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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.

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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

May 7, 2013: M.A. in Arts Leadership Program Director Appointed

April 18, 2013: Center for Arts Leadership Director Appointed

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Terence Blanchard: Moores School of Music Jazz Artist in Residence

Grammy winning trumpeter, composer and bandleader performs with Jazz Orchestra on Nov. 15.

Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard, the world-renowned trumpeter, composer and band leader, will be in residence from November 11 – 15 at the Moores School of Music as part of its annual Jazz Festival.

This is the five-time Grammy Award winner’s second visit to the University of Houston campus. His quintet gave a one-night performance during the 2000 Moores Jazz Festival.

This time around, Blanchard will have an extended stay and spend much of his time teaching students his methods of improvisation, composition and performance. The breadth of his catalog includes all of the scores for film director Spike Lee’s movies, including Malcolm X and Mo’ Better Blues, and his first commissioned opera.

This summer, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis presented the world premiere of Blanchard’s Champion, “an opera in jazz.” Champion is the true story of Emile Griffith, a closeted gay boxer in the 1960s who has been quoted as saying “the world forgave me for killing a man, but could not forgive me for loving one.”

Blanchard will close his residency on Friday, Nov. 15 with a performance with the Moores Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Noe Marmolejo, director of the Jazz Studies Program, and Ryan Gabbart, the program’s assistant director. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Moores Opera House and tickets are $12 for general admission and $7 for students and senior citizens.

Blanchard’s rehearsals with the Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combo on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are open to the public, as well as his lecture in the Jazz History II course at 10 am on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Born on March 13, 1962 in New Orleans, Blanchard began playing piano by the age of five and switched to trumpet three years later. He played alongside childhood friend Wynton Marsalis in summer band camps. While in high school, he took extracurricular classes at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

Blanchard studied at Rutgers University in New Jersey while touring with Lionel Hampton's orchestra. In 1982, Wynton Marsalis recommended that Blanchard replace him in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and he worked as the lead soloist and musical director for that band until 1986.

Blanchard then co-led a prominent quintet with saxophonist Donald Harrison, recording seven albums for the Concord, Columbia, and Evidence record labels in five years, including a stirring in-concert tribute to the Eric Dolphy/Booker Little ensemble.

In the '90s, Blanchard became a leader in his own right, recording for the Columbia label. In that period, he also began his long collaboration with film director Spike Lee. Blanchard has written the score for every Spike Lee film since 1991, including Malcolm X, Clockers, Summer of Sam, 25th Hour, Inside Man, and the Hurricane Katrina documentary, When the Levees Broke. With over 40 scores to his credit, Blanchard is one of the most sought-after jazz musicians to ever compose for film.

In the fall of 2000, Blanchard was named artistic director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. By April 2007, the Monk Institute announced its Commitment to New Orleans initiative, which included the relocation of the program to the campus of Loyola University in New Orleans, spearheaded by Blanchard.

Blanchard has been nominated for 11 Grammys and has won four in total, including awards for New York Scene with Blakey (1984) and the soundtrack A Tale of God's Will in 2007. In 2005, Blanchard was part of McCoy Tyner's ensemble that won the Grammy in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category for Illuminations.

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Symposium and rare works concert present life under Napoleon’s rule

Moores School of Music professor Jeffrey Sposato recovered musical texts to be performed in Houston premiere of rarely heard music of Napoleonic era in Germany

French grenadiers of the line defend against an attack by Prussian infantry in the 3 day battle of Leipzig.
French grenadiers of the line defend against an attack by Prussian infantry in the
three-day Battle of Leipzig in October 1813, dubbed the 'Battle of the Nations'
due to the number of states involved, in this 1914 painting by Richard Knöte

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s penultimate defeat, a collaborative of College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences musicians, historians and linguists will host the “Napoleon and the Battle of Nations” interdisciplinary symposium and concert Nov. 21 – 23. 

“We’re doing an historical recreation concert that includes music that hasn’t been heard in the United States before,” says Jeffrey Sposato, associate professor of musicology in the Moores School of Music. “We’re going to recreate the entire style of a concert from the early nineteenth century, which is very different from what we normally experience today.”

The Battle of Nations, also known as the Battle of Leipzig, marked the beginning of the end for Napoleon Bonaparte’s global conquest.

As Emperor of France, Napoleon controlled the city of Leipzig within the state of Saxony in Germany for seven years prior to this battle in 1813.  During that time, the mood in the city shifted from optimism fueled by Napoleon’s promises of a better future to deep discontent as his wars of conquest raged on. Such emotions were reflected in the music performed in the city’s famed Gewandhaus concert hall.

The battle pitted Napoleon’s military, including troops from Poland, Italy and numerous German states, against a coalition of armies from Russia, Prussia, Austria and Sweden. More than 500,000 men engaged in combat during this massive fight.

In the end, Napoleon’s forces were soundly defeated on Oct. 18, 1813 in the largest battle of the Napoleonic Wars.

More than 90,000 people lost their lives in the Battle of Nations. It decimated Napoleon’s forces and caused him to withdraw back into France surrounded by Coalition troops. Seven months later, Napoleon unconditionally abdicated his throne.

The musical legacy of this era is rich, but in danger of being lost to modern audiences, said Dr. Sposato, the music historian for the three-day event.

“Many of the works and texts we’re using faded from public concerts and have not been heard in many decades,” he said.

