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April 2014

What's Next Here and Now

Three CLASS units launch cutting-edge inaugural events

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Leadership In the Arts Summit convened by Center for Arts Leadership
Texas Digital Humanities Consortium Conference hosted by Digital Humanities @UH
CounterCurrent 2014 presented by Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

India Studies Program hosts novelist Amitav Ghosh on April 10

The India Studies Program in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies will present this month the first lecture in Houston delivered by award-winning author and distinguished scholar Dr. Amitav Ghosh.Dr. Ghosh’s talk, “From Bombay to Canton – Traveling the Opium Route to 19th Century China,” will start at 7 p.m., on Thursday, April 10, at the Asia Society Texas Center. read more

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Sign Language Interpreting students hone skills by entertaining others

The American Sign Language Interpreting undergraduate degree has been offered by the Department of Communication Science and Disorders for only three years. In that time, the program has meshed its academic rigor with an extensive community engagement strategy to better prepare its students for the work world.This spring, two of those outreach efforts are doing more than benefitting the UH and Houston area Deaf community; they are entertaining them, as well. read more

Celebrate and Enjoy the Arts in April

April 3 — 7: Opera: Cold Sassy Tree by Carlisle Floyd, a former Moores School of Music faculty member. An American opera set in a small Southern town in 1900 about a widower who enters into an arranged marriage that turns out to be more than he imagined it would be. Purchase tickets here.

April 4 — 19: 36th School of Art MFA Thesis Exhibition at the Blaffer Art Museum. Public Opening and Reception 6 – 9 p.m. on Friday, April 4.

April 4 — 5: Leadership in the Arts Summit convened by the Center for Arts Leadership. Friday: 12:30 – 6 p.m. and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the UH Athletics and Alumni Center.

April 5 — 6: The 10-Minute Play Festival, premiering 14 short plays written by School of Theatre & Dance Bachelor of Fine Arts in Playwriting candidates and other local playwrights. Purchase tickets here.

April 9: Cultivating Creativity: Curated Conversations Benefitting the School of Art An evening of fine dining and conversation with artists and designers that will include a silent auction of creativity and experiences in the Rockwell Pavilion in M.D. Anderson Library. All proceeds support student scholarships in the School of Art. Event chairs are Melissa Edwards and Norman Ewart. Purchase tickets here.

April 9 – 13: CounterCurrent 2014, a multidisciplinary experimental art festival curated by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. To be held at venues throughout Houston. Reserve free festival passes here.

April 14: 2014 Arts and Medicine Lecture: “The Art of Observation” by John Wolf, M.D. at 11 a.m. in Cullen Performance Hall. Presented by the Blaffer Art Museum. Reserve free tickets here.

April 16: Jazz Concert: “The Great American Song Book” showcasing the works Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Harold Arlen. Performed by the Moores Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. in Moores Opera House at Entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. Purchase tickets here.

April 18: Gulf Coast Reading Series. The last of the 2013-14 academic year features works by the literary and art magazine’s editor and managing editor. Starts at 7 p.m. in the upper room of Rudyard’s British Pub, 2010 Waugh Dr. Free and open to all.

April 18 — 20 & April 24 — 27: Play: The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry. The opening night production will be accessible to the Deaf community through American Sign Language interpreters. Purchase tickets here.

April 25 — May 10: School of Art Annual Student Exhibition at the Blaffer Art Museum. Public Opening and reception 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 25.

April 26: Concert version of Leonard Bernstein's Candide honoring David Ashley White, director of the Moores School of Music. 7:30 p.m. Moores Opera House. Purchase tickets here.

