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CLASS Event Calendar

March 15: Last day to see Anton Ginzburg: Terra Corpus and Tears and Politics: Works by Phil Collins and Christian Jankowski exhibits at the Blaffer Art Museum.

March 27 — 30: "Nineteenth-Century Energies" — The Interdisciplinary 19th Century Studies Conference at Hotel Zaza. Go to incs2014.org for more information.

March 28 — 30: UH Ensemble Dance Works 7:30 p.m.performances at Wortham Theatre on campus. School of Theatre & Dance ticket office: 713-743-2929.

March 31: Center for Public History Lecture: “Garbage, the Civilized Dark Side” by Song Tian, Ph.D., a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of History of Science at Harvard University and Professor in the College of Philosophy and Sociology at Beijing Normal Unviersity. 10 a.m. in Room 317 of McElhinney Hall. For more information, call 713-743-3039.

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

CLASS Students in the Media

Andrew Joseph Pegoda is currently completing his Ph.D. in history. His article, Teaching Writing Intensive Courses, was recently featured in Inside Higher Ed.

Creative Writing PhD candidate David Tomas Martinez was featured in the article, Saving lives with words: Celebrity poet preaches the power of prose at Houston's Writers Ball, which appeared in CultureMap Houston.

The research of doctoral candidate Markie McBrayer and Political Science Assistant Professor Ling Zhu was cited in two recent news articles. They found that that Texas and California, two large, racially and ethnically diverse states with high rates of uninsured residents, are headed in opposite directions in health insurance enrollments because of politics. Their findings appeared in the Houston Chronicle article, Politics affects California, Texas health insurance enrollments, research finds and The Daily Beast's article, Texas: Where Crazy Gets Elected.

A series of paintings by undergraduate painting majors were recently installed in the frozen food section of a local Fiesta grocery store. The collection was highlighted in two Glasstire articles: Menil/Fiesta: Paintings by University of Houston Painting Majors and UH Art Students Hit the Big Time: The Frozen Food Aisle!

Gulf Coast, the literary journal published by CLASS creative writing graduate students, was mentioned in .Behold, someone has written poetry about Tim Riggins. which appeared in the The Philadelphia Inquirer. The publication was also mentioned in. Give In to Tim Riggins–Inspired Poetry. which appeared in Vulture.

“UH Goes to the Barn”, a dance recital choreographed, produced, and performed by School of Theatre & Dance students, was recently held at The Barn Theatre. Students Lauren Burke, Bryan Peck, and Katrina Woods were participants in the event according to the article, University Dance Theatre presents UH Goes to the Barn., in the Guidry News Service.

The Paper article, Hermann Park Celebrates 100 with Art in the Park., includes information about ReFRAME x FRAME, a collaboration between the UH Graduate Design/Build Studio in the College of Architecture, the Graphic Communications Program in the School of Art and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. The semi-permanent, open-air micro pavilion demonstrates the principles of sustainable design and construction using Allsteel System frames and incorporates lighting and a motion-activated sound installation by Houston-based artist Abinadi Meza.

The Houston Press featured the School of Theatre & Dance’s production of “Our Country’s Good” in the article, Actors Play Convicts Playing Actors in Our Country's Good at UH.

CLASS Faculty in the Media

History professors Robert Palmer and Catherine Patterson offer 10 things to know about Magna Carta and its Houston appearance in the Houston Chronicle article, 10 things to know about Magna Carta. See it in Houston!

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education recently ran an article about the racial and ethnic makeup of UH faculty. James Conyers, director of African American Studies, is quoted in the article, An Examination of Faculty Diversity at the University of Houston.

Professor of English, Mat Johnson, was recently part of a Twitter exchange which was featured in the article #yonoveljokes: The Texas tie to the funniest literary hashtag on Twitter in The Dallas Morning News.

NewsFix recently ran a story about the way people move in and out of Houston titled, Census data on people that leave Harris county. Luis Salinas, professor of sociology, commented in the piece.

Garth Jowett, professor of communications, was interviewed on KHOU-CBS Channel 11’s Great Day Houston in a segment titled, Origin of Valentine’s Day.

Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance, Daphne Hernandez was quoted in the NewsFix article, Big Drop in obesity among preschoolers.

The Santeria faith is featured in the Houston Chronicle article, An often misunderstood faith, Santeria community thrives here. Keith McNeal, assistant professor of Comparative Cultural Studies, is quoted in the piece.

A bilingual mystery series that features a kid detective is published by Arte Público Press. The series was featured in Dromgoole: Bilingual mystery series features kid detective by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Christine Leveaux, assistant professor of political science, commented about the issues discussed during the President’s recent State of the Union address that affect Texas and Houston during the Houston Matters program, What Are the Implications for Houston & Texas in State of the Union Address?

According to the Houston Chronicle, the Mayor recently released audit letters detailing weaknesses in the city’s financial accounting. Steven Craig, Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, commented on the letters in the article, Mayor releases audit letters that controller kept secret.

Craig also commented in the NEWSFix article, Should the dollar be replaced by a global currency?

Shayne Lee, associate professor of sociology, appeared on KTRK’s Crossroads, to discuss his recent book which is about Bishop T.D. Jakes and the role of the church in a post-civil rights era.

Arturo Hernandez, associate professor of psychology, appeared in a number of media outlets recently:

He is featured in the Texas Medical Center News article, Study May Change the Way Foreign Languages are Taught.

He was also interviewed for KUHF’s story, How A UH Professor Maps Brain Activity While A Bilingual And Monolinguals Process Words.

Hernandez also authored an article for the OUPblog titled, Why nobody dreams of being a professor.

WNYU also featured Hernandez in the program, The Doppler Effect.

Offcite, recently ran an article titled, Holding Ground: A Look at University of Houston’s “Environmental Past” Exhibit. Teresa Tomkins-Walsh, Director of Houston History Archives, was mentioned in the piece.

Political Science professor, Richard Murray, was quoted in a story about political campaign’s advertising during the Olympic games in the Houston Chronicle article, Candidates hope to capture some Olympic glory.

Ed Hirs, a lecturer in Economics, appeared in the Texas Monthly article, The Generation Gap. The article discusses whether Texas is producing sufficient electricity to meet our needs.

Political Science professor, Richard Murray, appeared in several media outlets recently:
In the Houston Chronicle’s article, Dem primary: Ogg on campaign trail, Oliver on the couch, Murray commented on the Democratic nomination for Harris County District Attorney.

He was quoted in the Austin American Statesman about the rapidly changing demographics of Houston – and the United States – in the article, The face of Houston is changing.

Murray commented in the Guns & Patriots article, Texas GOP poll: Cornyn 43% leads Stockman 28%; Failure to garner 50% triggers run off.

The Texas Tribune quoted Murray in the article, A Small Subset of Voters Holds a Lot of Sway.

