The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at UH

September News Update


Upcoming Events

Sept 1--Sept 28- Exhibit
Window into Houston presents Patrick Renner and students from the Blaffer Art Museum's Summer Young Artist Apprenticeship Program
Now through Wednesday, September 28
Location: 110 Milam Street in downtown Houston
Price: Free
Contact: 713.743.9521 or Blaffer current exhibit webpage


Sept 1--Sept 30- Literature
Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page "one book, one city" reading program inaugural selection is One Amazing Thing by Creative Writing professor Chitra Divakaruni
Now – Friday, September 30
Location: Greater Houston metropolitan area
Price: Free, if you borrow the book from a public library


Sept 1 -Meeting
General interest meeting of the student-run Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR)
Thursday, September 1; 4 p.m.
Location: University Center Pacific Room
Price: Free


Sept 3 - Poetry
Public Poetry at the Houston Public Library featuring Creative writing MFA alum Ryler Dustin Saturday, September 3; 2 p.m.
Location: Kendall Neighborhood Library and Community Center, 609 N. Eldridge
Price: Free
Contact: 832-393-1880 or visit


September 6 - Movie Screening
Made in L.A., an Emmy-Award winning and PBS Point of View documentary film by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar
Tuesday, September 6; 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Location: University Center North Patio
Price: Free
Contact: 713.743.5888 or


September 7 - Open House
Women's and LGBT Resource Centers Open House
Wednesday, September 7; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: 279A University Center
Price: Free


September 8 - Art history and crime
Pursuing the Priceless: Stolen Art, Investigation, and the Law presentation by Robert K. Wittman for students, faculty, and staff
Thursday, September 8; 9 a.m.
Location: Elizabeth Rockwell Pavilion
Price: Free, tickets and UH ID required
visit webpage


September 8 - Art history and crime
Pursuing the Priceless: Stolen Art, Investigation, and the Law public lecture by Robert K. Wittman
Thursday, September 8; 7 p.m.
Location: Brown Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Price: $10, tickets required
visit webpage


September 8 - Music
Collage 2011 – a dazzling array of the talent at the Moores School of Music
Thursday, September 8; 7:30 p.m.
Location: Moores Opera House
Price: Free tickets required
Contact: 713-743-3313 or


September 11 - Concert
The Things We Have: In Memoriam, September 11, 2001 performed by VOX/ The Rob Seible Singers with Project Divisi Orchestra
Sunday, September 11; 2:30 p.m.
Location: Moores Opera House
Price: Free
Contact: 713.743.3313


September 12 - Panel discussion
The Role of Media in Preventing Another September 11
Monday, September 12; 3 – 5 p.m.
Location: UH Hilton Hotel, Plaza Room (2nd Floor)
Price: Free


September 13 - Art
Lecture by alumnus Don Bacigalupi, executive director of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.
Tuesday, September 13; 7:00 p.m. Location: Hines College of Architecture Lecture Hall
Price: $5 general admission ticket
or visit webpage


September 13 - Faculty Recital
Dennis Whitaker (double bass) and guests
Tuesday, September 13; 7:30 p.m.
Location: Moores Opera House
Price: $5 UH faculty & staff, students & seniors/ $10 general admission
Contact: 713.743.3313


September 15 - Festival
Media Archeology Festival: Rewind, Play, Fast Forward, a showcase of experimental multidisciplinary media art
Thursday, September 15 – Saturday, September 17; All Day
Location: Three venues across Houston
Price: Free
Contact: 713.868.2101 or Aurora Picture Show event webpage


September 18 - Faculty Recital
"Borrowed Inspirations" by Nancy Weems (piano)
Sunday, September 18; 2:30 p.m.
Location: Moores Opera House
Price: $5 UH faculty & staff, students & seniors/ $10 general admission
Contact: 713.743.3313


September 20 - Faculty Recital
Melanie Sonnenberg (mezzo-soprano) and Timothy Hester (piano) Tuesday, September 20; 7:30 p.m.
Location: Moores Opera House
Price: $5 UH faculty & staff, students & seniors/ $10 general admission
Contact: 713.743.3313


