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Jimmy Santiago Baca, CCRS Resident Scholar 2015 Events

UHD’s Center for Critical Race Studies (CCRS) proudly announces the poet, essayist, screenwriter, and activist Jimmy Santiago Baca as our 2015 Scholar-in-Residence. Mr. Baca is an internationally-celebrated writer, known for such works as Immigrants in Our Own Land, Working in the Dark: Reflections of a Poet of the Barrio, Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande, and Healing Earthquakes. He is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards for his work, including the American Book Award and the Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature for Martin and Meditations on the South Valley, the International Prize for A Place to Stand, as well as, two Southwest Book Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and the National Poetry Award.

During his time at UHD, Mr. Baca will read from his work, host public talks, guide faculty seminars, conduct students workshops, lead service and community learning engagements, and screen his newly released documentary A Place to Stand: The Making of a Poet. Mr. Baca’s inspiring life, vision, and unwavering commitment to social justice will serve as a catalyst for the campus to continue to transform the minds and lives of our students and communities.

See our event poster for Jimmy Santiago Baca

January 26, 2015
Meeting with members of the Hispanic Male Initiative and Black Male Initiative
N420, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Writer’s Workshop for Poets, Novelists and Screenwriters
Cosponsored by the English Department
S1070, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


January 27, 2015
Faculty Development Seminar-Engaging Underprivileged Students
A711, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Meet with the Fellows of the Center for Critical Race Studies
Rockwell Room, 2:00 a.m. - 1 1:30 a.m.

A Place to Stand: The Making of a Poet —Documentary Screening
Discussion, Public Reception and Book Signing will directly follow
Robertson Auditorium, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


January 28, 2015
Faculty Development Seminar-Engaging Underprivileged Students
A711, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Interview on HTV—Center for Critical Race Studies Interview Series
City Hall Building 901 Bagby, 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.


January 29, 2015
Critical Race Studies Annual Lecture Series
Lecture, Book Signing and Public Reception

Cosponsored by the Center for Public Service and Family Strengths
Robertson Auditorium, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


January 30, 2015
Kegan State Jail— Lecture and Poetry Reading
Cosponsored by the University-Jailhouse Literacy Program
(led by Drs. Jackson and Farris)

Meet with members of the Student Government/Leadership
Rockwell Room, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


January 31, 2015
Teacher’s Seminar—Collegiate & High School Teachers
Cosponsored by the Urban Education
C100, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Black History Month Events

February 17, 2015
Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

N1099, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

February 18, 2015
Police Brutality Fishbowl

N602, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

February 19, 2015
Black History Jeopardy

N420, 12:11 p.m. - 2:11 p.m.

You Know Your Rights: A Criminal Perspective
C100, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

February 23, 2015
You Know Your Rights: A Civil / Law Enforcement Perspective

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

February 25, 2015
Let the Drums Speak

Auditorium, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Cosponsored by the Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


See our archive of past events