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The University of Houston
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News & Events
News from CLASS
- Center for Arts Leadership convenes inaugural 'Leadership in the Arts Summit'
- Digital Humanities @ UH Initiative hosts first regional conference
- Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts kicks off CounterCurrent
- India Studies Program hosts novelist Amitav Ghosh on April 10
- American Sign Language Interpreting students hone skills by entertaining others
- Moores School of Music to honor its director David Ashley White
- Gov. Rick Perry Appoints Beth Madison to UHS Board of Regents
- Communication Sciences and Disorders seniors on track to find jobs
- Economics majors instantly see the value in CLASS
April 1: “Pedagogy of Love: The Theory and Praxis of the Innovative Mexican American Studies Program in Tucson” lecture by education consultant Curtis Acosta. Sponsored Department of English, Center of Mexican Studies and College of Education.5:30 p.m. in Room 104 of the Roy G. Cullen Building.
April 2: Department of Health and Human Performance lecture: “The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals and Changing the Game,” by Leigh Steinberg, who represented more than 150 professional athletes, including 8 men selected as the No. 1 pick in the National Football League draft. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Room 205 of Garrison Gym. Free, but seating limited to first 160.
April 3: Jack J. Valenti School of Communication Student Scholarship Reception
The 6:30 – 8 p.m. event will feature a keynote address by Dominique Sachse ’90, a main anchor for KRPC-TV Channel 2, the NBC affiliate in Houston.
April 9: Department of Psychology Lecture: “The Association Between Sleep and Academic Performance: Mechanisms, Implications for Children with ADHD, and Intervention Strategies” by Reut Gruber, Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychologist, McGill University, Douglas Research Center. 8:30 a.m. in the UH Health and Biomedical Sciences Building (HBSB) Auditorium.
April 10: India Studies Program Lecture: “From Bombay to Canton: Traveling the Opium Route to 19th Century China” by novelist Amitav Ghosh, Ph.D. Followed by Q&A between Dr. Ghosh and Chitra Divakaruni, UH professor of creative writing. 7 p.m. at Asia Society of Texas, 1370 Southmore Blvd. Free and open to the public. Reserve seating here.
April 10 – 12: Texas Digital Humanities Consortium Conference on the UH campus. Access conference registration and schedule here.
For more events, check the CLASS calendar.
CLASS Students in the Media
PhD student in creative writing, David Tomás Martínez, is the subject of the San Antonio Express News article, Ex-gangbanger finds his way through words. His first book of poetry, titled Hustle, was recently published.
Houston Chronicle intern and Jack J. Valenti School of Communication senior Kate Morris wrote the front-page article, At rodeo's last day, a fan shows the ropes to first-timer, in the March 24 edition of the Houston Chronicle:
Theater LaB Houston’s production of Sixty Miles to Silver Lake features sophomore Jacob Perkel. His performance is applauded in the Broadwayworld.com article, BWW Interviews: Linda Phenix Talks Regional Premiere of Sixty Miles to Silver Lake.
CLASS Alumni/ae Notes
The College congratulates five of its alums on their appointments to the newly created University of Houston Board of Visitors:
Comerica Bank Houston President J. Downey Bridgwater,
1984 Bachelor of Music
Gibbs and Bruns, LLP attorney Fermeen Fazal,
1997 Bachelor of Arts in English
Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Laura G. Murillo,
1989 Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
KPRC-NBC 2 News Anchor Dominique Sachse,
1990 Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television
Lonestar Energy Fabrication CEO Darryl A. Schroeder,
1969 Bachelor of Science in Economics
Additional congratulations are extended to CLASS alums Charles A. McClelland Jr. and Mary Page Prince, recipients of 2014 UH Black Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Chief McClelland was sworn in as chief of the Houston Police Department, the nation’s 5th largest police agency. He joined HPD in 1977 as a patrol officer and rose through the ranks during a career spanning more than three decades. In that time, he earned at UH a BS in criminology in 1998 and a MA in Sociology in 2000.
