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Fall 2016 Events

CHSS Fall 2016 Events O'Kane Gallery Exhibition:
Leamon Green: Look at Them
September 1 – October 13, 2016
Reception: September 1, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. More about this exhibition

O'Kane Theatre Fall 2016 Production
Performance Information

Study Abroad in Costa Rica: The Students Talk
October 3, 2016
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Students will discuss their experiences studying abroad in Costa Rica with Q & A afterwards.  Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center and the Department of Arts and Humanities.  Contact Dr. Raquel Chiquillo,

#SayHerName: Toward a Gender Inclusive Movement for Black LivesPhotograph of Brittany CooperOctober 6, 2016
2:30 p.m. in N1099
This talk examines the impact of police brutality and state sanctioned violence on Black women. It argues that making Black women's and girls' lives safer must be a critical part of the Movement for Black Lives. And it considers the ways that Black women's activism and organizing has played a role in the Movement to date. Refreshments will be served. Presented by the Center for Critical Race Studies.

Houston Poetry Fest

Friday through Sunday, October 7-9,
Willow St. Pump Station
Guest, Featured, and Juried Poet Readings Friday Night, Saturday Night, and Sunday afternoon.
Open Poetry Reading: 12 noon on Saturday.

The 2016 Presidential Election - Political Science Roundtable
October 12 in A436
3:00 p.m.
Student, faculty and staff welcome. Pizza will be served.   Presented by Dr. Christina Hughes, Dr. Edgardo Colon and Dr. David Michael Smith.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday, September 30 - University of Houston - Downtown, Robertson Auditorium, A300 and Milam / Travis Rooms
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Topic: School to Prison Pipelines
Free and open to the public, please register
Supported by College of Humanities & Social Sciences, the Department of Arts & Humanities, Center for Critical Race Studies, Center for Latino Studies, Arte Público Press and My Brother's Keeper Houston.

Monday, October 3, 2016 - Study Abroad in Costa Rica: The Students Talk
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Students will discuss their experiences studying abroad in Costa Rica with Q & A afterwards.  Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center and the Department of Arts and Humanities.  Contact Dr. Raquel Chiquillo,

Tuesday, October 3 - Dr. Christina Sisk Talk
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in N1099

Dr. Christina Sisk of the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston (Central) will be on campus (in N1099 on Oct. 4, 10-11:30) to deliver a talk called “Footprints of Immigrant Detention in Houston.” Dr. Sisk will address the topic of artistic representations of immigrant detention, and how local Houston-based activism on the issue informed a recent installation piece at the Station Museum (on display in early 2015), which was produced by the artist collective Sin Huellas.  The entire UHD community is invited to attend.  Light refreshments will be provided.  This event is sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center and the Department of Arts & Humanities.

International Literature Festival
October 14 - October 16
International Literature Festival Flyer

Friday, October 14 - Venue: University of Houston - Downtown

  • A436 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Conference by Miguel Angel Zapata, Ph.D, of Hofstra University will speak on "The Pristine and Obscure Language in the Poetry of Cesar Vallejo" (in Spanish)
  • 6:30 p.m. Book Signing: Federico Diaz-Granados, Xavier Oquendo and Elizabeth Quila. (Book will be available for purchase)

Saturday, October 15 - Venue: University of Houston - Downtown

  • 9:30 a.m. Press Conference, Robertson Auditorium
  • 10:00 a.m. Reception, Academic Bldg. 3rd floor
  • 10:30 a.m. Welcome by Paul Mandell, Ph.D; Opening by DoVeana Fulton, Ph.D.
  • 10:35 a.m. Poets and Panel: Israel and the United States, moderator David Medina
  • 11: 35 a.m. Poets and Panel: Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador, moderator Elizabeth Quila
  • 12: 35 p.m. Special Guest Luis Garcia Montero, moderator Elizabeth Quila
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Literacy Monologues by Local Artists

Sunday, October 16 - Venue: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

  • 11: 00 a.m. Poets and Panels: El Salvador, Mexico and Spain, moderator Miguel Angel Zapata
  • 12:00 p.m. General Forum: Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, and Spain, moderator Federico Diaz-Granados
  • 1:00 p.m. Closing by Elizabeth Quila, President Casa Cultural de las Americas

For more information please contact Dr. Raquel Chiquillo at
Sponsored by the Center for Latino Studies, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, the Department of Arts & Humanities, and Casa Cultural de las Américas.

