Journalists Abby Phillip of the Washington Post, Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner and David Jackson of USA Today discussed the first 100 days of President Donald Trump during a luncheon benefiting Leland Fellows. Julie Mason, host of Sirius XM radio’s Press Pool and former White House correspondent for Politico, moderated the Hobby School of Public Affairs’ annual luncheon.
JaNeika and JaSheida James, sisters and story editors on FOX’s award-winning show, EMPIRE, talked about the entertainment industry with UH students during the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication “Big Talk on Race, Gender and Hollywood.”
Bassem Youssef, often called the “Jon Stewart of Egypt” and one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” (TIME Magazine, 2013), joined Icelandic actor, writer and comedian Jón Gnarr for a conversation on political satire at UH’s Wortham Theatre. The event was hosted by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and UH School of Theatre and Dance.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond spoke about social, racial, economic and political justice to students in the UH Graduate College of Social Work during the inaugural “Speaking of Social Justice, Maconda Brown O’Connor Distinguished Lecture.” Desmond’s book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for the story of eight American families on the edge.
97-year-old super-virtuoso pianist Abbey Simon made a triumphant return to the stage during the Moores School of Music (MSM) International Piano Festival, an event he founded more than 30 years ago. Simon severely injured his hand in a car accident in 2016. The festival was his first concert in more than a year. Simon, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Music at MSM, picked up the piano at the age of three. His career has taken him to stages around the world.
UH hosted Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, Cougar alumni Elandon Roberts and the entire Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for practices at TDECU Stadium prior to Super Bowl LI.