The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at UH

October News Update

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Dear Readers,

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

In 1993, then President Bill Clinton declared October as National Arts and Humanities month, a declaration that has since been renewed every year. As a university with strong arts and humanities programs, we appreciate the national attention given to the arts and humanities each year as a result of this presidential decree. Each October, cultural institutions and organizations throughout the country plan special activities and programs that focus on the arts and humanities in recognition of the value that the arts and humanities add to the quality of life for every citizen.

In CLASS, we are very much aware of the value that the arts and humanities add to society and especially the contribution that they make to the quality of the educational experience of our students. It is generally accepted that the study of the arts and humanities develops critical thinking ability, interpretive skills, and a respect for the power of imagination. While these are important abilities and skills for those of us who have chosen professions that engage the arts and humanities, they are also essential abilities and skills for success in life for all citizens. In numerous occupations as well as in the conduct of our civic and social lives, the proper exercise of these abilities often means the difference between success and failure.

Through the study of the arts and humanities, our students gain tools useful for examining and making sense of human experience in general and respect for the dignity of every individual in particular.  Although the most common approaches to the study of the arts and humanities are critical/interpretative and even speculative compared to other modes of apprehending the world, they nevertheless provide us with a systematic way of creating order out of the tangle of sounds, symbols and other stimuli that inform our daily existence.

The study of the arts and humanities ensures that we possess the orientation necessary to pose critical questions about the nature of human existence and emboldens us to pursue creative alternatives and options. To borrow a characterization that novelists and essayists Ralph Ellison once used to describe unbridled human potential, the arts and humanities reminds us that the world is filled with “possibilities.”

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The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences serves as the nexus for some of the most innovative research happening on the University's campus and within the city of Houston, as this special edition of the CLASS News Update highlights. Several upcoming events will showcase to the public and campus community the advanced study in the humanities being conducted by CLASS faculty and students. read more.



ZachMartinPhoto.png Shaping the Canon: Tagore's Influence on Indian Literature
Second Tagore Scholar to travel to where Nobel Laureate lived and worked
Department of English. read more
Kwan-and-Glass.png Medical tourism transforms Panama
Sociology student's thesis focuses on medical professionals, not tourists
Department of Sociology. read more


Carla Sharp Psychology study explores the teenage mind
Professor Carla Sharp gathers evidence on personality disorders in youth.
Department of Psychology. read more
Karen Stockes Primacy in dance performances – music or choreography?
Karen Stokes' The Secondary Colors explores dance's chicken-or-egg debate
School of Theatre & Dance. read more
Stephanie Daniels Stephanie Daniels named a fellow
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to present award in Nov.
Department of Communication Science and Disorders. read more

Conferences and Community Engagement

Museum in Munich Center for Public History to host energy workshop in Munich
Follow-up program to National Science Foundation-funded 2010 workshop
Center for Public History. read more
Safe House 'Communograph' maps creative arts in Third Ward
Interdisciplinary collaboration encourages social change through art
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. read more
living-archives.png October kickoff of the 15th season of the Living Archives series
Interview series features influential Texas women and archives their stories
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. read more



  • Hot L Baltimore
    Friday, September 30, October 1, 2, 6 and 9, show times vary
    Location: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
    Price: 10 Students, $15 Faculty, staff, and UH Alumni, $20 General Public

  • Communograph Artist Talk: Mel Chin
    Sunday, October 2, 3pm
    Location: Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin
    Price: Free

  • Living Archives Series: Conversation with design entrepreneur Tina Knowles curated by Joy Sewing 
    Monday, October 3; 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Location: Rockwell Pavilion, 2nd Floor of M.D. Anderson Library on the main campus
    Price: Free to students and Friends of Women's Studies guild members; $10 general admission
    Contact: RSVP to or 713.743.3214

  • President Renu Khator's Fall 2011 Address
    Tuesday, October 4; 10 a.m.
    Location: Moores Opera House (entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard)
    Price: Free
    Contact: 713.743.0945

  • Symphonic Band Concert featuring the works of Persichetti, Revueltas, Benson, Grainger and Sousa
    Tuesday, October 4; 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Moores Opera House
    Price: $5 UH students, faculty, staff and seniors; $10 general admission
    Contact: 713.743.3313

  • Jazz Concert featuring works by Nestico, Lington and others
    Wednesday, October 5; 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Moores Opera House
    Price: $5 UH students, faculty, staff and seniors; $10 general admission
    Contact: 713.743.3313

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  • Chamber Orchestra Concert featuring works by Stravinsky, Robert Nelson andMichael S. Bryson
    Sunday, October 30; 2:30 p.m.
    Location: Moores Opera House
    Price: $5 UH students, faculty, staff and seniors; $10 general admission
    Contact: 713.743.3313

  • red, black and GREEN: a blues
    Friday – Saturday, Nov. 4 & 5; 8 p.m. (doors open for installation viewing at 7:30 pm)
    Location: Wortham Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. Price: $10 students, $15 faculty and staff, $20 general admission

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