Sposato assembled 19th-century editions of the concert’s music and one of his students transcribed one of Italian composer Ferdinando Paer’s opera quartet directly from an original manuscript. The concert and symposium are based on the research Sposato conducted for his forthcoming book, Leipzig After Bach: Church and Concert Life in a German City, 1750-1850.

The symposium starts at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 in Dudley Recital Hall with an interdisciplinary panel discussion on the Battle of Nations.  In addition to Dr. Sposato, the panelists are:

  • Bailey Stone, professor in the Department of History and a scholar of French and European history
  • Hildegard Glass, chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Director of German Studies
  • Anselm Hartinger, a Leipzig historian and curator of the musical instrument collection at Landesmuseum Württemburg, the state historical museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

A short concert preview, featuring the UH Moores Concert Chorale, will follow the discussion. This event is free to the public. The preview is scheduled to begin in Dudley Recital Hall at 6 p.m.

The full concert is a ticketed event on Saturday, Nov. 23 in the Cullen Theater of the Wortham Center in downtown Houston, 500 Texas Avenue.

Performers include Mercury – the Orchestra Redefined under the direction of Antoine Plante and the award winning UH Moores Concert Chorale under the direction of Betsy Cook Weber.

Mercury musicians will perform with replicas of instruments used during the late 18th century and early 19th century era. The works are separated into two themes:

  • Part I - “Celebrating Napoleon and the New Kingdom”
    Beethoven’s “Coriolan Overture,” Hasse’s “Te Deum in D Major,” an excerpt from Paer’s opera “Leonora,” Mozart’s “Diving Being, to You Be Praise and Honor”
  • Part II - “Leipzig at War”
    Excerpts from Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War,” Weber’s “The Lord Creates According to His Will,” Haydn’s “The Vain Cares of Man”

The musical selections are a combination of classical music staples and works that are infrequently performed, Sposato said. The Weber cantata that will be performed using its original 1813 text and is almost completely unknown in the U.S. and will serve as one of the concert’s focal points.

“This is a very rare performance,” Sposato said. “It’s not often that one concert features so many Houston premieres, if not U.S. premieres.”

Tickets are $25 and $65 and can be purchased from Mercury by calling 713-533-0080 or online at mercuryhouston.org.

“Concert audiences should expect music that is very stylistically diverse yet very dramatic,” Sposato said. “It will have a lot of punch to it. It’s all very exciting music.”

The “Napoleon and the Battle of Nations” events are sponsored by the Houston Saengerbund, the Houston Arts Alliance, and the University of Houston’s Innovations Grant Program of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts (which is funded in part by the Houston Endowment, Inc.), the El Paso Corporation Lecture Series of the Center for Public History and the Moores School of Music.

- By Mike Emery

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Free conference on Mesoamerica to be held at University of Houston

Researchers from across disciplines to participate in regional conference Nov. 1 - 3

For the first time, the annual South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica will be on the University of Houston campus.

The free and open-to-the-public conference is a multi-disciplinary event hosted by the School of Art and the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies. Scholars and students will present current research in archaeology, art history and other subfields of anthropology within the geographic region of Mesoamerica.

Mesoamerica is the area that extends south and east from central Mexico to northern Costa Rica, and includes parts of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Historically, this is the land inhabited by the Maya, Olmec, Aztec, and other indigenous peoples of ancient civilizations.

“As in West Africa, Mesopotamia, and China, the people of Mesoamerica created urban civilization ‘from scratch,’” said Rex Koontz, director of the School of Art. “They independently invented writing (Maya hieroglyphics among other systems), sophisticated cities, and complex trade and economies.”

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences has on faculty several Mesoamerica scholars doing significant research in the field.

Dr. Koontz is working with Dan Price of the UH Honors College on a Digital Humanities project that creates digital tools to analyze the wealth of archaeological and artistic data created in the region. Dr. Koontz also studies the monumental sculpture created for the center of these ancient cities and how it gave meaning to the inhabitants at the same time that it defined political roles.

Randolph Widmer, associate professor of anthropology in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, was one of the first archaeologists to extensively study the urban working poor in Ancient Mesoamerica through his archaeological work in an apartment building of c. 500 A.D. in the city of Teotihuacan in Mexico. He is scheduled to speak during the conference on Friday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m.

Rebecca Storey, also an anthropology associate professor in Comparative Cultural Studies, is one of the world's foremost experts on the analysis of ancient skeletons in Mesoamerica. She has worked extensively at two of the great Classic period cities, Copán and Teotihuacan.

Susan Kellogg, professor of history and director of the Latin American Studies Program in the Department of History, is a leading scholar of Mesoamerican women during the Colonial period of 1521-1821.

Both Dr. Koontz and Dr Widmer are scheduled to speak during the conference; Dr. Widmer on Friday at 3 p.m. and Dr. Koontz on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

The conference’s keynote speaker is Dr. Christopher Pool, professor of anthropology at the University of Kentucky. His address on Friday, Nov. 1 is entitled "The Place of Monuments at Tres Zapotes.” 

To review the conference speaker schedule with paper titles and abstracts, click here.

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John F. Kennedy, LULAC and the Mexican American Vote: A CMAS Symposium

Nov. 20 event commemorates 50th anniversary of Latino politics catalyst

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It was an occasion to remember. 

On Nov. 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy traveled to Houston and appeared before the League of United Latin American Citizens in the famed Rice Hotel.