Friends of Women’s Studies recently hosted the 17th Table Talk luncheon. The event was announced in the Houston Business Journal article, Meet the speakers: 17th UH Table Talk luncheon to honor 50 women.

Associate professor of political science, Brandon Rottinghaus, was quoted in the article, Feeling pressure from the left, Obama backs off of Social Security cuts, for now, in the Washington Times.

Rottinghaus also commented in the Politico article, The Clinton library's secret files.

The Master of Public Administration program recently hosted their annual Public Official of the Year event. The Pasadena Citizen announced the honorees in the article, UH MPA program announces honorees for public service.

Demetrius Pearson, Professor of Health & Human Performance, was the featured guest on KTRK’s Crossroad’s program. The topic was African American cowboys.

The Houston Press announced a photography competition in the article, Are You Houston's Best Music Photographer? Richard Carson, lecturer in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, will be a screener for the contest.

Robert Zaretsky, professor of history, appeared in several media outlets recently:
He wrote a piece for The Jewish Daily Forward titled, Martin Heidegger's Black Notebooks Reignite Charges of Anti-Semitism.

Zaretsky authored The Great French Gender-Bending Panic of 2014 in Real Clear World.

Times Higher Education featured his article, Turbocharge teaching with a team of rivals.
Franz Anton Krager, director of the Orchestra of the Moores School of Music, was quoted in the Bellaire-River Oaks-West University Examiner article, Treble Choir preparing for trip to Carnegie Hall.

The Guidry News recently announced that Jeronimo Cortina, assistant professor of political science, will be the keynote speaker at the College of the Mainland Symposium. The article, Call for papers at second COM symposium, details the event.

Nicolás Kanellos, professor of Hispanic studies, was quoted in the San Antonio Express News article, Telling Latino stories 'way too long untold'. The article details the need for the history of Latinos in the U.S. to be better documented and preserved.

A recent study from the Hobby Center for Public Policy examines the factors that contribute to foreclosures in Houston. Jim Granato, Chair of the Center, recently appeared on Houston Matters in the show titled, Despite a Strong Housing Market, Foreclosures Are Still a Problem in Houston, to discuss the issue.

Professor and Director of the Center for Forensic Psychology, John Vincent, was recently quoted in the Time Warner Cable News story, Understanding the legal definition of 'bullying'.

The Alley theatre will be moving to UH’s Wortham Theatre for the 2014-2015 season while their buildings are being renovated.
KTRK-TV detailed the move in the story, Alley Theatre plans major building renovation, forcing relocation for season.

The Houston Business Journal also announced the move in the article, Alley Theatre relocates 2014-15 performances to begin renovation work.

The move was featured in KHOU’s story, Alley Theatre moving shows to UH during renovation.

The Houston Chronicle mentioned the move in This week's ups and downs.

Broadway World also mentioned the move in the article, Alley Theatre Announces Renovation Plans.

The Daily Cougar covered the move in Prestigious theatre shines spotlight on UH.

CLASS Alums in the Media

Christine Ha
Christine Ha, who earned a master’s degree in creative writing last May, was featured in the Houston Chronicle article, Blind chef Christine Ha guest of Lunar New Year event. Ha, who won the third season of the television reality series MasterChef, recently teamed with Boheme Cafe and Wine Bar chef Rishi Singh on a tasting menu for the Asia Society Texas Center Young Professionals' Lunar New Year celebration.
Photo by: Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle
   
David Stuart MacLean
In 2002, David Stuart MacLean woke up on a train platform in India with no idea of who or where he was. The CLASS writing program graduate was suffering from amnesia. His journey of figuring out where he belonged is detailed in his book, The Answer to the Riddle is Me, according to the Houston Press article, David Stuart MacLean and The Answer to the Riddle Is Me, A Memoir of Amnesia.
Photo by: Heather Eidson Photography
   
Bao-Long Chu
Bao-Long Chu, a Houston poet and author, wrote the text for "Bound," an opera that premiered by Houston Grand Opera. Chu graduated from CLASS’s creative writing program. According to the Houston Chronicle article, Family is at the heart of 'Bound', the production is based on the story of Diane Tran, a straight-A student at Willis High School who was working two jobs to help support her family. Tran missed so many days of classes a judge jailed her for truancy.
Photo by: Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle
   
Jim Parsons
Former theatre student, and current star of The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons recently hosted Saturday Night Live. His appearance was featured in the The Loop article, ‘Big Bang Theory’ star headed to ‘SNL’. A story about his SNL appearance also ran in CultureMap Houston in the article, Houston humble: Jim Parsons insists he doesn't deserve to host Saturday Night Live.
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May 21, 2013: Moores Concert Chorale takes top prize in German competition

May 7, 2013: M.A. in Arts Leadership Program Director Appointed

April 18, 2013: Center for Arts Leadership Director Appointed

March 15, 2012: Movie about Creative Writing Professor Nick Flynn opens Friday

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Texas Music Festival presents rising stars in the classical music galaxy

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Moores School of Music’s 23rd edition of the festival features highly regarded young conductors

Classical music's rising stars aligned in Houston June 4-July 1 for the 23rd annual Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival.

Based at the Moores School of Music at UH, the Texas Music Festival featured performances by outstanding student musicians and distinguished conductors and faculty artists from all over the world. The musical genres performed during the one-month, on-campus residency include orchestral masterworks, chamber music, jazz, guitar, voice, and piano.

The Texas Music Festival presented nearly 50 performances, master classes and seminars at the University of Houston Moores School of Music and venues throughout the Houston area and at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Each orchestra concert began with an outdoor gathering on the University of Houston’s main campus in the Jane Blaffer Owen Plaza featuring pre-concert musical performances and refreshments by local food trucks.

The festival challenged its Orchestra Fellows each week by presenting a new, full symphonic program under a new conductor of international stature. The TMF Orchestral Fellows studied and rehearsed under the direction of an international faculty of conductors and artists/teachers who also performed on the PERSPECTIVES Series concerts, presented weekly at Texas A&M University and in the Moores Opera House at the University of Houston.

“A record number of students -- nearly 400 -- applied to The Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute this year representing such noted music schools as the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Eastman School of Music, and Houston’s Shepherd and Moores Schools of Music,” said Alan Austin, the festival’s general and artistic director, as well as a former participant in TMF.

Out of the applicant pool, 95 were chosen as Orchestra Fellows through competitive live and recorded auditions. This year’s festival student musicians came from across the United States and 13 foreign countries.

In addition to the orchestra series concerts, the festival also spotlighted faculty artists through the Perspectives Series of chamber music and jazz concerts and the Classical Minds Guitar Festival and Competition.

The Texas Music festival also included the Le Chiavi: The Keys to Bel Canto vocal program for advanced singers and summer intensives for high school jazz and piano students.

