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Dec. 17: Fall 2015 Commencement
The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) commencement ceremony is 9 – 11:30 a.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion on Cullen Boulevard

Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
(federal and state holiday)

Jan. 19: Kristen Yon Faculty Recital
7:30pm-9:30pm at Dudley Recital Hall
Moores School of Music faculty members Kristen Yon, Anthony Kitai and Timothy Hester will perform. For ticket information contact the Moores School of Music Box Office at 713-743-3388.

Jan. 20: Encounters and Discoveries in Literature: Celebrating Arte Público Press and Twentieth Century Latina/o Literature
5 pm - 7 pm in the M.D. Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion
Opening reception of the new exhibit, Encounters and Discoveries in Literature: Celebrating Arte Público Press and Twentieth Century Latina/o Literature. Materials in the exhibit will include books, archival documents, photographs, and works of art produced or recovered by Arte Público Press and its subdivisions. For more information contact Lisa Cruces at 713-743-9903.

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

CLASS Expertise in the Media

J. Leigh Leasure
The New York Times included comments by J. Leigh Leasure, associate professor of psychology, in their article The Close Ties Between Exercise and Beer.
   
Todd Romero
Todd Romero, associate professor of history, offered his expertise on Houston’s Food and Dining scene in the following articles:
   
Jennifer Wingard
The Washington Post recently intereviewed associate professor of English Jennifer Wingard for their article, Is our ‘out of control’ political rhetoric really all that extraordinary?
   
Francisco Cantu
Francisco Cantú, assistant professor of political science, co-authored an article for the Washington Post titled, Was Argentina’s election stolen? Here’s how you can tell.
   
Tracy Xavia Karner
Manhattan as Muse: Streetscapes by Harvey Stein, an article that recently ran in the Huffington Post reviewed the book, Briefly Seen: New York Street Life. The book includes essays from sociology department chair Tracy Xavia Karner.
   
Lorenzo Cano
The Boston Globe interviewed Lorenzo Cano, associate director of the Center of Mexican American Studies, for the article, Census considers more race choices.
   
Abdel Razzaq Takriti
Associate professor of modern Arab history, Abdel Razzaq Takriti, was featured in The Cougar article, Head of Arab studies program aims to shape understanding of the Middle East
   
Moores Opera House
For the fifth consecutive year, productions by the Moores Opera Center have earned top honors from the National Opera Association's annual Opera Production Competition. The Houston Chronicle article, University of Houston Moores Opera Center honored, describes the recognition.
   
Paul R. Gregory
The National Review ran an article authored by Paul Roderick Gregory, professor of economics, titled, Russia’s Economic Stagnation. In addition, he authored the article, Why Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a bad ally for Hindustan Times.
   
Stephan Hillerbrand
The work of Stephan Hillerbrand, associate professor of photography and co-owner of the Hillerbrand+Magasamen design studio, was featured in the KHOU story, Festival features flicks with real NASA footage.
   
Richard Murray
Bloomberg interviewed Richard Murray, professor of political science, for their article, Obama Pins Hope on Supreme Court After Latest Immigration Defeat. He was also quoted in the Chicago Tribune article, Obama's loss on immigration case may be political win for party.
   
Emran El-Badawi
Emran El-Badawi, director of Arabic studies, offered comments in the Houston Chronicle article, Survey: Christian Americans view Muslim values 'at odds' with those of America.
   
Veteran broadcaster and host of ABC's "What Would You Do?" John Quiones, was the keynote speaker at the Center for Mexican American Studies' annual Noche Cultural Banquet. The event was covered by ABC-13 in the story 'What Would You Do?' host John Quiñones delivers keynote speech at UH banquet.
   
Brandon Rottinghaus
Associate professor of political science, Brandon Rottinghaus, offered comments in the following articles:
   
Michael D. Snediker
Poetry by Michael D. Snediker, associate professor of English, was featured in The Spectrum article, Poem-A-Day — ‘The Abasement of the Northmores’ by Michael D. Snediker
   
Robert Zaretsky
Professor of modern and classical languages, Robert Zaretsky, wrote the following articles:

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May 21, 2013: Moores Concert Chorale takes top prize in German competition

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Breakthroughs and shutdowns, Public Official of the Year has strategies for both

Retired NASA administrator Michael Coats honored with award by MPA program

Public Official of the year 2013From L to R: Ed Emmett (Harris County Judge), Peter Brown (President, Better Houston), Jeff Braun (Emergency Mgmt. Dir. Fort Bend County), Scott Elmer (Asst. City Manager - Missouri City), David Feldman (Houston City Attorney), Michael Coats (Former NASA JSC Director), James Thurmond (UH MPA Program Director), and Jeff Moseley (TX Transportation Commissioner).

U.S. space shuttles orbited the Earth during a 27 year period that ended last year. Michael Coats was there when space shuttle flights began and when the last shuttle landed.

As an astronaut, Coats was the pilot for the inaugural space flight aboard a shuttle, Discovery, in 1984. As director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, he was the top administrator at NASA’s astronaut training center when the Space Shuttle program ended in 2012.

At a February 22 luncheon, Coats was honored for capping off his long career in public service with the difficult task of guiding Johnson Space Center astronauts and staff through the transition away from manned space flight.

He was named the Public Official of the Year by the Master of Public Administration Program.

“It has always been challenging to be a public official,” Coats said in his acceptance remarks. “Now, with modern social media, instead of seeing a letter to the editor, or receiving a personal letter, you get millions of people making comments… which makes life a little more interesting for us public officials.” 

Coats provided strategic leadership that benefited both NASA and the Houston economy to minimize the impact of the closure of the three-decades-old Space Shuttle Program. He mitigated potential job loss by partnering with community leaders and local contractors to hold three large-scale community job fairs, which resulted in many new jobs for JSC team members. He also spearheaded the formation of three strategic collaborations between Johnson Space Center and the Bay Area Houston Advanced Technology Consortium, the Houston Technology Center, and the Greater Houston Partnership.

“There is so much negativity sometimes about public service and the government sector that it doesn’t seem like individuals in that field can do anything right,” said Dr. James Thurmond, director of the MPA program. “Yet so much of what we do every day depends on their service. Public service is important and should be appreciated.”

