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Feb. 17: Ethics in Science
‘Broken Symmetry’: Humanism, Militarism, and the Dilemmas of Scientific Identity in Nuclear Age America will feature Jessica Wang, Ph.D., University of British Columbia. The event will be held from 11am-12:30pm in PGH 232. For more information, visit

Feb. 20: On Screen @ Blaffer: Vincent Grenier
Ithaca-based filmmaker Vincent Grenier is a master of quiet, delicate forms, gradual transitions, and wry misdirection. Working primarily in digital media for several decades now, Grenier explores the capacity of video to alter our perception of landscape and the natural world, particularly our uncertain place within it. The free event will be held 7-9p.m. at Blaffer Art Museum. Call 713-743-9521 for more information.

Feb. 21-22, 27-28, and March 1 at 8p.m. Feb. 23 and March 2 at 2 p.m.: Our Country’s Good
The performances of Our Country’s Good will be held at the Quintero Theatre. The play takes place in June 1789 in the penal colony that was later to become the city of Sydney. A marine lieutenant decides to put on a play to celebrate the king's birthday – and casts the play with English convicts. To purchase tickets, visit

Feb. 27: Women’s Studies TABLE TALK
The 17th annual event will be held at the Hilton Americas, Houston. To book a table for TABLE TALK 2014 and secure your place on the invitation, contact FWS Program Director Ayanna Mccloud at 713-743-3773,, or visit

Feb. 28: Fred Gibbs “Processes and Products in the Digital Humanities”
Dr. Fred Gibbs, assistant professor of history at the University of New Mexico, will discuss “Processes and Products in the Digital Humanities.” Event will be held in Roy G. Cullen, room 104, from 3-5:00 p.m.

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

CLASS in the Media

According to the AP, many websites are trying to control the negative, bullying comments that appear online. The article, Bye bye, bile? Websites try to nix nasty comments, includes quotes from Arthur D. Santana, assistant professor of communications.

Lorenzo Cano, associate director of Mexican American Studies, commented in the Houston Chronicle article, UH mural comes front and center, about a 50-foot mural that was painted in 1973 in the University Center. The artwork has recently been cleaned and retouched after being hidden for many years.

Political Science professor, Richard Murray, appeared in several media outlets recently:
He commented on Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s views surrounding the recent Duck Dynasty controversy in the Houston Chronicle article, Houston mayor wades into 'Duck Dynasty' waters.

Murray was also quoted in a Houston Chronicle article about America’s modern family titled, Changing face of the family reflects Houston.

He also commented in the Houston Chronicle article, Big money, national consultants put governor's race in big leagues.
Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Terrell Brittain, was featured in the Houston Chronicle article, Deaf renters face discrimination in apartment searches.

Charles Hausman, Professor of Choral Studies, has lead the Houston Symphony Chorus since 1986 and is currently looking for new voices to join the organization, according to Met contest sends three to next round in the Houston Chronicle. Students Ross Yeakley and Cesar Jose Torruella were also mentioned in the article for receiving encouragement awards during the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Houston district contest.

Associate professor of political science, Brandon Rottinghaus, appeared in several media outlets recently:
According to a recent FOX News poll, a slight majority of those polled; 51 percent, felt 2013 was a good year and are optimistic about the economy in 2014. Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science, told KTRH the media may have played a role in the results, according to the SUNNY 99.1 article, New Year’s Poll Reveals Surprises.

Rottinghaus also commented in the Vibe article, Bun B For Houston Mayor In 2015?, which entertains the idea of the hip-hop veteran and Rice University lecturer entering local politics.

The Washington Times ran an article which quoted Rottinghaus. The article, titled Proclamations and politics: Obama mixes commemorations and presidential plugs, is about presidential proclamations.

Rottinghaus also commented about the recent marriage of Mayor Annise Parker and the city’s recent policy changes in the News92 story, Mayor Parker Marries Long Time Partner.

He was also quoted in the Washington Post article, SMALL BALL: Obama downsizes ambition as agenda stalls.

Click2Houston included comments from Rottinghaus in the story, Abbott ahead of Davis in governor race campaign funding.
CLASS’s American Sign Language Interpreting program is one of the only bachelor’s degree programs in Texas. Sharon Grigsby Hill, assistant professor, commented about the increased demand for interpreters who can handle medical terminology in the article, Interpreters create bridges in corporate communication, which appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

Political science lecturer Nancy Sims was quoted in a KTRH article about the future of women in Texas politics titled, Will Women Run Texas?

