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Dec. 17: Fall 2015 Commencement
The College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) commencement ceremony is 9 – 11:30 a.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion on Cullen Boulevard

Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
(federal and state holiday)

Jan. 19: Kristen Yon Faculty Recital
7:30pm-9:30pm at Dudley Recital Hall
Moores School of Music faculty members Kristen Yon, Anthony Kitai and Timothy Hester will perform. For ticket information contact the Moores School of Music Box Office at 713-743-3388.

Jan. 20: Encounters and Discoveries in Literature: Celebrating Arte Público Press and Twentieth Century Latina/o Literature
5 pm - 7 pm in the M.D. Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion
Opening reception of the new exhibit, Encounters and Discoveries in Literature: Celebrating Arte Público Press and Twentieth Century Latina/o Literature. Materials in the exhibit will include books, archival documents, photographs, and works of art produced or recovered by Arte Público Press and its subdivisions. For more information contact Lisa Cruces at 713-743-9903.

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

CLASS Expertise in the Media

J. Leigh Leasure
The New York Times included comments by J. Leigh Leasure, associate professor of psychology, in their article The Close Ties Between Exercise and Beer.
   
Todd Romero
Todd Romero, associate professor of history, offered his expertise on Houston’s Food and Dining scene in the following articles:
   
Jennifer Wingard
The Washington Post recently intereviewed associate professor of English Jennifer Wingard for their article, Is our ‘out of control’ political rhetoric really all that extraordinary?
   
Francisco Cantu
Francisco Cantú, assistant professor of political science, co-authored an article for the Washington Post titled, Was Argentina’s election stolen? Here’s how you can tell.
   
Tracy Xavia Karner
Manhattan as Muse: Streetscapes by Harvey Stein, an article that recently ran in the Huffington Post reviewed the book, Briefly Seen: New York Street Life. The book includes essays from sociology department chair Tracy Xavia Karner.
   
Lorenzo Cano
The Boston Globe interviewed Lorenzo Cano, associate director of the Center of Mexican American Studies, for the article, Census considers more race choices.
   
Abdel Razzaq Takriti
Associate professor of modern Arab history, Abdel Razzaq Takriti, was featured in The Cougar article, Head of Arab studies program aims to shape understanding of the Middle East
   
Moores Opera House
For the fifth consecutive year, productions by the Moores Opera Center have earned top honors from the National Opera Association's annual Opera Production Competition. The Houston Chronicle article, University of Houston Moores Opera Center honored, describes the recognition.
   
Paul R. Gregory
The National Review ran an article authored by Paul Roderick Gregory, professor of economics, titled, Russia’s Economic Stagnation. In addition, he authored the article, Why Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a bad ally for Hindustan Times.
   
Stephan Hillerbrand
The work of Stephan Hillerbrand, associate professor of photography and co-owner of the Hillerbrand+Magasamen design studio, was featured in the KHOU story, Festival features flicks with real NASA footage.
   
Richard Murray
Bloomberg interviewed Richard Murray, professor of political science, for their article, Obama Pins Hope on Supreme Court After Latest Immigration Defeat. He was also quoted in the Chicago Tribune article, Obama's loss on immigration case may be political win for party.
   
Emran El-Badawi
Emran El-Badawi, director of Arabic studies, offered comments in the Houston Chronicle article, Survey: Christian Americans view Muslim values 'at odds' with those of America.
   
Veteran broadcaster and host of ABC's "What Would You Do?" John Quiones, was the keynote speaker at the Center for Mexican American Studies' annual Noche Cultural Banquet. The event was covered by ABC-13 in the story 'What Would You Do?' host John Quiñones delivers keynote speech at UH banquet.
   
Brandon Rottinghaus
Associate professor of political science, Brandon Rottinghaus, offered comments in the following articles:
   
Michael D. Snediker
Poetry by Michael D. Snediker, associate professor of English, was featured in The Spectrum article, Poem-A-Day — ‘The Abasement of the Northmores’ by Michael D. Snediker
   
Robert Zaretsky
Professor of modern and classical languages, Robert Zaretsky, wrote the following articles:

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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

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Blaffer Art Museum presents Anton Ginzburg’s U.S. museum debut

Exhibition by Russian multi-media artist first shown at Venice Biennial closes March 15

Photo by: Anton Ginzburg, Blaffer Art Museum

Until March 15, Blaffer Art Museum has on view the U.S. premiere of Terra Corpus, a major exhibition of the work of Russian multi-media artist Anton Ginzburg.