Transportation was an underlying theme of the luncheon. Both the award winner and the keynote speaker were experts in getting people to their destinations and back home safely, in space and here on Texas roadways.

Jeff Moseley, Texas Transportation Commissioner, delivered the keynote speech, which included reflections on  a transportation summit that he attended in Austin. During the summit, Moseley met with industry experts and futurists where he discussed future transportation needs that will accommodate a growing state population.

“Over the next 30 years, it is suggested that Texas may grow from 25 million to 50 million people,” said Moseley. “During the summit, we saw a Google car that had driven 100,000 miles without a driver – and only had two accidents. This is the direction we will be going. Self-driving automobiles will be able to get closer to each other and manage the capacity of the roadways better than we can.”

According to Moseley, the flying cars featured in the 1962 cartoon The Jetsons, could be a realistic model. That cartoon was set in the year 2062. Moseley said that futurists predict that the current self-driving car technology could eventually allow vehicles to take flight and get individuals where they need to go.

“It’s tempting to assume all the solutions have been thought of,” said Moseley. “But we have to remember that there are some wonderful breakthroughs just over the horizon.”

Coats was one of four finalists for the Public Official of the Year award. The other nominees were Jeff Braun, Fort Bent County Emergency Management Coordinator, Scott Elmer, Missouri City Assistant City Manager, and David Feldman, City of Houston City Attorney. Last year’s winner was Daniel Krueger, head of Houston’s Public Works.

Requests for nominations for the Public Official of the Year award were distributed last fall. Once nominations were received, the selection committee (which includes MPA alumni, one MPA student, and last year’s winner) narrowed it down to the four finalists before Coats was ultimately named the winner.

Coats graduated from Annapolis in 1968 and went on to fly 315 combat missions in the Vietnam War. He continued his education by earning a Master of Science in Administration of Science and Technology from George Washington University in 1977, and Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1979. He was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1978, and became a NASA astronaut in 1979. After logging more than 463 hours in space, Coats retired from the U.S. Navy and the Astronaut Office in August 1991 and joined the corporate arena.

He served as Vice President of Avionics and Communications Operations for Loral Space Information Systems, Vice President of Civil Space Programs for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space in Sunnyvale, California, and Vice President of Advanced Space Transportation for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Denver, Colorado before returning to NASA in November 2005 to serve as Director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. He retired in December 2012.

“I’m thankful to the University of Houston MPA program for this award,” said Coats. “It has been a pleasure for me to be able to work with such a fantastic team at the Johnson Space Center.”

The underwriter of the luncheon was Peter Brown, founder of the nonprofit BetterHouston, and a member of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board.

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The unspoken art of Gael Stack

Feminist art movement pioneer Stack has taught in School of Art for 40 years

Gael Stack - Art Professor

Artist Gael Stack has a soft-spoken and modest demeanor, but her work speaks volumes both literally and figuratively.

Her large canvasses and smaller drawings frequently use fragments of words and images, layered over one another. Her richly imaginative paintings avoid explicit statements in favor of cryptic and symbolic ones. One group of her drawings, titled “41 Songs,” features torn, creased, or dog-eared paper.

"Art is like poetry," says Stack, a John & Rebecca Moores Professor of Art. "You want to give the viewer something to do... you have implication."

For 40 years, Professor Stack has been on the faculty of the UH School of Art, as well as a noteworthy contemporary artist.

She is “one of the most accomplished American painters working today,” says Rackstraw Downes, one of her contemporaries and a 2009 MacArthur Fellow.

Last year, a hardcover, oversized art book chronicling her life and work was published by University of Texas Press. Simply titled Gael Stack, the book’s glossy pages show off four decades of Stack’s paintings and drawings.

Essays by New York-based art critic Raphael Rubinstein and Alison De Lima Greene, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, open the book and firmly situate Stack as a leader within the feminist art movement that rejected separating the personal from the political and embraced autobiographical representations.

“As a single working mother with two sons to raise, Stack was more cognizant than many others of the issues raised by feminism, and was determined to have her art reflect her reality,” wrote Rubinstein in his essay.

Before arriving in Houston in 1973 with her sons, Stack grew up in Chicago.

“My mother was a musician, she played trumpet and trombone in Ina Ray Hutton’s all-girl band,” Stack recalled. Ina Ray Hutton and Her Melodears was one of the few orchestras during the Big Band Era of the 1930s led by a woman. It was also one of the first all-women swing bands to be recorded and filmed.

“(My mother) gave me endless music lessons, but I am tone deaf,” Stack recalls. “I always kept a little notebook for drawing. I went to Catholic school, so I drew praying hands a lot.”

After completing high school, Stack worked very briefly as a secretary. After she figured out that she was only making enough money to buy clothes to wear to work, she decided to try college.

“Girls weren’t encouraged to go to college at that time,” said Stack. “The University of Illinois was the only school I’d heard of, so that is where I went. I started out in journalism because I like to read, and then I found out that is not what journalism is. I don’t like writing. So, I saw a guidance counselor who asked me what I liked to do. I told him I liked to draw, and that is how I found out you can be an art major.”

In 1970, Stack earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois. In 1972, she earned her Master’s in Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University. After a brief stint as an instructor at the University of Wisconsin, Stack and her two sons moved to Houston.

“When I came to Houston I had three part-time jobs,” said Stack. “I taught a class at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts, I taught art after school at the Contemporary Arts Museum, and I taught one course at UH.”

The next year she taught an additional class at UH. At the same time, Stack’s career as an artist was burgeoning.

Since 1972, her work has consistently been part of national and international group exhibitions or shown as solo exhibitions. She was included in two exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum and received two National Endowment for the Arts artists grants. Stack’s art has been reviewed in many national and international journals.

Additionally, Stack taught as a visiting professor in England in 1986 and at Yale University in 1991. Because of her accomplishments, in 1999 Stack was named a John & Rebecca Moores Professor. In 2004-2005, Stack served as Director of the UH School of Art. Today, she teaches three classes, both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Stack considers herself a painter and a drawer – influenced by a teacher who once told her that she “had a good eye.” She also credits George Bunker, a former director of the UH School of Art, for being one of her biggest supporters.

