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University of Houston
October 2015

Clinical and developmental psychologist Barbara Fiese delivers 2015 McGovern Lecture on Oct. 15

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences invites you to hear noted psychologist Dr. Barbara Fiese deliver the John P. McGovern Endowed Lecture in Family, Health and Human Values at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 15 in the Midtown Room on the second floor of the Student Center. Her lecture is entitled, "Why Family Mealtime Matters: The Science and Politics of Food, Family and Children’s Health.” read more

National Public Radio White House Correspondent

will give keynote at Women in Politics symposium

Please come to a one-day symposium on the history of women in American political culture. The conversations begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion on the second floor of the M.D. Anderson Library. The event ends with a 7 p.m. keynote address by National Public Radio White House correspondent Tamara Keith. Read more

What’s Next:
Upcoming Faculty and Staff Lectures, Performances and Presentations

Landmarks, the public art program at the University of Texas at Austin, commissioned and installed a sculpture by Michael Ray Charles, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Painting in the School of Art. Suspended in the atrium of the Gordon-White Building at 24th Street and Whitis Avenue in Austin, the sculpture, (Forever Free) Ideas, Languages and Conversations, features hundreds of crutches assembled into interconnected forms. An opening reception and public question and answer conversation with Professor Charles is scheduled for 5:30 pm on October 15.

CLASS Students in the Media

Mai Kolkailah, a junior majoring in Art History, has been awarded the prestigious Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship for 2015-2017.  Only ten fellowships in the United States were awarded this year. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship aims to provide specialized training in the curatorial field for students across the United States from diverse backgrounds. Mai’s fellowship, administered by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, honors two outstanding students in the region who will work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on curatorial research projects tailored to their interests. Mai began her new position at the MFAH this September, joining a national network of partnering institutions, which include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Museum in Atlanta, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City.
Psychology student Alejandro Villarreal was featured in the Air Force Reserve Command article, Alamo Wing Reservists help save lives after wreck, for his heroic actions after witnessing the aftermath of an automobile accident.

CLASS Alumni/ae Notes

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed alumnus Gerald McElvy as the University of Houston System’s newest Regent and extended the service of Regents Beth Madison and Tilman J. Fertita.

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Department of Health and Human Performance alumnus Austin Bigley has been selected to receive the prestigious National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) award as part of the First Award Fellowship Program. His proposal is titled, “The Role of Microgravity and Stress-related Humoral Factors in Dysregulated NK-cell Function During Space flight.” He will work in Dr. Richard Simpson’s lab in HHP.
Alumna Michelle Swain Barnes, who works with the Master of Arts in Arts Leadership program, was presented with the 2015 Illumination Award for Achievement in Arts Education during the 2015 Fine Arts Fair held on September 11. Barnes is a Houston-based artist, educator and activist who is also co-founder and Executive Director of the Community Artists’ Collective (The Collective.)
Adrienne Meyers, recent graduate of the UH School of Art's Photography/Digital Media program, was awarded a Portz scholarship by the National Collegiate Honors Council, which includes a cash award and the opportunity to present her work to the Council's annual meetings in Chicago this November. She was one of four recipients from  around the country.
The Promise by Ann Weisgarber is the 2015 selection of Gulf Coast Reads, the annual regional initiative focused on promoting the simultaneous reading or listening to a selected title by those living along the upper Texas Gulf Coast. Throughout the month of October, will travel around the region talking about the research she did on the 1900 hurricane that destroyed Galveston island to craft her novel. Weisgarber earned a Master of Arts in Sociology from UH.

CLASS Faculty in the Media

The third annual University of Houston Mitchell Artist Lecture on Collaboration was delivered on Sept. 16 by spouses/music and performance art collaborators Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran as part of Moran's three-year artist residency with the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.
Storify | Media coverage
Richard Murray, professor of political science, offered his expertise on the current presidential election in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram article, Cruz can out-preach Trump, but that may not matter.
Moores School of Music professor Matthew Dirst founded Ars Lyrica Houston in 1998. Ars Lyrica Houston specializes in historically informed performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. The Classical Voice America article, Barton Lets Vocal Fireworks Fly In Baroque Showcase, features Dirst as well as some of the Ars Lyrica performers.
In the Healthline article, Study on Masculinity and Violence Is Misleading, Expert Says, Tamler Sommers, associate professor of philosophy, offered his expert opinion about why a study recently released that proclaimed men who feel less masculine may be more violent may be misleading.
Professor Tony Hoagland's new poetry collection, “Application for Release From the Dream," was reviewed in the Houston Chronicle article, Awake, in the real world: New Hoagland poetry.
Professor of modern and classical languages, Robert Zaretsky, wrote The View from Bodrum for LA Review of Books.


