The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at UH

December News Update

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the December issue of CLASS, the College’s monthly update of news and events.

Occasionally we hear from alumni who write to express their gratitude for being included on the mailing list for this newsletter or to comment on a story.  We also sometimes hear from alumni who voice their confusion over being considered a CLASS alumnus. We are not surprised to hear from some alums who are not aware of their connection to the College. 

Unlike students who take degrees from professional schools, students in the liberal arts and social sciences tend to identify more strongly with a major department than the college.  For CLASS alumni, the issue of identification is compounded by the history of the college itself.  The current configuration of departments and even the acronym CLASS is only about ten years old.  Therefore, with the exception of very recent graduates, alumni may have received their degrees in majors that were once located in the College of Humanities, Fine Arts and Communication, or the College of Social Sciences or even the College of Education.

Regardless of why they write, we are pleased to learn that we are connecting with alumni. We want them to feel a sense of pride in the College, especially the accomplishments of current faculty and students who are the focus of much of what we print. We also want to feature stories about our alumni that reflect positively on the College.


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Alums and other artists create out-of-the-box exhibition

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Top Story

Alums and other artists transform big boxes
into works of art

PODA - exhibition

The Portable On Demand Art (P.O.D.A.) Project is a temporary public art exhibition of portable storage units transformed into a works of art.


The P.O.D.A. project provides a non-traditional platform for artists to explore the cultural, ecological, political, scientific and socio-economic forces shaping Houston's aspirations for the future, and showcases our city as a vibrant arts and cultural capital and museum mecca for locals and visitors alike. read more.

Highlights & Headlines

Monica Perales

Monica Perales recognized with best urban history book award

Department of History


$150,000 gift funds violin scholarships

Moores School of Music

Marie Theresa Hernandez

Jewish Studies program set to begin at UH

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Research & Collaboration

Clayton Neighbors

$2.8 million NIH grant funds research on alcohol consumption in college

Department of Psychology


Grant funds cross-border obesity research in US and Mexico

Texas Obesity Research Center

HHP graduate Student

HHP Graduate Student Research Day

Department of Health and Human Performance

Experts & Commentators

Dr. Freeland

Drawing the line
The Canberra (Australia) Times
Department of Philosophy

Opera Alum - Rebecca Heath

Opera alum makes professional debut
Houston Chronicle
Moores School of Music

Music Alumn - Jason Petzold

UH alum helping grow Houston music scene
Houston Chronicle
Jack J. Valenti School of Communication

Census -finds

Census finds thousands of Californians flocking to Texas
Houston Chronicle
School of Art



  • Suhr Flute Studio Recital
    Thursday, December 1, 6:30pm
    Location: Dudley Recital Hall
    Price: Free
    Contact: Moores School of Music at 713-743-3313

  • Occupy This! Marginalized Voices Go Public – a roundtable discussion on counterpublics and the public sphere
    Thursday, December 1; 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Location: Roy Cullen Hall, Room 105
    Price: Free

  • Theatre for Young Audiences presnts: The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge  By Mark Brown, Directed by Jon L. Egging
    Friday, December 2; 10am and 1pm
    Location: Quintero 133, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center .
    Price: $20 general admission, $15 UH faculty, staff and alumni, $10 students and seniors
    Contact: 713-743-2929 or visit

  • School of Art Open Studios
    Friday, December 2, 6pm
    Location: Fine Arts Building (entire building)
    Price: Free
    Contact: Andrea Johnson at 713-743-3001

  • Emerging Choreographers Showcase: Produced by the UH Center for Choreography
    Friday, December 2 at 7:30pm, December 3 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm
    Location: Wortham Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center
    Price: $20 general admission, $15 UH faculty, staff and alumni, $10 students and seniors
    Contact: 713-743-2929 or visit

  • Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Transcriptions-in-Reverse
    Friday, December 2, 7:30pm
    Location: Moores’ Opera House
    Price: $20 general admission, $15 UH faculty, staff and alumni, $10 students and seniors
    Contact: Moores School of Music 713-743-3313

  • Communograph Bus Tour: Architecture and Community with Stephen Fox Exploring John Bigger’s principle of “Good and Relevant Architecture”
    Saturday, December 3, 2pm
    Location: 2521 Holman, Project Row Houses
    Price: $10, reservation required
    Contact: 713-526-7662 or email Cheryl Flores at


  • Glorias, Carols, and Lullabies: A Latin Christmas
    Sunday, December 4, 2:30pm
    Location: Moores’ Opera House
    Price: Free
    Contact: Moores School of Music at 713-743-3313

  • Chamber Recital
    Monday, December 5, 6pm
    Location: Dudley Recital Hall
    Price: Free
    Contact: Moores School of Music 713-743-3313

  • African American Studies hosts U.S. Olympian John Carlos,
    author of The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World
    Thursday, December 8; 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Location: Honors College Lounge, Room 212 in M.D. Anderson Library
    Price: Free
    Contact: 713-743-2811

  • Sing-Along Messiah
    Friday, December 9, 8pm
    Location: Wortham Center, Cullen Theatre
    Price: Varies
    Contact: Visit

  • Film Screening: Untitled by Jim Hodges, Carlos Marques da Cruz and Encke King
    Friday, December 9; 7 – 8:30 p.m.
    Location: Freed Auditorium, Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Blvd.
    Price: Free
    Contact: 713-284-8255

  • Complete Messiah
    Saturday, December 10, 8pm
    Location: Wortham Center, Cullen Theatre
    Price: Varies
    Contact: Visit

DECEMBER 11 - 17

  • P.O.D.A. (Portable On Demand Art) Project Reception
    Thursday, December 15; 5 – 7 p.m.
    Location: The green outside the Fine Arts Building
    Price: Free
    Contact: Mike Guidry,

  • Language and Culture Center Graduation Ceremony
    Thursday, December 15, 2pm
    Location: A.D. Bruce Religion Center Chapel
    Contact: LCC Office at 713 743 3030 or email

  • CLASS Pre-Commencement Reception
    Friday, December 16, 7am – 8:30 am
    Location: O’Quinn Great Hall, Alumni Center
    Price: Free, student RSVP required
    Contact: Visit Reservation page

  • CLASS Fall 2011 Commencement Ceremony
    Friday, December 16 9am – 11am
    Location: Hofheinz Pavilion
    Contact: Visit CLASS Commencement

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