Graduate student Joshua Zinn, undergraduate student Adam Beard, and assistant professor of music, Marcus Maroney, were all featured in the Houston Chronicle article, Marking time downtown with brass symphony. Blaffer Art Museum was also mentioned in the piece.

Maroney’s work was also mentioned in the CultureMap Houston article, Frozen time: Fleeting images are captured by a UH composer in a stunning Musiqa world premiere.

Teresa Chapman, associate professor of dance, was named among the 100 Creatives of 2014 in the Houston Press article, 100 Creatives 2014: Teresa Chapman, Choreographer and Dancer.

Ed Hirs, a lecturer in Economics, appeared in several media outlets recently:
He was quoted in four Fuelfix articles - Unexpected plant outages pushed Texas into winter power emergency, Oil glut stirs debate over US crude exports, Role of Texas wind power debated after winter emergency, and Lights stayed on during grid alert.

He also commented in a Casper Star-Tribune article about oil and gas production titled, 2014 Look Ahead: Wyoming energy companies expected to diversify.
Gerald Horne, professor of history and African American studies, is quoted in The Final Call article, Obama's burden.

The Daily Cougar’s article, New creative artwork hits campus, highlights the upcoming exhibitions at the Blaffer Art Museum. One of the new exhibits, “Antena”, was announced in the Houston Chronicle article, Language experimenters to start Blaffer residency Jan. 18. A second exhibit, "Anton Ginzburg: Terra Corpus," was featured in the Houston Chronicle article, Anton Ginzburg exhibition to open at Blaffer Art Museum Jan. 18.

According to FOX26, Adolph Hitler's hate-filled autobiography, Mein Kampf, has become an unlikely E-book blockbuster. Richard H. Armstrong, associate professor of Classical Studies, discussed why the book ranks in the top 5 on the politics & current events section on I-Books, and number one in the propaganda and political philosophy section of Amazon in the article, Hitler's "Mein Kampf" E-Book Now a Bestseller.

Michael Snediker, associate professor of English, was recognized for his fashion and style in the article, Public Eye: Michael Snediker, 36, Morrissey-esque poet , which appeared in Time Out Chicago.

The Moores Opera Center’s January productions were the focus of the Houston Press article, The Barber of Seville and The Consul are Paired for UH's January Opera Offerings.

The Texas Lottery attracts hundreds of risk-takers every day. Jim Granato, director of the Hobby Center for Public Policy, commented on the number and demographics of people who are most likely to play the lottery in Winners, losers and the people who play Texas Lottery games, which appeared in the Friendswood Journal.

Candice Alfano, Director of Sleep and Anxiety Center for Kids, was a guest on the Houston Matters program on KUHF. She discussed how Houstonians sleep in the program, Your Sleep Disorder Questions Answered.

Sleep – or the lack of it – was the focus of the KUHF story, Sleep Scientists Reveal Best Practices For Sleepy Houstonians. Alfano was quoted in this story as well.

Binge drinking is the topic of a current research study featured in the Houston Chronicle article, What binge drinkers aren’t telling doctors. Clayton Neighbors, professor of psychology, was quoted in the article.

CounterCurrent 14, a new festival of experimental performances organized by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, was featured in the article, Houston to get new performing arts festival, which appeared in the Houston Chronicle. Karen Farber, the center's executive director, was quoted in the story.

The Houston Chronicle recommended a visit to Blaffer Art Museum in their article, Chronicle writers offer entertainment suggestions.

Steven Craig, associate Dean of faculty and research and professor of Economics, was recently a guest commentator on Houston Matters. The program was titled, What’s the Best Way to Help the Unemployed.

Bestselling author and professor of English, Chitra Divakaruni, was featured in the Sugar Land Magazine article, The Storyteller. Divakaruni recently released her newest novel, Oleander Girl.

Texas Medical Center News recently ran the article, Lunchtime Lectures Highlight History of Medicine through the Years, which announced a series of lunchtimes seminars designed to reveal how medicine has evolved over the years. James Schafer, assistant professor of history, will speak as part of the series on May 7.

Arturo Hernandez, director of the Laboratory for the Neural Bases of Bilingualism, wrote an entry for the OUPblog titled, What the bilingual brain tells us about language learning. His research also appeared in the article, Suburban Trends Editorial – Jan. 26, 2014:We could have told them that…

Two exhibitions currently at Blaffer Art Museum were featured in The Daily Cougar article, Blaffer boasts of multidisciplinary gallery. Blaffer was also featured in the Houston Chronicle article, Artists explores smoke and mirrors.

One feature of the new UC is an orange, red, yellow and white mural painted by School of Art associate professor and artist Aaron Parazette. The Daily Cougar article, Professor paints walls with red spirit, offers the explanations behind the artwork.