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Saturday, October 15, 2-3:30 p.m., Willow St. Pump Station

Emcee—Stephen Gros
Featured poets--Loueva Smith and Craig Butterworth, interviewed by Winston Derden

Tuesday, October 18 - Panel on "Translation and Interpreting: An Introduction to the Professions"
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in N1055
Free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Department of Arts & Humanities

Saturday, October 22 - Initiation Ceremony for Sigma Delta Pi
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in TBA
Adivsor: Dr. William Nowak. For more information contact Dr. Nowak at

Language & Professionals Translantions Speaker Series

October 18, 6:00 p.m. to 7: p.m.

Translation and Interpreting: An Introduction to the Professions
Panel by G. Zozaya, S. Dejeux, and J. Garlinksi

November 9, 6:00 p.m. to 7: p.m.
Babel's "Rain of Stairs": On Literary Translation & Poetry
Talk by Houston's Poet Laurate, R. Davidson

November 16, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Translating for Houston's Minority Languages: Arabic and Urdu
Panel by R. Rahman and A. Berrada

RSVP and for more info contact Dr. Rey Romero at

Dr Blanca E. Vega.jpg "Latinx Students in Higher Educational Spaces"
Presented by Dr. Blanca E. Vega
October 19, 2016
C100, CPS Building
1:00 p.m.

International Plain Language Day
October 23, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
3rd Floor, in front of A300

Be an informed citizen and come celebrate with us.  More on the Institute for Plain English Research and Study (IPERS)

We the People: Our Role in American Politics
October 26, 2016, 9:30 a.m to 11:45 a.m.
UHD Welcome Center-Milam Travis Room

The Center for Public Deliberation invites you to attend our next forum entitled We the People: Our Role in American Politics (the specific deliberation guide we will discuss is attached) as a part of citizenship month. In addition to diverse members of the UHD community (students, staff, faculty, administrators), we will also be actively recruiting external Houston members, including 50 high school students (who will be holding forums first in their classrooms before they attend this event). Additionally, we are inviting members from the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, and Green parties. We also are sending special invitations to our international students, who have critical, global perspectives on this topic. Please register at 

"Lessons from the Journey" Discussion and Book Signing"
Meet the Author
October 26, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Gene Preuss, Associate Professor of History, discusses Lauro F. Cavazo's journey from his life on the King Ranch to the Secretary of Education.  Cavazo's father stressed that his children should get an education, serve their country, and honor the family name.  Lauro Jr. and his siblings, obeyed their father's advice.  His story provides inspiration to future generations to be true to the lessons he learned from working with Cavazos to publish the memoir. View event flyer.

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Life with a Chronic Mental Illness: From Pain to Purpose,
Elizabeth McIngvale's Journey with Obessive Compulsive Disorder
Oct. 26, 2016 2:30 p.m. in Robertson Auditorium

Elizabeth McIngvale, Ph.D. is the founder of the Peace of Mind foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Elizabeth was diagnosed with OCD at the age of 12 and underwent treatment, including both inpa-tient and outpatient therapy and continues to engage in outpa-tient therapy to manage her OCD on a daily basis. Elizabeth made it her life mission to make a difference in the lives of those living with a mental illness. She and her family were once told her OCD was too severe to be treated but today she stands before you as someone who successfully manages her illness. She is a national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and is a licensed therapist in Texas. Elizabeth received her bachelors and masters in social work from Loyola University Chicago and her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Houston. Elizabeth proudly serves as an assitant professor at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Elizabeth is a renowned speaker on both the local and national level speaking on behalf of OCD, mental illness and mental health stigma.

