The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at UH

June News Update


Upcoming Events

May 30 - Exhibit
Museum of Broken
Saturday, May 21 – Saturday,
June 4
Blaffer Art Museum (Closed
Sundays, Mondays and UH
Price: Free


May 30 - Study Abroad
Liberal Studies Summer Seminar in Italy
Saturday, May 21 – Sunday June 26
Location: Rome
Contact: Dr. Thomas Behr


June 3- Exhibit
Anton Ginzburg: At the Back of the North Wind
Friday, June 3 – Sunday Nov. 27
Location: Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Bollani
Contact: 713-743-9521 or


June 4- Study Abroad
Department of Hispanic Studies Summer Program in Spain
Saturday, June 4  – Saturday, July 2

Location: Cadiz, Granada and Sevilla
Contact: 713-743-3716 or


June 11 - Conference
TEDx Houston
Saturday, June 11
Location: Wortham Theatre in the Cynthia Wood Mitchell Center for the Arts, UH central campus
Price: Must apply to attend


June 11 - Music
Immanuel & Helen Olshan 2011 Texas Music Festival ®
Saturday, June 11 – Saturday, July 2
Location: Moores Opera House, University of Houston; Presidential Conference Center, Texas A & M University; and, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands.
Price: Varies by performance
Contact: 713-743-3313 or, Texas A & M tickets 979-845-1234 or


June 13 - Author Event
You Don't Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens, editor Sarah Cortez and contributors Gwendolyn Zepeda, Diana Lopez, Bertha Jacobson and Nanette Guadiano
Monday, June 13; 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Location: Barnes and Noble San Pedro, 321 N.W. Loop 410 #104, San Antonio
Price: Free
Contact: 210-342-0008 or http://store-


China - Study Abroad
Department of Modern & Classical Languages Summer Program in China
Tuesday, July 5 –  Sunday, August 7

Location: Beijing
Contact: 713-743-8350 or


African American Studies Summer Program in Ghana
Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 31

Location: Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast and Aburi
Contact: 713-743-2811


July 29 - Theater
Houston Shakespeare Festival: Othello
Friday, July 29 and 31 and Aug. 2, 4 and 6. All performances at 8:30 p.m.
Location: Miller Outdoor Theater
Price:Free. Open seating on the hill. Covered seat tickets available (4 per person) at the theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. - 1p.m.
Contact: 281-373-3386


July 30 - Theatre
Houston Shakespeare Festival: The Taming of the Shrew
Friday, July 29 and 31 and Aug. 2, 4 and 6. All performances at 8:30 p.m.
Location: Miller Outdoor Theater
Price: Open seating on the hill. Covered seat tickets available (4 per person) at the Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1p.m.
Contact: 281-373-3386



Dear Readers,

Welcome to the June issue of CLASS, the college’s monthly update of news and events.

Last month we introduced some of the talented CLASS students who graduated on May 13.  As we focus this month’s edition on more varied fare, I focus my remarks on faculty, without whom our graduates would not enjoy the success that most find after graduation.  Faculty deserve our attention for the influential role that they play not only in educating students in particular fields but also in preparing them for productive and fulfilling lives as global citizens.

One of the ironies of being a professor in the liberal arts and social sciences, however, is that we seldom know the impact that we have on students. Our greatest impact is most often realized at a remove from us. It is true that many of us remain in contact with former graduate advisees who become colleagues that we encounter occasionally at conferences and other professional gatherings. With few exceptions, however, we are seldom able to follow the careers of the many bright and energetic undergraduate students with whom we have the pleasure of teaching in our classes. These students most often find professional success in fields that we rarely follow such as business, law, medicine, or public service.

The fact that we do not know the fate of the vast majority of the students that we teach each year is probably not a bad thing. It allows us to sustain a belief that what we teach remains forever a positive influence in their lives and that they all go on to become better human beings for having had access to our wisdom. Perhaps, more importantly, it frees us to focus on the present generation of students who enter our classes to secure the foundational knowledge that the liberal arts provide for professional achievement and successful lives. We know that there is no more likely place to find answers to some of life's most enduring questions than in a liberal arts classroom where transformative truths are revealed in every lecture. And this is the role that our faculty play so well.


Dean John W. Roberts signature


Bold and beautiful word play at emerging writers’ conference

How does an unpublished writer get better at the craft so she can get published if just about every writing conference is for established writers?

Boldface 2011 - emerging writers' conference

That’s the dilemma creative writing undergraduate students put to their English Department advisers and got back an unexpected answer: fix the problem.

So the student staff of Glass Mountain magazine, the undergraduate literary journal, created and organized Boldface, a writing conference for emerging writers. Read more.

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music concert chorale

Moores Concert Chorale wins awards in France

Moores School of Music

Summer Camps

What do parents do with older kids in the summer?

CLASS Fine Arts


Teresa McIntyre, professor

Expert on traumatic and job-related stress tackles middle school

Department of Psychology


Blaffer Art Museum heads to the Venice Biennale

Blaffer heads to the Venice Biennale

Blaffer Art Museum
Cougar Concept

Cougar Concepts

Valenti School of Communication


Chitra Divakaruni, professor 

Light of India Award for Chitra Divakaruni
(Indo American News)

Department of English
Mark Bly, distinguised professor

Mark Bly on a Healing Monster with a Grotesque Killer Arm (Houston Press)

School of Theatre and Dance
Shayne Lee, associate professor

Oprah Winfrey: The greatest existential philosopher ever? (Christian Science Monitor)

Department of Sociology
 Cassady Lance, student

College Smart: The Gift of Tolerance (CNN iReport)

Jack J. Valenti School of Communication



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