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Tuesday, November 1-30, 2016

Analia Saban Exhibition

10:00am – 5:00pm, Blaffer Art Museum

Analia Saban (b. 1980, Buenos Aires) takes a forensic approach to media and their embedded traditions and conventions. Surveying art history as if it was a “murder scene,” she peels back layers of material histories and subject matters in search of new directions and possibilities. Currently working across painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography, she uses the constituent parts of each as her very subject matter. This exhibition traces 10 years of Saban’s research through 30 works made between 2005 and 2015 and will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue.

Analia Saban is organized by Claudia Schmuckli, Curator-in-Charge, Contemporary Art and Programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA, and former Director and Chief Curator at Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston. The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Janet and Paul Hobby, Howard and Beverly Robinson, Judy and Scott Nyquist, Barbara and Michael Gamson, and George and Linda Kelly. The catalogue is supported by Agnes Gund and Jill and Jay Bernstein. Additional funding is provided by our First Take patrons Leslie and Brad Bucher, Jereann Chaney, Krista and Mike Dumas, Cullen K. Geiselman, Cecily Horton, and the John P. McGovern Foundation and support from the Cecil Amelia Blaffer von Furstenberg Endowment for Exhibitions and Program, the Houston Endowment, Inc., the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Jo and Jim Furr Exhibition Endowment at Blaffer Art Museum, and The George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation.

Blake Rayne Exhibition

10:00am – 5:00pm, Blaffer Art Museum

Tracing ten years of practice through more than thirty works including paintings, silkscreens, sculptures, moving-images works, and ephemera, Blake Rayne is the first solo museum presentation dedicated to the work of the New York-based artist. A central figure in shaping current debates about painting, Rayne puts to the test how the medium is responding to shifts in technology, labor conditions, and temporal paradigms.

Blake Rayne is organized by Javier Sánchez Martínez, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow at Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Coogs Vote Rally

10:00am – 2:30pm, Student Center Ballroom

The UH Student Government Association will be hosting the Coogs Vote Rally on Tuesday, November 1 with speakers and a civic organization fair from 10:00am – 1:00pm in the Student Center South Ballroom. At 1:00pm, the group will walk to the Metro stop to depart at 1:30pm and vote at the Palm Center. All students who join the rally and vote will be entered in a drawing to win prizes!

Cultural Conversations: Beauty Standards in Society

2:00pm – 3:00pm, Center for Diversity and Inclusion – Student Center South B12

This cultural conversation will be a discussion about beauty standards across different cultures and groups. We will discuss how standards of beauty are portrayed in the media, and how there are different professional standards and beauty expectations for people of different identities and backgrounds.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Unique Holdings: A History of Responsiveness

12:00pm – 1:00pm, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion – MD Anderson Library

Founded in 1982 as the Kaposi's Sarcoma Committee, AIDS Foundation Houston is Texas’ first organization dedicated to HIV prevention, education, and services. In August, the University of Houston's Special Collections began collaborating with AFH to preserve their archives and make them available to the public for viewing and research. Join CEO Kelly Young, Chief Program Officer Nike Blue, librarian Vince Lee, and professor Whitney Cox for a discussion of what these archives contain, how they came to be a part of UH's collection, and the importance of this history to the ongoing fight against AIDS.

International Marketplace

12:00pm – 4:00pm, Butler Plaza (in front of the library)

Come to the Council of Ethnic Organization’s International Marketplace! Here you can meet members of the Council of Ethnic Organizations and members of many cultural student organizations. Visit their booths and experience some of the countries and customs represented at the University of Houston. International food will be available for purchase from student organizations. Come by to experience culture and try food from all over the world!