Texas Gov. John Connally and U.S. Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez of San Antonio also were present, as were Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird.

It was the first time an American president had addressed a Latino organization. Many consider the event to be the moment when Latino politics was born in the United States.

Tragically, the next day, President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

Now 50 years later, a community remembers those impactful days and the legacy they created. 

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) is hosting a symposium, “President John F. Kennedy, LULAC and the Mexican American Vote,” at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Hilton University of Houston, Flamingo room.  The event is free and open to the public.

“President Kennedy holds a special place in the hearts of many Mexican Americans, many of whom still have pictures of him hung alongside images from their Catholic faith,” said Tatcho Mindiola, professor and director of CMAS.

“He was the first major presidential candidate to cultivate our vote,” he said. “We responded by establishing the ‘Viva Kennedy Clubs’ and encouraging our community to vote for him. That is why his visit to the LULAC banquet on November 21, 1963 was so special. Our symposium will highlight his importance to our community.”

The symposium features presentations by nationally-recognized scholars:

  • Michael Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Professor in Law, University of Houston Law Center: “A Primer on Latino Civil Rights Litigation in Texas, Post WWII”
  • Ignacio Garcia, professor of Western and Latino History at Brigham Young University:  “John F. Kennedy & the Viva Kennedy Clubs”
  • Cynthia Orozco, professor of History and Humanities, Eastern New Mexico University: “Houston LULAC, Jacqueline Kennedy, Carmen Cortez, Belen Robles and the National Presidency of LULAC”

WHAT: Center for Mexican American Studies’ Symposium, “President John F. Kennedy, LULAC and the Mexican American Vote”
WHEN:  Noon, Wednesday, Nov. 20
WHERE: Hilton University of Houston, Flamingo Room
For directions and parking information, visit http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hilton-university-of-houston-HOUUHHF/maps-directions/index.html 

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School of Art and Menil Collection launch the Diversity in the Arts Internship Program

Art history students eligible for nine-month paid internship in Menil’s curatorial department

Maurise Guillen

The School of Art has partnered with the Menil Collection, the internationally celebrated museum created from the private collection of Dominique and John de Menil, to offer a new research opportunity for its undergraduate and graduate students in art history.

The new Diversity in the Arts Internship is a paid, nine-month internship in the Menil’s curatorial department which manages about 17,000 paintings, sculptures, decorative objects, prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books.

“We wanted to work with The Menil Collection because of its excellence – both in terms of artwork and personnel,” said Dr. Rex Koontz, Director of the School of Art. “We wanted our students to learn museum curation from the best, in an environment which has traditionally been one of the most innovative and provocative in the United States.”

The Menil Collection opened to the public in 1987 to preserve and exhibit the collection of classical, tribal, modern and contemporary art amassed by the de Menils. It is celebrated as one of the most important art collections of the twentieth century. Even before it was put on public display, the couple encouraged and supported historical research on their collection.

Starting in 1960, the de Menils financed a massive research project to build a photographic archive of every known Western art depiction from antiquity to the twentieth century of Africans and people of the African Diaspora. The Image of the Black in Western Art archive is now housed at the W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Earlier this fall, the first recipient of the new nine-month curatorial internship program was selected. Maurise Guillen is a second year graduate student working towards her Master’s degree in Art History. 

The nine-month program is structured to allow Guillen to balance her classwork and internship demands. She works a couple days a week at Menil, and attends classes the remainder of the week. And she’s earning course credit for the days that she’s doing research at the Menil.

“Most internships are only three months long, so it’s hard to get much out of the experience,” said Guillen. “Because this one is nine months long, I have a unique opportunity to work on long-term projects.”

Guillen’s specific educational goal upon entering the graduate program at the UH School of Art was to study Latin American Art. She earned her undergraduate degree in Art History at Loyola University in Chicago.

“UH is a top-notch place to study Latin American Art at an English-speaking school,” said Guillen. “Plus, UH was closer to my family, and my hometown.”

She grew up in the Rio Grande Valley, on the Texas/Mexico border. In addition to visiting art exhibits across the United States, Guillen’s mother also took the family to art shows in Mexico. This experience is what piqued Guillen’s interest in Latin American art.

“I was exposed to Latin American artists, such as Frida Kahlo, from an early age,” said Guillen. “I am currently working on my thesis which examines saint iconography in late colonial Mexico.”

At Menil, Guillen is working alongside a curator and two other interns – a PhD student from Rice University and a graduate student from Hunter College in New York. This experience gives Guillen the opportunity to create a network with other emerging professionals; individuals she works with today will be her fellow curators and art experts in the art museum world.

“This has felt like curatorial boot camp,” said Guillen. “It has challenged me to think critically about artwork. But I have to remind myself not to get too caught up in the context… what was occurring in the world when the artist was developing the piece. Sometimes it is nice to just look at, and appreciate, the art.”

That’s a philosophy the Menil Collection embraces. There is no “wall text” next to art work displayed in the museum, “so the curator can’t influence the visitors’ thoughts,” said Guillen.

“This means the order and organization of the exhibition is extremely important – the pieces have to talk to each other,” she said.

“This experience offers real-world experience at the highest level of museum curating,” said Dr. Koontz. “Maurise is gaining experience in one of the finest art institutions in the country.”

