The American Studies Collaborative Solitude Project, in collaboration with iWeek

Join the Department of American Studies session to learn how COVID-19 has impacted the UTD international student community. The historic significance of the COVID-19 pandemic has rendered many of us hesitant to share the stories of our own experiences. Amidst hardship and tragedy on a global scale, we worry that our narratives are trivial, insignificant, or frivolous.

Please share your experiences by uploading a video, piece of writing or voice recording here. We look forward to sharing these works with the wider UTD international student community on April 6th, 2021 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm via TEAMS as part of the i-Week celebration.

Submission deadline is Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:59PM.

See examples of submissions we are looking for here.

For any questions or comments, please contact Dr. Larissa Werhnyak, Program Head for American Studies, by emailing her assistant, Aurora Becerra at [email protected]

Virtual Tour of Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow


Part One

Date: Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Time: 5:30PM - 6:30PM CST

School of IS Game Night

IS game night flyer

Join the the School of Interdisciplinary Studies for a fun-filled night of Jackbox Trivia Murder Party on Microsoft Teams! Meet other students while learning random trivia on October 29th, at 5:00 PM!

American Studies Presents: Virtual Fall Film Festival

ams film festival promo

Join the American Studies (AMS) Program and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies for our first Virtual Fall Film Festival!

Thursday, November 12th, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Featuring: A Comparison between Miracle(2004) and Red Army (2014)

The film Miracle illustrates how American film portrays the role of sport in international conflict (specifically Cold War geopolitics). The film Red Army illustrates the pivotal 1980 Winter Olympics from the Russian perspective. It's highly informative and entertaining.

Discussion and Q&A after the film with our AMS Professors.

Date: Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Time: 2:00PM - 7:00PM

Please register using your UTD email.

Please note a change in the viewing procedures for our final films. See below.

  • We will screen the film Miracle via a Netflix Watch Party at 2:00 PM; the link to join will be emailed 15 minutes prior to the showing.
  • Please note: an active Netflix account is required to participate. (Miracle is also available through Amazon Prime.)
  • What is a Netflix Watch Party? Read about it here:
  • At approximately 4:15 PM, we will begin the screening of Red Army, with the discussion to follow. Access will be via the Teams link provided below.

We appreciate your flexibility as we navigate these challenges. If you are unable to participate in the entire event due to schedule conflicts or technological impediments, you are welcome join as you are able!

Where Are They Now? The McDermott Scholars Class of 2001

August 14, 2020

Many members of the first class of McDermott Scholars have gone on to earn the highest degrees in their fields and have taken their place as leaders in health care, law, government, science, the arts and academia. They include attorneys, academic researchers, scientists, a pastor and two professors at UT Dallas. Here's what they are doing now.

the first class of mcdermott scholars

Kiss and Make Up, or Not? Researchers Analyze Post-Conflict Behaviors

May 21, 2020

A team led by Dr. Karen Prager, professor of interdisciplinary studies and psychology, identified four broad categories of post-conflict behavior and found that actively repairing the relationship was most effective, while avoidance was most detrimental. Read more about this trio of studies here.

photo of professor Karen Prager

Myths and Unknowns About Chess and the Contenders for the World Chess Championship

November 9, 2018

Alexey W. Root, Interdisciplinary Studies Lecturer, discusses the myths and unknowns about the world chess championship contenders and the game of chess. Read more about chess and its myths here.

photo of professor Alexy Root

Veterans Day: Jennifer Hudson Reflects on the First WWII POW to Return to Dallas

November 12, 2018

Jennifer Hudson, Interdisciplinary Studies Lecturer, states in an article written for the Dallas Morning news that “remembering someone is what keeps them alive.”  Hudson’s article discusses her  grandfather’s experiences while being a prisoner of war and the first of which to return to Dallas alive.  Read more about Hudon’s grandfather and his experiences here.

Jennifer Hudson, Lecturer

Academic Bridge Program Puts Students on Path to Success at UT Dallas

Aug. 9, 2018

Academic Bridge provides services including tutoring, mentoring, housing and financial assistance to students from underrepresented communities.  Students start courses in the summer as part of the program, which is supported by funds from the Texas Legislature, the University and private donations. After a month in the program, several of the 30 freshman in this year’s group said they learned new time-management skills and study habits that helped them with the faster pace of college courses. Read more about the Academic Bridge Program.

Algebra Tutoring Adds to the Fun for Campers at Kids’ University

July 9, 2018

At Kids’ University, students take time out from robotics, science and arts activities to work with tutors on a subject you don’t see on the schedule at many summer camps: algebra. Algebra tutoring is a critical part of the equation at the camp, which serves children ages 4 to 14 living in area homeless shelters and is hosted by UT Dallas and the Dallas nonprofit Rainbow Days. Homeless children often fall at least one grade level behind due to frequent moves and school transfers, said Dr. George Fair, vice president for diversity and community engagement and dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Read more about Kids’ University and algebra.

Graduate Puts Growing Interest in Sustainability to Work at Dallas Zoo

June 21, 2018

Aasya Peera BA’18 in Interdisciplinary Studies, put her passion for sustainability to work this spring, serving as an environmental services intern with the Dallas Zoo. Peera helped the zoo’s six divisions select and implement sustainability projects such as reducing energy consumption, minimizing chemical use and increasing educational awareness. Read more about Aasya Peera.

Kids University

There are over 1,000 children in the Dallas area that are currently in homeless situations.  At UT-Dallas, the School of Interdisciplinary  Studies in partnership with Rainbow Days, a Dallas non-profit, have come together to teach them to dream big and help show them their potential.

Interdisciplinary Studies Outstanding Teaching Award 2017-2018

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies recognized Dr. Kathleen Byrnes for her outstanding teaching and mentoring of students during the 2017-2018 year. Dr. Byrnes is not only an instructor for the rapidly growing Healthcare Studies major, but she is also the Program Head. Dr. Jillian Duquaine-Watson and Dr. E. Lynn Winstead were the runner ups for earning the Interdisciplinary Studies Outstanding Teaching Award 2017-2018.