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March 2016

Dear Friends of the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences,

Women's History Month is celebrated by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences through several events that examine the local, national and global contributions of women in all areas of human endeavor.

Also, CLASS will be represented robustly at the Phi Beta Kappa installation ceremony on March 4 in the Moores Opera House. Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society, has only 283 chapters nationwide. The six-year evaluation process was led by Dr. Andrew Davis, Professor of music, Director of the Moores School of Music and Planning Dean for the College of the Arts; and Dr. William Monroe, professor of English and Dean of the Honors College.

Finally, I encourage CLASS undergraduate students to apply for the College’s scholarships by the March 25 deadline. Every year, CLASS awards a number of scholarships to honor students while they are in the process of completing a degree at the University of Houston. The amount of award varies for each scholarship, and ranges from $500 to $2,500. Go here to read the rules and get the application. And if you would like to build student success in the College by funding a scholarship, please call the CLASS Development Office at 713-743-XXXX.

With appreciation,

Steven G. Craig
Interim Dean
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences


Friends of Women’s Studies presents 19th annual Table Talk on March 24

Table Talk is an annual event that includes conversations over lunch, led by dynamic women of various cultures, professions and experience at each table. Table Talk benefits CLASS&rsquos Women&rsquos, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program and the Carey C. Shuart Women&rsquos Archive and Research Collection at the University of Houston. The event will be held at the Hilton Americas, Houston beginning at 11am and is chaired this year by Libby Cheney, partner at Trio Global Solutions, and Sannam Warrender, fashion stylist and blogger. read more.

March 3: What’s Your Houston Diversity-Related Issue?
A discussion with Ghana ThinkTank artists about living in the country’s most diverse city

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Student Center South, Downtown Room 261

March 7: Wednesdays in Mississippi: Panel discussion - Opening Dialogues across Race, Region, and Religion Then and Now

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in The Honors Commons, The Honors College, MD Anderson Library

March 23: Glass Mountain Launch Reading

7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Location TBD

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Black Women’s Conference hosted by the African American Studies Program on March 4

The Having Our Say: Claiming the Experiences of Black Women through Scholarship conference brings together professors of psychology, sociology, communication and nursing with history and cultural studies scholars to discuss Black women’s contributions to the academy and beyond. The keynote speaker is Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies and founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman College. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. It will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Melcher Hall Room 106. Call 713–743–1376 for more information. read more

February 29: Screening of the Documentary A Beautiful Remedy
Special guest: Dr. Lynn Harter, Professor of Health Communication and Co-Director of the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact at Ohio University

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

March 1: Culture Connect Week: Learning about the Deaf Community with Dr. Sharon Grigsby Hill, Program Coordinator & Instructional Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Student Center South, Skyline Room 223

March 4: 5th Annual Public Official of the Year Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Houston Chronicle columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Lisa Falkenberg

11:30.m. – 2 p.m. at University of Houston Hilton, Waldoft-Astoria Ballroom

March 11: Ethics in Science Lecture Series: Public Ethics, Politics and Sociobiology by Dr. Myrna Sheldon

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in PGH-232

March 29: Navigating the Future of Personal Transportation

The final symposium of the 2015-2016 Energy Symposium Series
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Student Center South, Houston Room

Literary, Performing and Visual Arts

The Center for Mexican American Studies presents Tres Vidas on March 7

A chamber music theatre work for singing actress and trio (cello, piano and percussion) based on the lives of three legendary Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni. Text by Marjorie Agosin with popular and folk songs of Mexico, El Salvador and Argentina, vocal and instrumental tangos by Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla and new music written especially for the Core Ensemble by Osvaldo Golijov, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz and Manuel DeMurga. read more

March 1: Your Brain on Art with musicians Woody Witt, Dan Gelok, and Guillermo “Memo” Reza

12 – 1 p.m. in the Student Center North Lobby

March 4 – 6: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

7:30 p.m. shows on March 4 & 5; 1:30 p.m. shows on March 5 & 6 All performances in Jose Quintero Theatre

March 10: Rice/UH Visiting Writers Series presents Troy Jollimore

7:30 pm at the Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd.

March 10 – 11: Roman Fever, a special one-act opera event

7:30 p.m. in Moores Opera House

March 25: Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Wayne Miller, Julia Brown, Selena Anderson, Dino Piacenti

7pm at Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street

March 25: Student Art Showcase entries deadline

Submitted by 5 p.m. to UH Energy, building 516, E. Cullen - 124AB (first floor)

March 28: Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Professor Mat Johnson

7:30 pm at Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Avenue.

March 29: Navigating the Future of Personal Transportation | Student Art Showcase

4:30 – 8 p.m. in the Student Center South Houston Room

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