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Now – September 5: Early Awnings: Henning Bohl with Sergei Tcherepnin exhibition
On display at the Blaffer Art Museum
Early Awnings is an installation of sculptures, drawings, and sound conceived as a multi-dimensional platform for story-telling by artists Henning Bohl and Sergei Tcherepnin. The work was developed in collaboration with students from UH’s Creative Writing Program. Read more about the exhibition here.

Now – September 5: Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler: Sound Speed Marker exhibition
On display at the Blaffer Art Museum
Claudia Schmuckli, Blaffer’s director and chief curator, contributed to the comprehensive catalog for Sound Speed Marker, a trilogy of video installations, related photographs and an outdoor sculpture by the renowned Swiss-American artist duo, Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler. Organized by Ballroom Marfa, where the exhibition premiered in 2014 before traveling to the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, Sound Speed Marker addresses all the known clichés associated with Texas: its industries of cattle, oil and space, its heroes of cowboys, wildcatters and astronauts, its vast land and skies and extreme weather. Read more about the exhibition here.

June 6 – 27: Texas Music Festival 2015
Presented by the Moores School of Music
The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival was founded in 1990 to provide young professional musicians with a challenging musical environment in which to develop skills in orchestral, chamber music, and solo performance. The intensive four-week orchestral fellowship program on the University of Houston campus is guided by renowned guest conductors, members of Houston’s orchestras, faculty from the Moores and Shepherd schools of music, and other distinguished artists. Review the month-long schedule of concerts and events and purchase tickets here.

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CLASS Faculty in the Media

The journal Preventive Medicine published a study conducted by Daphne Hernandez, assistant professor of , that suggests certain types of stress at home can lead to children becoming obese by age 18. Several media outlets reported on Dr. Hernandez’s findings:
Alabama Media Group ran an article featuring Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, professor of creative writing. The article, AshaKiran's Ray of Hope to feature American Book Award-winning author, is a profile on Divakaruni and her works.
Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science, was a featured commentator on the Houston Matters program, What’s Houston’s Political Identity? He also appeared on the My Fox Houston news segment titled, Dr. Brandon Rottinghaus discusses two cuban americans running for white house.
A research study by Scott Bassinger, associate professor of political science, was highlighted in the Corpus Christi Caller Times article, Why don't politicians know when to get off the stage?
Robert Zaretsky, professor of modern and classical languages, was featured in a Houston Chronicle article about his new book. The article was titled, Professor tracks journey of enlightenment. In addition Zaretsky wrote the following articles:
Momentum recently ran a Q&A with Tracey Ledoux, assistant professor of health and human performance. The article, What’s the scoop on food allergies, weight gain, and disabilities?, featured Ledoux’s responses to various questions concerning food allergies.
Sixto Wagan, director of the UH Center for Arts Leadership, recently hosted the Leadership in the Arts Summit. The event was highlighted in the Houston Public Media article, What Does It Take To Build A 21st Century Arts Community In Houston?
KPRC Channel 2 ran a segment about CounterCurrent titled, 2nd Annual CounterCurrent Festival. Karen Farber, Executive Director of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, appeared on the program to discuss the event.
Kimberly Meyer earned her PhD in Creative Writing at UH and now teaches in The Human Situation sequence in the Honors College. She was featured in the Houston Press article, UH Professor and Author Kimberly Meyer Writes a Memoir About Mothers and Daughters.
Houston Matters recently aired a program titled, Backlog Means Immigration Cases Won’t Be Heard Until 2019. Jeronimo Cortina, assistant professor of Political Science, commented on the growing number of backlogged cases.
Paul Gregory, professor of Economics, appeared in an article titled, Prof. Gregory: Reich is Wrong, the 1 Percent Do Work which ran in NewsMax.
Houston’s environmental issues were the topic of the Houston Public Media program, Earth Day: Analyzing Houston's Environmental Successes And Shortcomings. Martin Melosi, professor of history, has been analyzing the city’s environmental issues for decades and offered insight during the program.