The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at UH

February News Update


Upcoming Events

The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart
Last performance: Monday, January 31, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Moores Opera House
Price: $15 general admission, $10 students and seniors
Contact: 713-743-3388


Chinese New Year
Thursday, February 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Rockwell Pavilion in the M.D. Anderson Library
Price: Free
Contact: Chinese Studies Program


Music Dinner
Love & Passion: The Moores School of Music Society 24th Annual Dinner Concert
Friday, February 4, 6 p.m.
Location: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Price: from $500
Contact: 713-743-1304


Piano Festival
28th Annual International Piano Festival
Friday, February 4 – Sunday, February 6; 7:30 p.m. concerts Friday and Saturday; daytime master classes
Location: Moores Opera House
Price: $5-$85
Contact: 713-743-3313 and 2011 International Piano Festival


Nigerian Poet
Nigerian poet and journalist Obi Nwakanma
Monday, February 7, 7 p.m.
Location: 708-C Telephone Road East (next to Bohemeo's)
Price: Free


Inprint Reading
Poets Major Jackson and Alicia Ostriker
Monday, February 14, 7 p.m.
Location: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.
Price: $5
Contact: Inprint Houston


Charles Dutton Conversation
A moderated conversation with students and the public
Friday, February 25, 5-6:30 p.m.
Location: Honors College Lounge in the M.D. Anderson Library
Price: Free
Contact: 713-743-2811


Charles Dutton Performance
From Jail to Yale: Serving Time on Stage by Charles Dutton
Saturday, February 26, 7 p.m.
Location: Cullen Performance Hall
Price: $45
Contact: U.S. Dream Academy


Wild Oats by James McLure
Friday, February 25 – Sunday, February 27 and Thursday March 3 – Sunday, March 6; 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees
Location: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
Price: $20 general admission; $15 UH faculty, staff and alumni; $10 students and seniors; and a processing fee of $1 per single ticket
Contact: 713-743-2929


Art Exhibit
Johan Grimonprez: "It's a Poor Sort of Memory That Only Works Backwards"
Now – Saturday, April 2; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed Sundays, Mondays and UH holidays)
Location: Blaffer Art Museum
Price: Free
Contact: 713-743-9521


Art Exhibit
First Take: Okay Mountain
Now – Saturday, April 2; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed Sundays, Mondays and UH holidays)
Location: Blaffer Art Museum
Price: Free
Contact: 713-743-9521

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the second issue of CLASS, the College's monthly update of news and events.

As we have come to appreciate, February is the month in which we pause to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people of African descent to American culture. When Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an eminent historian of the black experience, proposed in 1926 that we set aside a week to recognize black heritage during this month, his decision was deliberate. He knew many African Americans already set aside time during February to acknowledge the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Today, Dr. Woodson's week has turned into a month of national celebration and the month itself includes a special day for the contemplation of presidential legacies.

While we always want to acknowledge the diversity of achievements and contributions of CLASS faculty and students, February nevertheless presents us with a special opportunity to celebrate black heritage and to highlight the ongoing struggles of people of African descent, an opportunity that we embrace in this issue.

Dean John W. Roberts signature


Actor Charles Dutton visits campus

Charles S. Dutton did prison time for manslaughter. During those seven years, he fell in love with playwriting, acting and theater.

The story of how he defied low expectations and pursued his dream is the basis of Dutton's one-man show From Jail to Yale: Serving Time on Stage.

Charles Dutton

The African American Studies program and U.S. Dream Academy have partnered to bring Dutton to Cullen Theater for a one-night-only performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26. Dutton will also participate in a moderated conversation with students from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 in the Honors College lounge in the M.D. Anderson Library. Read more.

Learn more about the play, the U.S. Dream Academy and the African American Studies Program:



Donna Blair

Liberal Arts and Social Sciences led to more than a quarter century of foreign service for one diplomat

Department of Political Science


Matthew Dirst

Grammy Watch: Nominated music professor headed to Los Angeles for the big night

Moores School of Music


The Magic Flute

Music, technology, art merge in UH's 3D opera The Magic Flute

Moores School of Music



Dizzy Gillepsie and Ella Fitzgerald

Integrating Houston jazz audiences lands Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie in jail

Center for Public History


Tamecia Henderson

Communication students work to raise HIV awareness among Houston teens

Jack J. Valenti School of Communication


The Pencil Project

Armed with 20,000 more pencils, students visit Ghana

African American Studies



Monica Perales

Smeltertown book deals with Mexican-American life in El Paso

Department of History


Helen Ebaugh

Professor sells out book about peace activist Fethullah Gülen in Turkey

Department of Sociology


Garth Jowett

Fox 26: Adults should watch 'Skins' with children

Jack J. Valenti School of Communication




The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at UH

CLASS on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter

CLASS on Facebook

Become a fan on Facebook

Visit our website:


Excited about what you just read? Support CLASS online at

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences messages are delivered through the CLASS e-Communications Center, an e-mail subscription service that enables you to manage your e-mail profile and preferences.

Tell a friend or family member to sign up and receive e-mail from CLASS.

This message was sent to . Visit your subscription management page
to modify your e-mail communication preferences or update your personal profile.

If you received this message from a friend, you can sign up for other subscriptions to CLASS.

Unsubscribe by clicking here or by US Mail to: University of Houston System, Donor & Alumni Records, 4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX, 77204-5035.