Terra Corpus combines At the Back of the North Wind and Walking the Sea, the first two parts in a trilogy of works in film, photography, sculpture and painting. The exhibition focuses on mythical and legendary landscapes that loom large in our imaginations.

At the Back of the North Wind was first presented in Italy at the 54th Venice Biennial in 2011. Blaffer co-presented the exhibition with Flo Art Fund and Artpace San Antonio.

The first work in the trilogy, At the Back of the North Wind is the product of a journey extending from America’s northwest region to St. Petersburg, Russia, to the White Sea (on the northwest coast of Russia). The artist’s expedition was an attempt to locate Hyperborea – the fabled Utopian realm.

Walking the Sea extends the artist’s journey as he documents his trip across the Aral Sea – an inland salt-water sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The eroding body of water serves as a canvas for Ginzburg’s imagination as he documented a dried up, desolate landscape filled with abandoned vessels and former Soviet military bases.

The original production of Walking the Sea was made possible in part by Flo Art Fund and Andrey Goncharenko Cultural Foundation.

Anton Ginzburg was born in 1974 in St. Petersburg, which was at the time Leningrad in Soviet-era Russia. He received a classical art education in preparation for the Soviet academy, and immigrated to the United States in 1990, earning a BFA from the Parsons School of Design in 1997. Ginzburg is currently working on his MFA degree at Bard College. He lives and works in New York. 

Anton Ginzburg: Terra Corpus is made possible, in part, by the Cecil Amelia Blaffer von Furstenberg Endowment for Exhibitions and Programs, the Houston Endowment Inc., Krista and Mike Dumas, Judy and Scott Nyquist, and Ted Lee and Marc Sekula.   Additional major exhibition support is provided by Leslie and Brad Bucher, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Jo and Jim Furr Exhibition Endowment at Blaffer Art Museum, The George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation, William J. Hill and Jane Dale Owen.

Saint Arnold Brewing Company provides in-kind support.

Educational outreach programs are made possible by Dorothy C. Sumner, the Kristin Saleri Art Foundation and Quantum Reservoir Impact.

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Master of Public of Administration Program honors Public Official of the Year finalists

Five finalists for Public Official of the Year Award include municipal staffers and elected official

The annual Public Official of the Year Ceremony recognizes Houston-area public officials who solve large and small problems to meet the daily need of the citizens they serve.

The Master of Public Administration Program hosts the event to spotlight the work of elected and non-elected public servants whose accomplishments may not make the evening news.

This year, five finalists were selected from a wide-range of nominees representing the full-spectrum of public administration work. The finalists exhibit qualities consistent with those espoused in the MPA program – trust, accountability, performance, ethical decision-making, and crossing jurisdictional boundaries to solve problems.

The winner will be announced during a March luncheon.

The 2014 nominees are:

Michael Alford – District Engineer, Houston District, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

Michael Alford

Mr. Alford oversees the department operations in the counties of Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston,
Harris, Montgomery and Waller (the Houston District is the largest district in Texas). His duties include maintaining an effective and coordinated operation for the Houston District. He is responsible for the development of work programs to meet transportation needs including construction, maintenance, and traffic control. He also acts as a consultant to other staff members on administration, programming, planning, construction, design, maintenance, traffic, and right-of- way in order to coordinate operations. He also serves on several district and agency committees.

Allen Bogard, City Manager, City of Sugar Land

Allen Bogard

Mr. Bogard has served as city manager since 2001 for the City of Sugar Land. His leadership has contributed to the city being recognized as one of the best and safest places to live in the country. His accomplishments include the creation of Sugar Land Town Square, an economic development program, and the relocation of corporate headquarters for companies like Minute Maid, the recognition of Sugar Land Regional Airport as the #1 Fixed Based Operation Airport in the US, and Sugar Land’s reputation for strong financial management, low taxes, a AAA bond rating and Best Places recognition. The city has more than doubled in population, seen the addition – and expansion – of First Colony Mall, and Constellation Field, and become a burgeoning employment, educational and medical center, creating thousands of new jobs, as well as becoming an entertainment destination.