“Professor Stack has been integral to the success of the School of Art at every level, but nowhere more than in our graduate program, the Masters in Fine Arts,” said Dr. Rex Koontz, Director of the UH School of Art. “This year we celebrate our 35th annual MFA exhibition, and a key part of building the most important graduate art program in the city and the region has been Gael’s tireless work with students. Her career and work serve as a model for those students, many of whom go on to participate in Houston’s burgeoning art world.”

When Stack is preparing for an exhibition, she creates new artwork for each and every show. She has a studio in her home, and she has an iPod set to shuffle to set the mood. She listens to everything, from Bach to Bob Marley.

When she isn’t in her studio or in the classroom, Stack travels. Her favorite destination remains Paris. But wherever she goes, she, of course, visits the local art museums.

- By Monica Byars

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CLASS and other UH Professors share expertise during Women’s History Month

Scholars discuss research on women’s political and cultural influence in U.S. and world

In recognition of March as Women’s History Month, experts at the University of Houston (UH) are available to discuss a range of topics about women’s contributions to past and present society and their political and cultural influence in the United States.

LEGISLATING THE FAMILY

Prof. Amanda Baumle

Amanda K. Baumle is an associate professor of sociology. Her research examines the effect of state laws on children in same-sex households, including the manner in which the law affects the decision to become a parent, the method of becoming a parent and everyday parenting decisions. The project involves the analysis of approximately 150 LGBTQ parents nationwide in order to examine the role of varying legal contexts on parenting outcomes. Reach her at 713-743-3944 or akbaumle@uh.edu

POLITICS AND PREJUDICE

Nancy Beck Young

Nancy Beck Young, professor of history and chair of the department, is a scholar of modern American politics. Her research questions how political institutions have shaped the lives of average people through public policy. Much of her work involves the study of Congress, the presidency and first ladies. She has written a biography of Lou Henry Hoover, the wife of President Herbert Hoover, and also a biography of a Texas woman, Frances Goff, who was integral to the success of M.D. Anderson in its early years. Reach her at nyoung@central.uh.edu

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Beverly McPhail

Beverly McPhail is director of UH’s Women’s Resource Center. Her primary area of interest is violence against women and the status of women. She co-authored, “Confronting Sexism and Violence Against Women,” as well as a report on the status of women and girls in the greater Houston area. Reach her at 832-842-6194 or bmcphail@uh.edu

WEIGHT MATTERS

Norma Olvera

Norma Olvera, professor of health education in the UH College of Education and director of the BOUNCE (Behavior Opportunities Uniting Nutrition Counseling and Exercise) program, designs interventions to prevent and treat obesity. Her award-winning BOUNCE healthy lifestyle programs are nationally recognized as effective obesity treatments. One feature of the BOUNCE experience, involves the girls and their mothers. Olvera, who studies how family, environment and culture affect diet and physical activity, strives to educate both mothers and daughters about health, lifestyles to prevent obesity and its related illnesses. Reach her at 832-842-5925 or nolvera@uh.edu

WOMEN AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

Linda Reed

Linda Reed is an associate professor of history and a noted scholar in African American history, with a particular interest in women and the South. Her book, “Simple Decency and Common Sense: The Southern Conference Movement, 1938-1963,” concentrates on the forgotten years of the civil rights movement. Reed is also co-editor of "We Specialize in the Wholly Impossible: A Reader in Black Women's History.” Reach her at 713-743-3092 or lreed@uh.edu

WOMEN’S BODIES

Samantha Kwan

Samantha Kwan is an assistant professor of sociology. She conducts research in the areas of body, gender and health, focusing on how cultural and social structures shape physical and psychological well-being. Her work examines the social construction of bodies, embodied resistance and body modification practices. She is co-editor of “Embodied Resistance” and co-author of “Framing Fat.” She can comment on the sociology of the body and the sociology of gender. Reach Kwan at 713-743-3948 or sskwan@uh.edu

WOMEN’S HISTORY IN LATIN AMERICA

Susan Kellogg

Susan Kellogg is a professor of history and director of Latin American Studies. Her research focuses on indigenous peoples, law and women in Latin America, particularly Mexico. She also studies colonialism and cultural change, and the impact of each on Latin American history. She is the author of “Weaving the Past: A History of Latin America’s Indigenous Women from the Prehispanic Period to the Present.” Reach Kellogg at 713-743-3118 or skellogg@uh.edu

MODERN MOTHEROOD

Elizabeth Gregory

Elizabeth Gregory is the director of the Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies Program at UH and a professor of English. She is the author of “Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood,” which explores the trend in women starting families after the age of 35 and the politics and economics of the intersections between women's paid and home work. Her research, based on interviews with 113 new later moms (and a few dads) and on extensive collateral research, found that for the most part older mothers were happy and provided some unique benefits to mothers and their children. The latest edition was updated in August 2012, tracking the recent dramatic fall in the birth rate in all age groups except later moms and its link to women's work options. Reach Gregory at 713-743-0932 or egregory@uh.edu

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Classical composers write tunes fit for cowboy crowd

Moores students create Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show soundtrack

UH Students composers - Photo by Nick De La Torre, Houston Chronicle

Photo by: Nick De La Torre, Houston Chronicle staff
Composers were, from left, Mark Buller, Desmond Ikegwuonu,Samuel Hunter and
Daniel Webbon, all graduate students at the Moores School of Music.

Student composers at the Moores School of Music are accustomed to creating complex original compositions for classical concertgoers. Four Moores students, however, strayed from their classical roots recently to delve deeply into traditional country and Western Music.

Houston Grand Opera Community Outreach (HGOCo) commissioned the western-themed works for performance during the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which bills itself as “the world’s largest livestock show and richest regular-season rodeo.”

“I never had written anything in a pop style, so it was interesting,” said doctoral candidate Mark Buller, one of the four student composers. “It also was a little easier, since we dealt with normal chords and a more simple harmonic language. But, all of us had to do some research by listening to music from artists like Hank Williams and others.”

Buller and his fellow composers – master of fine arts students Samuel Hunter, Desmond Ikegwuonu and Daniel Webbon – not only had to adjust their talents to new song forms, but also explored how to make them appealing to rodeo audiences.

