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September 9: Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series — #BlackWomensLivesMatter panel discussion
Hosted by the Friends of Women's Studies
11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion in M.D. Anderson Library
The 2015-2016 Living Archives Series starts with an in-depth conversation about social justice advocacy created, organized and conducted now by Black women under the age 40 and how it's influenced by and differs from how women led and worked within the Civil Rights, Women's Equality and Affirmative Action movements. The event is free to students and Friends members and costs $10 for the general public. Lunch is provided to those who RSVP at Parking available in the Welcome Center garage at Entrance One on Calhoun Road.

September 10: Pop-up Paint Party
6 — 8 p.m. in the Heights Room in the Student Center
Hosted by the Student Leadership Board of the Center for Arts Leadership
Need art for your dorm room? Come to the Heights Room in the Student Center to create your own masterpiece. The cost is $5 and all the supplies you need — and snacks — will be available.

September 12: Houston History Alliance's Fifth Annual Houston History Conference
8:30am - 3:45pm at the M.D. Anderson Library
The conference will explore the social, institutional, and economic changes in the Houston area before and after the Civil War. The event will include keynote speakers in the morning and afternoon breakout sessions. Registration and additional information is located at

September 16: Mitchell Artist Lecture featuring Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran
6 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Lecture in the Moores Opera House
Presented by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
Revered artistic and life partners, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran will deliver the 2015 Mitchell Artist Lecture on artistic collaboration. Alicia Hall Moran is an operatic mezzo-soprano who curated the celebrated 26-performance event BLEED at the 2012 Whitney Biennial and had her Broadway stage debut in the Tony-winning production of Porgy and Bess. Native Houstonian Jason Moran is a jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, 2010 MacArthur Fellow, and Jazz Artistic Director at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The Morans will discuss their 20-year partnership, improvisation, composition, race, gender, parenthood, and making art that matters.

September 16: Poetry & Prose reading series launch
Featuring the first-year Creative Writing Program graduate students

5:30 p.m. in the Honors College Commons in the M.D. Anderson Library
Presented by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English and the UH Libraries
Poetry & Prose is a reading series featuring UH faculty, students, alumni and other well-known writers, that happens right here on campus. All readings take place in the Honors College Commons, located on the second level of the M.D. Anderson Library. Readings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served.

September 17: Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context Lecture Series
Déjà Vu: Contemporary Art and the Ghosts of Modernism by Dr. Claire Bishop
6:30 p.m. in Dudley Recital Hall, Room 132 of the Fine Arts Building
Presented by the School of Art, the Blaffer Art Museum and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
"Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context" is a speaker series that brings together leading voices in the field of contemporary art. Internationally recognized scholars, curators, artists and writers will investigate the idea of the contemporary as both a temporal and aesthetic framework to broaden a critical understanding about how we situate current artistic practice. Claire Bishop, a Professor in the PhD Program in Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, opens the series.

September 18: Houston Astros Deaf Awareness Night
7:10pm at Minute Maid Park
UH American Sign Language Interpreting Program is hosting its second annual Deaf Awareness Day at Minute Maid Park. UH ASL has arranged for special seating in section 309 for the game against the Oakland A's. For every $18 ticket sold, the Houston Astros will donate a portion of the tickets to the ASL and Interpreting Club at UH. To purchase tickets, click here and use special offer code UHASL. For more information contact

September 25: Gulf Coast Reading Series launch

7 p.m. at Rudyard's British Pub, 2010 Waugh Drive, Houston 77006
Presented by Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts
This year, the Gulf Coast reading series will present the poetry and prose of 21 CLASS graduate students, as well as 10 featured visiting writers, whose work have appeared in the pages of the magazine. Participating students will come from the MFA and PhD programs in Creative Writing, and range from first-years to fifth-years. Readings will alternate between Brazos Bookstore and Rudyard's Pub. New this year, in an effort to collaborate with literary partners and expand our community, Gulf Coast will co-sponsor Pop-Up reading events, partnering student-readers with published authors traveling through Houston.