Mario Diaz – Director, City of Houston Airport System

Mario Diaz

Mr. Diaz is responsible for the overall management of the Houston Airport System’s three aviation facilities: George Bush Intercontinental Airport, William P. Hobby Airport and Ellington Airport – and its more than 1,400 employees. He is one of the industry’s leading authorities in the study of future developments in commercial aviation. He was instrumental in the effort to gain public support for the addition of international flights to Hobby Airport in 2015 by Southwest Airlines. Under his leadership, Intercontinental Airport welcomed the first Airbus A380 to Texas as Lufthansa launched the flight in the newly renovated Terminal D, which underwent an aggressive makeover to handle the double-decker jet.

Dottie Kaminski – Councilmember at Large, City of La Porte, Texas

Dottie Kamiski

Ms. Kaminski is longstanding member of the La Porte community. During this time, her involvements have included government, civic organizations, and many athletic organizations. She has served on the Planning and Zoning Board for over 21 years, is an active volunteer member of the La Porte Bayshore Chamber of Commerce for 17 years; which has included 6 years on the Board of Directors and 15 years as Chairwoman of the Sylvan Beach Festival. Dottie has also served on the Economic Development Board and the Small Business Board for the past 6 years. Dottie stays connected to the community with her long-standing involvement with the LP Football Booster Club, the La Porte Boys Baseball Association, and is one of the co-founders of the La Porte Oilers football program (now the La Porte Texans). As an independent business woman and marketing promotions manager, she found the time to become a graduate of the Citizens Police Academy, and in 2008 she was the recipient of the Gus Groos Humanitarian Award.

Julie M. Robinson – City Administrator, City of Dickinson, Texas

Julie M. Robinson

Ms. Robinson was appointed in March 2007 as City Administrator of Dickinson, Texas. She is active in the Texas City Management Association (TCMA), is a Past President of the TCMA Region 6, and is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Julie also serves as Vice President of the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP). Outside city management, Julie is involved in several civic organizations. She is an active member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Dickinson Rotary Club, Chairman of the Premium Seating Committee of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo™, an Advisory Board Member for M. I. Lewis Social Service Center in Dickinson, and volunteer for the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

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How healthy can meals be if you spend $25 a week on food?

HHP students take Food Stamp Challenge and gather nutrition data for research report

HHP Student buying groceries for the week using the $25 gift card - Photo by Mayra Beltran, Houston Chronicle
Photo credit: Mayra Beltran, Houston Chronicle

Exactly how would you plan and prepare three meals a day for seven days if you only had $25 to spend on food for the week?

That was the challenge that students in an honors class in nutrition policy in the Department of Health and Human Performance tackled when they took on the “Food Stamp Challenge” as part of a class project.

Religious groups and community activists started the challenge to draw attention to the pressures faced by the poorest Americans in feeding their families.

The nine students in the class took part to examine the nutrition content of the meals they were able to cobble together on their limited budgets.  The students recorded everything they ate for the week, determining the number of calories, fat, vitamins and minerals, generating a class nutrition data set for analysis. They will present their findings iat the University’s Undergraduate Research Day.

Their efforts, as well as those of Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance Daphne Hernandez, who teaches the class and also took the challenge, were documented by local media.

The Houston Chronicle featured the challenge in Students go on $25 a week food stamp diet.

KHOU-CBS Channel 11 featured the challenge in the story, UH health students take on $25 food challenge

The challenge was featured on KTRK-ABC Channel 13 in the story,Students learn difficulty of proper nutrition after participating in UH food stamp challenge.

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Dean Roberts appoints African American Studies task force

Group charged with revising and expanding African American Studies curriculum

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.

Dean Roberts formed the task force on January 31, 2014 during a convening of faculty who teach African American Studies courses across the College. The conversation was wide-ranging and included open discussion about the current state and future direction of African and African-American Studies at UH.

"The task force has a critical role to play in imagining an African American Studies program for the twenty-first century at the University of Houston,” Dean Roberts said. “The members of this group and I understand that we need a program that includes the intellectual resources available in any number of academic programs on campus. 

“Our goals must be to provide students with the breadth of knowledge of the African diaspora that they deserve."

