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November News Update

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the November issue of CLASS, the College's monthly update of news and events.

This month the College will recognize the achievements of our faculty in the area of research. On November 2, we will hold our first faculty reception to celebrate the accomplishments of our faculty in creative activities and other forms of intellectual endeavors by showcasing their work in displays and exhibitions at the Rockwell Pavilion.  

The hallmark of a great university is the research that is expected of every faculty member. In CLASS, our expectations for faculty research are defined by our aspirations as a Tier One university. Characterized by its variety, faculty research in the College is often determined by the faculty member's specific discipline and, in some cases, the field within the discipline embraced by the faculty member. In the arts, for instance, research is generally referred to as creative activity reflecting the fact that productivity is most often generated through imaginative engagement with an artistic medium. In the humanities and social sciences, research is often designated by the investigative approach to the object of study, such as archival and library research, ethnographic research, empirical research, laboratory research, and various other forms appropriate to the subject matter.

Regardless of the kind of intellectual work of our faculty, research, broadly conceived, allows them and their students to explore their creative and intellectual interests through sustained engagement with a subject of their choosing. The most successful of these endeavors brings distinction to the faculty member, contributes to knowledge in the field, and enhances the reputation of the University.

We applaud the efforts of our faculty whose dedicated research contributes to our reputation as a great university and enriches the educational experience that we provide our students.    


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How do we sustain?
Our lives, our homes, our neighborhoods, and our planet –
how do we sustain them?


Red, black & GREEN: a blues, a new multimedia performance work by poet playwright Marc Bamuthi Joseph, is an ever-evolving answer to the ecological questions consuming and challenging society. Bamuthi brings his environmental experiment of visual art, film, spoken word and choreography to Houston November 4 and 5 at the UH Wortham Theatre on the main campus.  read more.

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Research and creative Arts

Faculty Research and Creative Arts Reception

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Reichek Endowment

Reichek Endowment honors Dr. James Pipkin

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Student Spotlight: Ahamed Hossain

Department of Philosophy

Research & Collaboration

CDC Grant - O'Connor

CLASS researchers tapped to evaluate CDC childhood obesity programs

Department of Health and Human Performance


Physician and novelist Abraham Verghese
delivers the 2011 McGovern Lecture

Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

Instant CLASSic - 2011

Instant CLASSic showcases the College

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Experts & Commentators


Not enough lawyers? Lawyers keep their numbers carefully pruned, pushing up costs
(The Economist)
Department of Economics

Elizabeth Gregory

The Real No-Brainer
(Huffington Post)
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

Shayne Lee

Joel Osteen takes on his critics
Department of Sociology

Karen Stockes

Review: The Secondary Colors
(Dance Source Houston)
School of Theatre & Dance


Throughout the month:

  • Movie Madness: Documentaries and films on gender, race, class, and sexual identity
    Wednesdays in November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Location: Women’s Resource Center, University Center 279A
    Price: Free, popcorn and soft drinks served
    Contact: 832-842-6191

  • Department of Comparative Cultural Studies Lecture Series- RACE, Are We So Different?
    Wednesdays in November
    Location: Philip Guthrie Hoffman Hall, Room 232
    Price: Free
    Contact: or visit website

    • November 2; 4 – 5 p.m.
      We Fulani Are Not From Here: Race, Place, and Construction Identity by Dr. Andrew Gordon, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

    • November 2; 5 – 6:30 p.m.
      Chasing Tornados: the Role of Government in Detroit Race Relations, 1943-1968 by Dr. Tyrone Tillery, Associate Professor, Department of History

    • Wednesday, November 9; 4 – 5:30 p.m.
      Some Unintended Consequences of the Standards-Based School Reform Movement by Dr. Gary Dworkin, Professor, Department of Sociology 

    • Wednesday, November 16; 4 – 5:30 p.m.
      “Dear Dago:” The Politics of Prejudice by Dr. Nancy Young, Associate Professor, Department of History

    • Wednesday, November 30; 4 – 5:30 p.m.
      Effemiphobia: Intersections of Race, Gender Presentation, and Sexuality by Brandon Mack, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, Texas A & M University


  • When a Priest Marries a Witch  Featuring New York Based and Pasadena native artist Suzanne Bocanegra.
    Tuesday, November 1; 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    Location: Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St.
    Price: Free
    Contact: Nicole Laurent at or visit

  • Percussion Ensemble I  Alec Warren, director and featuring works by Hollinden, Cage, Levitan
    Tuesday, November 1; 7:30pm
    Location: Moores Opera House
    Price: $10 general admission, $7 UH faculty, staff and alumni, $5 students with ID
    Contact: 713-743-3313