“I had to figure out how to tug on people’s heartstrings,” Hunter said. “That’s the key to popular music. It’s about connecting to your audience in a way that is visceral and meaningful.”

The lyrics for the songs are based on texts written by Andrea White, novelist and former First Lady of Houston, and Kelly Finn, a Houston Grand Opera staff member.

The songs were performed live during Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) events, and previewed during a public recital on Feb. 12 at the Moores Opera House presented by HGOCo and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The composers didn’t have to sing their cowboy tunes. That task was handled by Houston Grand Opera company members Sarah Parnicky (soprano) and Wesley Landry (baritone), with musical accompaniment from noted Houston country musician Miss Leslie Sloan and other local players.

The project was truly a group effort as the composers would gather with guitars, share their songs with each other and offer feedback and suggestions. Rob Smith, associate professor of composition in the Moores School, oversaw the process.

“With these rodeo songs, we had to balance elements of the rodeo with certain themes and characters from the texts,” Hunter said. “At the same time, it was important to make sure people could relate to these songs.”

Use the links below to hear some of the original songs.

- By Mike Emery

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The serendipitous life journey of neuropsychologist Julia Hannay

Dr. H. Julia Hannay honored with lifetime distinguished career award

Prof. Julia Hannay

Earlier this year, the International Neuropsychological Society, the main professional society of clinical neuropsychology worldwide, recognized the contributions of Dr. H. Julia Hannay to the field with its lifetime Distinguished Career Award.

“Few lifetime achievement awards have been given out by the Society,” said David J. Francis, a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor and chair of the department of psychology. “Recognition of a lifetime record of contribution to a discipline by one’s national and international peers is among the highest honors that a university professor can receive.”

Dr. Hannay calls her journey from a little girl born in Britain during World War II to world-renowned leader in the field of clinical neuropsychology “serendipitous.”

“I did not have any particular interest in psychology at all,” says Dr. Hannay, Associate Chair and John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Psychology.

After emigrating from Britain to Canada as a young girl, she began her college education at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

“My first year I studied business administration, but I thought that the only thing they focused on was making money,” she said. “I didn’t consider that the most important thing, so I changed to a general program where I could take more science and arts courses.”

After completing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Hannay decided to stay at the University of Western Ontario and pursue a Master’s degree in biology and then perhaps apply to medical school. However, the chair of the biology department would only accept her application if she agreed to pursue a PhD in biology.

Unwilling to commit to a PhD program, Dr. Hannay walked across campus to the psychology department and inquired about its master’s program.

“They told me I would have to take an additional year of courses because I didn’t have the prerequisites for their program having only taken introductory psychology, abnormal psychology and the psychology of exceptional children as an undergraduate,” said Dr. Hannay. “So I did that, and I really enjoyed it.”

So much so, she put aside her thoughts of medical school and enrolled in the PhD program in Experimental Clinical psychology at the University of Western Ontario, their clinical program at the time. As part of her practicum, she worked at psychiatric hospital where she saw severe cases of mental illnesses.

“At that time, and in my opinion, I didn’t think that psychology could do much to help those patients,” said Dr. Hannay. “So I quit the PhD program. (This was the late “60s). I utilized my Master’s degree and went to work for a school board in Toronto. For a year and a half, I served 10 grade schools and three high schools.”

That experience taught her that she really enjoyed working with children, but that she needed a doctoral degree. In 1969, she moved to the U.S. to attend the University of Iowa and pursue a PhD specializing in child psychology.

She combined her psychology studies and her undergraduate biology interests by doing a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology with Arthur Benton, PhD, one of the founders of the field in the United States.

Armed with a diverse educational background, Dr. Hannay accepted a position with Auburn University in Alabama to run the Experimental Psychology Program and Labs, teaching child psychology, sensory processes and clinical neuropsychology and even undergraduate statistics.  The labs became the home for some of Harlow’s monkeys, often written about in introductory psychology textbooks, when they were brought from the Yerkes facility in Atlanta by Charles Rogers, PhD.

When the Director of Clinical Training became very ill, Dr. Hannay, a licensed practicing clinical neuropsychologist, was named Interim Director of Clinical Psychology Training and finished taking the clinical program successfully through accreditation its first time.

Dr. Hannay also feels fortunate to have been able to commute to the University of Alabama in Birmingham for six of her years at Auburn to work in the regional cerebral blood flow laboratory in the department of neurology.

After 14 years in Alabama, Dr. Hannay came to Houston in 1987. The University of Houston’s proximity to the Texas Medical Center was a major factor in her decision to become the director of the university’s Clinical Neuropsychology doctoral program.

“I thought this was an opportunity to take a sleepy little clinical-neuropsychology program and try to turn it into one of the top places for training clinical neuropsychologists in the country,” said Dr. Hannay. “I also knew I would have the opportunity to do research that I was really interested in.”

She enhanced her academic research by also working as an adjunct professor of neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine and as a clinical neuropsychologist in the department of neurosurgery at Ben Taub General Hospital as a collaborator and Principal Investigator on several National Institutes of Health grants and one from the National Institute of Rehabilitation and Research.

“I love it there!” said Dr. Hannay. “In Britain we had the health service and everyone could see a physician. You weren’t left out because you didn’t have money. I also lived under the Canadian healthcare system, where you paid some, but everyone could go to a physician and get treated without incurring a lot of costs. At Ben Taub, everybody who goes there will be seen.”  She is aware of the pros and cons of these various systems, however, and chooses to live in the US.

She has also conducted research on federal grants with collaborators at the University of Texas - Health Science Center Houston, Memorial Hermann Hospital, and TIRR.

Her research includes studying the neuropsychological consequences of traumatic brain injury, stroke, spina bifida, and other disorders. She is also known for her work in experimental neuropsychology including such areas ascerebral specialization and assessing cognitive functions in normally developing children and adults. Her book, Experimental Techniques in Human Neuropsychology, is still quoted.

Dr. Hannay directed the prestigious clinical neuropsychology training program at UH from 1987- 2010, which serves as a global model for specialty training in psychology.