Dr. James Conyers, director of AAS since 2002, was asked to chair the task force and convened the first meeting on February 14. Besides Dr. Conyers, the task force members appointed by Dean Roberts are:

  • Gerald Horne, John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the Department of History
  • Phil Howard, associate professor in the Department of History
  • Janice Hutchison, professor of Anthropology in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies
  • Kairn Klieman, associate professor in the Department of History
  • Shayne Lee, associate professor in the Department of Sociology
  • Richard Mizelle, assistant professor in the Department of History
  • Demetrius Pearson, associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance
  • Linda Reed, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of History
  • Rheeda Walker, associate professor in the Department of Psychology

“This is a step in a positive direction,” Dr. Conyers said. “Dean Roberts initiated this conversation and brought faculty around the table to discuss how we want AAS to grow. Those of us who are serving on the task force are committed to working together to move AAS forward.”

The task force has three priorities. The first is to revise the African American Studies minor degree program to provide more clarity about concentrations for students.

In its current format, the AAS minor provides some exposure to the African diaspora, but does not emphasize its international focus.

“The minor is going to have more focus on the African diaspora with an international focus on Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America,” Dr. Conyers said. “We’re looking at both our humanities and social sciences courses to make sure there are international components within all of them.”

The group is also exploring developing additional study abroad programs for the AAS minor, including a trip to the Caribbean. Right now, AAS offers summer, faculty-led study abroad opportunities in Ghana.

The task force’s second priority is to cross-list and cross-reference more courses in other departments and academic programs that can count toward the AAS minor.

Cross-listing allows a course to carry two or more numerical designations – one for each department or academic program that will give students credit toward a degree plan for taking the course.

Cross-referencing allows for counting a course toward a degree plan even though the course only has one numerical designation given to it by the originating department or academic program.

“We have over 40 hours of AAS courses in our inventory,” Dr. Conyers said. “With cross-listing and cross-referencing, we will be able to add to that inventory another five classes in summer 2014 and fall 2014.”

The third priority is to create an African American Studies major at the University of Houston.

“We’re building a curricular major, which is a great incentive for the task force to accomplish as a goal,” Dr. Conyers said. ““If we get a major, we will be only the second university in the State of Texas to have a major in African American or Africana Studies.”

The University of Texas at Austin recently established its African & African Diaspora Studies Department. In addition to an undergraduate major, UT offers terminal master’s degree and doctoral programs in African and African Diaspora Studies.

The UH AAS task force is taking its expansion one step at a time. It will work on getting a major established without the additional work of trying to build a department to house it.

“By going with a major only, we would not be spending additional resources by having to hire faculty to create a department,” Dr. Conyers said. “This is a very good start.”

- By Shannon Buggs

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UH launches Texas Digital Humanities Consortium with four other TX universities

CLASS faculty leading digital humanities initiative on campus and organizing conference

Casey Due Hackney

Natalie Houston

Rex Koontz

Cameron Buckner

The University of Houston has joined forces with four other Texas universities to launch the Texas Digital Humanities Consortium, an organization that promotes computer-assisted database research in the humanities disciplines and connects digital researchers at universities and across the nation.

In addition to UH, the other founding members of the consortium are Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Austin, and University of North Texas. Each institution has its own digital humanities initiative.

At UH, that initiative is led by faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, including Dr. Casey Dué Hackney, director of classical studies in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Dr. Natalie Houston, associate professor of English, Dr. Rex Koontz, director of the School of Art, and Dr. Cameron Buckner, the CLASS postdoctoral fellow in digital humanities.

“Applying computational methods to traditionally humanistic questions allows researchers to see information, data, and patterns that they couldn’t see before,” Dr. Buckner said.

He is the lead organizer of the inaugural Texas Digital Humanities Conference, which will be held April 10-12 on the UH campus. Dr. Buckner said Houston is the ideal location for this inaugural conference for several reasons.

“Firstly, UH is undergoing dramatic growth, emerging as a tier-one research university during the advent of the digital revolution,” he said. “Secondly, Houston hosts internationally important digital archives, especially on the topics of Latino and Latin American art and history. The opportunity to work directly with these types of digital archives will allow us to recruit top scholars and continue to push the state of the art in digital archiving and research.”

The consortium was formed in the fall of 2013 to increase awareness of the research and teaching in digital humanities in Texas institutions and to facilitate scholarly conversations and collaborations among faculty and students at member universities.