In the 2012 season, the Texas Music Festival welcomed several prominent conductors:

  • Josep Caballé-Domenech of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic
  • Daniel Hege of the Wichita Symphony (Kansas)
  • Franz Anton Krager of the UH Moores School of Music
  • Lavard Skou-Larsen of the Salzburg (Austria) Chamber Soloists (Austria)

Soloists who graced the festival’s stages included:

  • Soprano Cynthia Clayton
  • Mezzo-soprano Heather Scanio
  • Tenor Vale Rideout
  • Baritone Hector Vasquez

Access the full performance calendar at www.tmf.uh.edu.

~ Jill Bays-Purtill

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CLASS congratulates our award winning staff members

Honorees recognized and celebrated at Staff Awards Day luncheon on June 7

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences congratulates our outstanding staff members honored in 2012 with Staff Excellence Awards.

Staff Excellence Awards recognize meritorious service, dedication and contribution to the university beyond the requirements or expectations of the job. Characteristics of a staff member’s performance that are considered criteria for this award are:

  • Superior job performance and a high degree of proficiency in areas of responsibility, as well as outstanding personal traits such as dedication, loyalty, reliability, courtesy and initiative
  • Continuous demonstration of service concepts necessary to support the department and university
  • Initiative in making improvements in work methods, standards or operations or in the developing new programs, services or cost savings that enhance or support the department and university
  • The ability to work cooperatively as a member of the work team

Each award honoree was recognized at the Staff Awards Day ceremony and luncheon on June 7, 2012. They each received a certificate and $1,000 cash prize.


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Staff Excellence Award – Exempt Administrative Professional

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Staff Excellence Award – Non-exempt Office and Clerical

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Spanish professor awarded Fulbright grant to study Croatian Marta Fairclough to research learning patterns of “heritage language” speakers

Prof. Fairclough

A U.S. Fulbright Scholar grant has been awarded to Marta Fairclough, associate professor of Spanish linguistics and director of the Spanish as a Heritage Language (SHL) Program in the Department of Hispanic Studies.

Dr. Fairclough will use the grant to research Croatian as a heritage language at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. She will spend about six months in Zagreb, Croatia, starting in January 2013 to study the Croatian language in an academic context, examine the acquisition process of a heritage language and document her experience firsthand. She defines “heritage language” as a language learned by individuals raised in homes where the dominant language of the region is not exclusively spoken.

“My parents were born in Croatia, and my first language is Croatian,” said Professor Fairclough. “As a heritage speaker of Croatian, I can understand it and speak it fairly well, but my literacy skills are limited. I was born and raised in Argentina, but I spent most of my life in the U.S., where I completed my Ph.D.

“I believe the Fulbright experience will give me the opportunity to document my firsthand learning experience and contribute to my heritage language students' experiences and more broadly to this fascinating emerging field of research.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of more than 155 countries worldwide. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Dr. Fairclough expects her in-depth analysis of heritage language practices will offer insights into the issues of language, culture and identity shared by many minority language speakers in today’s globalized world. Her research also may shed some light on the importance of teaching and learning heritage languages at home and at school.

“Professor Fairclough’s project represents a promising and novel approach to studying heritage language learning in a formal context by following and analyzing her own learning of Croatian,” said Maria Carreira, a professor of Spanish, California State University, Long Beach. “As a heritage speaker of the Croatian language and an expert in language acquisition in classroom settings, Marta Fairclough is ideally qualified to carry out this study.”

Dr. Fairclough received her Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics and her M.A. in Spanish and French from the University of Houston. She is the author of two books and numerous articles in academic journals. Her book, “Spanish and Heritage Language Education in the United States: Struggling with Hypotheticals,” is considered to be the first book-length study of grammatical acquisition by heritage language learners.

“To date, it remains unparalleled in scope and quality among classroom studies of language acquisition. Marta’s recent work on placement and assessment also uniquely qualifies for her proposed project and attests to her finely honed analytic skills and command of statistics and testing,” said Dr. Carreira.

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Summer study abroad? Not just a holiday -- Employers need you!

What does it mean to do a study abroad program as part of your UH degree? Everything.

A study abroad experience can offer students an opportunity to grow as persons, to mature, or to learn how to navigate within another culture.

Employers are looking for students who have experience in learning about another culture. It is a global business world. Learning how to navigate the bus/metro system in Rome or in Strasbourg or in Paris is a simple, but vital asset in learning about how to do business in another country.

Whether you are an Economics, Political Science, History, Classics, Business or Liberal Studies major, you need to broaden your horizons, to set yourself apart from all the other applicants for the jobs that you will seek after you graduate from college. Jobs are out there, whether in the petrochemical field, the financial industry, tourism, or education fields. Study abroad is a jewel in the crown of job applicants.

In our increasingly global economy, proficiency in a language other than English is a great boost to a college graduate’s employment prospects. Some of the study abroad programs led by faculty in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences are intensive language courses in the mother tongues of global commerce, including Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.

With or without a foreign language component, study abroad programs are excellent education experiences that you can also use to market yourself on the job scene. Just make sure you take good notes while you are overseas. You want to be able to demonstrate on your resume how the program helped you to mature and become more attentive to cultural differences.

While it's true that many study abroad programs are of the "If this is Tuesday, it must be Belgium" category, those that give you an intense cultural experience, even if it's only two weeks, should be your preference. UH offers more and more great study abroad experiences that are designed to give you a great foreign language and cultural experience.

Below is a list of the international seminars led by CLASS faculty that provide students with an academically rigorous and culturally enriching learning experience:

  • Bahia, Brazil: May 10 – June 10, organized by the Department of Hispanic Studies
  • Angers, France: May 22 – June 23, organized by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages
  • Cádiz, Spain: June 2 – 28, organized by the Department of Hispanic Studies
  • Rome, Italy: June 2 – July 8, organized by the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies
  • Salamanca, Spain: July 2 – August 3, organized by the Department of Hispanic Studies
  • Havana, Cuba: July 14 – 24, organized by the Department of History
  • Accra, Ghana: July 19 – August 5, organized by the African American Studies Program

Tom Behr, director of the Liberal Studies Program in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies and faculty leader of this summer’s study abroad program in Rome.

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The College congratulates its newest professors emeriti

Board of Regents appoints two retired CLASS professors to faculty emeriti

The UH System Board of Regents in May appointed two retired College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences professors to the faculty emeriti – a body of scholars willing to assist and advise the university as requested, particularly in their areas of expertise.

The emeritus or emerita title is conferred only upon retired tenured faculty who made a significant contribution to the university through a long and distinguished record of scholarship, teaching and/or service.

Retired full and associate professors honored with emeritus status retain library, computing and parking privileges and other faculty courtesies.

This year’s CLASS Professors Emeriti are:

Professor Emeritus Peter Gingiss – Department of English

Prof. Gingiss

Professor Gingiss received his B.A. from Colgate University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He specializes in socioloinguistics and has been the backbone of the Linguisticis program fro many years.