- By Monica Byars

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HHP Annual Research Symposium showcases graduate students and faculty

Elevator pitch contest won by Emily LaVoy; new faculty present research to colleagues

Over two days, graduate students and faculty in the Department of Health and Human Performance briefly presented their research to their peers during the HHP Annual Research Symposium.

Audience members listened to more than 30 individuals present research on a wide variety of topics, including obesity, physiology and sports medicine on October 29th and 30th in the Rockwell Pavilion of the M.D. Anderson Library.

Austin Bigley, a doctoral candidate pursuing a Ph.D. in exercise immunology, recently had an article accepted for publication. His research examines the relationship between exercise and the functionality of NK (natural killer) cells, which play a role in the body’s early responses to viral infections.

Also presenting was Marius Dettmer, who was recently awarded a 2013 CLASS Dissertation Completion Fellowship to complete work for his doctorate degree.

“I am examining the application of low-level vibration to the feet as an intervention to improve older adults’ postural stability,” said Mr. Dettmer during his presentation. “This research provides insight into the complex mechanisms of aging, and it could lead to future implementation of low-level noise vibration shoe inserts designed to promote balance control in the elderly.”

Dr. Yoonjung Park, who joined the department this year as an assistant professor, discussed his research in obesity-induced vascular dysfunction and physical activity. His presentation included video footage of the mice he experimented with as part of his research.

A highlight of the event is the “elevator speech” contest during which students give a two minute informative and persuasive sales pitch to a panel of UH professors. The top three contestants receive funding to support their research. This year’s winner was Emily LaVoy, also a current recipient of the Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

“The focus of my dissertation research is whether we can use the immune-enhancing effects of exercise to improve cancer immunotherapy,” LaVoy said. “Initial results appear to support this hypothesis, and my next goal is to identify what it is about exercise that may exert this beneficial effect.” 

The symposium was organized and moderated by Dr. Thomas Lowder, assistant professor of Health and Human Performance, and was open to all students, faculty and staff.

- By Monica Byars

College of Liberal Arts
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The University of Houston
402 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3000
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International resource: new diplomat in residence now on campus

John C. Roberts of U.S. State Department helps students find work, study opportunities abroad

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John C. Roberts recently met with CLASS comparative politics students Olumide Akibola,
Yvette Hernandez, Hyunja Norman and Rachel Smith to discuss Foreign Service careers.

Diplomat John C. Roberts was living and working in Baghdad, Iraq in 2005, dodging mortar and rocket attacks during one of the most tumultuous and violent times in that nation’s history.

Two years later, Mr. Roberts was still a diplomat but his working conditions had changed dramatically while he was living in the Eastern Caribbean country of Barbados, a tropical island known for its luxurious vacation resorts.

Now, Mr. Roberts has settled at University of Houston as the Texas and Louisiana region’s new Diplomat in Residence. His role at this new post is to introduce students to the vast array of career opportunities and government-funded study abroad programs available through the U.S. State Department.

Mr. Roberts’ duties mesh well with a goal of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences – for every CLASS student to get a passport and travel internationally at least once before graduation.

Mr. Roberts is planning a number of events for him to meet and discuss with students study abroad opportunities. Last month, he hosted an information session about a fully-funded summer language study abroad program for students working to become fluent in languages considered critical to U.S. security, including Chinese and Arabic. He will soon launch the “Lunch with a Diplomat” program. He keeps students abreast of all opportunities via his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/dirsotxla and the Department of State website: careers.state.gov.

“Students don’t usually have an opportunity to meet Foreign Service Officers because we are either working in Washington D.C. or serving abroad at embassies and consulates around the world,” said Mr. Roberts. “Careers are often shaped by mentors or chance encounters, but that won’t happen with the foreign service. Now that I am at UH, I have a unique opportunity to give students, as well as members of the community, insight into career options at the U.S. Department of State they may never have considered.”

Mr. Roberts “took the scenic route” on his way to a career as a diplomat. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Mississippi he enlisted in the military and served in the U.S. Army Special Forces as a military advisor and senior instructor. Following that commitment, he returned to school and earned a Master’s Degree in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

Next, Mr. Roberts worked in private business as a partner in a telecommunications investment and operating company. He also worked as an independent business consultant.

A political appointment to the U.S. Department of Commerce during the presidency of George H.W. Bush administration prompted the businessman to shift his career into public service.

“Being in Washington D.C. gave me access to Foreign Service Officers,” he said. “I had the opportunity to meet and work with them. I decided to pursue a career with the Department of State since I already had a Master’s in International Business, spoke Spanish, and had a tremendous desire to continue to serve my country.”

After successfully navigating the Foreign Service selection process, his first post was Managua, Nicaragua in 1997, a place he calls “delightful.” Then, after studying Russian at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, he accepted an assignment in Moscow, where among other things he monitored the dismantlement of the Russian nuclear submarine fleet in Far Eastern Russian; often visiting places few Westerners had seen.

His global travels took a detour after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001. A month after the attacks, Mr. Roberts was recalled to active military duty. He was assigned to serve as an instructor at the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, N.C.

When his military duty was completed in 2004, Mr. Roberts returned to the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C. and became a member of the Executive Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice until 2005. In this role, he organized and directed the Secretaries’ press, media events, and high-level international meetings.

From 2005 to 2007, as the war in Iraq was raging, Mr. Roberts was assigned to direct the Press and Cultural Affairs Offices at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as the Information Officer and Acting Public Affairs Officer.