“The Consul,” a recent production of the Moores Opera Center, was featured in the Houston Chronicle article, 'The Consul' states its case for opera in the mainstream.

This year’s MLK Grande Parade was led by “The Spirit of Houston,” according to the story, Houston celebrates MLK Day with 2 parades, on Click2Houston.

Arthur Santana, professor of Communications, was quoted in the FOX26 story, UH Study: Anonymity Breeds Bad Behavior On Web. The story was about how anonymous comments on the internet often use hateful language.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts is organizing a brand new festival of experimental performances called CounterCurrent 14. Glasstire recently ran the article, Performance Art Festivals to “Put Houston on the Map,” which featured the upcoming performances.

Robert Ward from the University of California Berkeley will host a French Horn master class at the Moores School of Music according to the Katy News article, Moores School of Music proudly presents a Guest French Horn Master Class.

The Sugar Land Sun article, UH International Piano Fest delivering three days of concerts, master classes, announced the 31st annual International Piano Festival featuring Abbey Simon, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Professor of Music.

Karen Stokes, professor and head of the dance program, was recently named the No. 1 choreographer in Houston according to the Houston Press article, Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top 10 Choreographers.

According to the Daily Cougar, freezing temperatures and icy roads weren’t enough to halt the opening production of “The Barber of Seville” at the Moores School of Music. Buck Ross, director of the play and founder of Moores Opera Center, commented in the article, Masks unveiled in classical comedy.

The Alley theatre will be moving to UH’s Wortham Theatre for the 2014-2015 season while their buildings are being renovated.
The Houston Chronicle detailed the move in the article, Alley moving to UH during renovations.

The Houston Press also announced the move in the article, UPDATED: Alley Theatre Gets Ready to Move to a New Home for One Season.

Culturemap’s article, Brutalist building gets a $45.6 million revamp as Houston's premier theater company zooms forward, also featured the move.
The Houston Chronicle featured the Cougar Coup Wheelchair Rugby Tournament in the article, Wheelchair rugby a viable outlet for disabled athletes. Michael Cottingham, assistant professor of health and human performance, comments throughout the piece. The Daily Cougar also ran an article about the tournament titled, Rolling into action.

Robert Zaretsky, professor of history, appeared in several media outlets recently:
He contributed to the Los Angeles Times opinion pages with his article, France’s obligation to Africa.

Zaretsky also wrote an article for The Jewish Daily Forward, titled How 'Quenelle' Salute Creator Dieudonne Built Bridge to Anti-Semitic Far Fight.

He authored another piece in The Jewish Daily Forward titled, Tunisia Makes Progress on Minority Rights — And the World Ignores It.

Zaretsky also contributed to the New York Times opinion pages with his article, Is the Fifth Republic Burning?

CLASS Alums in the Media

Lisa Cooley
The New York Times recently ran a feature article on Lisa Cooley, a CLASS graduate of studio art. The article, Walking in Paint-Spattered Footsteps, details Cooley’s journey from student at UH to the opening of her own gallery.
Photo by: Elizabeth D. Herman for The New York Times
Justin McKittrick
Justin McKittrick, a CLASS graduate in History and Political Science, currently fronts Metal band, Saxon King. The Houston Chronicle recently ran the article, UH Alum’s Medieval, Metal Interests Fuel Saxon King, which is about how McKittrick’s history background influences the band’s music.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Houston’s Barbara Davis Gallery recently housed the exhibit “Troy Stanley: concrete-spring.” Stanley, a CLASS graduate in Fine Arts, has also been a resident at the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The article is titled, Finding a connection in science, visual arts.
Joanne Guest Wilson
Joanne Guest Wilson's art exhibition in the Joanne Guest Wilson Gallery at Blaffer Art Museum was featured in the Culturemap article, River Oaks artist's show at Blaffer Art Museum is a family affair.
Photo by Patrick Lane for Culturemap
Bryan Brown
The Daily Cougar recently featured the story of Bryan Brown, an alum who graduated from CLASS with a Master’s degree in English literature in 1981. The article, Alumnus travels far, wide for deceased brother, details Brown’s adventures as he finished the first solo continuous descent kayaking down the Colorado River in American history. He made the journey as a tribute to his younger brother, Bruce, who died in 2012 of muscular dystrophy.
Kennyrich Fomunung
Author and CLASS alum, Kennyrich Fomunung, recently signed copies of his book "The Glass" at the UH's Barnes & Noble store according to the Houston Chronicle article, 'The Glass' book signing scheduled Feb. 4.