Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently visited with students at the UH Law Center, marking the first visit by a U.S. Supreme Court justice to UH since Sandra Day O’Connor in 2005. Michael Olivas, director of the Center’s Higher Education Law and Governance Institute, interviewed Sotomayor. The nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice then addressed a wide range of questions from the audience ranging from her personal experiences, to sexism, social justice and legal education.
Jeff Glor, anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News, was on campus to conduct a sit-down interview with Marc and Debra Tice, the parents of missing journalist Austin Tice. Before being named anchor in late 2017, the veteran journalist was a reporter for the network and covered the disappearance of Tice, who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012. Tice attended UH and was a reporter for The Daily Cougar.
The Supreme Court of Texas, the state’s highest civil court, heard arguments at the UH Law Center in the fall. The visit was the first in more than a decade and part of the UH Law Center’s third annual Judge Ruby Kless Sondock Jurist-In-Residence Program, which brings sitting jurists to campus for a day with students, faculty and the Houston legal community.
Super Bowl LI champion and New England Patriots linebacker Elandon Roberts cheered on Cougar Football during the homecoming win over East Carolina. Roberts earned a starting spot for the Patriots in 2017, and Super Bowl LII marked his second Super Bowl appearance.
Paul Wall brought students at TDECU Stadium to their feet on Oct. 19. While wearing his infamous “Grillz” and performing live, the rapper led the Cougar football team onto the field prior to the game against the University of Memphis. The Grammy-nominated rapper is a UH alumnus.
The Spirit of Houston Marching Band and UH spirit groups joined the World Champion Houston Astros on the parade route in downtown Houston following the historic World Series win. The World Series Commissioner’s Trophy also made an appearance at UH. Astros general counsel joined a UH Law Center panel discussing the economic benefits of the win.
& John Carlos
Former NFL All-Pro Running Back and the Houston Texans’ all-time leading rusher Arian Foster joined 1968 Olympian John Carlos, along with other influential athletes and academics, for the panel discussion “The Game Changers: From Raised Fists to #TakeAKnee.” The forum examined how social activism intersects with sports, race and media.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, winner of 59 Daytime Emmy Awards, visited UH during the World Series. Correspondent Jeannie Klisiewicz hosted an on-air costume contest that sent three UH students to Game 4 of the World Series. Ellen DeGeneres tweeted the day before her show’s arrival that she would be giving away “something huge” on campus. Hundreds of students showed up for a chance to win and be a part of the live broadcast with Ellen.
Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the New York Times bestseller “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race,” delivered a lecture at UH and joined Johnson Space Center’s first Hispanic female director and astronaut Ellen Ochoa for a fireside chat and discussion with UH students. Shetterly’s book was read by all first year UH students last summer as part of the Provost Summer Read Program.
A two-day conference at UH commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1977 National Women’s Conference featured iconic figures in the American feminist movement. During a series of panels and lectures, Chicano civil rights activist Martha Cotera, journalist Melba Tolliver and author/activist Charlotte Bunch addressed their participation in the historic event, which was held in Houston.
Alan Bersin, former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, headlined the inaugural Borders, Trade and Immigration Institute Distinguished Speaker Series. The institute, led by UH, was formed in 2015 and funded by the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Excellence. Bersin spoke about new approaches to combatting transnational criminal activity.
& Mike Jones
Houston-based rappers Slim Thug and Mike Jones headlined the 2017 Homecoming concert at Lynn Eusan Park. T-Shawn opened the show, sponsored by the Student Programming Board.
Kenny Broberg, a UH alumnus and silver medalist at the 2017 Cliburn International Piano Competition, performed at the 2018 International Piano Festival at the Moores Opera House. Over the summer, the 23 year old made history as the first Moores School of Music graduate to place in the top three at the prestigious Cliburn.