“My colleagues and I played a part in the unfolding of world history,” said Mr. Roberts. “We were there for the first elections, and we were there when Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was installed and for the trial of Saddam Hussein. It was a fascinating time in that country’s journey toward democracy.”

From Baghdad, Mr. Roberts was assigned to his most “fun” post, Barbados.

“I couldn’t believe I was being paid to live there,” he recalled.

After his global tours of duty, Mr. Roberts completed a Master of Strategic Studies Degree at the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama and then served as Director of the Civilian Response Corps at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.

Today, he is happy to hang his hat in Houston. He will be attending career fairs at colleges and universities in southeast Texas and Louisiana, and informing students about the various career opportunities within the U.S. Department of State. He also plans to host monthly information sessions and help students as they prepare to take the Foreign Service Officer test.

“I hope to identify talent and give individuals information they need to make informed decisions about pursuing a career in the U.S. State Department,” said Mr. Roberts.

 According to Mr. Roberts, students from nearly any discipline can find internships, fellowships and career opportunities in diplomacy, both stationed internationally and within the United States. Perhaps more valuable than the information that he distributes about Foreign Service careers is the first hand experiences that he can share with students.

“I get to sell the dream,” said Mr. Roberts. “I’m looking forward to meeting people, sharing experiences, and introducing them to life in the Foreign Service.”

- By Monica Byars

College of Liberal Arts
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Eva Longoria knows the value of Mexican American Studies

Award-winning actor to deliver Nov. 16 keynote at Center for Mexican American Studies scholarship banquet

In May, Eva Longoria completed her master’s degree in Chicana and Chicano Studies and marched in the California State University, Northridge commencement ceremony.

It was a moment of personal achievement for the Texas native, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University – Kingsville, and went on to star in the hit Desperate Housewives television series that ran on ABC from 2004 – 2012.

Longoria used her Twitter account to share photos of herself in cap and gown and with her parents on graduation day. “You’re never too old or too busy to continue your education!” she tweeted.

It was also a moment of La Raza pride around the nation when an A-list celebrity and Screen Actor Guild award winner channeled her interest in immigration into a successful pursuit of a graduate degree in her ethnic heritage.

On November 16, Longoria will be in Houston sharing more encouraging words and life experiences about the value of education and the study of Mexican Americans as the keynote speaker at the Center for Mexican American Studies 17th annual Noche Cultural Banquet that raises money for scholarships.

The Center, affectionately called “C-más,” was established on the University of Houston campus in 1972 as an interdisciplinary academic program encompassing the liberal arts, education, and social sciences focusing on the Mexican American and broader Latino experience in the United States.

CMAS has evolved into one of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ most community-engaged academic units. Its stated mission is to advance knowledge, promote critical thinking and foster the value of service to the community.

The Center has been very successful at attracting some of the nation’s most prominent Latinos as keynote speakers for its annual scholarship fundraising dinner.

Last year, two days after being elected to Congress on November 6, Joaquin Castro spoke at the CMAS banquet. Earlier that year, Castro had introduced his identical twin at the 2012 Democratic National Convention before Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, delivered the keynote address.

Since its inception, CMAS has raised more than $3 million in scholarship funds through its annual banquet and about $2 million toward an endowment for the Center.

This year’s dinner will be on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel on the main UH campus. Tickets are $150. For more information, contact Holly Laurenzana at 713-743-3139.

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Center for Arts Leadership launches Profiles in Leadership

New interview series spotlights Houston-area culture creators and influencers

On Tuesday, November 12, the Center for Arts Leadership will host a reception to celebrate the launch of Profiles in Leadership and its partnership with Arts + Culture Texas.

Profiles in Leadership is a new series of curated conversations between Sixto Wagan, the Center’s director and Houston-area culture creators and influencers. The Center for Arts Leadership investigates, creates and tests leadership practices in the arts through gatherings and strategic partnerships.

“Arts leadership comes from all sectors in the community. The Profiles in Leadership series highlights established and untraditional leaders who have used arts as a medium to initiate long-term impact on communities, and not just audiences. ”

Arts + Culture Texas is a free magazine distributed across the state that focuses on contemporary visual and performing arts. The periodical will publish on a quarterly basis excerpts of the profiles, which are done in a question-and-answer format.

“Arts leadership is a topic I have been interested since I began working at Arts + Culture two years ago – and I wrote about it through our Cultural Warrior series," says Nancy Wozny, editor in chief of Arts + Culture Texas.

"It's so exciting to know we can continue this work through the Center for Arts Leadership at University of Houston. It's especially gratifying to work with Sixto Wagan as I have been a witness to his own growth as an arts leader."

The first article in the Profiles in Leadership series will be published in the November 2013 issue of Arts + Culture Texas. It features Selven O’Keef Jarmon, a Houston-based fashion designer/visual artist whose artistic practice led him to South Africa to work with fashion design students and hand beading artisans. Mr. Wagan talks with Mr. Jarmon about vanishing cultures and the impact of the seven years in South Africa had on his career.

Mr. Jarmon and Bulelwa Bam, the crafts hub manager of Eastern Cape Arts, which promotes traditional beadwork and South African crafts, will be recognized at the Nov. 12 reception, 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Wortham Theater on the main UH campus.

To RSVP for the event, contact Sixto Wagan at swagan@uh.edu or 713.743.4281.

