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January/February 2016


Cynthia Freeland awarded grant from Australian Research Council

Dr. Cynthia Freeland is co- principal investigator on the research project "Taste and Community: The Cultural Origins of Personal Experience” that was awarded a three-year grant of $804,960AU by the Australian Research Council in December. The project involves philosophers in Australia, Canada and the United States, as well as artists in Germany and Australia. The primary principal investigator is Dr. Jennifer McMahon of the University of Adelaide in South Australia. In the summer of 2017, Dr. Freeland will deliver several lectures in Australia based on the research conducted in this project. Dr. Freeland is pictured here riding a camel during a visit to Australia.

Now through June 30: Encounters and Discoveries in Literature: Celebrating Arte Público Press and Twentieth Century Latina/o Literature exhibit

Open daily during the M.D. Anderson Library’s spring hours.

Jan. 29: Food for Thought lecture series

6 pm – 7:30 pm at the Rockwell Pavilion, M.D. Anderson Library

Feb. 1: OneFalseStep: Muhammad Ali and the Fight for Civil Rights in Houston

1 – 2:30 p.m. in Room 110 of the Classroom and Business Building (CBB)

Feb. 4: Electric Santeria: Racial & Sexual Assemblages of Transnational Religion

11:30am – 1pm at Student Center North (487) - Synergy Room 212

Feb. 4: “The African American Experience in Our National Parks” lecture

11:30 a.m. in Agnes Arnold Hall Room 210

Feb. 5: Passing the Ball: Race & Sports Panel Discussion

12 – 1 p.m. in Student Center South, Suite B12 (the Diversity and Inclusion office)

Feb. 17: Samina Ali: Muslim Women and Digital Activism

6:30pm-8pm at Agnes Arnold Auditorium 2

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Social Problems, top academic sociology journal, now housed at UH

When Dr. Pamela Anne Quiroz became the new director of the Center for Mexican American Studies in August, she brought to the University of Houston the editorial offices of one of the nation’s top generalist journals in the field of sociology. Quiroz was named editor of Social Problems in 2014, making her the first Latina editor of a leading sociology journal. read more

Feb. 6: Deaf Awareness Night with the Houston Rockets

1:45 p.m. Pre-Game warm up. 4 p.m. Game start at the Toyota Center

Feb. 12 – 13: Political Economy of Risk conference

The Department of Political Science will host a conference on the Political Economy of Risk with international and national recognized scholars.

Feb. 22: Macroeconomics Seminar

3:30 – 5 p.m. in Room 212 of McElhinney Hall

Feb. 23: Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series: Ending Sexual Assault – How Do We Get There?

11:30am- 1pm at UH Library, Rockwell Pavilion.

Literary, Performing and Visual Arts

National Book Award winner Robin Coste Lewis on campus Feb. 2

Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts and the University of Houston Libraries present Robin Coste Lewis. As part of the library's "Unique Holdings" series, Ms. Lewis will talk about her award -winning book, Voyage of the Sable Venus, as well as the pleasures and challenges of archival research. Joining her in the conversation will be English librarian Dr. Jesse Sharpe and library specialist Kristine Greive, among others. A reception will follow the discussion. The event is free and open to the public. The program is made possible through a generous Innovations Grant from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. 5:30 – 7:30 P.M. in the Rockwell Pavilion in the M.D. Anderson Library. read more

Jan. 28, 30 and 31: La Rondine opera by Giacomo Puccini

7:30 p.m. at the Moores Opera Center

Jan. 29 and 31, Feb. 1: Cosi Fan Tutte opera by W.A. Mozart

7:30 p.m. at the Moores Opera Center. 2 p.m. matinee on the 31st.

Feb. 2: “I Utter Other” – performance-lecture by Slavs and Tatars

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Honors Commons in M.D. Anderson Library

Feb. 9: UH African American Read-In

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion in the M.D. Anderson Library

Feb. 9: Houston Premiere: Cimarrón Spirit documentary film screening and discussion

5:30pm-7:30pm at UH College of Social Work Auditorium (Rm 101)

Feb. 19 – 21 and 24 – 28: Intimate Apparel play by Lynn Nottage

8 p.m. in the Quintero Theatre in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Building. 2 p.m. matinees on the 21st and 28th.

Feb. 24: Poetry & Prose reading series featuring Creative Writing Program Professors Tony Hoagland and Nick Flynn

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Honors Commons in M.D. Anderson Library

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