Dr. Gingiss has published in both linguistics and compostion. He served on the exective committess of regional and national professional organizations in the field. Dr. Gingiss is the former president of the Linguisitics Association of the Southwest and served as the review editor of its journal, the Southwest Journal of Linguistics. He is the book-review editor fot he Linguistics Association. Dr. Gingiss directed the English Department’s Computer Writing lab for 12 years and taught both online and hybrid courses and received several grants to develop such courses.

Dr. Gingiss has been a generous friend to the Department of English and continues to contribute intellectually and materially to the UH community.

Professor Emeritus William N. Nelson – Department of Philosophy

Prof. Nelson

Dr. Nelson has taught at the University of Houston since 1971. He earned his A.B. at Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Professor Nelson published two books: On Justifying Democracy (Routledge, 1980; also translated into Spanish, as well as recently reissued in the RLE Political Science series) and Morality: What’s In It For Me? (Westview, 1991.) In addition, he published numerous articles in venues, including three of the premier journals in the field - Mind, The Journal of Philosophy and Philosophy and Public Affairs.

Professor Nelson has taught generations of students in introductory courses, including Introduction to Ethics and Logic. He also has taught a wide range of advanced level courses, which have formed a core part of the philosophy department curriculum, including Advanced Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Law.

Dr. Nelson has a long and distinguished record of service to the deparment and the university. He served for six years as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and for many other years as Director of Undergraduate Studies.

During his career at the University of Houston, Dr. Nelson has made outstanding contributions to the institution as a teacher and mentor to our students. As a scholar, he contributed substantially to his field. Dr. Nelson is richly deserving of the title Professor Emeritus.

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A gathering of the 2012-2013 Dissertation Completion Fellows with their department chairs, the CLASS Dean and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. Back row, from left to right: Susan Scarrow, Political Science Department chair; John Hart, History Department chair; Fellow Mykhailo Sitiuk in Economics; Fellow Julie Cohn in History. Front row, from left to right: Fellow Ed Porter in Literature and Creative Writing; Fellow Amalia Mena-Mora in Political Science; Fellow Janine Joseph in Literature and Creative Writing; David Papell, Economics Department chair; Wyman Herendeen, English Department chair; Catherine Patterson, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, and Dean John W. Roberts.

First Year Dissertation Completion Fellows accomplish No. 1 goal

Highly-selective fellowships awarded to a new cohort of doctoral candidates

Dissertation Completion Fellowships provide stipends of $20,000 to cover students' expenses for up to a full academic year while they complete their dissertations.

The first year of the CLASS Dissertation Completion Fellowship program ended with all of the grant recipients meeting the program's No. 1 requirement – finishing a dissertation.

"We're very pleased with the results of this program – everybody who received a Dissertation Completion Fellowship last year finished in the time frame they said they would," said Dean John W. Roberts. "We anticipate similar kinds of success with our next group of fellows."

The genesis of the fellowship is the University's increased emphasis on the completion of dissertations as a part of the Tier One initiative. In order to meet the goals of the Tier One initiative, the University has to graduate at least 200 doctoral students each year.

The funding for the program came out of a Houston Endowment grant of $5 million grant to support doctoral education at the University of Houston that was awarded in 2011. A portion of those funds was designated for CLASS and Dean Roberts used the money to establish the Dissertation Completion Fellowships. He also supplemented the Houston Endowment money with additional cash from the Delores Welder Mitchell Endowed Scholarship Fund in the College.

Dissertation Completion Fellowships provide stipends of $20,000 to cover students' expenses for up to a full academic year while they complete their dissertations.

The following is an update on the first recipients and what they are doing next:

Aldo Ponce

Aldo Ponce

Aldo Ponce Ugolini, completed Linking Citizens and Parties: How Legislatures Matter for Political Representation and Accountability and graduated with his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science in May. He will begin a full-time academic position at Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE) in Mexico in Fall 2012.

Terri Barrera

Terri Barrera completed Motivational Interviewing as an Adjunct to Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety and will begin her clinical internship at Baylor College of Medicine in August. She will graduate with her Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology upon completion of the internship in May 2013.

Laura Robledo-Garza

Laura Robledo-Garza completed Jovita González, Adela Vento y Consuelo Aldape de Vega Hidalgo: El discurso femenino en la frontera del Valle de Texas 1900-1960 and graduated with her Ph.D.  from the Department of Hispanic Studies in May. She will begin as a lecturer in Spanish at University of Texas – Brownsville in the 2012-13.

Cecilia Marrugo-Puello

Cecilia Marrugo-Puello

Cecilia Marrugo-Puello completed Croniqueñas (1950-2009): La crónica costeña del Caribe colombiano and graduated with her Ph.D. from the Department of Hispanic Studies in December  2011. She began a tenure-line job in the Department of English and Languages at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX in January 2012.

Amir Pourmoghaddam

Amir Pourmoghaddam

Amir Pourmoghaddam completed “SYNERGOS in the Analysis of EMG Signals” and graduated with his Ph.D. from the Department of Health and Human Performance in May. He is actively seeking a post-doctoral fellowship for Fall 2012.

Sampada Chavan

Sampada Chavan

Sampada Chavan completed  A Study in Diversity: Single Mothers in African American and Postcolonial Indian Fiction and graduated with her Ph.D. from the Department of English in December 2011. She is now working at Houston Community College and going on the national academic market for a full-time position in Fall 2012.

David Lombardi

David Lombardi

David Lombardi completed Pentecost and graduated with his Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the Department of English in May. He is submitting his novel to publishers.



Kyle Solak

Kyle Solak completed Every Day is Judgment Day: The Veiled Ambiguity of Flannery O’Connor’s Narrative Structure and graduated with his Ph.D. from the Department of English in December 2011. He will begin a full-time, permanent position in the Department of English at Lonestar-Tomball College in Fall 2012.

One of the top priorities of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is to increase the number of students award doctoral degrees. The fellowships were established to reward excellence, persistence and hard work by doctoral students and to provide them with financial support so they can spend their last semester or two concentrating on the completion work necessary to finish their dissertations.

The second round of the highly-selective fellowships has been awarded to distinguished CLASS doctoral students that exemplify the scholarly breath within the College.

“We’re very pleased with the results of this program – everybody who received a Dissertation Completion Fellowship last year finished in the time frame they said they would,” said Dean Roberts. “We anticipate similar kinds of success with our next group of fellows.”

The new cohort of Dissertation Completion Fellows are:

Julie Cohn

Julie Cohn

Julie Cohn, History. Dissertation topic: The History of the Electric Power Transmission Grid

Cohn’s manuscript lays out the historical context, conservation concepts and business efficiency of the nation’s electrical power infrastructure.

