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October 2017

October 3: Symposium -The Resilient Soul 2.0

Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies is co-hosting this symposium with the Houston Refugee Women’s Collaborative. The event, which is about welcoming our refugee neighbors, will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion at MD Anderson Library. Learn more

October 5: History Department book celebration

Two faculty members from CLASS’s History Department recently published books exploring pre-revolutionary and revolutionary changes in family life in France and China. Dr. Sarah Fishman authored From Vichy to the Sexual Revolution: Gender and Family Life in Postwar France. Dr. Xiaoping Cong wrote Marriage, Law and Gender in Revolutionary China, 1940-1960. The department is hosting an event at 5 p.m. in the Honors College Lounge where Dr. Huaiyin Li from the University of Texas’ Center for Asian Studies & History, and Dr. Judith Coffin of the University of Texas’ Department of History will be featured guests. Refreshments will be served. Learn more

October 5-6: Health and Human Performance Research Symposium

Health and Human Performance faculty and students will present their research results at this symposium. It will be held in Rockwell Pavilion in MD Anderson Library. On both days, session 1 will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and session 2 will be held from 1 – 4 p.m. The event will also feature an elevator speech contest at noon on October 5 where students will have 90 seconds to convince judges that their research proposal deserves funding. Learn more

October 12: 2nd Annual Center for Mexican American Studies Luncheon

The Center for Mexican American Studies annual luncheon will feature keynote speaker Alfredo Quiñones Hinojosa M.D. From impoverished teenager living in a rural Mexican village to a world-renowned neurosurgeon, author, researcher and Harvard trained physician. Dr. Quiñones Hinojosa's story is one of triumph and perseverance. Dr. Quiñones Hinojosa is listed as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S. and currently is chair of neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. at the Junior League of Houston. For information call 713-743-3136 or email Learn more

October 12: Undergraduate Research Day

Find out what other undergraduates researched over the summer! Undergraduate Research Day features the research accomplishments of undergraduate students from the University of Houston. Students who participated in the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program and other substantive research projects both on and off campus will display their findings. The event will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. in Rockwell Pavilion and the Honors College, 2nd floor, M.D. Anderson Library. Learn more


October 19: Arte Público Press presents Juan Guerra’s The Little Doctor/El doctorcito

Salvadoran-American physician Juan Guerra presents his first bilingual picture book for kids, The Little Doctor / El doctorcito. Arte Público Press is hosting this event at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr., from 5 – 6 p.m. Parking is $5 or metered parking on the street is available. For more information, call 713-743-2999 or email Learn more

Photo by: Robert Durell

October 19: Amy Costales’s Sundays on Fourth Street / Domingos en la Calle Cuatro hosted by Arte Público Press

Amy Costales presents her bilingual picture book for kids, Sundays on Fourth Street / Domingos en la Calle Cuatro. The event, hosted by Arte Público Press, will be held at The Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz, at 6 p.m. Garage parking starts at $7 or there’s metered parking on the street available. For more information, call 713-743-2999 or email Learn more


October 20: CLASS Mentorship Program application deadline

The CLASS Mentorship Program was designed to help incoming CLASS freshman students navigate through their first year at the University of Houston by pairing them with an upperclassman mentor. The mentors will consist of upperclassmen who have recently gone through the freshman experience, and they will be required to organize events and activities to foster a sense of community, answer any questions students have about academics or campus life, and answer surface-level questions from students about their majors and academic degree plans. If you have further questions about the program, please email Leen Basharat at, or Learn more


October 20: Lone surviving ‘Ace’ pilot from the Vietnam War to address students

University of Houston Army ROTC presents Brigadier General (Retired) Steve Ritchie in conjuction with the Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center. BG Ritchie is the last surviving Ace Pilot of the Vietnam War; a distinction that he earned by achieving five aerial kills in dogfights with MIG-21 aircraft. BG Ritchie was born in Reidsville, North Carolina and commissioned from the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in Engineering Science. A notable speaker on leadership, he will address students at 9 a.m. in the Rockwell Center in the MD Anderson Library. Learn more


October 26: Russian documentary film screening

In collaboration with the annual film festival organized by the Russian Cultural Center Our Texas, Houston, the department of Modern and Classical Languages presents two shorts by Russian director Valery Balayan as part of its Global Cinema Series. The screening of Enjoy and Romance of Nadir, two documentaries that depict life in Crimea today, will be followed by a question and answer session with the director. The event will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. in Melcher Hall, room 180. Learn more

Photo used with permission from event organizers


Looking ahead:

November 6: McGovern Lecture to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the National Women’s Conference

The University of Houston’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and co-sponsors, have invited independent scholar, renowned feminist historian, and author Martha P. Cotera to deliver the 2017 John P. McGovern Endowed Lecture in Family, Health and Human Values on Monday, November 6 at 6 p.m. in the UH Cullen Performance Hall. Special guests at the event will include Gloria Steinem, Charlotte Bunch, and Melba Tolliver who all participated in the 1977 conference. Cotera’s lecture serves as the keynote address for a two-day conference commemorating the 40th anniversary of the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference held in Houston, Texas. Learn more

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November 6-7: The National Women’s Conference: Taking 1977 into the 21st Century

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the National Women’s Conference held November 18-21, 1977. At this momentous event, 2,000 elected delegates and around 32,000 observers descended upon Houston, Texas, to participate in the first and only federally funded National Women’s Conference in U.S. history. In honor of this moment, UH is hosting a two-day conference bringing together former participants and dynamic scholars. The conference will include a roundtable discussion with Gloria Steinem, Charlotte Bunch, and Melba Tolliver discussing the legacy of the Houston Conference. The conference is sponsored by the John P. McGovern Endowment. Learn more

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