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News Release: Gabriela Baeza Ventura Elected To Mla’s Digital Humanities Forum 

Gabriela Baeza Ventura was elected to serve on the Modern Language Association (MLA) Transdisciplinary Connections Digital Humanities Forum Executive Committee for 2022-2027. As part of this forum, Baeza Ventura will help to represent areas of scholarly and professional interests for MLA members. Learn more


Ph.D. Student in Spanish with a Concentration in Creative Writing/Arts Wins Artadia Award

Valentina Jager, Ph.D. student in Spanish with a Concentration in Creative Writing has won one of the Houston Artadia Award for visual artists who have been living and working within Harris County for a minimum of two years. According to their press release “Artadia provides social and financial support for visual artists to sustain a thriving practice and continue creating their vital work.” Executive Director Carolyn Ramo noted “artists play an essential role in shaping our communities, serving as social leaders and cultural innovators, and Artadia is honored to celebrate these individuals through our Award program.”

Congratulations Valentina!

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Public lecture: “Minimal Computing, Border Technologies and Other Marginal Practices in the Digital Humanities”

Thursday, March 29
MD Anderson Library 266-C
University of Houston
No RSVP required.
*Light refreshments provided
*We will live-tweet the event using #usLdh and livestream the video on our Facebook page

This talk will explore the epistemological edges of Digital Humanities to look at recent trends that open it up to diasporic and global south practices. Minimal computing embodies a form of thinking that is planetary and emancipatory in scope, connecting it to other forms of technological disobedience found in the global south. Gil will compare some of those edge cases—pirate libraries, immigrant tech use, repurposing, etc.—to the production mechanisms of private and public enterprises in the North Atlantic world. Learn more

Mary Louise White Scholarsips

Deadline: April 9, 2018

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Public lecture: “Archives in the Anthropocene”

Arte Público Press/Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage at the University of Houston invites you to a Digital Humanities & Social Justice lecture and workshop by:

Purdom Lindblad
Assistant Director of Innovation and Learning
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)

Thursday, February 15
MD Anderson Library 266-C
University of Houston

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Dr. José Ramón Ruisánchez receives a Choice Academic Award

A History of Mexican Literature, co-edited by professor José Ramón Ruisánchez with Ignacio Sánchez Prado and Anna Nogar, received a "Choice Academic Award" as a distinguished scholar publication of 2017. It was also selected as one of the 75 books recommended for community college libraries.

Speaker series and workshops on Digital Humanities  and Social Justice

Public Lecture: "A Carrier Bag Theory for Digital Humanites"
Thursday, January 25
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This Talk applies Donna Haraway's "carrier bag theory" to the Digital Humanities and considers how to transform digital archival work into social justice.

Workshop: Digital Cultural Heritage Collections with Omeka and Neatline
Friday, January 26
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Clase e identidad en el graffiti del Segundo Barrio

Date: Viernes 8 de Diciembre, 2017 | Time: 5:00 PM | Location: Harrisburg Art Museum, 4300 Harrrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77011

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Sylvia Fernández HASTAC Scholar 2017-2019

Sylvia Fernández, is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Hispanic Studies Department and a Research Fellow with Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage. Her research is on U.S. Latina/o Literature with a focus on U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Literature. She is a co-founder of Borderlands Archives Cartography, a digital humanities project dedicated to locate, digitize, and facilitate access to nineteenth and mid-twentieth century newspapers. Sylvia was selected as a 2017-2019 HASTAC Scholar, an interdisciplinary community of humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists, and technologists that are changing the way we teach and learn.
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Ph.D. Candidates Maira E. Álvarez and Sylvia Fernández Participate in the Poster Session at the 2017 GRaSP Day.

Department of Hispanic Studies Ph.D. Candidates Maira E. Álvarez and Sylvia Fernández were selected to participate for the poster session at the 2017 GRaSP day. Learn more

Workshop Series Yuri Herrera

Author of the novels Signs Preceding the End of the World (2016 Best Translated Book Award), Kingdom Cons and The Transmigration of Bodies. He teaches Latin American literature at Tulane University in New Orleans. Learn more

Dr. Mabel Cuesta will present her new poetry book "In via, in patria"

On Friday, September 29th, Dr. Mabel Cuesta will present her poetry book: "In via, in patria" at Brazos Bookstore, 7:00pm.  Learn more

The Process of Creating: Personal Identities & America’s Borders

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is a globe-trotting author from South Texas. Her books include the memoirs Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana (Villard/Random House, 2004) and Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines (Washington Square Press/Simon & Schuster, 2008), as well as the best-selling guidebook 100 Places Every Woman Should Go (Travelers’ Tales, 2007).  Learn more