“Her dissertation on the history and impact of the electrical grid is sophisticated and very challenging. Her project will contribute significantly to environmental history, the history of technology and energy history,” wrote her dissertation director Martin Melosi, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University of Professor and Director of the Center for Public History.

Ed Porter

Ed Porter

Ed Porter, Literature and Creative Writing. Dissertation topic: Satirical fiction

Porter’s  collection of short stories that all involve relationships or romance that are either set in New York or happen o New Yorkers while they are out of town and they all involve failure and humiliation. The stories that involve the most extreme failure and humiliation are distinctly comic stories. The events of September 11, 2011 also overshadow the characters’ lives.

 “Ed’s fiction is consistently self-deprecating and sparky; his characters make fun of their own foibles and weaknesses even as they may, with humor, continue to indulge them… His work has already begun to garner the praise and respect it merits; a high percentage of the short pieces in his dissertation have already been published in esteemed journals, and I have no doubt the others will follow,” wrote Antonya Nelson, Cullen Chair in Creative Writing.

Janine Joseph

Janine Joseph

Janine Joseph, Literature and Creative Writing.  Dissertation: Extended Stay

Joseph’s dissertation is a “poetic sequence,” which is a collection of linked poems. Her book tracks the life of a young undocumented immigrant from the Philippines over a twenty-year period  from her arrival in the United States to the her receipt of her green card.

Her dissertation director Kevin Prufer, a professor in the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English wrote:

 “Joseph’s undocumented immigrant hides in plain sight. She holds down several jobs, goes to school, appears to middle-class others to be like themselves (though her more interior questions of identity are much more confounding.) The manuscript examines, therefore, how hiding is much more than a physical act; it is also a profoundly disruptive emotional and psychological position.

“By complicating easy narratives about the immigration experience and by focusing on the psychology of the undocumented immigrant, Ms. Joseph’s manuscript offers a new perspective on this vital public discussion.”

Mykhailo “Misha” Sitiuk

Mykhailo Sitiuk

Mykhailo “Misha” Sitiuk, Economics. Dissertation: Effect of HIV Testing on Own and Peer Behavior

One important strategy in combating the spread of HIV/AIDS is to increase the amount of information about the diseases by providing free HIV testing and counseling.

Sitiuk research focuses on what people do after they get an HIV test and confirm their HIV status as either positive or negative. And then, he takes that a step further, by investigating what those individual’s family members, friends and acquaintances do after the individual shares his or her status information with each of them.

Information about HIV status is rarely public, but Sitiuk has gained access to a unique dataset in his native Ukraine which overcomes many of the reporting hurdles in HIV/AIDS research. The dataset uses a technique called “snowball” sampling in which initial survey respondents recruit future survey respondents.

“The relevance of Misha’s work extends beyond HIV/AIDS to the study of risky behaviors in general, such as alcohol and drug use, sexual promiscuity, and criminal acts among teenagers,” wrote Chinhui Juhn, Henry Graham Professor of Economics.

Amalia Mena-Mora

Amelia Mena-Mora

Amalia Mena-Mora, Political Science. Dissertation topic: Independence of State Administrative Courts in Mexico

Mena-Mora’s project uses original data collections, an innovative research design and rigorous empirical methods to investigate judicial independence in administrative courts in ten Mexican states.

“Judicial independence is one of the most significant issues in the study of law and courts. The independence of the judiciary affects not only how individual judges make decisions, but how the public and other political actors perceive the legitimacy of the court, as well as the applicability and strength of its decisions,” wrote dissertation advisor Lydia Tiede, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science.

Beth Woods

Beth Woods, Developmental Psychology. Dissertation topic: Bilingual children’s learning situations

Woods is building on the effect on the cognitive process of learning two languages. Her dissertation looks at the mechanics behind how young bilingual children process learning multiple labels with a single meaning.  She is evaluating sequential and simultaneous learning patterns and how those learning patterns reflect early development of vocabulary building.

“Beyond expanding scientific knowledge, the work appears to have great potential for shaping the field of bilingual education,” wrote Hanako Yoshida, Assistant Professor and Director of Cognitive Development Lab.

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Celebrating Commencement 2012

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences praised its graduates on their hard work and great accomplishment during the Spring Commencement on May 11, 2012.

CLASS had the distinction of hosting at its commencement exercises the ceremonies to confer honorary degrees on alumna Dr. Cristina Rivera-Garza and Brown University President Ruth Simmons. “This is the pinnacle of my career right here, because I have finally become a Cougar” President Simmons said during graduation. “To put a little color on that, my family has really been distressed by career. They have wondered over the years what the problem is. ‘Why is that you can’t get a job in Houston?’” said President Simmons, who grew up in Houston’s Fifth Ward neighborhood.

Six CLASS undergraduates completed their studies with 4.0 cumulative grade point averages. Four of the summa cum laude graduates with perfect GPAs participated in commencement and had their achievement recognized by by the President Renu Khator and Dean John W. Roberts.  President Simmons in her remarks said of the students, “I also want to point out, in case anyone had not noticed, that all of the perfect GPA graduates are women. I always feel it’s appropriate to point out that women rock.”

Summa Cum Laude gradutes

1 Perfect GPA summa cum laude graduates from left to right: Mary Nelson, B.A. in Psychology; Kimberley Harrison, B.A. in History; Emily Hutchins, B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders; and Sarah Chesley, B.A. in Communication

Dr. Bencomo and Dr. Cristina Rivera-Garza

2 Dr. Anadeli Bencomo, chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies (left) welcomes back to campus honorary doctorate degree recipient Dr. Cristina Rivera-Garza, who earned her Ph.D. in Latin American History from the College.

Brown University President Ruth Simpson and Tamecia Glover Harris

3 Brown University President Ruth Simmons (left) received an honorary doctoral degree during the commencement ceremony. She is greeted here by Regent Tamecia Glover Harris, a dual J.D. and M.B.A. candidate.

3 Graduates students posed before being conferred their master's degrees

4 Minutes away from having their master’s degrees conferred.


Commencement Schedule holded by Student

5 CLASS students reflect the wide range of diversity in scholarship, extracurricular activities and cultural exchange available at the University.


College's banners representating each department, school and major

6 The banners representing the College’s departments, schools and majors.


ROTC Students performed color guard duties

7 The College’s Military Science and ROTC students performed color guard duties.


Moores Schoold of music students orchestra

8 Moores School of Music students providing melodious pomp and circumstance.


CLASS Leaders walking to the stage

9 CLASS leaders from left to right: Associate Dean of Faculty and Research Kathleen Brosnan, Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies David Phillips, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Catherine Patterson

Debbie Harwell, Ph.D being hooded by Dr. Storrs

10 The hooding of Debbie Harwell, Ph.D. in History by Landon Storrs, Associate Professor in the Department of History.


Flying pig among  red roses - artistic visual decorating student's cap

11 A hat featuring a flying pig among red roses was one of many artistic visual celebrations adorning graduates on commencement day.


