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June 4 – 29Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival
Founded in 1990, the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival includes a four-week orchestral fellowship program for young professional musicians to develop skills in orchestral, chamber music, and solo performance. Click here to view the season schedule and purchase tickets online.

June 22 Feast: A Dinner Series featuring artist Miguel Amat and hosted by Leslie and Mark Hull
Blaffer Art Museum, Texas Monthly magazine, Uchi restaurant, and Whole Foods grocery chain have joined forces to create an unforgettable private dinner series inspired by the upcoming exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art opening September 6, 2013.

June 28Application deadline for the Master of Arts in Arts Leadership Program
Houston’s creative economy demands a steady flow of arts professionals to run the for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations that set the city’s cultural agenda and generate billions of dollars in revenue. The College is addressing that need with the launch this fall of the Master of Arts in Arts Leadership Program. This graduate degree program will prepare you to take your career and creativity to the next level. Applications to be a member of the first class are due on Friday, June 28.

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CLASS in the Media

Lois Zamora discusses a Walt Disney Co. attempt to trademark "Dia de los Muertos” in an Associated Press article that appeared under the headline Social media raises concern about Disney trademark on

Luis Salinas, a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, was interviewed about public perceptions in the news story Gun violence is down that aired on KRIV- FOX 26.

Candice Alfano, associate professor of psychology and director of the Sleep and Anxiety Center for Kids, talks about her research on a parent’s military deployment effects children in Mothers in the military face adjustments during deployments, homecomings published by the Medill News Service.

Richard Murray, professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Hobby Center for Public Policy’s Survey Research Institute, commented on the Democratic National Party’s efforts to improve its standing in the State of Texas in the Targeting Texas article posted on the New York Times’ Opinionator site and in the Austin American-Statesman’s Battleground Texas wraps up 1st phase; now hard part begins.

Kenneth Brown, professor of anthropology professor, is leading a team of students doing an archaeological dig in Freedmen's Town near downtown Houston. Their efforts were mentioned in Freedmen's Town Reunion focuses on faith, heritage published in the Houston Chronicle.

The work of Jack J. Valenti School of Communication undergraduate students and faculty on the performance artist Liz Magic Laser’s latest installation, Tell Me What You want to Hear, was featured in the Houston Press article Exploring the Camera-Ready.

The Times of India interview with Chitra Divakaruni in Wanted to portray women as powerful forces in the world: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

Robert Zaretsky, professor in the Department of History, discusses the “humanities classroom” in his op-ed Disconnect the narcissistic network that ran in the Times Higher Education magazine published by the London Times, as well as Tocqueville and Gay Marriage in a New York Times op-ed.

Nicolás Kanellos, founder of Arte Público Press and Brown Foundation Professor of Hispanic Studies , co-authored the op-ed In fight to control obesity, sugar consumption is key published in the Houston Chronicle.

The renovation at the Blaffer Art Museum gets some attention from World Interior Deisgn in Blaffer Art Museum transforms appearance with new entrance.

CLASS Alums Making News

Giuseppe Taurino

Giuseppe Taurino, 2006 MFA in Creative Writing, has joined the Houston Arts Alliance as its Programs and Services Manager. He has over fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a social worker, counselor, and executive. Giuseppe has also worked as a writer-in-residence with Writers in the Schools (WITS) Houston, taught undergraduate and postgraduate English and Creative Writing, and served as Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. He’s been awarded a Donald Barthelme Fellowship in Fiction and scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His stories have appeared in Epoch, New South, The Potomac Review, Word Riot and elsewhere.

Giuseppe Taurino

Lacy M. Johnson, 2008 Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing, has joined the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts as Director of Academic Initiatives. In this role, she will develop and oversee the curriculum for Interdisciplinary Art (IART) minor and work to further connect the center’s programming to the UH community. Dr. Johnson has over thirteen years of experience in higher education as an instructor and program administrator. As a writer and digital artist, she has been awarded fellowships for her creative and critical work from the Houston Arts Alliance, Sustainable Arts Foundation, Kansas Arts Commission, Inprint, Mitchell Center for the Arts, and Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the author of Trespasses: A Memoir (University of Iowa Press, 2012), and is co-artistic director of the forthcoming multimedia project [the invisible city].

Giuseppe Taurino

CNNHealth recently profiled Dr. Nadine Kaslow, the psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet and president-elect of the American Psychological Association. In the article, she shares that her doctoral research focused on women and depression while she was at the University of Houston and that she took classes at the Houston Ballet Academy when she was a Ph.D. candidate. Dr. Kaslow received her doctorate in 1983 from the Department of Psychology.


Valenti School of Communication alumna Joy Sewing is featured in the new tourism campaign for Galveston Island. Sewing, the fashion and beauty editor at the Houston Chronicle daily newspaper, shares her UH and Galveston memories in a short YouTube video.