“Digital humanities is an inter-disciplinary area of research that brings together researchers from many different fields,” said Dr. Houston. “The Texas Digital Humanities Consortium will create opportunities for dialogue and scholarly interchange, such as our upcoming conference.”

According to Dr. Buckner, the field of digital humanities has been gaining attention in academia since the early 2000s when cutting-edge computational methods became readily available in the humanities, though it taps into a much older tradition of "humanities computing" that can be traced back to Roberto Busa, an Italian Jesuit priest who was one of the first to see the potential of computers for working with text in the 1940s.

The first international Digital Humanities conference was held in Paris in 2006, the result of an earlier joint meeting of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing.

Responding to this growing momentum, the National Endowment for the Humanities began an initiative to award digital humanities grants in 2006, which later evolved into the office of Digital Humanities in 2008. Drs. Dué Hackney, Houston and Koontz are recipients of NEH digital humanities grants.

Dr. Koontz’s project, “Vwire,” is an online tool where a computer visually sorts, compares, and categorizes artwork. Currently, “Vwire” is examining ancient masks from Teotihuacan archeological site in central Mexico.

Similar to “Vwire,” Dr. Houston’s project uses modern technology for visual analysis. Her “Visual Page” project is an open source computer program which performs digital analysis of the graphic elements specific to Victorian-era texts. This program not only examines the actual text on the page, but the use of white space in these historical texts. She started with a test case of approximately 60,000 page images from 300 books of poetry printed between 1860 and 1880.

The “Homer Multitext” project, headed by Dr. Hackney, is examining the oldest complete version of The Iliad, dated around the 10th century A.D. By not only examining the text itself, but also the centuries-old, ‘scolia,’ or comments written on the actual manuscript from past scholars, the Homer Multitext offers free, digital  access to a library of texts, images, and tools which allows researchers to discover and engage with the Homeric tradition.

The Texas Digital Humanities Consortium has plans to grow and add more institutes of higher learning that host digital humanities researchers.

For more information about the consortium and the April conference, visit http://www.txdhc.org/. The registration deadline for the conference is March 20.

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Nineteenth-Century Energies in 21st Century Houston

English Department hosts Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference

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The English Department will host an internationally-influential conference at the Hotel Zaza in the museum district March 27 – 30.

The Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference is the annual meeting of an international group of scholars dedicated to interdisciplinary discussion about and research on the nineteenth century.  Each spring since 1986, INCS has hosted the conference to explore a theme of broad interest in nineteenth century studies.

The 2014 gathering, which is expected to draw about 250 attendees, will be the first time the conference will be held in Houston. The conference chair is Lynn Voskuil, associate professor in the Department of English and a noted scholar of Victorian Britain. She is also the Second Vice President of Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies.

“The people who are giving papers are from different fields – literature, history, art history – and a number of papers are interdisciplinary in their methodology, which means that they're drawing on the methods of different fields in a single paper,” Dr. Voskuil said.

For its debut in the ‘energy capital of the world,” the conference selected as its 2014 theme “Nineteenth-Century Energies” and explained its impetus in its online call for papers:

What made the nineteenth century move, tick, and turn?  How were its energies instigated, exchanged, conceived, and converted?  Who was most animated, and who sought lethargy?  What shapes—literal, figurative, material, textual, painted, embodied—did its energies assume?  And how were nineteenth-century energies contained?

In addition to Dr. Voskuil, several CLASS faculty members and graduate students will be presenting papers and leading panel discussions at the conference:

“Did Children Have an Irish Literary Renaissance?” Margot Backus, associate professor of English literature in the Department of English:

“Masonicfilia and Masonicphobia in Nineteenth Century Mexico,” Guillermo de los Reyes, associate professor of Latin American culture and literature in the Department of Hispanic Studies and associate director of the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program

“Flight of the Aeronauts: Navigating Human Innovation and Nature in Mary Shelley’s The Last Man,” Samantha Lay, doctoral candidate in English and American Literature

“Henry Adams: Autobiography and Automobiles,” Patricia Lee Yongue, associate professor of American literature and culture and women’s studies in the Department of English

“Nineteenth-century Revolutions and the Birth of a Spanish National Cinema,” María Elena Soliño, associate professor of Spanish literature and film in the Department of Hispanic Studies

The keynote speakers are Tom Gunning of the University of Chicago and Tim Morton of Rice University. Gunning “has redefined how we think of early cinema by locating its roots in nineteenth-century visual culture,” Dr. Voskuil said. “He has also uncovered new evidence about the audiences of earlier film, showing that they were far more sophisticated that we had previously known.”