Graduating Student shaking hands symbolinzing the end of a journey

12 A congratulatory handshake at the end of the journey across the stage and through the college years.

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Year in Review

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences closed another successful academic year for our students and faculty with the Spring 2012 Commencement Exercises. Here’s a review of some of the outstanding achievements and events of the past year.


JUNE 2011

The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival provided young professional musicians with a challenging musical environment from June 11 – July 2 in which to develop skills in orchestral, chamber music, and solo performance.

Texas Music Festival

Texas Music Festival


The 37th season of the Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre presented July 29 through August 7 the Taming of the Shrew and Othello starring Seth Gilliam of The Wire fame.

Houston Shakespeare Festival

Photo Credit: Traicie Thomason and Seth Gilliamstar in Othello , the first of two plays presented in the 2011 Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Photo: Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle


In Italy, the Blaffer Museum triumphantly debuted on June 3 “Anton Ginzburg: At the Back of the North Wind,” at the 54th Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Bollani. The innovative exhibition was on display until November 27.

Anton Ginzburg
Photo Credit: Anton Ginzburg: At the Back of the North Wind, 2011, Hyperborea series. Courtesy of the artist


JULY 2011

Dean John Roberts created the position of Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and appointed to the job Kathleen Brosnan, associate professor of history and the associate director of the Center for Public History.

AUGUST 2011

The College’s Class of 2015 enrolled and began classes with the goal of graduating with a bachelor’s degree four years after starting college and a commitment from the CLASS Office of Academic Affairs to help them get there.

Fourteen of the College’s 16 departments and schools and two of its interdisciplinary programs hired new faculty members and visiting scholars.

 

New Faculty Luncheon Reception
The new faculty luncheon reception. Read about the academic expertise of the new faculty members here.



SEPTEMBER 2011

The CLASS community commemorated the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 with a concert The Things We Have: In Memoriam, September 11, 2001 composed by Professor Emeritus Robert Nelson and performed by VOX/ The Rob Seible Singers with Project Divisi Orchestra in the Moores Opera House. The College also co-sponsored with Raindrop Turkish House and a panel discussion entitled “The Role of Media in Preventing Another September 11” at the Hilton University of Houston.


The Things We Have: In Memoriam, September 11, 2001
Photo credit: CultureMap Houston


Creative Writing Professor Chitra Divakaruni’s 2010 novel One Amazing Thing was honored as the inaugural selection of the regional reading initiative Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page sponsored by the by the public library systems in Houston and the counties of Harris, Brazoria, Fort Bend and Montgomery.

The Blaffer Art Museum, CLASS, the Honors College and the Law Center collaborate to bring art crimes specialist and former FBI agent Robert Wittman to campus and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston to present on September 8 the lecture “Pursuing the Priceless: Stolen Art, Investigation and the Law.”


One Amazing Thing     Priceless


OCTOBER 2011

Physician and best-selling novelist Abraham Verghese delivered on October 24 the 2011 John P. McGovern Endowed Lecture in Family, Health and Human Values. The McGovern lectureship was endowed in 1999 and allows the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences to invite speakers with notable expertise in the areas of family, health and human values to campus to provide a forum for discussion on these societal issues.


Abraham Verghese
Abraham Verghese receiving the John P. McGovern Medal from Lois Parkinson Zamora, chair of the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies.

More than 25 departments and organizations affiliated with the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences came together on October 20 during the second annual Instant CLASSic – a student-organized celebration of all that the College has to offer its students and the university community.


Instant CLASSic   Instant CLASSic

Student flash mob draws more attention to the Instant CLASSic. Photo credit: Luis Zelaya, CLASS. (left)

Sociology Students Association held a bake sale at the Instant CLASSic (right)


 

Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community by Monica Perales, an associate professor in the Department of History, is recognized by the Urban History Association the Kenneth Jackson Award as the Best Book on North American Urban History.

The 15th season of the Living Archives Series kicked off with two conversations with Houston area natives - socialite and former diplomat Joanne King Herring and fashion designer and entrepreneur Tina Knowles. A surprise audience member at the Knowles conversation was the designer’s daughter – Grammy-award honored pop singer Beyonce. The international superstar’s presence set off a campus frenzy of fans trying to catch a glimpse of the mother-daughter duo. 


Beyonce in the audience

Beyonce in the audience at the Living Archives talk featuring her mother Tina Knowles. (Melissa Philip/Chronicle)


Students eager to see Beyonce

Students eager to see Beyonce while she was listening to her mother Tina Knowles share personal stories of success and challenges. (Associated Press)



NOVEMBER 2011

Dean Roberts hosted the first CLASS Faculty Research and Creative Arts Reception on November 2. Each of the College’s 16 departments and several of its centers and interdisciplinary programs developed exhibits and short electronic presentations for the reception organized by Kathleen Brosnan, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research.

 

CCS

The College’s newest department, Comparative Cultural Studies is home to the revitalized India Studies Program

 

Multi-media musical display

Multi-media musical display


The Center for Mexican American Studies hosted the 15th Annual Noche Cultural Scholarship Banquet on November 3. To date, CMAS has raised in its 40 years of existence approximately $2 million for its endowment and nearly $3 million in scholarship funds through its annual banquet.

the 15th Annual Noche Cultural Scholarship Banquet

National Institutes for Health award $2.8 million in grant funds to a five-year research study on excessive alcohol use among college students led by Clayton Neighbors, a professor and director of the social psychology program in the Department of Psychology.

Associate Professor Stephanie Daniels was named a Communication Science and Disorders Fellow by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts presented the Houston debut of red, black & GREEN: a blues, a full-length, multimedia performance work designed to jumpstart a conversation about environmental justice, social ecology and collective responsibility in the climate change era. Mitchell Center Artist in Residence Marc Bamuthi Joseph wrote and starred in the performance art work that highlighted people he met and experiences he had in Houston.


red, black & GREEN: a blues
Photo credit: Bethanie Hines Photography

The Department of Health and Human Performance’s annual Graduate Student Research Day on Nov. 9 drew more than 200 in attendance in Garrison Gym. The event is an opportunity for students who have completed at least one year in an HHP graduate program to present their research to faculty, staff and other students.


DECEMBER 2011

The Portable On Demand Art (P.O.D.A.) Project temporary public art exhibition of portable storage units transformed into a works of art ended its sting on campus on December 15. Co-presented by Blaffer Art Museum and the UH Public Arts Collection, the P.O.D.A. Project features work by Aerosol Warfare, BOX 13 ArtSpace, Lynne McCabe, Gabriel Martinez, Metalab, and Anthony Shumate.

 

P.O.D.A.       Poda

 

A $100,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to the Texas Obesity Research Center led by Rebecca Lee, associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, supports research to establish a multinational strategy to combat physical inactivity — a breeding ground for obesity.

