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Larry McMurtry to receive National Humanities Medal at White House Sept. 10

By Michael A. Lindenberger

WASHINGTON—President Obama will award a 2014 National Humanities Medal to one of Texas’s — and America’s — most beloved writers, novelist, screenwriter and world-class bookman, Larry McMurtry

of Archer City.

McMurtry, 79, is one of 10 recipients of the medal to be presented at a White House ceremony Sept. 10. Chef and food author Alice Waters will be honored. Ten others, including novelist Stephen King and writer Tobias Wolff, will receive the National Medal of Arts.

McMurtry is probably most famous as the author of the Pulitzer-winning...

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Three deans receive temporary terms

Three new deans were appointed to temporary terms for the beginning of the school year.

David Holderman, who has led the College of Arts and Sciences since November, will continue for two more years as dean. Before he was appointed, he was the chairman of the Department of English.

The College of Business will continue to be led by Marilyn Wiley for the next three years, since she took over for Finley Graves in March. Graves is still with UNT, and is currently serving as provost.

Additionally, Greg Jones will serve as interim dean of the College of Information, as the retiring dean’s last day was Monday.

How the hover effect strands some children

New York author and blogger Lenore Skenazy asks what feels like a question tailor-made for the parents of the 21st century: “How come it’s unusual or frowned upon or illegal to let your kid be out of your sight?”


For families today, the world seems riddled with dangers — from real terrors, such as pedophile teachers, to more abstract worries like which activities will best suit children for college in a far-off future.

Parental anxieties work their way into institutions, too. In 2014, a South Carolina woman was...

Cultural creator and graphic design guru Ben Barry at FLC

By David Holub

It sounds like a beeping and booping, retro flash-forward operation from a 1970s sci-fi flick. But Ben Barry’s Facebook Analog Research Laboratory, an internal graphic design and print studio and art program, was responsible for defining and developing the internal culture and brand at the social networking behemoth.

One of the first communication designers at Facebook, Barry brings his show, “100 Patterns,” to Fort Lewis College’s Art Gallery, with an opening reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. The show runs through Oct. 7.

Barry’s geometric and...

New Media program at UNT to give studio a digital-age makeover

By Lucinda Breeding

Professors Liss LaFleur and Martin Back say the students in the University of North Texas New Media program are “astronauts.”

“I told my students that just the other day,” LaFleur said. “They’re charting new territory. They’re explorers.”

New Media is a fledgling program in the College of Visual Arts and Design. It’s a heady name for a program that merges the theoretical and conceptual with the long-standing disciplines within visual art: painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, craft and sculpture.

But New Media, they said, is also about tying ideas and fine arts to the digital...

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