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Blaffer Art Museum hosts Nov. 8 premiere of public art installation

What Time Is It? by Jo Ann Fleischhauer enlivens Market Square in downtown Houston

The Blaffer Art Museum has collaborated with numerous community partners to present the premiere of What Time Is It? by Jo Ann Fleischhauer in collaboration with Musiqa, a site-specific public art installation at the Louis and Annie Friedman Clock Tower, also known as the Market Square Clock Tower, in downtown Houston's Historic District.

The unveiling of the exhibition will be celebrated on Friday November 8, 2013 from 7:30-9:30pm in Market Square Park with special remarks, the first "tolling" of the musical portion of the installation and a concert of modern chamber music by Musiqa called "Time Travel". This event is free and open to the public and will be on view from November 8, 2013 – March 29, 2014.

The work explores the concept of time and the relevancy of its physical markers in a digital age by interrogating the place of a clock tower in our everyday lives.

In What Time Is It?, applied mirror panels de-materialize the physical structure of the clock tower to the point of disappearance. A spiral staircase winds its way up and into the tower leading to the actual clock hovering at the top.

Together, mirrors and staircase de-emphasize the architecture of the tower and instead put visual emphasis on the clock and bell. However, the clock is not tolling time as expected.

Backlit images of historical notes and calculations about space and time that appear as constellations in the sky become the backdrop for the actual clock faces, their visibility and prominence shifting in intensity as the projected light circles through different shades of brightness and temperature.

Musiqa's collaboration addresses the auditory nature of the clock tower by replacing the scheduled chimes of bells with original musical works inspired by the site.

"C O'Clock" composed by Anthony Brandt and Chapman Welch runs through the entire duration of the exhibition by replacing the ringing of the bell with a progression of chords that rise and set like the sun. Each chord is complemented by ringing sounds that are improvised by a computer and make each tolling unique and unpredictable.

The sound source of both the underlying chords and the improvisations is Market Square itself, recorded street noise, which is filtered until it turns into pure tones. The computer-generated sounds are complemented by monthly live performances of compositions by students of the UH Moores School of Music and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

What Time Is It? is organized by the Houston Arts Alliance and Blaffer Art Museum. Major support comes from the Houston Downtown Management District and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Community partners include the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. The exhibition is on view 24-hours a day (music component audible daily 7 a.m. to midnight) on the corner of Travis and Congress Streets at Market Square from November through March.

For a full list of future performances click here or visit blafferartmuceum.org.

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“A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus, One Hundred Years Later”

Two-day conference Nov. 21 -22 on Nobel Prize laureate French philosopher, author and journalist

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A joint conference on the campuses of the University of Houston and Texas A&M University will be held Nov. 21 – 22 to mark the centenary of Albert Camus' birth on November 7, 1913.

Robert Zaretsky, professor of French history in the Department of History and the Honors College, has organized the conference. The event is being hosted by the Honors College and the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M with support from the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, the Departments of English and History, the UH Phi Beta Kappa Organizing Committee and the French Consulate of Houston.

Dr. Zaretsky's book, A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning, was published this month by Harvard University Press.

The first day of events on Thursday, Nov. 21 will take place at Texas A&M and include talks by:

  • Dr. Zaretsky, who also authored Albert Camus: Elements to a Life (Cornell 2010) and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Le Monde, Foreign Policy, Jewish Daily Forward and other international periodicals;
  • and John McDermott, the Melbern G. Glasscock Chair in the Humanities at Texas A&M, who is also a University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Humanities and of Humanities in Medicine.

The second day will unfold from 3 – 7 p.m. at UH on the second floor of M.D. Anderson Library where the Honors College is housed. Presentations on that day include:

  • “To Kill A Human Being: Camus and Capital Punishment”by Ève Morisi, assistant professor of French and Francophone literature at the Unviersity of California, Irvine.
  • "Albert Camus and Civil Rights: A Journalist’s Brief" by Jason Berry, author and religion blogger for The Global Post who has written several books on the Catholic Church and sexual abuse scandal.
  • A dramatic reading by Honors College students of one of Camus' plays, The Just Assassins, followed by a conversation with the participants and audience.

For more information, contact the Honors College at 713-743-9010.

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Asian American Hip Hop Culture lecture by Oliver S. Wang

Oliver S. Wang maintains the research repository, “Unlimited Creations: Mobile Sounds, Sights and Sites,” which documents the history of Filipino American mobile DJ crews in the San Francisco Bay Area. He got his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and is an assistant professor of sociology at California State University – Long Beach.

Dr. Wang’s talk at UH is sponsored by the Department of History as part of the El Paso Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. His lecture begins at 5 p.m. in Room 108 of the Moores School of Music Building.

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November 6: Asian American Hip Hop Culture lecture by Oliver S. Wang
Oliver S. Wang maintains the research repository, “Unlimited Creations: Mobile Sounds, Sights and Sites,” which documents the history of Filipino American mobile DJ crews in the San Francisco Bay Area. He got his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and is an assistant professor of sociology at California State University – Long Beach. Dr. Wang’s talk at UH is sponsored by the Department of History as part of the El Paso Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. His lecture begins at 5 p.m. in Room 108 of the Moores School of Music Building. The closest parking is via Entrance 16 on Cullen or the Stadium Garage on Holman.