LGBTQ Awareness Workshop

12:30pm – 1:30pm, Student Center North, Synergy Room (N212)

While tremendous strides have been made toward creating policies and spaces inclusive of the LGBTQ community in the U.S., homophobia and transphobia continue to have a negative impact on the lives of the LGBTQIA people. In an effort to create a more welcoming and inclusive campus, this workshop seeks to increase awareness and build support for the LGBTQ community amongst University of Houston students, faculty and staff, while reducing instances of bullying, name-calling, and violence.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

(MIS) Understanding Hijab

12:30pm – 2:00pm, Student Center South, Midtown Room

A panel discussion on the topic of Hijab. Join us to learn what the Hijab is, why women choose to wear it, and the impact is has made in their lives.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Health & Community Service Career Fair

11:00am – 2:00pm, Farish Hall Kiva Room

The Health Student Association and Human Development and Family Studies department will be hosting the event.

26th Annual Choral Invitational

7:00pm – 9:00pm, Moores Opera Center

26th Annual Choral Invitational Concert Chorale with Clements, Davis, Friendswood, and Morton Ranch High Schools*, Betsy Cook Weber, Janet Menzie*, Daryle Freeman*, Janwin Overstreet-Goode*, Tracey Patterson*, conductors. (*indicates guest artists)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

FirePower: Women, Guns & Gun Control

11:30am – 1:00pm, Rockwell Pavilion UH MD Anderson Library

The Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series features interviews with Houston women on diverse topics which are videotaped and collected in the Carey C. Shuart Women's Archive at the UH Library, Special Collections. Lunch provided with RSVP Parking available in Welcome Center garage at Entrance 1, cross street to Library.

Studio and Chamber Recital

8:30pm – 9:30pm, Dudley Recital Hall

This recital will feature music performed by students of Mark Barton.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Studio Recital

6:30pm – 7:30pm, Moores School of Music Room 106

This recital will feature music performed by students of Peggy Russell.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Guest Recital: Jennifer Hayghe

7:30pm – 9:00pm, Dudley Recital Hall

The Art of Music and the Music of Art with Jennifer Hayghe, piano (University of Colorado - Boulder). Works by Bach, Granados, Liszt, and Mussorgsky

Marching Band Benefit Concert

7:30pm – 9:00pm, Moores Opera Center

Support the "Spirit of Houston" Cougar Marching Band at a fun-filled, exciting evening of music and dance. Donations of $20 or more receive a special gift.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Rock the Campus

9:00am – 2:00pm, check in at Lynn Eusan Park

*All Spirit Cup teams will check in at Butler Plaza

Join the Metropolitan Volunteer Program and other on campus departments at Rock the Campus! Volunteers will meet at either Lynn Eusan, and Spirit Cup teams will meet at Butler Plaza to be assigned a campus beautification project. Come and serve your campus alongside students, staff, faculty, and Alumni. Volunteering will take place for the first two and a half hours, then we will transform Lynn Eusan Park into a block party. During the block party, lunch will be served, we will take a moment of silence for our Veterans, reflect on the work done through the day, and celebrate Citizenship Month.

Register for Rock the Campus

Engineering Rockwell Lecture Series - Reflections on Sustainable Futures

2:30pm – 4:30pm, Engineering Lecture Hall L2D2

Reflections on Sustainable Futures: The Trade-Off Challenge Presented by: Michael Kavanaugh, PhD, P.E., BCEE, NAE, Principal, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.

Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context lecture series presents Douglas Crimp (U. of Rochester), "Why Dance"

6:30pm – 8:00pm, Fine Arts Building Room 110

In the past decade, the art world has embraced dance as never before, with myriad exhibitions, film screenings, performances, residencies, even acquisitions. Many are asking why, ”Why dance? Why now? Conferences are convened to answer the question; articles are written; books are in the works. My approach to the question is personal, a self-interrogation. As someone who loved to dance (as a social dancer) and loved dance (as a spectator), I hadn’t thought of it as a question. But now that it is being so insistently posed as a question, and now that I have begun to write about dance, I too want to answer it. Join us before the lectures for extended viewing hours at the Blaffer Art Museum and a pre-talk reception with light food and beverages from 5-6:30pm.

Faculty Recital: Vagram Saradjian

7:30pm – 9:00pm, Moores Opera Center

This recital features the award-winning cellist, Dr. Vagram Saradjian.