“Dr. Hannay is a household name in our field. She has been one of the leaders of our field for the past three decades and has achieved all of the major successes – being elected president of the International Neuropsychological Society, leading the landmark workshop that established training credentials in our field (the Houston Conference in 1997) and contributing to the book that is the ‘bible’ in our field,” said Daniel Tranel, a professor in the department of neurology at the University of Iowa.

In 2012, Dr. Hannay received Esther Farfel Award, a symbol of overall career excellence and the highest honor the University of Houston bestows on a faculty member. She is only the fifth woman to receive the honor since the recognition was first awarded in 1979.

“Julia is a truly unique and remarkable colleague and we are very fortunate to have her in the department of psychology at the University of Houston,” said Dr. Francis.

A seven-year NIH research grant that funded research designed to reduce mortality and morbidity of individuals with severe traumatic brain injuries is about to conclude and Dr. Hannay says that after she finishes her teaching obligations this semester, she will take the summer off. She still has many graduate students conducting research, undergraduates to teach, and lots of research to publish.

“I’m going to think about what I want to do,” said Dr. Hannay. “I’ll still be a professor, but I will decide if I want to give free time to a clinic or to Harris County hospitals. I would love to be with patients and their families during the very worst times in their lives – when a loved one has a very, very bad head injury and is in a coma. That is when they could use my help. That would be ideal.”

- By Monica Byars

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Student Spotlight: Eva Coffey, Ph.D. in Political Science

Dec. 2012 graduate and native of Czech Republic is a U.S. Diplomat in training

Dr. Eva Coffey, Ph.D. in Political Science ’12, has joined as a diplomat in training the U.S. State Department, which Madeleine Albright (right) ran from 1997 – 2001  as the first woman to become the U.S. Secretary of State.

Dr. Eva Coffey, Ph.D. in Political Science ’12, has joined as a diplomat in training the U.S. State Department, which Madeleine Albright (right) ran from 1997 – 2001 as the first woman to become the U.S. Secretary of State.

Eva Coffey was working on her political science dissertation when a Google alert flashed the news that U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three of his staff members were killed during an assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

The tragedy was a sobering reminder that the diplomatic work she had spent months testing and interviewing to do is dangerous.

“I was already done with all my interviews for the job,” said Coffey. “I was part of a Google group set up for people who were at that stage of the hiring process and the messages we exchanged showed that the attacks further strengthened everyone's resolve to join the service.

“Every job comes with some level of risk. All of us were aware of the risks going into the process and the State Department does a good job explaining the risks in their information materials so that they only get candidates willing to take it. If you believe that your work has a purpose, you accept the risk.”

Dr. Coffey’s background and experience, combined with her education and the resources available to her at UH, provided her with the opportunity to represent the United States abroad as a Foreign Service officer.

She was accepted into the U.S. State Department’s prestigious diplomat training program in 2012 and moved to Washington. D.C. during the winter holiday season to begin the diplomat training program. When her training is completed, she will find out what part of the world the State Department will send her.

The Few, The Proud

Prior to being accepted into Foreign Service officer training, Dr.Coffey - and thousands of other applicants to the Department of State’s Foreign Service officer program - endured months of intensive testing, interviews, and assessments.

“Each year, about 25,000 people take the initial test,” said Donna M. Blair, University of Houston’s Diplomat in Residence. “Of those, 40% may pass the test. From the remaining group, 10-15% make it to the next stage, and fewer than 5% of those proceed to the final stages.”

Many individuals apply to the program repeatedly over the course of several years, but Dr.Coffey was hired after her first attempt.

“It was one of the fastest turn-arounds I’ve seen,” said Blair. “She’s done very well and I’m really happy for her. She’s going to be a great addition to the Foreign Service.”

Blair knows first-hand what it takes to become a Foreign Service officer – and she is also personally familiar with the dangers involved.

She has worked in the Foreign Service for over 25 years in locations around the world. In 1998, she lost a good friend and professional mentor when the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya was bombed.

Today, as the Diplomat in Residence with the Department of Political Science, Blair is the Southeast Texas/Louisiana representative of the U.S. State Department.

One of Blair’s responsibilities is to offer guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about State Department careers. She estimates she is currently assisting about 12 students who are at some stage in the process of applying to join the Foreign Service from the Houston area.

“Applicants to the program know that this work has high reward, high challenges, and high risk,” said Blair. “However, security is always the number one priority.”

Once Blair knew that Coffey had been accepted into the training program, she invited Coffey to attend events where Blair could begin introducing her to international dignitaries visiting Houston from abroad.

This gave Coffey her first introduction to life as a Foreign Service officer and the opportunity to meet the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria during one of these events.

International Roots

Coffey’s journey to Washington D.C. actually began across the Atlantic Ocean in her native Czech Republic.

In 2001, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Law and in 2003 her Master’s degree in Economics (majoring in International Relations and Diplomacy and minoring in Journalism) from the University of Economics in Prague.

In 2002, she met her husband Bernard, a former U.S. Marine who was completing his Master’s degree in Prague after eight years of military service. The couple lived and worked in Prague for several years before moving to the United States.

The Coffeys relocated to Seattle where Coffey worked for Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, a public relations agency where she handled crisis communications and other public relations duties for Microsoft.

When her husband’s job moved them to Houston, she applied to graduate school at UH.

“I decided to attend University of Houston because I was impressed by the school’s Comparative Politics program as well as the programs in Research Methods and American Politics, which are my minor fields,” said Coffey. “I also enjoyed the diversity and various backgrounds of UH graduate students – there were students from Turkey, Poland, China, Albania, Egypt, Ukraine, Colombia, Venezuela, you name it. I enjoyed studying and working with all of them.”

Coffey completed her doctorate in December 2012 under the guidance of Jim Granato, professor of political science and Director of the UH Hobby Center for Public Policy.

“Since her arrival at UH, Eva has excelled,” said Granato. “She was primed to be very competitive on the academic job market and secure a tenure track position at a research-oriented department. But, people with talent like Eva have options. She has chosen the Foreign Service as her vocation and there is no doubt she will be a success. Her work ethic, intellectual heft, people skills, and social science training make her a formidable force for positive change.”