Ms. Prince was awarded a BA in graphic design in 1983. She owns and operates Rookies Cookies bakery and Without Ceasing prayer stool manufacturing company.
The 2014 edition of the Houston Press’ 100 Creatives series saluted Jessica E. Jones, who earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in performance from the Moores School of Music. The profile Jessica E. Jones, Opera Singer describes her career trajectory, including her performance in the title role of the Opera in the Heights production of “Lucia di Lammermoor.”
The Houston Press also selected John Pluecker, 2006 (?) MA in Spanish, to profile in the 100 Creatives 2014 series: John Pluecker, Writer, Poet and Language Justice Worker. Pluecker is co-founder of Antena, a language experimentation collaboration that began a Blaffer Art Museum residency in January.
David A. Brown, who studied sculpture in the School of Art and works as a photographer, was featured in the Houston Chronicle article, Houston photographer deconstructs time to reveal mindful, present moment. His photos recently were exhibited at Houston’s Jung Center in a show titled “Trying to find my way…”.
CLASS Faculty in the Media
The International Qur'anic Studies Association, co-founded by Emran El-Badawi, director of the Arab Studies Program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, was featured in the Houston Chronicle article Bridging Atlantic divide in studies of Quran.
Associate Professor of Political Science Tanya Bagashka commented about recent political events in Russia in several media outlets:
UH Professor: Russia Will Not Give Up Crimea, News 92FM
Professor Explains Significance of Crimea As Russian Nation, FOX-KRIV26
Nicolás Kanellos, professor of Hispanic Studies and director of Arte Púbilco Press, was quoted in the Houston Chronicle article Author's storytelling takes readers back to the border about author Rolando Hinojose-Smith.
Leigh Leasure, assistant professor of psychology, appeared in Warning: Expert at UH adds obesity to side effects of lead exposure, a Science Codex article about the relationship between lead exposure and adult-onset obesity in men.
CounterCurrent 2014, the new multidisciplinary experimental art festival being launched by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, was spotlighted in two CultureMap Houston articles: Houston gets a new edgy arts festival based on a trendy Austin staple: Ready for CounterCurrent? and New CounterCurrent festival gets all charged up at kickoff celebration. Mitchell Center Director Karen Farber is quoted in both.
Daphne Hernandez, assistant professor of Health and Human Performance, and her students who took the Food Stamp Challenge were featured in several media outlets:
Academic Minute: Food Insecurity, Inside Higher Ed
Wednesday letters: Lent, tax code, poll taxes, Houston Chronicle
Garth Jowett, professor of communications, explained the tradition of Mardi Gras on CBS – KHOU11’s Great Day Houston in a segment titled, Mardi Gras history.
Political Science professor, Richard Murray, was quoted in several media outlets recently:
Focus is on Davis, but Turnout Down in Both Parties, Texas Tribune
Dr. Rottinghaus also appeared in several additional news outlets recently:
Sen. Cornyn Expected To Win Tuesday's GOP Primary In Texas, National Public Radio
Tea Party Not Dead After All, KTRH
Voters have their say in Texas primary, NewsFix
The other May election: 4 vie to fill Senate seat, Houston Chronicle
Polar Vortex Emboldens Industry to Push Old Coal Plants, Bloomberg
How Shell's cutbacks will feel in Houston, Houston Business Journal
Wildcatters Rush Spindletop in Return to East Texas Oil, Bloomberg
Santana’s work also appeared in the Orlando Sentinel article, The scary world of anonymous comment boards.
Ryan Kennedy, professor of political science, commented on the iTV article, When Big Isn’t Better: How the Flu Bug Bit Google.
For individuals who are looking to move from the Houston suburbs into the downtown area, developers are proposing six residential projects for downtown Houston. Steven Craig, associate dean of faculty and research, commented on the effectiveness of a subsidy program would have in attracting new downtown residents in the Houston Chronicle article, Downtown views call to many suburbanites.