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January 2012 News Update

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Dear Readers,

Happy New Year and welcome to the January issue of CLASS, the College's monthly update of news and events.

January is a very busy month at the university.  Most of our students are very focused on trying to create ideal class schedules, settling into their new classes, and generally preparing for a successful spring semester. Faculty and staff are equally focused on activities designed to ensure a good semester including providing advice and guidance to students who find it difficult to figure out what an ideal class schedule should entail.  

January is an important month on the campus for another very important reason: the annual program commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As the first annual commemorative program following the unveiling of the monument to Dr. King’s memory on the national Mall in Washington, D.C., this year’s program takes on added significance. It marks the enshrinement of Dr. King as a national hero in ways that the national holiday alone could not accomplish.  As a monument to his life, the statue memorializes the important role that Dr. King’s work continues to play in shaping values around issues of human equality and economic equity in American society.

Appropriately, the inscription on the King monument which reads: “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope” also serves as the theme of this year’s commemorative program.

The program this year  will take place on January 24 beginning at 11:30 in the University Center.  This annual program has always enjoyed a high level of participation from faculty, staff and students in CLASS, and we encourage all to attend again this year. With its table-talk format following brief introductory remarks, the UH program invites dialogue between individuals who are encouraged to bring their lunch and join the dialogue about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



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When History Is Closed for Debate
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Throughout the month:

  • Post-show Discussion Series: Tom Stoppard's trilogy, The Coast of Utopia
    Sunday, January 15 – March 11; following the production's Sunday matinee
    Location: Main Street Theater – Chelsea Market, 4617 Montrose, Houston, 77006
    Price: Free with a purchase of matinee performance ticket; prices start at $26
    Contact: 713-524-6706

    Jan. 15 – Jeffrey Church, assistant professor of Political Science
    Jan. 22 – Robert Shimko, assistant professor of Theatre History and Dramaturgy
    Jan. 29 – Jeffrey Church, assistant professor of Political Science

JANUARY 15 - 21

  • Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People: Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Mighty Miss Malone
    Sunday, January 15; 3 p.m. (doors open at 2:30 p.m.)
    Location: Johnston Middle School, 10410 Manhattan Dr., Houston, 77096
    Price: Free
    Contact: 713-521-2026

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
    Monday, January 16

  • Spring Semester 2012 classes begin
    Tuesday, January, 17

  • Vocal Master Class featuring Loronzo Copploa
    Thursday, January 19; 6 – 8 p.m.
    Location: Moores School of Music Room 160
    Price: Free
    Contact: 713-743-3388 or visit the web site at

  • Gulf Coast Reading Series: David Lombardi, Olga Mexina and Allie Rowbottom
    Friday, January 20; 7 p.m.
    Location: Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet, Houston, 77005
    Price: Free
    Contact: 713-743-3223

  • Memorial Service commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Carlos Monsanto
    Saturday, January 21; 10 a.m.
    Location: A.D. Bruce Religion Center on campus; reception will follow
    If you wish to contribute to Dr. Monsanto's memory, the family has suggested donations to the Monsanto Family Scholarship Fund-UH Honors College.
    Contact: 713-743-3007


JANUARY 22 - 28

  • Inprint Brown Reading Series: Margaret Atwood
    Monday, January 23; 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Cullen Theater inside the Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave., Houston, 77002
    Price: $5 general admission; free tickets for students and seniors at the door.
    Contact: 713-521-2026

  • University-Wide Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Tuesday, January 24; 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Location: Houston Room in the University Center, main campus
    Price: Free
    Contact: Renia Butler at

  • Communograph Sidewalk Talk: "Parks, Green Spaces and Abandoned Spaces" in Third Ward hosted by Rebecca Novak, Wendell Taylor and JD Green
    Thursday, January 26; 6 – 8 p.m.
    Location: Project Row Houses, 2500 Holman, Houston, 77004
    Price: Free
    Contact: 713-743-5749 or 713-526-7662

  • CAMH Artists/Scholars Talk: Jenni Sorkin, assistant professor of Contemporary Art and Critical Studies
    Thursday, January 26; 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose, Houston, 77006
    Price: Free
    Contact: 713-284-8250

  • Author Appearance: Christina Sisk, assistant professor of Hispanic Studies and author of Mexico, Nation in Transit
    Thursday, January 26; 7 p.m.
    Location: Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet, Houston, 77005
    Price: Free
    Contact: 713-523-0701

  • Opera: Tartuffe, music and libretto by Kirke Mecham
    Thursday, January 26; Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29; 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Moores Opera House, 3271 Cullen Boulevard Houston, TX 77004
    Price: $10 students and seniors, $15 UH faculty and staff, $20 general admission
    Contact: 713-743-3388

  • Opera: Amelia, music by Daron Hagen, libretto by Gardner McFall and story by Stephen Wadsworth
    Friday, January 27 and Monday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 29 at 2 p.m.
    Location: Moores Opera House, 3271 Cullen Boulevard Houston, TX 77004
    Price: $10 students and seniors, $15 UH faculty and staff, $20 general admission
    Contact: 713-743-3388


  • Auditions: Aristophanes' Frogs adapted by John Harvey (Honors College) and directed by Aaron Landsman (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts)
    Monday, January 30 and Tuesday, January 31; 7 - 10 p.m.
    Location: Honors College Commons, 2nd floor of the M.D. Anderson Library
    Price: Free
    Contact: John Harvey at

  • International Piano Festival
    Friday, February 3 – Sunday, February 5; see schedule for times
    Location: Moores Opera House, 3271 Cullen Boulevard Houston, TX 77004
    Price: Range from $15 students and seniors to $85 general admission
    Contact: 713-743-3388;
    Complete schedule:

  • Public Poetry featuring Arte'Publico Press author Sarah Cortez
    Saturday, February 4; 2 – 3:30 p.m.
    Location: Park Place Regional Library, 8145 Park Place, Houston, 77017
    Price: Free
    Contact: 832-393-1313

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