September 25 — 27: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie play
7:30 p.m. performances on the 25th and 26th; 1:30 p.m. matinees on the 26th and 27th in Studio 208 of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Building
Presented by the School of Theater and Dance
Written by Jay Presson Allen and directed by Professor and School of Theatre & Dance Director Jim Johnson, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie explores the relationships between teachers and students and how they build and destroy one another. Purchase tickets here.

September 30Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program Open House
11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. in Room 624 in Agnes Arnold Hall.
This is an opportunity for interested students, faculty, staff and community members to meet one another and learn more about the program's new major, and courses, as well as upcoming public events.

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

CLASS Faculty in the Media

The premium cable network Showtime has acquired the rights to Creative Writing Professor Mat Johnson's novel Loving Day and contracted him to adapt the semi-autobiographical book into a potential comedy series. Several media outlets reported the news:
When the infamous drug lord, El Chapo Guzman, escaped from a Mexican prison, Jeronimo Cortina, assistant professor of political science, spoke as an expert on US-Mexico relations in the ABC-13 story, 'El Chapo': A problem on both sides of the border.
In the aftermath of the Charleston Massacre and the debate about the Confederate banner that followed, many news outlets called on Gerald Horne, Moores Chair of History and African American Studies, for his expertise about the events:
The Supreme Court recently announced that same-sex marriage is now legal nationwide. Maria C. Gonzalez, associate professor of English, was featured in the NBC News story, LGBT Latinos Celebrate Historic Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling where she discussed her personal experiences and how the court’s decision will impact LGBT youth.
The MyFoxHouston story, Obama Overtime Plan for Millions of Workers Could Hurt Small Business, included several comments by Steven Craig, interim Dean of CLASS and professor of economics. In addition, Dr. Craig was featured on the Houston Public Media program, Steven Craig On Houston’s Pension Debt.
Martha Fairclough, associate professor of Spanish Linguistics, discussed the unique challenges individuals face who grow up in a Spanish-speaking household when they decide to take a Spanish class in college or in high school during the Viva Houston program on ABC-13.
"Early Awnings," an installation at the Blaffer Art Museum, was featured in the Houston Chronicle article, Sonic coolness fills the Blaffer. Blaffer director Claudia Schmuckli commissioned the installation.
Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science, gave comment in the Sunny 99FM story, Has the Media Become Intolerant on Social Issues? In addition, he discussed why presidential candidates have been visiting Houston at higher rates lately in the Houston Public Media story, Why More Presidential Candidates Are Campaigning In Texas.
Professor of modern and classical languages, Robert Zaretsky, wrote the following articles:
Lindsey Rodriguez, visiting assistant professor of psychology, recently conducted a study to determine whether you get different answers about drinking behavior if you ask people about their religion first. The research was featured in the Patheos article, Ask students about religion, and they'll tell you they drink less.
Elizabeth Gregory, director of Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies and author of the book, Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood, recently was a guest on the Houston Matters program, Summer Reading: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood. During the program she discussed why women are embracing having kids later in life, how attitudes have changed in the eight years since the book came out in 2007, and the economic and social implications for society at large.
The Moscow Times ran an article authored by Paul Gregory, professor of economics, titled, International Rulings Put Russia Under Pressure.

When the UH basketball team traveled to China, Shayne Lee, associate professor of sociology, developed a curriculum for them to ensure the trip was educational and earned them academic credit. The Houston Chronicle article, Work, play to mix on UH's China trip worth 3 credit hours, details the course.

UH psychology faculty Carla Sharp and Candace Alfano offered expertise in the Houston Chronicle article Psychologists see fodder in 'Inside Out' regarding the animated movie’s depiction of human emotions.
Professor of English Irving Rothman claims to have solved the centuries old mystery of where the languages in Gulliver’s Travels originated. Several articles explain his research:
Keliy Anderson-Staley, assistant professor of art, has ten images from her portrait series featured in the latest issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review accompanying an essay about aging by Douglas Penick.
Lawrence Wheeler, associate professor of music, has a featured article in the July issue of The Strad magazine. Spiccato-How to improve and control ‘bounced’ bowings on the viola discusses an advanced bowing technique used by string players.