CLASS Alumni/ae Notes

The College congratulates five of its alums on their appointments to the newly created University of Houston Board of Visitors:
  J. Downey Bridgwater
Comerica Bank Houston President J. Downey Bridgwater,
1984 Bachelor of Music
  Fermeen Fazal
Gibbs and Bruns, LLP attorney Fermeen Fazal,
1997 Bachelor of Arts in English
  Laura G. Murillo
Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Laura G. Murillo,
1989 Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
  Dominique Sachse
KPRC-NBC 2 News Anchor Dominique Sachse,
1990 Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television
  Darryl A. Schroeder
Lonestar Energy Fabrication CEO Darryl A. Schroeder,
1969 Bachelor of Science in Economics
Additional congratulations are extended to CLASS alums Charles A. McClelland Jr. and Mary Page Prince, recipients of 2014 UH Black Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Awards.
  Charles A. McClelland Jr.
Chief McClelland was sworn in as chief of the Houston Police Department, the nation’s 5th largest police agency. He joined HPD in 1977 as a patrol officer and rose through the ranks during a career spanning more than three decades. In that time, he earned at UH a BS in criminology in 1998 and a MA in Sociology in 2000.
  Charles A. McClelland Jr.
Ms. Prince was awarded a BA in graphic design in 1983. She owns and operates Rookies Cookies bakery and Without Ceasing prayer stool manufacturing company.
  Jessica E. Jones
The 2014 edition of the Houston Press’ 100 Creatives series saluted Jessica E. Jones, who earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in performance from the Moores School of Music. The profile Jessica E. Jones, Opera Singer describes her career trajectory, including her performance in the title role of the Opera in the Heights production of “Lucia di Lammermoor.”
  John Pluecker
The Houston Press also selected John Pluecker, 2006 (?) MA in Spanish, to profile in the 100 Creatives 2014 series: John Pluecker, Writer, Poet and Language Justice Worker. Pluecker is co-founder of Antena, a language experimentation collaboration that began a Blaffer Art Museum residency in January.
  Rob Wright
Rob Wright, 1992 BA in economics, has expanded his entertainment company with the opening earlier this year of Prospect Park Sports Bar and Kitchen in the Galleria area. The entrepreneur co-owns the new restaurant/nightclub venue, as well as Sugarhill Lounge in Third Ward, with Steven Rogers.
  David A. Brown
David A. Brown, who studied sculpture in the School of Art and works as a photographer, was featured in the Houston Chronicle article, Houston photographer deconstructs time to reveal mindful, present moment. His photos recently were exhibited at Houston’s Jung Center in a show titled “Trying to find my way…”.

CLASS Students in the Media

PhD student in creative writing, David Tomás Martínez, is the subject of the San Antonio Express News article, Ex-gangbanger finds his way through words. His first book of poetry, titled Hustle, was recently published.

Houston Chronicle intern and Jack J. Valenti School of Communication senior Kate Morris wrote the front-page article, At rodeo's last day, a fan shows the ropes to first-timer, in the March 24 edition of the Houston Chronicle:

Theater LaB Houston’s production of Sixty Miles to Silver Lake features sophomore Jacob Perkel. His performance is applauded in the article, BWW Interviews: Linda Phenix Talks Regional Premiere of Sixty Miles to Silver Lake.

CLASS Faculty in the Media

The International Qur'anic Studies Association, co-founded by Emran El-Badawi, director of the Arab Studies Program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, was featured in the Houston Chronicle article Bridging Atlantic divide in studies of Quran.

Associate Professor of Political Science Tanya Bagashka commented about recent political events in Russia in several media outlets:
The New York Times article America Exports Democracy, Just Not the Way You Think included comments by Susan Scarrow, chair of the Department of Political Science.

Nicolás Kanellos, professor of Hispanic Studies and director of Arte Púbilco Press, was quoted in the Houston Chronicle article Author's storytelling takes readers back to the border about author Rolando Hinojose-Smith.

Leigh Leasure, assistant professor of psychology, appeared in Warning: Expert at UH adds obesity to side effects of lead exposure, a Science Codex article about the relationship between lead exposure and adult-onset obesity in men.

CounterCurrent 2014, the new multidisciplinary experimental art festival being launched by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, was spotlighted in two CultureMap Houston articles: Houston gets a new edgy arts festival based on a trendy Austin staple: Ready for CounterCurrent? and New CounterCurrent festival gets all charged up at kickoff celebration. Mitchell Center Director Karen Farber is quoted in both.

Daphne Hernandez, assistant professor of Health and Human Performance, and her students who took the Food Stamp Challenge were featured in several media outlets:
Dr. Daphne Hernandez, University of Houston - Food Insecurity, NPR-WAMC Northeast Public Radio headquartered in Albany, N.Y.

