Politics
6:45 p.m. Closing

Seating is limited.
RSVP by October 13, 2015, to or 512-475-9603.


Special Thanks to Our Event Sponsors:


Gold Level:

Beck Redden LLP

Texas Citizens Bank

Silver Level:
Dell Medical School
Natalie and Don Faust
Stuart W. Stedman

The Speakers:

Veronica Roberts

Veronica Roberts
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art

Transforming Texas: Realizing the Vision of Artist Ellsworth Kelly at UT

Description: Learn about internationally renowned artist Ellsworth Kelly and the realization of his visionary project at the Blanton — the first and only freestanding building the artist has ever designed, filled with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and black-and-white stone panels in marble, all designed by Kelly. Austin will be, to borrow the artist’s own words, “a space of calm and light,” and the Blanton is privileged to bring this momentous work to life. Hear from Blanton director Simone Wicha and curator of modern and contemporary art Veronica Roberts, who have worked closely with the artist and will share how Austin will not only transform campus, but also impact the international art world.

Bio: Veronica Roberts is curator of modern and contemporary art at the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently preparing a mid-career survey of artist Nina Katchadourian, opening at the Blanton in spring 2017. Her most recent exhibition, Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt, is currently on tour to the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, M.A. (fall 2015) and the Cleveland Museum of Art (spring 2016). Prior to working at the Blanton, she held curatorial positions at The Museum of Modern Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She received her M.A. in the history of art and architecture from UC Santa Barbara and her B.A. in art history from Williams College.


Mini Kahlon

Mini Kahlon, Ph.D.
Vice Dean of Strategy and Partnerships; Clinical Associate Professor, Dell Medical School

Dell Medical School: Redesigning Health and Health Care

Description: In the words of Dell Medical School Dean Clay Johnston, “I’m not interested in creating just another medical school, but in creating a medical school that really represents what we want health – and health education – to be in the next century.”

The school’s unique vision – A vital, inclusive health ecosystem – represents that aspiration. By redesigning health and health care, the Dell Medical School will revolutionize how people get and stay healthy. In her presentation, Vice Dean for Strategy and Partnerships, Dr. Maninder “Mini” Kahlon, will discuss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design new, nimble, and scalable models of care that will increase impact and measurably improve health in our community and beyond.

Bio: Dr. Kahlon is Vice Dean for Partnerships & Strategy at Dell Medical School. In this key role, Kahlon builds the ecosystem of partners the school needs to achieve its transformative goals for medicine and health. She is working to set the early priorities of the medical school and helping to align leaders and stakeholders with a common vision.

Prior to joining UT, Mini was Executive Director and Chief Information Officer for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at UC San Francisco. The institute functioned as an innovation arm of UCSF, addressing opportunities and challenges in all aspects of research, from early translational product-focused research to health care delivery redesign.

Kahlon brings management experience from Silicon Valley startups working on award-winning technologies, as well as the philanthropic social change sector. Mini is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCSF.


Talia Stroud

Talia Stroud, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies; Assistant Director of Research, The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, Moody College of Communication

The Politics of News Choice

Description: Fox News and MSNBC. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Huffington Post and the Drudge Report. Partisan media are an important part of our contemporary political landscape. But what are the effects of these media? And what can we do about increasing political polarization resulting – at least in part – from the tendency to use political media reflecting one’s partisan preferences? Stroud will discuss her research on how our partisan habits of mind affect how we process political information … and how we might curb these tendencies.

Bio: Natalie (Talia) Jomini Stroud is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Assistant Director of Research at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin. Stroud is the founding director of the Engaging News Project, which examines commercially viable and democratically beneficial ways of improving online news coverage. Stroud is interested in how the media affect our political behaviors and attitudes and how our political behaviors and attitudes affect our media use. Her research has received numerous national and international awards, including the International Communication Association’s prestigious Outstanding Book Award for her book Niche News: The Politics of News Choice. Stroud also has twice received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Communication Studies Graduate Community.


James Henson, Ph.D.
Director, Texas Politics Project, College of Liberal Arts

Sean Theriault, Ph.D.
Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts

The Electoral and Governing Consequences of Our Polarized Politics

Description: James Henson and Sean Theriault lead a discussion of the implications on party polarization in American politics as the 2016 campaign moves to center stage. Henson, an expert in elections, polling, and Texas politics, will describe the development of the nomination and general election contests and the critical role that Texas will play in 2016. Theriault, who has written two books on party polarization in Congress, will assess the chances that the election will break the current vicious cycle of paralyzed politics in the nation’s capital.

James Henson

Bios: Dr. Henson directs the Texas Politics Project, a collection of enterprises designed to encourage informed interest and engagement in Texas politics and government. In that role, he co-directs, with Daron Shaw, the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, the only open-access, public, statewide survey of public opinion in Texas. (The data sets from those surveys are available in the polling section of the Texas Politics website.) He also writes about politics for The Texas Tribune and is a frequent resource for news media and researchers on Texas politics and government.

Henson was appointed to the City of Austin Ethics Review Commission in 2009 and served as its chairman from 2010 to 2012. He is a member of the advisory board of The Subiendo Academy in the McCombs School of Business.

Sean Theriault

Professor Theriault, who is fascinated by congressional decision-making, is researching the distinction between ideological and war-making behavior in the U.S. Congress. He has published three books: The Power of the People: Congressional Competition, Public Attention, and Voter Retribution (2005), Party Polarization in Congress (2008); and The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress (2013). He has also written in a variety of journals on subjects ranging from presidential rhetoric to congressional careers.

Theriault, whose classes include the U.S. Congress, Congressional Elections, Party Polarization in the United States, and the Politics of the Catholic Church, is passionate about teaching. He received the Friar Society Teaching Fellowship in 2009, the UT Senate of College Councils’ Professor the Year in 2011, and the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2014. In 2012 he was inducted into UT Austin’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Before obtaining his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, he obtained a B.A. from the University of Richmond and M.S. (in public policy analysis) from the University of Rochester.


Parking Information:

Parking Information

At the club’s front gate, the security guard will direct you to valet parking.


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