During five to six weeks of training in Washington D.C., Coffey learned about the inner workings of the U.S. State department, life in a U.S. embassy, and other information pertinent to her new role. After the initial training program, she received more specialized training based on the needs of the State Department at the time.

“My career track within the foreign service is Public Diplomacy, which is essentially doing Public Relations on behalf of the United States,” said Coffey.

At the conclusion of all of her training, Coffey will be presented with a flag of the nation where she will be assigned. The U.S. currently has 265 embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions around the world.

Although she hopes to serve in a post-Communist country, such as her native Czech Republic, she has signed an agreement that she is open to moving anywhere on the planet. Both she and her husband are a bit nomadic and are looking forward to this new chapter in their lives.

“We are adventurous and don’t like to live in one place for too long,” said Coffey. “Serving the United States in this capacity is such an honor.”

- By Monica Byars

Bio Box for EvaCoffey:
Born: August 22 in Czech Republic
Married: Bernard D. Coffey on May 21, 2005
Languages: fluent in English, Czech, Slovak; advanced in German; intermediate in French, Russian; beginner in Spanish
PhD, Political Science, University of Houston, December 2012

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New Arts Leadership Master’s Program accepting applications

CLASS launches graduate degree program for artists and creative professionals

A study released this past summer by the Houston Arts Alliance and the University of Houston found that more people in the City of Houston work in “creative-sector industries” than the number of people working in the Texas Medical Center.

The report described the city’s creative economy as “a diverse and broad-based collection of industries—non-profit and for-profit— that employ more than 146,000 individuals in primary and support roles across the ten-county region” with “an economic impact of $9.1 billion” in 2011.

Some of those industries are creative by their nature - graphic design and architecture firms, museums and theaters, and recording studios. Other “non-creative” businesses employ people in creative occupations, such as photographers, artists, writers, and clothing designers.

To help fuel the growing local creative sector and meet students’ educational needs, CLASS is launching the Arts Leadership Master’s Program in Fall 2013.

This 36-hour Master of Arts (MA) degree program will take an entrepreneurial approach to preparing creative professionals to launch, develop, administer and maintain arts organizations of all sizes.

Coursework will cover strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing, financial management, community relations, advocacy and marketing in the arts. All students will do internships at arts organizations in the greater Houston area.

The program will provide additional education and expanded career options for students who earned bachelor’s degrees in performing and visual arts but decide not to pursue careers as professional artists. The master’s degree also will benefit working professionals without arts degrees who want to make a career change or rise higher in arts organizations.

“In the past, we in Houston have very often imported our arts leaders from elsewhere,” said Dr. Rex Koontz, director of the School of Art. “This program will make UH a home for training and nurturing the arts leaders that growing cosmopolitan cities, such as Houston, will need.”

Admissions

The MA program in Arts Leadership follows the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences requirements for admission:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with an overall 3.0 (B) average on the last 60 hours of course credit.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A statement of interest in and preparation for the program

The deadline for applications is June 28. All application materials must be received by that date.

Questions regarding admissions?
Please visit the webpage at http://www.uh.edu/class/departments/arts-leadership/index.php .
If you need additional information, please contact Jessica Locheed at jalocheed AT uh DOT edu.

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Anadeli Bencomo awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant

Hispanic Studies Dept. Chair will teach and study narco-violence in Mexico

Prof. Anadeli Bencomo

Narco-violence is a succinct term for the kidnappings, assassinations, dismemberments, mass murders and other extreme violence used by illegal drug cartels to assert their power and domination over local and national governments and law enforcement agencies.

How these acts of terrorism committed by organized-crime syndicates are communicated to the people living in cartel-controlled urban communities in Mexico is the subject of Anadeli Bencomo’s research.

Dr. Bencomo, chair of the Hispanic Studies Department, has been awarded a Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to study and teach in Guadalajara, Mexico.

“I will be studying journalistic and literary writings depicting the impact of narco-violence in urban communities,” she said. “By spending several months in the city of Guadalajara I will be able to witness the impact of narco-violence in the everyday life of one of the most important cities in Mexico.”

Her research has found that Mexico is portrayed by national and international journalists as a country devastated by drug trafficking, organized crime and corruption of elected and law enforcement officials. Guadalajara has been one of the epicenters on narco-violence since the late 1980s.

Brutal attacks against journalists shape the public perception of the cartels just as much as the news reports published and broadcast by journalists.

“There are those texts which denounce this violence as the result of a historically corrupt Mexican State where the official institutions are main culprits,” Dr. Bencomo said. But there are also written “representations that construct a legendary version of the drug lords with their immense fortunes and power.”

Digging through the various journalistic and literary writings published in the Mexican Chronicle and other primary news sources will allow Bencomo to separate urban legend from fact.

Bencomo said the Fulbright award gives her the crucial advantage of being able to “interview the authors of the texts, to record their own perspectives on their work, their goals, their limitations, and personal risks while engaging in narrating the stories of narco-violence.”

The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State.

Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers. They have been awarded 43 Nobel Prizes. Since its inception more than 60 years ago, approximately 300,000 Fulbrighters have participated in the Program.

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Job market seeking masters of applied economics

Three-year old master’s program preparing graduates for economist careers

Ms. Guidi

In an economy where there are more qualified workers than available jobs, Claudia Guidi was unusual – she had choices to make.

An August 2012 graduate of the Master of Arts in Applied Economics program, Guidi received two job offers after graduation.

One was from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington D.C., where she would work as an economist and have daily opportunities to use her multilingual skills as part of the federal government.

The second offer was from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston as a research coordinator, which was closer to home and would give her the opportunity to utilize her newfound love of research.

“I’d always wanted to work for the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” said Guidi. “But during my classes I worked on a lot of research projects. That experience made me realize that I really enjoyed that type of work as well.”

The fact that Guidi’s job offers came from two very different industries – healthcare and government – is a testament to the broad scope of topics covered through the M.A. Applied Economics program.

CLASS economics faculty designed the 12-month program to teach students the quantitative skills currently in demand in the workforce. The program began three years ago with 11 students. Over the past couple of academic years, the number of students has climbed to near 20. Next year, Dr. Rebecca Achee Thornton, the applied economics program director, plans to admit 25-30 students into the program.