October 6: Houston’s Helping Hand: Remembering Katrina panel discussion
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Ballroom East, Student Center
Presented by Houston History magazine and the Center for Public History
Former Houston Mayor Bill White and Neil Frank, former director of the National Hurricane Center, participate in a panel discussion about hurricanes that have battered the Gulf Coast and the massive organizational effort the City of Houston made to provide relief to Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

October 8: Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context Lecture Series NoW/here: The Present as an Entanglement of Absences by Allan deSouza
1 p.m. in Room 110 of the Fine Arts Building
Presented by the School of Art, the Blaffer Art Museum and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
“Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context” is a speaker series that brings together leading voices in the field of contemporary art. Internationally recognized scholars, curators, artists and writers will investigate the idea of the contemporary as both a temporal and aesthetic framework to broaden a critical understanding about how we situate current artistic practice. Allan deSouza is Chair of the Department of Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley. His art practice encompasses photography, installation, text, performance and pedagogy.

October 8: “Food and the African Diaspora” lecture series launch
Talk by Toni Tipton-Martin, author of The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin
Presented by the Gulf Coast Food Project at the University of Houston
This talk by the culinary journalist and community activist Toni Tipton-Martin is the first in a year-long exploration of African and African American foodways, “Food and the African Diaspora,” being conducted by the Gulf Coast Food Project. The project is a interdisciplinary initiative that brings food studies research and creative endeavors into the classroom and community.

October 9 – 11 & 15 - 18: FuenteOvejuna play by Lope de Vega
8 p.m. performances for all dates except 2 p.m. matinees on the 11th and 18th
Quintero Theatre in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Building
Presented by the School of Theater and Dance
Directed by Associate Professor Keith Byron Kirk, FuenteOvejuna is about a town run by the rapacious overlord, Commander Guzmán. The villagers endure his cruel atrocities until he goes too far – kidnapping the mayor’s daughter, Laurencia, and her fiancé on their wedding day. Escaping Guzman’s clutches, Laurencia galvanizes the town to finally extract their revenge, but at what price? Purchase tickets here.

October 15: The 2015 Gulf Coast Gala honoring Jeff Fort
In support of Gulf Coast: A Literary Journal of Literature and Fine Arts
This event brings together Houston's remarkable art aficionados and supporters of the literary and visual arts to raise money for Gulf Coast. This year's event honors Jeff Fort, a staunch supporter of the nonprofit periodical written and edited by Creative Writing graduate students. For more information, call 713- 743-3223 or e-mail

October 23 – 26: Manon opera by Jules Massenet
7:30 p.m. performances for all dates except a 2 p.m. matinee on the 25th
Moores Opera House
Presented by the Moores School of Music and the Moores Opera Center
As the saying goes, good girls go to heaven and bad girls go everywhere. Manon goes to Paris and during her brief lifetime breaks a lot of hearts, including her own. Manon is an endlessly melodic, lavish and splendid evocation of the 18th century in all its decadence and glamor that is oh, so French. Sung in the original French with English surtitles. Purchase tickets here.


November 6: The 19th Annual Center for Mexican American Studies Scholarship Banquet honoring Dr. Tatcho Mindiola
Keynote speaker: John Quinones, Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist and host of the ABC newsmagazine Primetime series, What Would You Do?
This event raises money for scholarships for University of Houston students. This year, the banquet will honor Associate Professor of Sociology Tatcho Mindiola for his 40 years of service to the University of Houston including 34 years as the director of the Center for Mexican American Studies. It will b held from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Conrad Hilton Ballroom of the University of Houston Hilton Hotel. For more information contact Sonia Ramirez at or 713-743-3136.


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