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Texas Global Dialogues

Texas Global Dialogues, hosted by Texas Global and the Texas Exes brings together UT Austin’s leading academic experts and distinguished alumni to share their expertise and insights on topics that transcend borders and interest us all.

This series of regionally focused events are designed to:

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Connect Longhorn alumni around the world with faculty and University leadership

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Showcase the research, creative activity and accomplishments of our faculty across the disciplines

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Create networking opportunities for global alumni

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Share updates from the Forty Acres


With more than 530,000 Longhorns living across the world in 176 countries, the opportunities for networking and engagement are endless.

Past Events

Global Health: Challenges, Breakthroughs, and a Way Forward for UT Austin

Watch the most recent discussion in the video below.

November 17, 2021

The most recent Texas Global Dialogue explored global health policies in light of recent events. How do we work together to improve worldwide health security, reduce health disparities, and protect the world’s most vulnerable populations? How do we measure positive tangible outcomes in particular countries or populations? View the recording of the discussion below and make plans to join us next time!


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Peter Cowley, M.D.

Coordinator, WHO Western Pacific, Health Policy and Financing
World Health Organization

Dr. Peter Cowley has been living and working in the developing world for over 20 years. He has been stationed in Honduras, Uganda, Cambodia, the Republic of Georgia, Barbados, and now in the Philippines, where he is the Coordinator for Health Policy and Finance Unit at WHO Western Pacific Regional Office. Dr. Cowley has also worked for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and the Pan-American Health Organization in Honduras and Barbados where he respectively worked on polio elimination and health systems strengthening activities. Whilst working in Uganda, Cambodia, and Georgia, he led numerous large projects focusing on the private sector, e-health, HIV/AIDS and TB funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Global Fund, and Asian Development Bank. Dr. Cowley is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Texas Austin and received his bachelor’s degree in biology/biological sciences in 1983. He received his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine and completed his residency in international health and received a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

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Tim Mercer, M.D., MPH, FACP

Chief of the Division of Global Health
Assistant Professor, Departments of Population Health and Internal Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Dr. Tim Mercer is the Chief of the Division of Global Health at Dell Medical School and an assistant professor in the departments of Population Health and Internal Medicine. He is interested in solving health system challenges and promoting health through community-engaged scholarship and service to improve access, quality, and equity in health for vulnerable populations globally. Mercer studied biology and philosophy at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received a master’s in public health with a focus in social and behavioral sciences from the Yale School of Public Health and a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency training program at Duke University Medical Center. Following his training, he served as the medicine team leader for the Academic Model Providing Access to Health Care (AMPATH) with Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. Under his leadership, Dell Med has joined the AMPATH Consortium in Kenya and established a bilateral partnership with a medical school in Mexico to engage across the trifold academic mission of service, teaching, and research to strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes for low-income people in both Mexico and Texas. He teaches and mentors medical students on global health and is also engaging interdisciplinary faculty members from across the campus of The University of Texas at Austin in global health work.


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Sonia Feigenbaum, Ph.D.

Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Chief International Officer
The University of Texas at Austin

Sonia Feigenbaum serves as UT Austin’s inaugural senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer. Since her arrival in Spring 2019, Feigenbaum has collaborated with colleagues across campus to reposition global engagement as a driver for UT Austin’s mission to educate, research, and serve. Her career path includes policymaking pertinent to global initiatives and spans academia, the nonprofit sector, and close to 15 years of service with the federal government where she created, administered, and managed budgets in excess of $300 million. Dr. Feigenbaum holds an undergraduate degree in music performance (cello) and master’s and doctoral degrees in Spanish from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Clean and Green? Challenges and Solutions for a Sustainable Future

November 16, 2020

Thought leaders from the Geothermal Entrepreneurship Organization, Energy Institute, and the Webber Group at The University of Texas at Austin gathered to discuss their work and projections as the climate crisis looms, environmentalists react, and industries respond.

Panelists: Jamie Beard, J.D., Varun Rai, Ph.D., Michael Webber, Ph.D.
Moderator: Sonia Feigenbaum, Ph.D.

Presented in collaboration with:

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Artificial Intelligence

October 12, 2020

An expert panel discussed of experts from across The University of Texas shared their research on the effects of machine learning on global society.

Panelists: Junfeng Jiao, Ph.D., Min Kyung Lee, Ph.D, Peter Stone, Ph.D.
Moderator: Sonia Feigenbaum, Ph.D.

Journalism in Latin America

August 4, 2020

The inaugural Texas Global Dialogues featured the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and a distinguished panel of journalists from Brazil, Chile, and Mexico.

Panelists: Rosental Alves, Patricia Campos Mello, Javier Garza, Fernando Paulsen
Moderator: Sonia Feigenbaum, Ph.D.