“Morton has revolutionized the field of ecocriticism and environmental studies by rethinking the very concept of nature itself,” she continued. “His work is strongly interdisciplinary, drawing on philosophy, literature, and science. He is known particularly in the area of object-oriented ontology.”

For more information about the conference, go to incs2014.org.

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UH Theater Legend Sidney Berger Celebrated Sunday, March 23

Friends and former students pay tribute to deceased School of Theatre & Dance professor

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The name Sidney Berger brings a smile to many people’s faces. He tirelessly built the University of Houston’s small drama department into a world-class school – and in the process entertained Houstonians of all ages.

Berger arrived at UH in 1969 and retired in 2010. For much of that time, he served as the school’s director. Sadly, Prof. Berger passed away last year.

He is gone, but former students, colleagues and friends will never forget him.

Those who knew and loved Prof. Berger will celebrate his memory during “Sidney ‘Doc’ Berger: The Life and Legacy” at 6 p.m., March 23 in UH’s Jose Quintero Theatre.  Admission is free, but seating is limited. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP with Michelle Robinson at michelleleerobinson@gmail.com.

The event will offer recollections from former students and collaborators, as well as scenes and songs. Artists paying tribute to their late friend and mentor include Joel Sandel, Bree Welch, Celeste Roberts, Justin Doran, Pam Guinn, David Wald, Scotty Fults, Chesley Krohn, Laura Yosowitz, James Belcher and Michael Mertz.

“Sidney, or ‘Doc’ as most people affectionately called him, took the School of Theatre & Dance from a tiny department to a well-rounded school that attracted award-winning faculty,” said Jim Johnson, director of the School of Theatre & Dance.

“What I most appreciated about Sidney was that he was not only knowledgeable and passionate about his work and his students, but he put his heart into everything he did,” said Johnson, an associate professor of voice and dialects. “It's been great to see this group of alums come together to create this tribute. It will be a memorial and a reunion.”

Berger was instrumental in recruiting a who’s who of theater teaching talents including Stuart Ostrow, Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Jose Quintero, Cecil Pickett and Sir Peter Hall. He also helped launch the immensely popular Houston Shakespeare Festival, which continues to entertain thousands of Houstonians annually at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Many successful actors learned their crafts from Berger including Robert Wuhl (“Batman”), Jim Parsons (“Big Bang Theory”), Brett Cullen (“Lost”), Cindy Pickett (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”), Loretta Devine (“Waiting to Exhale”), Dennis Quaid and Randy Quaid.

Earlier this year, the Shakespeare Theatre Association awarded the inaugural Sidney Berger Award to Houston actor and director Guy Roberts who worked with Berger several times on the Houston Shakespeare Festival.

“He devoted so much of his time and energy to UH and HSF, and he seemed to love every minute of it,” Johnson said. “He was inspirational, successful, and kind and generous.”

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Social Sciences Lightning Talks series debuts with 3 CLASS grad students

Anthropology master’s candidate and 2 in Sociology among 6 selected to launch new lecture series

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As a new program at the UH Libraries, the Social Sciences Lightning Talks are designed to give graduate students an opportunity to apply public speaking and networking skills, promote an exchange of ideas amongst scholarly thinkers, and highlight the prolific research being conducted at the University of Houston.

Six UH graduate students will discuss their thesis or dissertation research each in a five to 10 minute presentation. They will have the opportunity to field questions from the audience afterward.

The talks are free and open to the public. Refreshments are also offered.

