KLRU NewsBrief: Huston-Tillotson Launches First Master’s Program

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This weekend during PBS NewsHour, Austin’s oldest university is beginning a new chapter in its 140 year history.

Huston-Tillotson University will launch its first ever Master’s program in January. The degree is a Master’s in Educational Leadership with a principal certification. Principals in Texas are required to have Master’s degrees but most program offer the certification separately. Dr. Ruth Kane, Department of Educator Preparation Department Chair, said the program prepares graduates to fill a void in school administrations in our region.

“Research says that it’s important that students have a person who is their teacher or administrator or their counselor or even their librarian that looks like them, who they have an easier time relating to,” Dr. Kane said. “We have many wonderful Anglo principals out there but they can’t be everything to African-American and Hispanic students.”

Corey Wiggins, a 6th grade English Language Arts teacher at Kealing Middle School, is hoping to join the program in January. He’s been teaching for three years and said he does think students would benefit from more African-American or Hispanic principals in area schools.

“I think that just having that awareness of knowing how certain things work in certain families based on socioeconomic background and things like that, it really makes a really big impact,” Wiggins said.

The program is four semesters and is designed for working teachers.

This story airs Sunday evening at 6:30pm during PBS NewsHour Weekend. 

 

 

In the Studio: Ross Douthat tapes Overheard 9/18

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Ross Douthat on September 18 at 4pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 3:45pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required.

Josh Haner/The New York Times

Josh Haner/The New York Times

Ross Douthat is a conservative Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times. He joined the Times in 2009, previously working as a senior editor at The Atlantic. He has written a number of books, including Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics and Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class. He is also a film critic for National Review. Douthat is in Austin to speak at The Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture immediately following our taping.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Ross Douthat. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Arts In Context Shorts: Bridging the Gap

Arts In Context Shorts features an innovative project using art to empower. Through education and training, Arc of the Arts makes professional artists out of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The program gives new skills to artists both in making art and in marketing and selling their works, providing a viable career path for a population with limited options.  With a strong identity, a boost of confidence, self expression and platform for exposure, these artists meet new goals for refining their craft and for practicing social skills to use in their new career.

A shortened version of this story will air during PBS NewsHour Weekend on Saturday, September 13 at 6:30pm. 

Highlights September 14-20

KLRU Highlights

This week, KLRU presents Ken Burns’ newest documentary over the course of 7 nights. Roosevelts: An Intimate History chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History, Get Action (1858-1901) Sunday at 7 pm and 9 pm explores the champion of a strenuous life, Theodore Roosevelt, as he becomes the youngest president in American history, while Franklin Delano follows his older cousin’s career with worshipful fascination.

Murder brings Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency on Roosevelts: An Intimate History In The Arena (1901-1910) Monday at 7 pm and 9 pm. In the seven years that follow, he transforms the office and makes himself perhaps the best-loved of all the men who ever lived in the White House

Theodore Roosevelt leads a Progressive crusade that splits his own party on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Fire of Life (1910-1919) Tuesday at 7 pm and 9 pm. Eleanor discovery of Franklin’s romance with another woman transforms their marriage into a largely political partnership.

Franklin Roosevelt runs for vice president while Eleanor builds a personal and political life of her own on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Storm (1920-1933) Wednesday at 7 pm and 9 pm.

FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Rising Road (1933-1939) Thursday at 7 pm and 9 pm.

FDR shatters the third-term tradition and struggles to prepare a reluctant country to enter World War II on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Common Cause (1939-1944) Friday at 7 pm and 9 pm. Meanwhile, Eleanor struggles to keep New Deal reforms alive.

Eleanor Roosevelt proves herself a shrewd politician and a skilled negotiator on Roosevelts: An Intimate History A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) Saturday at 7 pm and 9 pm. Frail and failing but determined to see the war through to victory, FDR wins re-election and begins planning for a peaceful postwar world.

Community Cinema begins Oct. 7 with Makers screening

KLRU featured event

Independent Television Service and KLRU announce this year’s Community Cinema films. For the 2014-15 season screenings will be held in Austin at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). All screenings will start at 7 pm, are free and open to the public.

Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from Independent Lens on location in 100 cities and online. Between September and June, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

Oct 7: Makers
Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Makers is a six-part PBS series profiling the impact women have had over the past 50 years.

Nov. 4: Evolution of a Criminal
In this gripping blend of documentary, true crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey since that act.

Jan 6: A Path Appears from the creators of Half the Sky
A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky:Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Feb. 3: American Denial
Using the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.

March 3: The Homestretch
Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.

May 5: Limited Partnership
Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.

Q Night at the Movies September 13

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This edition of KLRU Q’s weekly movie night will keep you on the edge of your seat! Don’t miss out on the thrills and chills this Saturday!

First, the Hollywood review show Just Seen It airs at 7 p.m. On this episode they review the new indie dramedy The Skeleton Twins, starring Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader. Then they interview Nicholas McCarthy and Ashley Rickards, the director and star of the horror film At the Devil’s Door.

In On Story, Austin Film Festival’s original series, thriller master writer/director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Band and Lethal Weapon) gives an inside scoop on the critical elements of a taut, suspense-filled movie. In Raising Stakes, Reversals, and Payoffs he uses examples from such classics as Rocky, The Long Kiss Goodnight and La Femme Nikita.

The thrill continues with the feature film No Way Out at 8! The secretary of Defense (Gene Hackman) forces a Pentagon naval aide (Kevin Costner) to lead a manhunt for a Soviet spy during a murder cover-up.

Watch movies every Saturday starting at 7 pm only on KLRU Q!
KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Vision + Voice Celebration 9/19

The Austin ISD Office of Academics, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Division at Austin Community College, would like to invite the community to the Vision + Voice reception from 6–8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the new ACC Highland Campus, 6101 Airport Blvd.

The reception follows the successful launch of the Vision + Voice poetry contest. AISD students submitted more than 800 poems. One winning poem was selected per grade level and was paired with an ACC student art piece. KLRU will feature students reading their poems on klru.tv at starting later this month.

The event will feature student poetry readings and the poster gallery of the winning poems. Please RSVP here. Check out the winning poems and honorable mentions here. If you have any questions, please contact Asha Dane’el at (512) 414-1522 or at asha.daneel@austinisd.org.

In the Studio: Lizz Winstead tapes Overheard 9/16

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Lizz Winstead on September 16 at 11am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:30am. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

lizz winsteadLizz Winstead is co-creator, a former writer and a former correspondent for The Daily Show. She also co-founded Air America Radio. Winstead is now well known as one of the country’s top political satirists. Her writing can be found in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post and in her 2012 book, Lizz Free or Die. Winstead is in Austin to keynote Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ 2014 Austin Annual Dinner.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Lizz Winstead. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.