Academic Minute: Food Insecurity, Inside Higher Ed

Wednesday letters: Lent, tax code, poll taxes, Houston Chronicle

A recent study examined how cyber bullying affects suicide rates. John Vincent, professor of psychology, commented on the findings in the MyFoxHouston story, New study says Cyber bullying increases rates in suicides.

Garth Jowett, professor of communications, explained the tradition of Mardi Gras on CBS – KHOU11’s Great Day Houston in a segment titled, Mardi Gras history.

Political Science professor, Richard Murray, was quoted in several media outlets recently:
Dr. Murray and Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science, both commented on the affect winter weather has on voter participation in the Houston Chronicle article, Weather could dampen voter enthusiasm at primary polls.

Dr. Rottinghaus also appeared in several additional news outlets recently:
The Salt Lake Tribune included comments by Jeronimo Cortina, assistant professor of political science, in the article Sinaloa cartel uses street gangs as U.S. franchises.
Dr. Cortina also wrote a piece for the Houston Chronicle, titled Cortina: Venezuela's broken economic model needs to be fixed.

Robert Zaretsky, professor of history, wrote a piece for The Boston Globe titled, How do you upset the French? Gender theory.
Ed Hirs, a lecturer in Economics, appeared in several media outlets recently:
The research of Arthur Santana, professor of Communications, appeared in several news reports:
His research was mentioned in the Fox News report, Grapevine: Call to unmask anonymous online commenters, in the WCCO story, Good Question: Why Are There So Many Mean, Anonymous Commenters Online?, and in the Cleveland Plain Dealer article, Anonymous comments, Internet trolls and research into what we already know: Ted Diadiun.

Santana’s work also appeared in the Orlando Sentinel article, The scary world of anonymous comment boards.

Glasstire recently ran an article promoting the Leadership in the Arts Summit hosted by the Center for Arts Leadership titled, Leadership in the Arts Summit at University of Houston.

Ryan Kennedy, professor of political science, commented on the iTV article, When Big Isn’t Better: How the Flu Bug Bit Google.

For individuals who are looking to move from the Houston suburbs into the downtown area, developers are proposing six residential projects for downtown Houston. Steven Craig, associate dean of faculty and research, commented on the effectiveness of a subsidy program would have in attracting new downtown residents in the Houston Chronicle article, Downtown views call to many suburbanites

April 1: “Pedagogy of Love: The Theory and Praxis of the Innovative Mexican American Studies Program in Tucson” lecture by education consultant Curtis Acosta. Sponsored Department of English, Center of Mexican Studies and College of Education.5:30 p.m. in Room 104 of the Roy G. Cullen Building.

April 2: Department of Health and Human Performance lecture: “The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals and Changing the Game,” by Leigh Steinberg, who represented more than 150 professional athletes, including 8 men selected as the No. 1 pick in the National Football League draft. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Room 205 of Garrison Gym. Free, but seating limited to first 160.

April 3: Jack J. Valenti School of Communication Student Scholarship Reception
The 6:30 – 8 p.m. event will feature a keynote address by Dominique Sachse ’90, a main anchor for KRPC-TV Channel 2, the NBC affiliate in Houston.

April 9: Department of Psychology Lecture: “The Association Between Sleep and Academic Performance: Mechanisms, Implications for Children with ADHD, and Intervention Strategies”  by Reut Gruber, Ph.D., Clinical Child Psychologist, McGill University, Douglas Research Center. 8:30 a.m. in the UH Health and Biomedical Sciences Building (HBSB) Auditorium.

April 10: India Studies Program Lecture: “From Bombay to Canton: Traveling the Opium Route to 19th Century China” by novelist Amitav Ghosh, Ph.D. Followed by Q&A between Dr. Ghosh and Chitra Divakaruni, UH professor of creative writing. 7 p.m. at Asia Society of Texas, 1370 Southmore Blvd. Free and open to the public. Reserve seating here.

April 10 – 12: Texas Digital Humanities Consortium Conference on the UH campus. Access conference registration and schedule here.

For more events, check the CLASS calendar.

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