The lecture series launches on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in the Rockwell Pavilion. The presenters and topics are:

  • Theory-Practice Split in Teacher Education
    Bobby Abrol, Ed.D. Candidate in Curriculum and Instruction, Class of 2015
  • Bridging the Gap: the Global Implications of a Self-help Website for OCD
    Christine Bakos-Block, Doctoral Candidate in Social Work, Class of 2015
  • A Content Analysis of Top Selling Video Games and their Production Staff
    Phoenicia Fares, Master’s Candidate in Sociology, Class of 2014
  • Aztec Power Consolidation as Evidenced by the Twin-Stair Pyramid Design at Tenochtitlan
    Aaron Ott, Master’s Candidate in Anthropology/Archaeology, Class of 2015
  • Considering RACIAL and ETHNIC Diversity Experience as a Predictor of Success for Graduate Social Work Students
    Amber Mollhagen, Doctoral Candidate in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences, Class of 2014
  • The role of the ICTs in Iran's political struggles: The Green Movement Case
    Aida Nikou, Master’s Candidate in Sociology, Class of 2015

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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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/Half400//class/_images/spiff-images/160622-tmf.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160622-tmf.pngCLASS160622-tmf.png160622-tmf.pngJune 18: TMF: Musical Firsts

June 24 & 25:  TMF Orchestra Series: 'The Audience's Guide to the Orchestra'

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor. St. John Flynn, narrator.
Juan Esteban Martinez, clarinet (Winner of 2016 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition)
6:30 - 7:20 p.m., Moores Opera House Lobby - Pre-concert entertainment
6:30 - 7:10 p.m., MSM Room 108 - Settling the Score: Pre-concert lecture
7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House - Festival Orchestra Concert

http://www.uh.edu/class/music/tmf/season-schedule/index.php#festival3
//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-blaffer.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-blaffer.pngCLASS160618-blaffer.png160618-blaffer.pngSummer: Blaffer Art Museum to Host Exhibitions by Artists Matthew Ronay and Hilary Lloyd

Summer: Blaffer Art Museum to Host Exhibitions by Artists Matthew Ronay and Hilary Lloyd

Works by two artists on the rise will be on view at UH's Blaffer Art Museum throughout the summer months.

http://blafferartmuseum.org/current-exhibitions/
//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-hsf.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-hsf.pngCLASS160618-hsf.png160618-hsf.pngJuly 29 - August 7: Houston Shakespeare Festival

July 29 - August 7: Houston Shakespeare Festival

Henry V: July 30, August 3, 5, 7
Much Ado About Nothing: July 29, 31, August 2, 4, 6

Each summer, the Houston Shakespeare Festival produces a season of two Shakespeare plays in repertory. All performances by Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre start at 8:15 p.m.

http://www.houstonfestivalscompany.com/hsf/
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UH Moment: Franz Krager

Franz Anton Krager is Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. He has led orchestras around the world, and for 24 years has been instructing musicians at UH.

http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/uh-moment/2016/06/15/156847/156847/
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Mei-Ann Chen, conductor. St. John Flynn, narrator.
Juan Esteban Martinez, clarinet (Winner of 2016 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition)
6:30 - 7:20 p.m., Moores Opera House Lobby - Pre-concert entertainment
6:30 - 7:10 p.m., MSM Room 108 - Settling the Score: Pre-concert lecture
7:30 p.m., Moores Opera House - Festival Orchestra Concert

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//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-blaffer.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-blaffer.pngCLASS160618-blaffer.png160618-blaffer.pngSummer: Blaffer Art Museum to Host Exhibitions by Artists Matthew Ronay and Hilary Lloyd

Summer: Blaffer Art Museum to Host Exhibitions by Artists Matthew Ronay and Hilary Lloyd

Works by two artists on the rise will be on view at UH's Blaffer Art Museum throughout the summer months.

http://blafferartmuseum.org/current-exhibitions/
//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-hsf.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-hsf.pngCLASS160618-hsf.png160618-hsf.pngJuly 29 - August 7: Houston Shakespeare Festival

July 29 - August 7: Houston Shakespeare Festival

Henry V: July 30, August 3, 5, 7
Much Ado About Nothing: July 29, 31, August 2, 4, 6

Each summer, the Houston Shakespeare Festival produces a season of two Shakespeare plays in repertory. All performances by Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre start at 8:15 p.m.

http://www.houstonfestivalscompany.com/hsf/
//class/_images/spiff-images/160618-uh-moment-krager.pngsite://CLASS/class/_images/spiff-images/160618-uh-moment-krager.pngCLASS160618-uh-moment-krager.png160618-uh-moment-krager.pngApril 8: MFA Thesis Exhibition Opening

UH Moment: Franz Krager

Franz Anton Krager is Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. He has led orchestras around the world, and for 24 years has been instructing musicians at UH.

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