Fall Commencement on December 19 included three graduate students among the College's first class of Dissertation Completion Fellows to fulfill their commitments to the program.

Graduation  Commencement   Commencement

The Moores School of Music’s production of Il Postino by acclaimed Mexican composer Daniel Catán received accolades in the National Opera Association’s 2011 Opera Production Competition, earning the first prize in its division.

Il Postino

Rebeccca Heath as Matilde Neruda and Casey Finnigan as Pablo Neruda in Act One of Il Postino.



JANUARY 2012

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a five-year, $9 million grant to Texas Center for Learning Disabilities to conduct research on the causes and treatment of learning disabilities in children and adolescents. UH is one of four universities nationally to receive funding from the NIH for a learning disability research center.

U.S. Air Force Ret. Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, came to campus on January 26 to share memories about flying and fighting during World War II and standing up to discrimination in the military and his home country. Jefferson was thanked by Lt. Col. Aldru Aaron, commander of the Houston area Air Force ROTC, for his contributions to U.S. military history and presented with a commemorative medal.


The College’s Air Force Cadets with original Tuskegee Airman U.S. Air Force Ret. Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson.
The College’s Air Force Cadets with original Tuskegee Airman U.S. Air Force Ret. Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Health and Human Performance funded the Health and Human Performance Undergraduate Student Scholarship Endowment.

Arte Público Press, the largest publisher of contemporary U.S. Latino literature, moved into a new state-of-the-art facility in the UH Energy Research Park. About the same time, two books it publishes landed on the Tucson Unified School District’s list of seven banned books and were removed from classrooms. The two books – Message to Aztlan by Rodolfo Corky Gonzales (2001) and Chicano! A History of the Mexican Civil Rights Movement by Arturo Rosales (1997) – are part of Arte Público Press’ Hispanic Civil Rights series.


FEBRUARY 2012

"Untold Stories: Black Deaf Men,” the second panel discussion in the series launched last year by the American Sign Language Interpreting Program of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders was held February 25.


The full panel with moderator Assistant Professor Sharon Grigsby Hill
The full panel with moderator Assistant Professor Sharon Grigsby Hill

The Master’s of Public Administration Program honored a government worker as its first “Public Official of the Year” with an award bestowed at a February 24 luncheon. Attendees included City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker, City of Meadows Place Mayor Charles Jessup, City of Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen and Houston Community College Trustee Bruce Austin.

Public Official of the Year Daniel W. Krueger

Public Official of the Year Daniel W. Krueger


The three mayors in attendance: Annise Parker of Houston, Charles Jessup of Meadows Place and Allen Owen of Missouri City.

The three mayors in attendance: Annise Parker of Houston, Charles Jessup of Meadows Place and Allen Owen of Missouri City.


Roxana Button, B.A. in Psychology December 2011 and guard on the women’s basketball team, was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team. She is the first player in UH history to receive the honor and the fifth in Conference USA history. She graduated with a 3.87 grade point average and plans to attend medical school.

CLASS alumna Roxana Button led Conference-USA in scoring and graduated with honors. (Photo credit: Karen Warren/Chronicle)
CLASS alumna Roxana Button led Conference-USA in scoring and graduated with honors. (Photo credit: Karen Warren/Chronicle)


The 15th annual Table Talk, a luncheon that celebrates women’s accomplishments and power while raising funds to support the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and the Women’s Women’s Archive and Research Center, was held February 29. More than 500 women and men attended the event which netted more than $110,000 for scholarships, research and programming.

Table Talk 2012

 

MARCH 2012

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages won national funding to instruct Texas teachers on designing and implementing Chinese-as-a-second-language curriculum. The Chinese Studies Program within in the department was selected to by the National Security Agency and the Central Security Service to receive a federal grant of $99,980 to launch a 2012 Summer STARTALK program.

STARTALK


Two CLASS professors were each awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grants – Natalie Houston, associate professor of English, and Casey Dué Hackney, professor and director of Classical Studies in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

Sandra Zalman, assistant professor of art history in the School of Art, was named a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Moores School of Music faculty members Matthew Dirst, associate professor, and Alan Austin, director of the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, were among a group of musicians who performed for the pope and Mexican President Felipe Calderon in Leon, Mexico on March 24, 2012.

Being Flynn, the movie adaption of a memoir by Nick Flynn, professor of Creative Writing, starring Robert De Niro opened in theaters nationwide in March 2012.

Being Flynn

“Awready!” The Houston Hip Hop Conference was held on campus March 27 – 28. The conference brought together Houston rap legends and academic scholars to explore the impact of the fourth-largest U.S. city on the musical and artistic culture known as hip hop. It was sponsored by a collaboration between University of Houston Libraries, the Houston Enriches Rice Education (H.E.R.E.) Project at Rice University, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and the African American Studies Program.

Awready!
Photo credit: Ben DeSoto


APRIL 2012

Noted Medical Historian Alexandra Stern of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor delivered the 2012 John P. McGovern Endowed Lecture in Family, Health and Human Values on April 9 at the Rockwell Pavilion in the M.D. Anderson Library. She presented the lecture "Don't Reduce Me to a Label: Disability Rights, Genetic Diagnosis, and Social Values” on the origins of genetic counseling in the 1940s and how the first generation of medical geneticists stigmatized people with disabilities, while simultaneously laying the groundwork for empowerment and activism.

Alexandra Stern
Alexandra Stern, an author and historian at the University of Michigan, says ethical discussions about genetics tend to be fragmented in the U.S. Photo: Mayra Beltran / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

The CLASS Ad Hoc Committee on Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity led by Committee Chair Marjorie Chadwick hosted on April 20 “Immigration and the Immigrant Experience: Houston and Beyond,” a symposium promoting interaction and collaboration on integrative projects related to immigration.

The Department of Comparative Cultural Studies on April 19 presented The Art of Folk Spirit symposium featuring three of the nation’s most prominent folklorists and ethnography experts.

H. Julia Hannay, the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Psychology, has earned the 2012 Esther Farfel Award, a symbol of overall career excellence and the highest honor the University of Houston bestows on a faculty member. Dr. Hannay is the fifth woman to be recognized with the honor since it was first awarded in 1979.

Dr. H. Julia Hannay
Dr. H. Julia Hannay



MAY 2012

The College graduated its largest class of undergraduates in its history – just under 1,400. Six of those undergraduates completed their studies with perfect 4.0 grade point averages and 37 percent of the class earned Latin honors of summa, magna or cum laude.

Voice major Aaron Casey in the Moores School of Music has been filmed two appearances on the HBO series YoungArts MasterClass – the first one in 2011 with virtuoso Bobby McFerrin at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Germany's largest opera house, and the second one in 2012 with diva Renée Fleming in Chicago and New York.

