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July 2013

Summer Reading Resource

Faculty Publications 2012 Not enrolled in classes this summer, but still want something great to read?

You don’t need a course syllabus to find books that challenge, stimulate and entertain. Just go to the CLASS faculty publications Web page.

The books published each year by CLASS faculty represent some of the best research and creative activity in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Find the next great book you read in the list of 2012 titles. Or catch up on the books you missed on the 2011 and 2010 lists of faculty publications.

“Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.”
- bell hooks

National Institute on Drug Abuse awards $675,000 grant to Profs. Zvolensky and Norton

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S., resulting in more than 440,000 premature deaths a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An additional 25 million smokers will most likely die of a smoking related illness.
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Arab Spring jumpstarts Center for International and Comparative Studies

In the Spring of 2011, demonstrations and protests led by Arab youth in North Africa evolved into political revolutions that pushed out rulers in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. As at universities around the globe, the University of Houston held three separate events in 2012 to evaluate the events, dissect the coverage, and make sense of the Arab Spring.
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CLASS congratulates its faculty promoted in 2013
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Blaffer Art Museum offers youth and adults introductions to contemporary art

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Hannah Decker, professor of history, wrote the op-ed Why the Fuss over the DSM-5, When Did the DSM Start to Matter, & For How Long Will it Continue to? published on Mad in America, a blog and online forum on science and psychiatry.

Lynn Mitchell, director of the Religious Studies Program, comments on the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting held recently in Houston in KUHF-FM’s The Cultural Divide Between Southern Baptists And Secular Society Grows Wider story.

Pandas, Professors, and Promises: the MOOC Will Not Set Us Free, an op-ed written by Robert Zaretsky, professor of history, and published by the Los Angeles Review of Books.

KTRK-ABC13 aired the report Playing rough at wheelchair rugby camp about the camp started by Michael Cottingham, assistant professor of sports administration in the Department of Health and Human Performance.

The Daily Cougar published UH advertising team ranks No.10 of nation about the Valenti Group, a student-advertising agency team representing the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, placing 10th in the National Student Advertising Competition. Before the Valenti Group made it to nationals, it won 1st place in District 10, which comprises universities from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and eastern Louisiana.

Pamela Fraser at the Blaffer; It's Funny Ha-ha but Also Not, a review of the show at the Blaffer Art Museum that was published in the Houston Press.

KRIV-FOX26 aired 5TH grade poetry turned song! about the Moores School of Music collaboration with Writers in the Schools and the Houston Grand Opera that led to Kashmere Gardens Elementary students writing original poems and UH composers setting their words to original music.

The Houston Shakespeare Festival produced by the School of Theatre & Dance is included in a roundup of Shakespeare Productions Are All Over Texas This Year published by the Houston Press.

The Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival hosted by the Moores School of Music received significant media attention during its month-long residency on the UH campus.


July 17 Brown Bag Gallery Tour: Pamela Fraser
You’re invited to bring your lunch and eat at the Blaffer Art Museum as the education curator leads a gallery talk based on Pamela Fraser's exhibition, "The Fourth Dimension was Ha-Ha, in Other Words, That it is Laughter." Starts at noon and ends at 1 p.m. Free.

July 20Feast – A Dinner Series featuring artists The Art Guys and hosted by Jo and Jim Furr
Blaffer Art Museum, Texas Monthly magazine, Uchi restaurant, and Whole Foods grocery chain have joined forces to create an unforgettable private dinner series inspired by the upcoming exhibition Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art opening September 6, 2013 at Blaffer Art Museum.

August 2-11Houston Shakespeare Festival
Each summer, the School of Theatre & Dance produces two Shakespeare plays in repertory performed at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The 2013 productions are Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Leah C. Gardiner and As You Like It, directed by Marc Masterson. Guest actors include Crystal Dickinson (Broadway: Clybourne Park and Enron), Brandon Dirden (Broadway: Prelude to a Kiss and Enron), Seth Gilliam (MTV’s Teen Wolf and HBO’s The Wire) and Chris Hutchison (Comedy Central’s Chapelle’s Show and ABC’s All My Children.) Both Gardiner and Dirden are recent Obie Award-winners for Off-Broadway productions. Click here to view the season schedule. This is a free event.

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