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April 2017

March 31 – April 1: Implementing Mexican American Studies in Texas Public Schools: The Power of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ Center for Mexican American Studies is hosting a conference titled, “Implementing Mexican American Studies in Texas Public Schools: The Power of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.” The conference will be held on March 31 and April 1. Aimed at school superintendents, principals, teachers, school board members, and community residents, the purpose of the conference is to demonstrate how implementing Mexican American studies in public schools significantly improves academic performance, attendance rates, graduation rates, and the self-esteem of students. learn more

March 31: Sports Administration Career Fair

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ Health and Human Performance department is hosting an inaugural Sports Administration Career Fair. Participants should bring resumes and business cards for an opportunity to meet with some of Houston’s most prominent sport organizations. Also, attendees should consider attending an exclusive "meet and greet" luncheon to further their networking experience. The career networking event is free to all HHP students, but registration is required for the luncheon. This event is sponsored by the sport administration student organization and the Houston Institute of Sport Administration (HISA). It will be held at the UH Athletic Alumni Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. learn more

April 1: Sappho for Soprano

Dr. Elena Grigorenko, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, is sponsoring a program of lush music from the 19th-21st centuries focusing on the ancient Greek love poet Sappho. This work aligns with Classical Studies, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and the English departments in CLASS. Debuting at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, this is a collaboration of classicist and author Jeffrey Duban and Greek-Canadian composer Constantine Caravassilis. The program is produced and narrated by Duban and features, among other works, two key Caravassilis compositions: “Sappho de Mytilène” (2009)–for soprano, piano, and flute-and a world premiere commissioned by Duban for this occasion, “My Life a Lyric Cry”–a chamber oratorio for soprano, narrator, piano, cello, and oboe, based on Sara Teasdale’s (1884-1933) great narrative poem, “Sappho.” Sappho’s poetry, with several exceptions, exists only in fragments. Yet despite the meager state of her poetry’s survival and the geographic limitations of Sappho’s own life, her supreme reputation survives undiminished in our own time. This event will take place at 7:30p.m. in the Moores School of Music, room 185. learn more

April 3: Deadline for nominations for the 2017 Ross M. Lence Award for Teaching Excellence

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences invites you to nominate a faculty member for the 2017 Ross M. Lence Teaching Excellence Awards. Two awards will be presented to CLASS faculty members deemed worthy of recognition, one in the Social Sciences; one in the Humanities. The category is NOT based on the nominee’s department. Nominees must indicate the category based on the kind of teaching they do. Nominations are valid for two years for those not selected in the first year of their nomination. Winners will receive a $3,000 bonus. learn more

April 19: Poetry and Prose- Glass Mountain contributors

Poetry and Prose is a reading series featuring UH faculty, students, alumni and other well-known writers, that happens on campus. Readings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served. The series is presented by the University of Houston Libraries, in cooperation with the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ Creative Writing Program. The event will be held in the Honors College Commons from 5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m. learn more

April 21: Behavioral Concepts and the Sciences of Human Behavior

What do researchers measure when measuring behavior? This talk explores the ways behavioral concepts are operationalized/defined for scientific study, the ways in which social preconceptions and values still permeate such concepts, and some of the social consequences of the particular operationalizations adopted. The focus will be on concepts of aggression and of sexuality. The speaker at the event is Dr. Helen Longino, Clarence Irving Lewis Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. It will be held from 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Philip G Hoffmann Hall, Room 232. learn more

April 24: Living Archives: Who Needs Kids? (Motherhood & Economic Power)

The Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series features interviews with Houston women on diverse topics which are videotaped and collected in the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive at the UH Library, Special Collections. Lunch will be provided with RSVP. The event, hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies program, will be held at the M.D. Anderson Library – Rockwell pavilion from 11:30a.m. – 1p.m. learn more

April 28: $tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop

$tart $mart is an interactive American Association of University Women workshop designed to give college women the confidence and skills they need to earn fair compensation. Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies program, this event will take place from 9a.m. – 12p.m. in 210 Agnes Arnold Hall. learn more

Looking ahead:

May 11: African American Studies Annual Scholarship Banquet

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ African American Studies program will be hosting their annual scholarship program on May 11, 2017 at 7 p.m. The purpose of this event is to raise funds for undergraduate and graduate student scholarships. The event will be held at The Power Center, 12401 S. Post Oak Road, Houston, TX 77045. Ticket price is $100. learn more

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