September 21 - Concert
AURA Contemporary Ensemble
Wednesday, September 21; 7:30 p.m.
Location: Moores Opera House
Price: $5 UH faculty & staff, students & seniors/ $10 general admission
Contact: 713.743.3313


September 22 - Concert
What's Opera, Duck?, a season kick-off of favorite arias and musical theater songs featuring student artists from the Moores Opera Center
Thursday, September 22; 7:30 p.m.
Location: Mcgonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk
Price: $20 advanced, $22 at the door
Contact: 713.743.3313


September 30 - Theater
Hot L Baltimore by Lanford Wilson
Friday, September 30 - Saturday, October 1 and
Thursday, October 6 – Saturday, October 8
at 8 p.m.; 2 p.m.
Sunday matinees on October 2 and 9.
Location: Wortham Theatre on the UH campus, entrance 16
Price: $10 for students and seniors; $15 for UH faculty, staff and alumni; $20 general public
Contact: 713.743.2929



Dear Readers,

Welcome to the September issue of CLASS, the College’s monthly update of news and events.

In this issue of the newsletter, we introduce new faculty who have joined the College this year. These colleagues all come to us with impressive credentials, and we are excited to have them join us. We look forward to the contributions that they will make in our efforts to establish UH as a premier Tier One university. 

Our new faculty members join us at a time of exciting change and transition at the University. Of course, change in institutions like this are ongoing and, in most instances, good. Universities are almost by definition places of transformation where we attempt to effect change in our students, our disciplines and ourselves. They are dynamic places where comings and goings are inevitable; where the giddy exhilaration of graduation and the inevitability of departure are nicely balanced by the nostalgic and reflexive return of alumni seeking a reconnection to places and times that live only in memories.

As faculty members, we quickly become accustomed to change. We act at times as agents and, at others, as witnesses.  Every semester we welcome a new group of students into our classrooms; every four years or so we see pretty much a total transformation of the student body, and every fall we have an incredible opportunity to begin again and, more importantly, to get it all right this time around. 

At the beginning of each new academic year, we tell ourselves that this is the year when we will learn to teach that text that we flubbed last time around or to clarify that concept that left students all glassy-eyed, we will reach that student who hides in the back corner of the classroom, we will get those changes to the curriculum that we are sure are needed, or we will simply learn to shut up in faculty meetings.  Interestingly, it is the possibility of change and renewal that brings us back each year – that gives us the strength, optimism, and willingness to push our and our students’ knowledge to the edge. 

We welcome our new faculty and are pleased to have them join in our project of transformation. The opportunity to welcome new faculty each year is the most precious contribution that we make to the renewal of our College and the university. Their presence makes the possibility of renewal concrete and change inevitable. 


Dean John W. Roberts signature


The College welcomes new faculty members

Fourteen of the College’s 16 departments and schools and two of its interdisciplinary programs have hired new faculty members and visiting scholars, most of whom will be teaching this fall.

Mingling at the CLASS Ne Faculty Luncheon

The new faculty members joining the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences this academic year bring with them a broad spectrum of research interests, teaching expertise and professional credentials.  They are an integral addition to the College’s efforts to showcase its Tier One academic offerings and to expand on them. Read more.



Chitra Divakaruni, professor

Entire Houston area asked to read One Amazing Thing

Department of English

Rebecca - Student - dean list

Psychology major tops Dean’s List

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

amelia - opera

New season mixes opera classics with contemporary works

Moores School of Music


Priceless - Art Crime

Art crimes specialist visits campus

Blaffer Art Museum

Jarron Saint Onge

NIH grant awarded to Saint Onge

Department of Sociology

From Above

Greater Texas Foundation grant

University of Houston


Prof. Craig

Texas unemployment rate rises
(KRIV-TV/ Fox 26)

Department of Economics

Prof. Zamora

With Fifth Anniversary, FIS Announces Initiatives
(Indo American News)

Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

Karen Farber

Karen Farber explains UH Mitchell Center's bold ideas to shake up Houston's arts scene
(Culture Map Houston)

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts



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