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February 2017

January 31: Summit on sports media

The Summit on Sports Media, hosted by the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, Comcast, and Leverage Sports Marketing, will gather sports communication experts and industry thought leaders from major athletics brands, professional and college teams and media outlets to discuss the future of sports media. This must-attend event will address the technological developments shaping the field of communication and how major sports corporations are applying them to engage with their fans. Attendees will also gain insight into the emerging trends transforming the ways we create sports media. It will be held at the Student Center South, Houston Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. learn more

February 3: ESPN’s The Undefeated presents: A Conversation on Race, Sports & Culture

This special event will feature a dynamic one-on-one discussion between an athlete and a hip hop artist. The event will also include talks from former professional athletes who will speak on their shift into sports media. It is hosted by the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication and African American Studies and begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Wortham Theatre. learn more

February 7: Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis documentary

African American Studies presents Get in the Way, the first documentary biography of John Lewis, civil rights hero congressional leader, and human rights champion whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past 50 years. The featured guest speaker is the documentary’s filmmaker, Kathleen Dowdey. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. It will be held at the Student Center South Theatre at 6:30 p.m. learn more

February 7: UH African American Read-In

UH faculty, staff and students are invited to read their favorite poems, passages of fiction or nonfiction, lyrics, plays, or speeches written by African Americans aloud to an audience in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion at the MD Anderson Library. Guests, classes, and organizations are encouraged to attend. The event will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. learn more

February 8: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Spring Open House

This event offers an opportunity to meet and greet with WGSS students, faculty, staff, and friends. The event will be held at 624 Agnes Arnold Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. learn more

February 11: Chicken and Duck Talk: MFAH Film Screening

As part of the launch of her new book, Arresting Cinema: Surveillance in Hong Kong Film, Karen Fang, associate professor of English, will introduce the screening of one of the films featured in the book during an event at the Museum of Fine Arts - Houston. Dr. Fang’s book covers the film genre from one of the world’s most successful cinemas outside of Hollywood. The event will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. learn more

February 13: African Rhythms Documentary about the World Festival of Negro Arts

Held in Dakar in 1966, the World Festival of Negro Arts was the first state-sponsored festival to showcase the work of black artists, musicians and writers to a global audience. Organized by Senegal’s first president Léopold Sédar Senghor, one of the founding members of the cultural and political movement négritude the World Festival of Negro Arts provided the first occasion for many black artists, musicians, writers, poets and actors to participate in a global examination of African culture. Bouna S. Ndiaye, producer and host of “Bonjour Africa”, a syndicated radio program distributed on FM radio stations in the U.S., is the featured guest speaker. African American Studies is hosting the event, which will be held at the Student Center South Theatre at 6:30 p.m. learn more

February 13-17: Professional Development Week

Join University Career Services for their Spring 2017 Professional Development Week during the week of February 13th. This weeklong series of events and workshops held at the UCS office in Student Service Center 1, (first floor) brings employers to campus from various industries to co-present workshops and network with UH students. Students are able to RSVP to all events in Cougar Pathways, under the Events tab, then Workshops. learn more

February 16: Power to heal – Women in Healthcare

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. The theme for 2016 is Women & Power. The event will be from 11:30 – 1 p.m. at the Rockwell Pavilion and is hosted by Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. learn more

February 16: The Wilmington Ten book author talk and signing

African American Studies is hosting this event in Agnes Arnold Hall room 210 at 11:30 am. In February 1971, racial tension surrounding school desegregation in Wilmington, North Carolina, culminated in four days of violence and skirmishes between white vigilantes and black residents. Ten young persons were convicted of arson and conspiracy and then sentenced to a total of 282 years in prison. They became known internationally as the Wilmington Ten. Dr. Kenneth Janken narrates the dramatic story of the Ten, connecting their story to a larger arc of Black Power and the transformation of post-Civil Rights era political organizing. Dr. Janken is professor of African American and Diaspora studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and director of the UNC Center for the Study of the American South. learn more

February 21: Spring 2017 Career and Internship Fair

University Career Services is hosting their 2017 Spring Career and Internship Fair on February 21 from 1-4p.m. in the Houston Room – Student Center. This all-major Career Fair will welcome close to 100 employers looking to network with UH students about both full-time and internship opportunities. Log onto Cougar Pathways to RSVP under the Events tab, then Career Fairs. To see the companies that will be attending, click here.

February 21-24: Spring 2017 Graduation Fair

This event will take place at the UH Barnes & Noble from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is for students who are graduating in Spring 2017. Students are also invited to visit their custom website to order gowns and other graduation items. learn more

February 23: Sexualities Pedagogies Workshop

This workshop, hosted by Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, will review the best practices, strategies and new trends in sexuality/LGBTQ teaching. It will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Rockwell Pavilion in the MD Anderson Library. learn more

February 24: Spring 2017 graduation application deadline

Students who expect to graduate in Spring 2017 must officially apply for graduation through their MyUH Account. There is a $25 (non-refundable) application fee. Late applications, although discouraged, will be accepted February 25 through Friday, March 24. The fee for late applications is $50 and the student’s name will not appear in the convocation program. learn more

Upcoming Events

Pictured left to right are the 2016 Public Official of the Year finalists: Gary Jackson, Assistant Manager of the City of Deer Park; Terence O’Neill, Director for the Mayor’s Office of International Communities and Refugee Affairs; Captain Brian Penoyer, Commander Coast Guard Sector of Houston-Galveston; Peter Brown, Director of Better Houston and Sponsor of the event; Constable Alan Rosen, Harris County, Precinct 1; Mike Sullivan, Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector.

March 3: 6th Annual Public Official of the Year Luncheon

Hosted by the Master of Public Administration program, this luncheon honors two appointed and two elected officials who have provided a positive influence on the ideals of public service in the greater Houston metropolitan area. This year’s winners are Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Spring Valley Village Mayor Tom Ramsey, City of Richmond City Manager Terri Vela, and City of Houston Director of Administration and Regulatory Affairs Tina Paez. The keynote speaker is City of Houston Controller Chris Brown. The luncheon is underwritten by former City of Houston Councilmember Peter Brown, who is currently the Director of Better Houston. Contact to RSVP by February 1. learn more

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