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mel Chin

Through March 21: Mel Chin: Rematch
Presented by the Blaffer Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Asia Society Texas Center and Station Museum of Contemporary Art
A citywide homecoming for one of the most important artists Houston has produced, the Houston presentation of the retrospective exhibition will be displayed in the four presenting museums. The component at the Blaffer will showcase Chin's science-based projects.
Free and open to all.
Blaffer Art Museum, UH Arts District, Entrance 16 on Cullen Boulevard & Entrance 18 on Elgin Rd.
Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd., Houston, 77006
Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston, 77004
Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama St, Houston, 77004

Table Talk

March 6: Table Talk Luncheon
Benefitting the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program & hosted by the Friends of Women’s Studies
This annual event invites 50 of our city’s most dynamic women leaders in a diversity of disciplines and professions to lead conversations with luncheon guests. Confirmed 2015 conversationalists include Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Fashion entrepreneur and Table Talk Honorary Chair Tina Knowles and Brown University President Emerita Ruth Simmons, as well as CLASS alumnae screenwriter and blogger Kristin Wong, Fox Television Master Chef champion Christine Ha and opera singer Barbara Padilla.
Friday, March 6th – 11 a.m. reception and 12 noon luncheon.
Underwriting and individual ticket information available here.
Hilton Americas Houston Hotel, 1600 Lamar St, 77010

March 9: Decolonizing the Archive: Chicana por mi Raza and the Challenge of Digital Humanities lecture
Sponsored by the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, Center for Mexican American Studies, Department of English, Department of History, and Digital Humanities Initiative, along with the Houston Arts Alliance, MECA, and Humanities Texas.
Focusing on the Chicana por mi Raza digital archive, a collection of oral histories and documents from women who were active in social movements during the 1960s and 1970s, this lecture and panel discussion explores the possibilities and challenges that are opened up by the “digital turn” in Humanities scholarship.
10 a.m. talk by Dr. Maria Cotera of the University of Michigan

Free and open to the public.
Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library (2nd floor)

March 9: Pushing Back: Chicana, Latina, Hispanic Women Preserving Our Narratives panel discussion
Sponsored by the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, Center for Mexican American Studies, Department of English, Department of History, and Digital Humanities Initiative, along with the Houston Arts Alliance, MECA, and Humanities Texas.
Practicing archivists, scholars, and community activists talk about the politics of digitizing the Chicana por mi Raza digital archive. Panelists are Lisa Cruces, who joined UH in 2014 as the first ever Hispanic Collections Archivist; Patricia Hernandez, founder of Studio One nonprofit; and Dr. Carolina Villaroel, director of research for UH’s Arte Público Press.
11:30 am panel discussion
Free and open to the public.
Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library (2nd floor)

21st-Century Moore Conference

March 19: 21st-Century Moore Conference public talk
Underwritten by the Houstoun Endowment, the Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the El Paso Corporation Lecture Series, and the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program
A panel discussion on the uses of biography and a book talk by Linda Leavell, author of the award-winning biography Holding on Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore. This is the public component of an international conference on the work of the Modernist poet Marianne Moore.
Thursday, March 19th: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Rockwell Pavilion, M.D. Anderson Library

March 26 – 29: UH Dance Ensemble Concert
Presented by the Dance Program in the School of Theatre & Dance
The annual spring concert features original dance theatre by faculty and guest artists as performed by the Dance Ensemble, a pre-professional dance company; Come see students shine in new works created especially for them.
Thursday, March 26th: 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 27th: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 28th: 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 29th: 1: 30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 for students and senior citizens/ $12 general public
Jose Quintero Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Building
Entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd.

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

CLASS Faculty in the Media

Abbey Simon, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Music Piano, has been playing the piano for over 90 years and teaching at UH for nearly 40. KHOU recently ran a feature on Simon titled, UH professor regarded as the real "Piano Man".
The discrepancy between online and offline behavior has been a research area for Arthur Santana, assistant professor of communication. The Buzzfeed article, 5 Things We Learned About How Tech Affects Us On The Sixth Episode Of NPR’s “Invisibilia”, discusses his research on this subject.
The Huffington Post ran an article penned by Shayne Lee, associate professor of sociology. The article, Tyler Perry’s Movie Milestone, details Perry’s professional accomplishments over the past decade.
The Houston Chronicle recently ran an article featuring Instructional Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies, Marshall McArthur. The article, Cypress-area professor recovers to jog, then run again, details his journey overcoming psoriatic arthritis.
Robert Zaretsky, professor of history, wrote the article Can teaching patriotism protect France? for The Boston Globe.
Beth Olson, director of the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, will step down from her position in August to concentrate on research and teaching according to the Daily Cougar article, Valenti director to leave behind memorable accomplishments.
Professor of history and African American studies, Gerald Horne, recently spoke with RT International about the instability and turmoil in Yemen in a piece titled, Gerald Horne interview with RT International.
The Washington Post recently ran an article co-authored by Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science. The article, New ranking of U.S. presidents puts Lincoln at No. 1, Obama at 18; Kennedy judged most overrated, discusses their study which ranks U.S. presidents in terms of their effectiveness. The study was also featured in the Yahoo News article, Bill Clinton ranks high in new historical presidents study.