6th Annual UHD Halloween Film Screening
October 27, Sundown, Outside on the North Deck
BLACULA (dir. William Cain, 1972), plus pizza 'til the pizza runs out!

Interfaith Breakfast: How our Faith Impacts Our Serving & Working
with People in Our Society

Sat., Nov. 5, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Room: A-300, (Academic Bldg., near the Starbucks)

Zahra Jamal, Associate Director, Boniuk Institute, Rice University
Henry Cuellar, Seminarian, St. Mary’s Catholic Seminary
And other religious leaders from Houston’s communities.
Moderator: Paul Fortunato, PhD, UHD English Professor.

How do people of faith express their commitments to social justice publicly? How do we best show respect for people of other beliefs? How can we work together for a more peaceful world?
Various leaders and members of other religious communities in Houston will also be in attendance to discuss these issues. Co-Sponsored by: Houston Interfaith Ministries & the Ctr. For Student Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.

13th: A Documentary Screening and Discussion
November 7, 2016
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

black and white photograph of hands with chains around them13th: A Documentary Screening and Discussion In an effort to continually offer welcoming spaces for UHD faculty, students, staff and supporters to critically engage the systemic and racial oppression that undermine our pursuit of social justice, the UHD Center for Critical Race Studies proudly presents a screening of 13th (a documentary on the correlations of the 13th Amendment and mass incarceration).

On Monday November 7th 2016 in A—300 at 2:30pm, the CCRS Fellows will host a public screening and panel discussion on the systemic criminalization and incarceration of African American men (and men of color) and its ongoing effect on marginalized communities. For this reason, the CCRS has invited guest panelist from throughout the city to facilitate a conversation on the intersection of race, gender and the criminal justice system.

Guest panelists include: Brandi Holms, Black Lives Matter—Houston; Secunda Joseph, Black Lives Matter—Houston; Ashton Woods, Black Lives Matter—Houston; Fran Watson, GLBT Political Caucus; Cleo Browder, UHD Counseling Service.    Refreshments will be served.

View poster (PDF)

Sponsored by the Center for Critical Race Studies


Dedication Peformance for Dr. Susan Ahern
The Landing Theatre Compay
Nov. 10, 2016
Reception at 7:00 p.m.
Dedication at 7:30 p.m.
Performance at 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Susan Ahern was instrumental in the creation of The Landing Theatre Company.  Six years later, the company has a new permanent home, and will mount a memorial to Dr. Ahern in the lobby for her contribution to the company and the legacy she left through it.  On November 10th we will have a dedication ceremony prior to the performance to honor her and the significance she made to the company.  The dedication will include an original musical composition by Phil Ahern to James Weldon Johnson’s “Go Down Death” accompanied by a reading of the poem by David Rainey.  Admission is $25.00.  Learn more and purchase tickets on The Landing Theatre's website.

"Just Before God and Man: Legal Traditions and Constitutional Visions
in Early Freetown, Sierra Leone and the United States"
Dec. 6, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m
Milam/Travis Rooms, UHD Welcome Center

Dr. James Sidbury of Rice University will present a keynote address for the 2016 UHD Student History Research Conference.  Dr. Sidbury is the author of Ploughshares into Swords: Race, Rebellion, and Identity in Gabriel's Virginia, 1730-1810 and Becoming African in America: Race and Nation in the Early Black Atlantics.  Sign in sheet available for students seeking credit. 

Learning Event on Plain Language
Dec. 7, 2016
9:00  a.m. - 10:30 a.m., N602
Learn the benefits of using simplified language strategies that increase the clarity of your documents and contribute to the effectiveness of written workplace communication.
Register at My TalentSpace.  Contact ESO (713) 221-8060.


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