“There are not many of these types of programs across the country, but they are starting to pop up,” said Dr. Thornton. “I’m starting to see more and more universities put together programs in applied economics – it is a new approach to offering Master’s degrees.”

The applied economics program is completely independent of the traditional Master of Arts in economics program. The two curricula cover different subject areas and serve two different types of students.

“UH does offer a Master’s of Economics, but it is really just part of the PhD program,” said Dr. Thornton. “It is very theory driven, and not particularly useful outside of academics. The one-year M.A. Applied Economics program helps students who want to get a job in private industry or government. Those job seekers will need more advanced quantitative skills than what the Bachelor’s degree alone gave them.”

The applied economics program begins each fall semester and includes courses in economic modeling and forecasting, as well as applied courses in energy and health economics – two important industries in the Houston area. The program concludes with the opportunity for students to either participate in an internship or complete a thesis project with a faculty researcher.

“There are a lot of analytical jobs out there, but you need just a little bit more math, a little bit more statistics, a little more experience working with data…and that is what this program is designed to do,” said Dr. Thornton.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most economist jobs require an advanced degree. Employment of economists is projected to grow six percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. However, those with a master’s degree or Ph.D. should have the best job opportunities.

Customizing their education by combining degrees from different disciplines may also give job seekers an advantage as they begin their job search.

“This program also works well jointly with other programs,” said Dr. Thornton. “A Master’s in Finance combined with the M.A. Applied Economics would be a fantastic combination. We have a student in law school who plans to finish this program. A Master’s Degree in Public Health with this degree is a great combination. Students with this understanding of economics – paired with their other specialty – will have a unique skillset.”

Graduates from the applied economics program have gone on to work for organizations such as Mercer, Praxair Inc., and the Center for Energy Economics.

After conferring with faculty members and considering the pros and cons from each of her job offers, Guidi ultimately decided to accept the position at UTMB.

“Although I’d always wanted to work for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this was my first full-time job and I wanted to get used to it,” said Guidi. “For now, I wanted to stay in Houston. Hopefully one day I will have another opportunity to live and work in Washington D.C.”

In her new role as a Research Coordinator, Guidi is examining the socio-economic effects on the heath of individuals who migrate between Mexico and the U.S. In this longitudinal study, she will be following the same population of research subjects over time.

“I was really excited about this research opportunity,” said Guidi. “This will be good preparation for me because I am considering going back to school at some point to earn my PhD, and this position will allow me to publish my work.”

Dr. Thornton is very proud of Guidi, a student she has been mentoring since Guidi was an undergraduate student.

“Both of her offers were outstanding,” said Dr. Thornton. “Claudia was always a hard worker and she blossomed in this M.A. Applied Economics program. I consider her the poster child for this program. It was a really tough choice for her. She spoke to all of us, face to face, looking for advice on which job to take. In the end, her love of research led her to UTMB.”

- By Monica Byars

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UH Army ROTC salutes scholarship recipients, future officers

Ceremony celebrates 11 ROTC students accepting cadet contracts

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Friends, families and faculty watched on as 11 students in the University of Houston’s Army ROTC program took a major step in their military careers.

During a recent ceremony in the O’Quinn Great Hall of UH’s Alumni and Athletics Center (AAC), these ROTC students officially became contracted cadets in the U.S. Army. Upon graduation, they will enter the U.S. Army as commissioned officers. Ten of these students also were awarded scholarships.

Others supporting their accomplishments included UH battalion officers and UH’s corps of cadets. Following a recitation of the cadet creed, the contracting cadets were recognized. They also received framed certificates to commemorate this momentous occasion, as well as their cadet uniforms.

Since fall 2012, the number of UH ROTC cadets with scholarships has expanded from 16 to 30. Lt. Col. Michael J. Smith, battalion commander and professor of military science, anticipates a consistent increase in ROTC scholarships. By fall 2013, UH Army ROTC will have up to 42 cadets on scholarship, Smith said. He attributes this consistent rise in scholarships to the quality of cadets entering UH’s ROTC program.

Scholarships presented during this ceremony included:

  • Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM)  - one awarded
  • Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (Requiring service in U.S. Army Reserves following graduation) - six awarded
  • Campus Based - three awarded based on performance and participation in UH Army ROTC

UH’s Army ROTC program is comprised of 100 cadets, who are enrolled at UH and local universities including Texas Southern University, UH-Downtown and the University of St. Thomas.

Kevin McEnery, a freshman mechanical engineering major, earned the STEM scholarship and said that UH Army ROTC has been invaluable in his academic and professional development.

“With any kind of professional career, you always need to know how to lead,” he said. “The program here at UH has helped me with my communication and leadership skills and has taught me to step up and be more involved.”

His fellow cadet Jocelyn Salvador, a freshman accounting major, served as battalion commander for her high school’s ROTC unit. She also credits UH’s program with enhancing her abilities as a leader, as well as how to be a productive team member.

“There’s no ‘I’ in team,” she said. “To be a leader, you have to follow first and then become a leader. It’s a way of learning to work with other people, which is important whether you’re in the classroom or on a mission.”

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'Under the Bombs' Film Screening Inaugural Event for Arab Studies

Newly Formed Arab Student Union Co-sponsors Public Screening of Award-winning Film

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The Arab Studies program and Arab Student Union (ASU) at the University of Houston (UH) will co-sponsor a public screening of “Under the Bombs,” an award-winning Lebanese film depicting a fictional story set against the backdrop of a real war between Israel and Lebanon, at 1 p.m., Friday, March 22 in the Social Work Building, room 101. The event is free and open to the public.

According to Emran El-Badawi, director of the Arab Studies program and assistant professor of Arabic language and literature at UH, the purpose of the film is to promote film and culture as an integral part of language study. He believes students studying Arabic should be exposed to Arab culture as well. El-Badawi said the screening allowed for a great opportunity for Arab Studies to partner with the newly formed Arab Student Union.

“Film is an ideal venue to promote awareness about the Arab world to the student body, as well as the public,” said El-Badawi. “Teaching culture in language classes by using film or literature enhances language acquisition, especially with such hard languages as Arabic.”

