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April 2013

Marching musical marathon:

Mitchell Center artist in residence composes for and collaborates with Spirit of Houston marching band


As part of a long-range residency, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts commissioned world-renowned violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain to create a piece for the Spirit of Houston Marching Band.

He’s come up with En Masse – a performance project that breaks the boundaries of traditional music making and reimagines the sounds and actions of a marching band.

En Masse features 12 musical vignettes that can be performed by 5 to 500 musicians. Audience members will experience what it is like to be inside a “deconstructed parade,” from a lone trumpeter perched on a rooftop to a processional of hundreds.

With hundreds of performers from the marching band spread out, visitors are invited to follow groups of band members on their path. Visitors may stay for an hour or experience the entire musical marathon that will take place on Saturday, April 20 in Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The innovative work is grabbing attention in Houston. The cover art and main story of Arts + Culture Magazine is devoted to En Masse. And it’s been featured in 002 Magazine as well.


Student improv troupe Glaundor wins national title

Seven University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance students are used to making things up on the spot, but even they could not have imagined a more perfect ending. Read More



Raindrop Foundation honors Dean Roberts with Turquoise Award

Dean John W. Roberts has been awarded by the Raindrop Foundation the Turquoise Award for his contributions to the academic study and promotion of the Turkish language. Read More

Tell Me What You Want to Hear: CLASS students, faculty and staff featured in art exhibit

Contemporary artist Liz Magic Laser’s latest installation, Tell Me What You Want to Hear, examines and dissects the television interview. Performers in the piece include Valenti School of Communication students and professors. The work will be on display until May 18 at DiverseWorks Art Space, 4102 Fannin. Read More
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Tier One Medallion – sign of success at journey’s end
Former CNN Correspondent lectures on “one-man band” reporting

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Political Science Assistant Professor Scott Basinger research is cited in Mark Sanford is no exception: Most politicians survive scandals published in the Washington Post and in Sex scandal didn’t hurt Mark Sanford like some thought it would published in The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier.

The UH professor on new pope, changes coming was Sociology Associate Professor Shayne Lee in an interview that aired on KTRK-ABC13.

The UH Professor on historic choice of Pope Francis was Professor and Religious Studies Director Lynn Mitchell in an interview that aired on KTRK-ABC13.

Pope Francis, the Dirty War and the Jews, a column written by Robert Zaretsky, professor in the Department of History, was published in the Jewish Daily Forward.

Elizabeth Gregory, director of the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, was interviewed in the Mommy Wars: What is a feminist? discussion that aired on KRIV-FOX26.

Robert Buzzanco, professor in the Department of History, was interviewed for Iraq: 10 years since the war began on KTRK-ABC13.

The review UH's Moores Opera Center Tackles "Lust, Love and a Fateful Curse" in Rigoletto  appeared in the Houston Press.

Economics Professor Steven Craig on Houston Newsmakers on KPRC-NBC2 to talk about some of the economic and political realities Houstonians can expect to face as a result of the federal sequestration cuts.

The UH player goes from near death to pro workout is Sociology major (?) DJ Hayden in a news feature that aired on KTRK-ABC13.

Peter Norton, a professor of psychology and director of the Anxiety Disorder Clinic, gives advice in Women’s Health’s  How to Face Your Fears—And Crush Them!

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José Ángel Hernández, an associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is a recipient of the inaugural William M. LeoGrande Prize for the best book on U.S.-Latin American relations published during the 2011-12 academic year awarded by American University’s School of Public Affairs and Center for Latin American and Latino Studies. Dr. Hernández earned his master of art degree from the Department of History in 2000 and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago in 2008.
Robin Reagler, executive director of Writers in the Schools (WITS) in Houston, has been elected as the Individual Members’ Representative on the Board of Directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP.) Her four-year term ends in 2016. Dr. Reagler was awarded in 1995 her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Poetry from the Department of English.
Loretta Devine, the Emmy and NAACP Image award-winning actress, was profiled in Houston Modern Luxury magazine ahead of the April 27 gala where she will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Houston Alumni Association. Ms. Devine earned a speech and drama bachelor’s degree in 1971 from the School of Theatre & Dance.
Jacqueline Baly, president and CEO of BalyProjects, will also be honored at the UH Alumni Association gala on April 27. A 1990 graduate with a B.S. in political science, Ms. Baly is being honored with Rising Star Award, which recognizes young alumni who have excelled early in their careers. She teaches public policy and urban politics at the University of Houston-Downtown and is the former Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Sugar Land.


April 1-13 – School of Art MFA exhibition at the Blaffer Art Museum

April 11 – Scholarship Awards Reception honoring the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication students. The event is from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Funston Communication Center inside the Valenti building. Tickets are $25.

April 13 – Dollars for Scholars art auction to raise money for student scholarships for the School of Art. Items for sale include works by Luis Jimenez, Michael Ray Charles, the Art Guy and UH faculty members. The event is from 7 -10 p.m. at The Station Museum, 1502 Alabama. Tickets start at $125.

April 14 – The Religious Studies Program presents Christian musician/historian Kemper Crabb in a benefit concert featuring medieval music performed for contemporary listeners. 7 p.m. 1548 Heights Blvd. at 16th Street, Houston, TX 77008. Suggested donation: $35. UH students, faculty and staff: $10.

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