Nico & Vinz

8:00pm – 11:00pm, Cullen Performance Hall

International music sensation Nico & Vinz will be performing at Cullen Performance Hall as part of Homecoming activities at the University of Houston. Nico & Vinz are a Norwegian duo comprising Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery who gained international fame with their 2013 hit song, “Am I Wrong.”

Monday, November 14, 2016

Responding to Our World: A Celebration of the New Voices Breaking Boundaries Archives

5:30pm – 7:00pm, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion – MD Anderson Library

Join the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections and Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB) at a unique gathering to launch the archiving of VBB founder Sehba Sarwar’s two-decade artistic career and VBB’s extensive, multi-sensory 17-year history. The evening will include refreshments and opportunities to engage with Sehba Sarwar and VBB’s work in Houston and beyond.

AURA Contemporary Ensemble

7:30pm – 9:00pm, Moores Opera Center

Rob Smith, director, Alejandro Baulto Martinez, assistant director, Melanie Sonnenberg, mezzo-soprano, Kamran Ince, guest composer. Presenting:Crossroads: Works by Kamran Ince

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Diversity 101 Workshop

12:00pm – 1:00pm, Student Center North Senate Chamber Room 204

What does diversity even mean, and why does it matter? This workshop discusses the meaning of diversity and explores the multiple diversities that exist. Participants also identify the relevance of one’s own cultural identities and leave with an enhanced understanding of how to embrace diversity in order to work more effectively across differences.

International Explosion

7:00pm – 9:30pm, Cullen Performance Hall

The Council of Ethnic Organization's International Explosion is where different cultural student organizations on campus will be performing in an international talent show with performances from all over the world! The top three performances will win cash prizes and a trophy. Don't forget to bring a friend and enjoy the diversity that the University of Houston has to offer! We hope to see you there!

Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds Concert

7:30pm – 9:00pm, Moores Opera Center

This concert will be conducted by Marc Martin and David Clemmer as directors. Cost of admission is $12.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Language Exchange

2:00pm – 4:00pm, Center for Diversity and Inclusion – Student Center South B12

As a part of International Education Week, students, faculty and staff are invited to practice speaking other languages, learn about different cultures and enjoy international food and beverages.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series Presents Anthony Ervin

6:00pm – 7:00pm, Student Center South Theater

Olympian, Author and Tsunami Relief Activist, Anthony Ervin shares his personal journey to become a world record holder and Olympic Gold medalist. In this one hour presentation he shares his past challenges with mental health, drug addiction, and connecting to his cultural heritage. A Question & Answer session and Book Signing will conclude this event.

Jazz Orchestra

7:30pm – 9:00pm, Moores Opera House

This concert will be directed by associate professor of music and director of the Jazz Institution of the Texas Music Festival, Noe Marmolejo.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Transition Shower

5:00pm – 7:00pm, Student Center South, Bayou City Room

A celebration of gender identity and expression! Join us for the festivities including a clothes swap, food, and more! Cost-Clothing donations will be accepted.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Percussion Ensemble II

7:30pm – 9:00pm, Moores Opera Center

This concert will be directed by professor of percussion Blake Wilkins and freelance artist Alec Warren.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Transgender Day of Remembrance

7:00pm – 9:30pm, AD Bruce Religion Center

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The annual memorial will take place on the University of Houston's campus and is co-sponsored by the Houston Transgender Unity Committee. A reception with drinks and hor d' oeuvres will take place before the reading of the names. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Wind Ensemble

2:30pm – 4:00pm, Moores Opera Center

This concert will be conducted by David Clemmer.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Madden ’17 Tournament and Houston Texans Watch Party

7:00pm, Student Center Theater

Join us in the Student Center Theater for a night of friendly competition! Compete in Madden ’17 to be crowned the best Madden player on campus and win prizes, or sit back and watch the Houston Texans play the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City on the big screen. For more information on how to sign up, contact

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Baroque Trio Sonata Recital

7:30pm – 9:00pm, Dudley Recital Hall

This recital will feature students of Elise Wagner and Jonathan Fischer.