  • Dia De Los Muertos – Altars Exhibition “The Art of Remembrance”
    Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 2, 10 am – 6 pm
    Location: 422 Agnes Arnold Hall, Department of Hispanic Studies
    Price: Free
    Contact: visit

  • Modern and Classical Languages Department presents: Global Cinema Series “A Matter of Size
    Thursday, November 3, 5:45pm - 8pm
    Location: 105 Science & Engineering Classroom Building
    Price: Free
    Contact: Visit

  • 15th Annual Noche Cultural Scholarship Banquet  featuring keynote speaker Gilbert A. Garcia, Chairman of Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
    Thursday, November 3; 6pm – 8pm
    Location: Conrad Hilton Ballroom, UH Hilton Hotel
    Price: $150 per ticket
    Contact: Center of Mexican American Studies at 713-743-3139 or email

  • red, black and GREEN: a blues
    Friday, November 4 and Saturday November 5; 8 pm (installation viewing at 7:30pm)
    Location: Wortham Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center of the Arts
    Price: $20 general admission, $10 students, $15 UH faculty and staff
    Contact: Nicole Laurent at or


  • Faculty Recital  featuring Kirsten Yon, Jeffrey Lastrapes, and Timothy Hester
    Sunday, November 6; 2:30pm – 4pm
    Location: Moores Opera House
    Price: $10 general admission, $7 UH faculty, staff and alumni, $5 students with ID
    Contact: 713-743-3313

  • 21st Annual Choral Invitational with Cypress Creek, Klein, North Shore, and Pearland High Schools
    Monday, November 7; 7pm
    Location: Moores Opera House
    Price: Free
    Contact: 713-743-3313

  • Human Health Performance Graduate Student Research Day
    Wednesday, November 9; 1 pm – 4 pm
    Location: Garrison Gym, room 205
    Price: Free
    Contact: Martha Hayes at

  • Lecture: “The First Representations of Brazil on World Maps”by Alida Metcalf, Harris Masterson Jr. Professor at Rice University
    Thursday, November 10, 2:30pm
    Location: 520 Agnes Arnold Hall
    Price: Free
    Contact: Dr. Susan Kellogg at

  • Percussion Ensemble II  David Bertman, director and featuring works by Stravinsky, Barber, Karl Blench, and D.J. Sparr
    Friday, November 11; 7:30pm
    Location: Moores Opera House
    Price: $10 general admission, $7 UH faculty, staff and alumni, $5 students with ID
    Contact: 713-743-3313

NOVEMBER 13 - 19

  • Artist Talk: Mierle Laderman Ukeles in Conversation with Shrimp Boat Projects
    Wednesday, November 16; 7pm
    Location: Dudley Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building
    Price: Free
    Contact: Nicole Laurent at or

  • 12th Annual Texas Conference for Women co-sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center.
    Thursday, November 17, 7:30 am – 5 pm
    Location: George R. Brown Convention Center
    Price: $140 General seating, $70 students, registration required
    Contact: visit

  • A.I. Lack Series Lecture Developing Pedal technique in the Orgelbuchlein and the Six Sonatas of J.S. Bach featuring Dana Robinson
    Thursday, November 17; 4pm
    Location: Organ Recital hall
    Price: Free
    Contact: 713-743-3313

  • Memoirs of the Sistahood – Chapter Three: Ave Maria dance concert
    Thursday - Saturday, November 17 – 19; 8 pm
    Location: DiverseWorks Artspace, 1117 East Freeway, Houston, 77002
    Price: $20 general admission, $10 students with ID and DiverseWorks members
    Contact: Becky Beaullieu Valls at or 713-822-0144 or

  • Theatre for Young Audiences presents: The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge
    Friday, November 18 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m.
    Location: The Quintero, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center
    Price: $20 General public, $15 UH faculty, staff, and alumni, $10 seniors and students
    Contact: 713.743.2929 or visit

  • Communograph Walking Tour: Experience the Third Ward with Ray Carrington
    Saturday, November 19; 10 a.m.
    Location: Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman St.  
    Price: Free, RSVP required
    Contact: 713.526.7662 or email Cheryl Flores at

  • Transgender Day of Remembrance
    Saturday, November 19; 7 - 9:30 pm
    Location: Farish Hall, KIVA Room
    Price: Free
    Contact: Lorraine Schroeder at 713-743-5463 or at

NOVEMBER 20 - 26

  • A.I. Lack Series Master Class featuring Stephen Shipps
    Monday, November 21, 7pm
    Location: Dudley Recital hall
    Price: Free
    Contact: 713-743-3313

  • Hispanic Herritage Month Celebration
    Tuesday, November 29, 11:30am – 1pm
    Location: University Center Arbor
    Price: Free

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