Third Annual Congress of Hispanic Studies/Tercer Congreso Anual de Estudios Hispánicos

The Third Annual Congress of Hispanic Studies with the theme of "Languages, Writings and Cultures In the New Political Arena" took place on April 28, 2017 at the Hilton-University of Houston Hotel. The congress was attended by Dr. Tillis, Dean of CLASS for the opening of the congress and later to give presentations on topics related to literature, linguistics and creative writing, with the participation of post-graduate students from University of Houston. Learn more

Gamma Rho, the University of Houston Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Honor Society (established in 1919), conducted an initiation ceremony of 18 Active Members on April 21st, 2017

This ceremony was of great importance due to the fact that the Chapter Gamma Rho was reactivated after twenty years; the last initiation ceremony was conducted in 1997. All the new members initiated in the recent ceremony, five undergraduate and thirteen graduate students, were accepted as members of Sigma Delta Pi because of their impressive academic merits. An important number of relatives and friends was present to enjoy this moment with the new members. Learn more

Learning Abroad in Cadiz, Spain

A life changing educational experience in Cadiz, Spain.  Learn more

New printing of book co-edited by Dr. Anadeli Bencomo, Professor of Hispanic Studies

The Ohio State University has published a new edition of Ir y Venir Procesos transnacionales entre América Latina y el norte co-edited by Anadeli Bencomo, Sonia Báez and Marc Zimmerman. Learn more

Escrituras Digitales Hoy / Digital Writing Today - Conference Series

Talleres/workshops | Charlas/Talks

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UH Moores School of Music AURA to Perform with Hispanic Studies Faculty Creative Writers at Moores Opera House

Contemporary music and literature take center stage when members of the University of Houston Moores School of Music AURA Contemporary Ensemble collaborate with the Department of Hispanic Studies Faculty Creative Writers at the Moores Opera House. Learn more


Students from the Minor in the Global Professions at the Undergraduate Research Day Symposium

Two students from the Minor in the Health Professions, Cristian Martínez and Alondra Uribe, presented their research project at the Undergraduate Research Day event on October 13. Their research focused on health literacy in the Hispanic community, and they assessed the impact of a culturally and linguistically appropriate educational tool on knowledge about obesity, nutrition and physical exercise in relation to diabetes. Learn more

Artist, Activist Tania Bruguera to Deliver UH Mitchell Artist Lecture

Provocative Political Artist to Share Insights on Campus, Reservations Begin July 6
The Cuban-born Bruguera has made headlines for her provocative performance art and innovative installations. Her works have focused on political oppression, power and control, particularly in her native country. Among these works was an open microphone at a Havana arts center in 2009 to provide Cubans with a vocal outlet. In 2015, she repeated this action in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolucion and was arrested three times. Her earlier works were no less confrontational. In the performance piece “The Burden of Guilt (El peso de la culpa),” she appeared with a lamb carcass hanging from her neck while consuming a mixture of soil and salt water – a play on a story about indigenous Cubans vowing to eat dirt rather than be held captive by Spanish conquistadors. Learn more

Ph.D. en Escritura Creativa

Siempre he creído en la capacidad crítica de la escritura. Las interacciones con el lenguaje son interacciones con las relaciones de poder imperantes, ya sea para confirmarlas o ya —como lo persigo desde que empecé a escribir— para cuestionar el estado de las cosas. No hay, luego entonces, proyectos de escritura inocentes o neutrales. Iniciar un doctorado en Escritura Creativa en Español en los Estados Unidos de hoy —un país en que la retórica violenta del candidato republicano a la presidencia ha normalizado el discurso contra la inmigración y, especialmente, contra el español— es, en efecto, una postura a la vez estética, ética, y política. Me llena de gusto que sea en la Universidad de Houston —mi alma mater, por otra parte— donde se llevará a cabo el primer doctorado en Escritura Creativa en español que se abre en los Estados Unidos. L earn more

Bilingual school teacher becomes Spanish linguistics professor

Spring 2016 Ph.D. candidate used what she learned in classrooms to inspire her research
In order to learn how to improve the education system for Spanish-speaking students, Bernate decided to continue her own education. She earned a master’s degree in Spanish Linguistics from UH in 2012. Immediately following that, she stayed at UH and began working towards a doctoral degree in Spanish Linguistics. Learn more


Health and Society in the Hispanic World (SPAN 4343). Spring 2016.

Nine students successfully completed service learning internships at different clinical sites serving the Hispanic community in Houston this semester. They developed educational projects that provided critical information to empower Latinos to make better decisions about their health. Some of the students will expand their projects over the summer, one will begin medical school in the fall, two will participate in global health programs in Haiti and Nicaragua, and another will continue in a paid internship to develop a program on Centering Pregnancy before applying to medical school next year.