Nov. 16: Center for Mexican American Studies Scholarship Banquet with keynote speaker Eva Longoria
Actress, activist and philanthropist Eva Longoria completed her master’s degree in Chicana/Chicano Studies from California State University, Northridge earlier this year. The banquet will be from 7 – 9 p.m. at the UH Hilton Hotel. To purchase tables or individual tickets, contact Holly Laurenzana at 713-743-3139 or hlauren@central.uh.edu.

Nov. 15: Moores School of Music Jazz Orchestra featuring Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard is a Blue Note recording artist and a world renowned trumpeter, composer and band leader. The concert event will be held at the Moores Opera House and starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and $12 general public. Call 713-743-3009 for more information.

Nov. 15 – 16: World premiere of Brick Wall by Vic Shuttee and directed by Robert Shimko
Written by Vic Shuttee, a junior in the Bachelor of Fine Arts playwriting program, Brick Wall revolves around the lives of three stand-up comedians in various stages of their careers. There will be 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday and 7 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday. All performances in the Quintero Theatre in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts building, Entrance 16 or 18.

November 18: Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series: Women in Theater: A panel discussion.
Writer and Editor Nancy Wozny will moderate a panel discussion between Houston–area theatre professionals Tamarie Cooper, Eileen Morris, and Rebecca Udden. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion of the M.D. Anderson Library is free to students and members of the Friends of Women’s Studies and $10 for general public admission. RSVP to wgss@uh.edu.

November 20: How Things Really Work in Policy and Politics
A discussion about Texas state politics past and present with former lieutenant governor Bill Hobby and his chief of staff Saralee Tiede, as well as State Representative Garnet Coleman, former Governor Mark White, former state Senator and County Judge Jon Lindsay & former State Senator Don Adams. Hosted by the Hobby Center for Public Policy, the conversation will be from 5 – 6:30 p.m. in the UH Athletics & Alumni Center. RSVP: cpp@uh.edu or 713-743-3970.

Nov. 21 – 23: Napoleon and the Battle of Nations Symposium and Concert
The symposium commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Nations, the first decisive defeat of Napoleon and the French Army and a critical turning point in the Napoleonic Wars. The concert recreates historical performances of that era. Mercury – The Orchestra Redefined will perform on historically accurate period instruments with the Moores School of Music Concert Chorale. The symposium and concert preview are free. Concert tickets range from $25 ‐ $65. To purchase, call the Mercury box office at 713‐533‐0080, or buy online at mercuryhouston.org.

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

CLASS Students in the Media

Research conducted by CLASS undergraduate students Christopher Rivera and Megan Truax is featured in the article, UH students help ‘un-edit’ the Iliad in the Houston Chronicle. The article details their role in The Homer Multitext, a project co-edited by Casey Dué Hackney, Director of CLASS’s Classical Studies program.

Moores School of Music senior Princeton Miles is featured in The Daily Cougar’s New artist spotlight: Princeton Miles. The business and music student recently released his first EP, “Hear Me.”

James Lee and Guillermo Lopez, Student Government Association Senators representing CLASS, recently introduced two separate bills aimed at reforming campus election protocol and SGA members’ dress codes. The bills were in response to election controversy during the February elections. Their efforts are detailed in The Daily Cougar article, Election controversies lead to reform.

According to BroadwayWorld.com, CLASS student Russell Haehl recently performed a brief Musiqa-commissioned composition by Adam Beard, a student composer from Moores School of Music. The event, detailed in Musiqa to Bring Brass Concerts to Market Square, Beg. 10/25, launches a 6-month process in which each month another student composer will be added to the program with a new brass premiere. Each time the number of instruments will increase until the final performance in March will be approximately 45 minutes long and include a total of 6 new compositions and 6 performers.

CLASS Faculty in the Media

Nancy Young, history department chair, authored an editorial for The Houston Chronicle titled History shows politics has room for moderates.

Modern & Classical Languages professor and Director of Italian Studies, Alessandro Carrera, is cited in the article, The world isn’t sure what to make of Ted Cruz: the ‘Man who blocked America’ in Foreign Policy.

KUHF's Houston Matters program featured assistant professor of political science Justin Kirkland and Christine LeVeaux Haley on a recent radio broadcast about how lawmakers serve their constituents in Texas. The discussion examined which type of legislator serves Texans better: a lawmaker who stands his ground, regardless of the consequences, or one who compromises in the face of them, giving up ground in the interest of stability.

Professor David Mikics penned a column for The Daily Dot titled, The rise of Wikipedia, the decline of student writing. He writes his thoughts about how the internet has affected scholarship, both positively and negatively.

James Conyers, director of African American Studies, participated in an event where he discussed a book he edited titled “Charles H. Houston: An Interdisciplinary Study of Civil Rights Leadership” according to the article Gregory School schedules book review and signing for Oct. 26 in the Houston Chronicle.

Timothy Hester, Associate Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the Moores School of Music, was listed in the Houston Chronicle’s Weekend Must List for his performance on a fortepiano, an ancestor of the modern day piano.

CLASS department of Economics lecturer Ed Hirs made comments about the oil and gas industry in several media outlets:

Hirs gave commentary about the country’s deteriorating oil pipelines in SBS’s documentary, Oil Shock

He also commented in a New York Times article about transporting oil and gas, Unplugging Bottlenecks in Oil and Gas Deliveries.

The San Antonio Express News included Hirs’ comments about the price of gas in Falling gas prices in S.A. now below $3.