“Under the Bombs” was nominated for a grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The film also is a winner of the Altre Visioni and Human Rights Film at the Venice Film Festival, the Critics Award at the Eurasia Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize Namure at the International Francophone Film Festival, and Golden Pony Award for best actress at the Dubai International Festival.

Erik Davis writes in Sundance Review, “In July 2006, war broke out between Israel and Lebanon. Unable to adequately process what was happening to his home country, Lebanese director Philippe Aractingi decided to pick up his camera and start shooting ten days in, with no script and only the vague nugget of a story in his head. The end result is, ‘Under the Bombs,’ a fictional tale set against the backdrop of a very real battle. Amazingly, there are only two actors in the film; everyone else (citizens, soldiers, journalists) play themselves. When there’s a bomb going off in the distance, it’s not some expensive special effects shots. Yes, it’s a real bomb. The carnage, the destruction, the sadness, the death - - none of its staged, none of it is part of some elaborate set. It’s all real. And then somewhere in the middle is our story, which follows a mother searching for her sister and son.”

~ By Melissa Carroll

WHAT: Arab Studies and Arab Student Union Co-sponsors "Under the Bombs," a public film screening with English subtitles.

WHEN: 1 - 4 p.m. p.m., Friday, March 22

WHO: Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact UH Arab Studies director Emran El-Badawi at 713-743-3044 or eelbadaw@central.uh.edu

WHERE: University of Houston, Social Work Building, room 101,

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Kemper Crabb concert to benefit UH Religious Studies

Kemper Crabb

Christian musician/historian Kemper Crabb will present a concert of ancient music benefiting the University of Houston Religious Studies Program. Crabb will perform his unique instrumentations of medieval music in a celebration of early music for contemporary listeners on April 14 at 7:00 at the Heights Church of Christ, 16th Street and Heights Blvd.

Crabb has been an international figure in both the Christian music and religious education for the past 30 years. Born in south Texas, the son of two teachers, he began his ministry in his teens. At a time when there was no such thing as the Christian music industry, Crabb played in Christian bands as Redemption, ArkAngel, RadioHalo, and Caedmon’s Call.

After studying the recovery of historic Christianity, Crabb’s solo career and ministry took off in 1982 when he recorded “The Vigil,” an acoustic album. Inspired by battle preparation rituals for knights during the Middle Ages, the record was immediately well received across the musical spectrum, garnering fans from all walks of life across the world. It is still regarded as one of the best albums in Christian music ever recorded.

A multi-instrumentalist—he can play 40 instruments—Crabb brings to life music that blends medieval and Celtic traditions with such instruments as the mountain dulcimer, recorder, tin whistle, bells, mandolin, and bazouki. His smooth, lilting tenor voice adds expression to the poetry of the ancient music.

In addition to “The Vigil,” Crabb has recorded 11 other albums, the most recent of which is “Reliquarium.”

A priest in the Community of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC), Crabb currently lends his support to St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, where he leads the worship music at the eleven o'clock contemporary service and teaches a weekly Bible study.

The Religious Studies Program at the University of Houston originated in 1985 to address the increased student interest in understanding the influence of religion on human behavior and world affairs. The program is based on the belief that promoting knowledge of the history, practices and ideas of religion is important for the education of thoughtful citizens and for the preservation of a free society. It attracts students from all faith backgrounds.

The benefit concert will be performed on Sunday, April 14, at 7 p.m. at the Heights Church of Christ, 1548 Heights Blvd at 16th St. Donations, suggested to start at $35 for the general public and $10 for UH students and staff, may be made at the door or at https://giving.uh.edu/class.

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  • March 22: – Screening of the Lebanese film Under the Bombs and post-screening talk by Latif Adnane of the Houston Palestine Film Festival hosted by the Arab Studies Program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and the Arab Student Union. Free event with food served is from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Room 101 of the Social Work Building.

  • March 29: – Opening reception for the 35th School of Art Masters’ Thesis Exhibition
    Celebration of the creativity of the 2013 School of Art Master of Fine Arts candidates: Megan Badger, Christopher Cascio, Erica Ciesielski Chaikin, Fiona Cochran, Carrie Cook, Stacey Farrell, Elicia Garcia, El Franco Lee II, Jessica Ninci, Stephen Paré, Jasleen Sarai, and Katelin Washmon. Free event from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Blaffer Art Museum. The show runs from March 30 – April 13.

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June 24 & 25:  TMF Orchestra Series: 'The Audience's Guide to the Orchestra'

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor. St. John Flynn, narrator.
Juan Esteban Martinez, clarinet (Winner of 2016 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition)
6:30 - 7:20 p.m., Moores Opera House Lobby - Pre-concert entertainment
6:30 - 7:10 p.m., MSM Room 108 - Settling the Score: Pre-concert lecture
7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House - Festival Orchestra Concert

http://www.uh.edu/class/music/tmf/season-schedule/index.php#festival3
//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-blaffer.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-blaffer.pngCLASS160618-blaffer.png160618-blaffer.pngSummer: Blaffer Art Museum to Host Exhibitions by Artists Matthew Ronay and Hilary Lloyd

Summer: Blaffer Art Museum to Host Exhibitions by Artists Matthew Ronay and Hilary Lloyd

Works by two artists on the rise will be on view at UH's Blaffer Art Museum throughout the summer months.

http://blafferartmuseum.org/current-exhibitions/
//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-hsf.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-hsf.pngCLASS160618-hsf.png160618-hsf.pngJuly 29 - August 7: Houston Shakespeare Festival

July 29 - August 7: Houston Shakespeare Festival

Henry V: July 30, August 3, 5, 7
Much Ado About Nothing: July 29, 31, August 2, 4, 6

Each summer, the Houston Shakespeare Festival produces a season of two Shakespeare plays in repertory. All performances by Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre start at 8:15 p.m.

http://www.houstonfestivalscompany.com/hsf/
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UH Moment: Franz Krager

Franz Anton Krager is Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. He has led orchestras around the world, and for 24 years has been instructing musicians at UH.

http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/uh-moment/2016/06/15/156847/156847/
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