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October 6: Houston’s Helping Hand: Remembering Katrina panel discussion
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Ballroom East, Student Center
Presented by Houston History magazine and the Center for Public History
Former Houston Mayor Bill White and Neil Frank, former director of the National Hurricane Center, participate in a panel discussion about hurricanes that have battered the Gulf Coast and the massive organizational effort the City of Houston made to provide relief to Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

October 8: Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context Lecture Series NoW/here: The Present as an Entanglement of Absences by Allan deSouza
1 p.m. in Room 110 of the Fine Arts Building
Presented by the School of Art, the Blaffer Art Museum and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
“Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context” is a speaker series that brings together leading voices in the field of contemporary art. Internationally recognized scholars, curators, artists and writers will investigate the idea of the contemporary as both a temporal and aesthetic framework to broaden a critical understanding about how we situate current artistic practice. Allan deSouza is Chair of the Department of Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley. His art practice encompasses photography, installation, text, performance and pedagogy.

October 8: “Food and the African Diaspora” lecture series launch
Talk by Toni Tipton-Martin, author of The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin
Presented by the Gulf Coast Food Project at the University of Houston
This talk by the culinary journalist and community activist Toni Tipton-Martin is the first in a year-long exploration of African and African American foodways, “Food and the African Diaspora,” being conducted by the Gulf Coast Food Project. The project is a interdisciplinary initiative that brings food studies research and creative endeavors into the classroom and community.

October 9 – 11 & 15 - 18: FuenteOvejuna play by Lope de Vega
8 p.m. performances for all dates except 2 p.m. matinees on the 11th and 18th
Quintero Theatre in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Building
Presented by the School of Theater and Dance
Directed by Associate Professor Keith Byron Kirk, FuenteOvejuna is about a town run by the rapacious overlord, Commander Guzmán. The villagers endure his cruel atrocities until he goes too far – kidnapping the mayor’s daughter, Laurencia, and her fiancé on their wedding day. Escaping Guzman’s clutches, Laurencia galvanizes the town to finally extract their revenge, but at what price? Purchase tickets here.

October 15: The 2015 Gulf Coast Gala honoring Jeff Fort
In support of Gulf Coast: A Literary Journal of Literature and Fine Arts
This event brings together Houston's remarkable art aficionados and supporters of the literary and visual arts to raise money for Gulf Coast. This year's event honors Jeff Fort, a staunch supporter of the nonprofit periodical written and edited by Creative Writing graduate students. For more information, call 713- 743-3223 or e-mail

October 23 – 26: Manon opera by Jules Massenet
7:30 p.m. performances for all dates except a 2 p.m. matinee on the 25th
Moores Opera House
Presented by the Moores School of Music and the Moores Opera Center
As the saying goes, good girls go to heaven and bad girls go everywhere. Manon goes to Paris and during her brief lifetime breaks a lot of hearts, including her own. Manon is an endlessly melodic, lavish and splendid evocation of the 18th century in all its decadence and glamor that is oh, so French. Sung in the original French with English surtitles. Purchase tickets here.

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CLASS Faculty in the Media

The third annual University of Houston Mitchell Artist Lecture on Collaboration was delivered on Sept. 16 by spouses/music and performance art collaborators Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran as part of Moran's three-year artist residency with the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.
Storify | Media coverage
Richard Murray, professor of political science, offered his expertise on the current presidential election in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram article, Cruz can out-preach Trump, but that may not matter.
Moores School of Music professor Matthew Dirst founded Ars Lyrica Houston in 1998. Ars Lyrica Houston specializes in historically informed performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. The Classical Voice America article, Barton Lets Vocal Fireworks Fly In Baroque Showcase, features Dirst as well as some of the Ars Lyrica performers.
In the Healthline article, Study on Masculinity and Violence Is Misleading, Expert Says, Tamler Sommers, associate professor of philosophy, offered his expert opinion about why a study recently released that proclaimed men who feel less masculine may be more violent may be misleading.
Professor Tony Hoagland's new poetry collection, “Application for Release From the Dream," was reviewed in the Houston Chronicle article, Awake, in the real world: New Hoagland poetry.
Professor of modern and classical languages, Robert Zaretsky, wrote The View from Bodrum for LA Review of Books.