Blaffer Art Museum’s director, Claudia Schmuckli, is credited for organizing an exhibition by artist Tony Feher in the New York Daily News article, Bronx artist Tony Feher turns trash into art and in the New York Times article, Throwaways, Put Together Just So.

The Daily Cougar also highlighted Schmuckli and the Blaffer Art Museum in the article, Behind the canvases of Blaffer.

Blaffer was also mentioned in A giant Bigfoot, a mini laundromat and a crazy rooftop: A hipper Texas Contemporary Art Fair has it all in CultureMap Houston.

Lois Zamora, Chair of the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, is credited in Indo American News for her role in arranging for a member of the Indian Parliament to visit Houston. The article, Distinguished Member of Parliament and Lawyer Ram Jethmalani Visits Houston, also mentions Anjali Kanojia, Assistant Director of India Studies, and Kim Howard, Director of Development.

The Houston Chronicle recently ran an article about Texas leading the nation in the number requested background checks for gun purchases. CLASS sociology lecturer Luis Salinas provided comments in the article, Texas leads in federal background checks for gun purchases.

Associate professor of political science, Brandon Rottinghaus, appeared in numerous media outlets last month:
He commented on the shelf-life of a conservative member of the Senate in the article, US government shutdown: Ted Cruz, a maverick who keeps his heartlands happy which appeared in The Guardian.

Rottinghaus was a commentator on the radio program Houston Matters, during which he discussed the 2014 Texas Gubernatorial election.

KUHF included comments by Rottinghaus in the story, Republican Party Reaches Out To Hispanics With New Initiative In Texas, Other States.

Rottinghaus discussed the Houston mayoral race in the Houston Chronicle’s articles, Parker, Hall trade criticisms in sole mayoral debate, Parker continues to outpace Hall in fundraising, and Hall may be pulling back on TV ads leading up to election.

Rottinghaus also was quoted about the Houston mayoral debate in an article on the KUHF website, Recap of the 2013 Houston Mayoral Debate.

KTRH featured comments by Rottinghaus in Many Unhappy With Where U.S. Is Going.

The Daily Cougar ran a feature article about Professor of Hispanic Studies Nicolas Kanellos titled, UH professor awarded for recovered literature. Kanellos is the director of Arte Publico Press and received the honor for his work to make American Latinos’ literature available to the world.

The CLASS School of Theatre and Dance’s production of The Beaux’ Stratagem was featured in the Houston Press article, Capsule Stage Reviews: The Beaux' Stratagem, La Traviata, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The production, directed by Associate Professor Adam Noble, received a positive review.

Tony Hoagland, Associate Professor of English, steps outside of his area of expertise and offers his comments on a new art exposition at The Menil Collection. The CultureMap article, Crazy talk: The Menil's new irreverent conversation series promises to be something wild explains the series of events.

BAD, an art and design pop-up store curated by the Blaffer Art Museum, is mentioned in the article, Third annual Texas Contemporary Arts Fair grows in galleries, collectors and enthusiasts in the Memorial Examiner.

CCTV ran a story about Chinese researchers who were banned from attending an upcoming planetary conference due to national security concerns. Jack J. Valenti School of Communication professor Lan Ni offered comments about the public relations ramifications of that decision in the story, NASA’s Chinese boffin ban sparks boycott.

Robert Zaretsky, Professor of French History, authored an article titled, Albert Camus on Algeria, for the Times Literary Supplement.

According to The Daily Cougar, The Honors College is introducing a new minor, Energy and Sustainability, which will include courses in political science, English, and history. History professor Joseph Pratt was quoted in the article, Minor energizes students of all disciplines.

CLASS professor emeritus of economics Barton Smith discusses the impact the government shut down could have on interest rates in the Houston Chronicle’s Real estate frenzy continues in Houston area.

“Women and Judaism” was the topic of event co-sponsored by Rice University and UH. In Woman driven to boost access to Jewish adult education, Debbie Harwell, Managing Editor of Houston History, discusses the interfaith, interracial teams of Northern middle- and upper-class women who traveled to Mississippi during the civil rights movement. The article appeared in The Houston Chronicle.

Professor of Political Science, Richard Murray, wrote a commentary for KTRK’s website titled Revisiting Houston mayoral race with 3 weeks to go.

Donald Foss, professor of psychology, details the hurdles that often prevent student retention in the Minneapolis Star Tribune article Professor Foss' cure for college dropouts.

CLASS Alums in the Media

Paulo Gomez
The Houston Chronicle featured Paulo Gomes, a 2012 Moores School of Music graduate who completed his doctorate in conducting. The article, Groups honor two with special performances, spotlights a benefit concert performed to help and encourage him as he battles brain cancer. Gomes is a founder of the choral group Houston Camerata.
   
Lotus Bermudez
The artwork of alumna Lotus Bermudez was highlighted in the Houston Chronicle article, Matter of life and death at art festival. Bermudez earned both her BFA and her MFA in the School of Art and works as an instructor in the school’s ceramics studio.
   
Nandita V. Berry
Case Keenum, an alumnus of the Department of Health and Human Performance and third-string quarterback for the Houston Texans, made his first career start as a quarterback in the National Football League in the Texans’ sixth game of the year. He completed 15 of 25 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown – and ended the Texans’ five-game-long “pick six” streak by not throwing an interception converted into a touchdown. The Texans lost the game to the Kansas City Chiefs 17 -16.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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