Aaron Casey
Aaron Casey was chosen to participate in HBO's YoungArts Masterclass, twice. He studied with Renée Fleming (left) and Bobby McFerrin for two separate episodes. Photo credit: Courtesy of Simon & Goodman Picture Co.

Marta Fairclough, associate professor of Spanish linguistics and director of the Spanish as a Heritage Language Program, has been awarded a U.S. Fulbright Scholar grant to research Croatian as a heritage language at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

Dylan Paul, MFA ’12 from the School of Theatre & Dance is the recipient of a 2012-2013 Fulbright Fellowship to study dialects and accents in Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival

Carminia Martinez, who is completing a master’s degree in anthropology, is the recipient of a 2012-2013 Fulbright Fellowship to spend a year on the Yucatan Peninsula conducting ethnographic research among Mayan groups, gathering histories, oral traditions, doomsday preparations and expectations about Dec. 21, 2012.

The College announced the creation of several new degree programs and minor concentrations that respond to our students’ and prospective students’ intellectual interests and career ambitions. Classes for these new bachelor’s and master’s degree majors and minors begin in Fall 2012. 

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Fund established to make art and an art education more affordable

Nancy Luton Scholarship

Alumna Nancy Luton’s gifts support printmaking, start fine art press

The Nancy Luton Scholarship Endowment for Innovation in Printmaking has been established in the School of Art. Nancy Luton is a graduate of the College who earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees in English at UH.

She has also provided significant operating support to launch the UH School of Art Fine Art Press. This publishing workshop and teaching press collaborates with artists to produce limited edition etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, silkscreens, monoprints and artists books with an emphasis on innovation, experimentation and excellence. Proceeds from print sales will benefit School of Art student scholarships.

The College asked Ms. Luton about her generosity and interests in printmaking:

Q: What inspires you to make gifts to your alma mater?

A: I had the opportunity because of my family. I created a fellowship in my parents’ names in the English Department where I did my graduate work. I learned of this opportunity to support the School of Art through knowing Pat Masterson, who teaches Printmaking at UH and the Glassell School. As a printmaker myself, I was interested to learn about the resurgence of printmaking at UH and about the exciting plans for the future.

Q: What else led to you funding the printmaking project?

A: During my career, I was the Academic Coordinator in the CLASS Dean’s office; I worked with the Fine Arts students and faculty; and I enjoyed interacting with them. What drew me in was the proposal of two print projects a year that involved students working with established artists. It seemed a worthy project to fund, a way to meet a need that was not already met.

Q: What is your hope for Houston with regards to print making?

A: I see this university press as an extension of building an audience for prints, printmakers, and print making. I can support students and the local art community in a new way.

Q: To you, what is the most exciting thing about launching the UH School of Art Fine Art Press?

A: Students will have printmaking mentors through the visiting artists. I like that a product will be coming from the school. The sale of prints will bring in money for student scholarships and will serve a public relations function, promoting the excellence of the School of Art to a wider audience.

Look for information about the Fall 2012 launch of the UH Fine Art Press in a future edition of the CLASS News Update or email CLASS Development Officer Kim Howard at klhoward@central.uh.edu for more information.

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NEH awards UH biggest Texas grant this funding cycle

Professor Casey Dué Hackney to receive $426,000 in grant funds for Iliad research

Casey Due Hackney

An image from the Homer Multitext Project
An image from the Homer
Multitext Project

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Casey Dué Hackney, Professor and Director of Classical Studies in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, the full amount of her grant request - $276,115, which is the largest award to a Texas-based scholar or institution this cycle.

The grant comes with $150,000 in matching funds from Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C., raising the total value to $426,115.

On Thursday, the NEH announced $39 million in grants for 244 humanities projects, including four projects in Texas. UH led the list of Texas grantees in terms of money awarded, followed by the University of Texas at Austin with a $235,000 grant.

The City of Austin and the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur were each granted $2,500 to participate in the national project, “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.”

Dr. Dué Hackney and her collaborator Dr. Mary Ebbott will use the NEH funds to prepare over three years for the online publication of a scholarly edition of a 10th-century manuscript of Homer’s Iliad that is the oldest complete text of the Iliad known to be in existence.

Dr. Ebbott is an associate professor and chair of Holy Cross’ Department of the Classics. Both professors earned their Ph.D.’s at Harvard University and are co-editors of the Homer Multitext Project at the Center for Hellenic Studies.

This is the second NEH grant awarded to Dr. Dué Hackney in 2012. In March, she was awarded an Enduring Questions: Pilot Course grant of $20,881 to develop an undergraduate course on the question, ‘who owns the past?’ In that round of funding, the NEH awarded $17 million to 208 humanities projects.

A page from “Venetus A,” 10th-century manuscript of Homer’s Iliad
A page from “Venetus A,” 10th-century manuscript of Homer’s Iliad that is the oldest
complete text of the Iliad known to be in existence

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Legal recognition of gay families could improve outcome for children
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Poets, Off the Page and Under the Sky
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Dr. Freeland - June 2012

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Whose Image Is This, Anyway?
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UH Ensemble Dance Works | April 5-7

Annual show featuring contemporary works by faculty and guest artists with our pre-professional dance company, the UH Dance Ensemble.

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7 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 at Heights Church of Christ, 16th Street and Heights Blvd. Kemper Crabb brings to life music that blends medieval and Celtic traditions using the mountain dulcimer, recorder, tin whistle, bells, mandolin, and bazouki.

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5:30 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 17 at Honors College Commons, M.D. Anderson Library. Featuring undergraduate Creative Writing students with work appearing in Glass Mountain literary magazine.

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4 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 in Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston. A participatory outdoor performance event with newly commissioned music by Artist in Residence Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR.) Directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph in collaboration with Troy Bennefield (UH Cougar Marching Band.)

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Texas Music Festival

TMF annually hosts students from various musical disciplines and helps them develop their talents under the watchful eyes of master musicians. The festival also spotlights both student and professional musicians during concerts at UH and throughout the Houston area. This year the festival will take place from May 30 to June 28, 2014.

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For its 40th anniversary, the festival will present “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” and “Henry IV, 1” Aug. 1 – 10 at Miller Outdoor Theatre. In the tradition of past festivals, noted guest artists will contribute their talents to this year’s performances:  Mirron Willis  and  Brendon Fox.

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//class/_images/spiff-images/140311-aas.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/140311-aas.pngCLASS140311-aas.pngNewsDean Roberts appoints African American Studies Task Force

Dean John W. Roberts has appointed a task force to enhance the academic offerings of the African American Studies Program and strengthen the program’s interdisciplinary ties to other CLASS departments

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Mario Diaz, director of the City of Houston Department of Aviation and a leading authority on the future of commercial aviation, was named the 2014 Public Official of the Year by the UH Master of Public Administration Program.

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