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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Black History Month Events for 2016

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Center for Critical Race Studies, The Cultural Enrichment Center, and The Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are proud to sponsor the following events:

African American Read-In

Tuesday, February 2nd
12:00 – 1:30pm 
Academic 3rd Floor Atrium (in front of the mural)

Center for Critical Race Studies Panel Discussion and Q&A -
"Black Lives __________"

Monday, February 8th
1:00-2:15 pm

Poetry Reading / Q&A / Book Signing by Houston poet JONATHAN MOODY   Wednesday, February 10th

5:30 – 7:00pm 
A-350 (Auditorium)

From Slavery and Jim Crow to Mass Incarceration: Black Prisoners/Ex-prisoners' Place in the Black Freedom Narrative

Robertson Auditorium
Thursday, February 18, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Spoken Word - Open Mic

Monday, February 22, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
A-300 (White Oak)

Subramanian Shankar CCRS 2016 Scholar-in-Residence

Monday, February 15th
S1070 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cultural Journalism Workshop for student journalist, writers, and bloggers Co-sponsored by the Department of Arts and Humanities

Wednesday, February 17th
S1070 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Writer’s Workshop for Novelists, and Short-Story Writers Co-sponsored by the English Department.

Robertson Auditorium 
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Critical Race Studies Annual Lecture Series Lecture, Book Signing and Public Reception Co-sponsored by the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

GSB Milam Room at the University of Houston—Downtown
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Artistry of Social Change (Panel Discussion) Co-Sponsored by Voices Breaking Boundaries And the Center for Diversity Equity, and Inclusion

social sciences spring 2016 lecture series

"The 'Right' Way to Do Activism: Institutional Logics in U.S. Social Movement Field
Jeff Larson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Towson University
February 4, 2016
2:30 p.m.
Main Building, N-1099

Making History by Acting in the Moment: A Panel on Race in America

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Girard ST Building, Travis Room

Presenters: Kwame Rose, Keisha Thomas, Steven Orozco. Please register to attend. Presented by UHD'S Center for Public Deliberation and sponsored by UHD's Center for Critical Race Studies, UHD Student Government Association and Lone Star College

Forum on Plain English

Friday, February 26, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The forum aims to promote informed uses of Plain English guidelines, which are writing standards recommended by several government agencies for improved communications with the general public. Organized by the Center for Plain English Research and Study (CPERS) at UHD.  Read details about the forum and register to attend.

Allen Gee and Derick Burleson Reading from their Work

Thursday, March 3, 2016
2:30 pm. - 3:45 p.m.

Allen Gee is the author of My Chinese-America, eloquently written essays about aspects of Asian American life Derick Burleson is the author of Use, Melt, Ejo, and other collections of poetry.

Sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center

West African Film Festival: Spotlight on Ghana

Friday, March 4, 2016
Robertson Auditorium
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Herstory: Educate a Woman, Educate a Nation. Directed by Sally Nuamah, 2014, 50 minutes and Akgorkoli: Cause of Hogbetsotso. Directed by Franci Yushau Brown, 2015. Animated short, 11 minutes.  See event poster.   Please register to attend the film festival.

Presented by the Center for Critical Race Studies and Film Studies Program.

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That's How the Force Works: Transferring Training to the Classroom

March 9, 2016
12:00 p.m. (Noon)
On March 9th, Dr. Thompson will deliver a talk, "That's How the Force Works: Transferring Training to the Classroom," to students. Dr. Thompson will speak with students at 12:00 PM in N420 about finding a place in the university and drawing on the particular strengths that veterans bring to the university. Given that this occurs at a prime class time, we will have a sign-in sheet to track students if faculty wish to allow credit for students to attend this event. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

How You're Wrong About Veterans 

March 10, 2016
11:00 a.m.
Wilhelmina Cullen Auditorium (A350)
On March 10th, Dr. Thompson will present, " How You're wrong About Veterans," to the wider university in the Wilhelmina Cullen Auditorium (A350) where faculty and administration will be invited to discuss how best to build on veterans' experiences and presence in our classrooms and in our pedagogy, and how to consider veterans from a model of strength and possibility, rather than the lens of deficit that many veterans are often subject to in popular discourse about veterans. Soft serve ice-cream and beverages will be provided. 

In each session there will be time allotted for question and answer sessions to provide a safe space for students and faculty to discuss their own experiences and raise any questions that they may have about finding a place in the university as/for veteran populations. For more details on Dr. Thompson's talks please visit the English deparmtent events page.

Fine Arts Festival

Monday March 28, 2016
11:00 a.m.- 1 p.m.: BAFA Rally, ShoutUP! Competition, Scavenger Hunt , and activity tables, North Deck.
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  African Dance Workshop, Location TBA
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Warren Lehrer: A Life In Booksshowing Monday-Friday in O’Kane Gallery

Tuesday March 29, 2016
10:00 a.m.:  Gator sidewalk chalk until the chalk runs out: Chalk sidewalk drawings at South Deck
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Root beer and Piano Reception by the O’Kane Art Gallery, in the UHD Welcome Center
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Young Sounds of Houston and the UHD Civic Jazz Orchestras, Robertson Auditorium

Wednesday March 30, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Fine Arts and Communication Studies Internship Fair, GSB 307 Milam and Travis Rooms Welcome Center
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Recorder Choir Concert, Mural area 3rd Floor
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: UHD Storytellers – Our Story, open mic, Mural area 3rd Floor

Thursday March 31, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m: Open Mic and Karaoke – Warm Ups to Talent Show, location TBA
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: UHD. Talent Show (hosted w/ UHD Student Government)

Friday April 3. 2016
8:00 p.m.: Opening to Unexpected Guest by Agatha Christie,O’Kane Theatre

Buddism, Christianity, & Islam: Faith and Public Life

Open Interfaith Dialogue
March, 28, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Outside the Robertson Auditorium

Buddism, Christianity, & Islam: on Public Life
April 5, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Robertson Auditorium

Gaelyn Godwin, Abbot,
Houston Zen Buddhist Center
Paul Fortunato, Faculty Advisor, UHD Catholic Student Association
Reyhan Isbilir, Dialogue Institute of the Southwest

How can people of faith balance their reli-gious life with the workings of the modern public sphere, in political and social life? (These speakers will be at the April 5 event.)

health & Behavorial science open house

March 29, 2016
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location TBA

The University of Houston-Downtown now offers two healthcare career tracks:

  • Healthcare Navigation—careers in healthcare service coordination.
  • Aging and Wellness—careers in geriatric care, with a focus on health and wellness.

Health & Behavioral Science majors can receive course credit for gaining work-related experience in healthcare internships.   Register to attend this event

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Cut Up and Run: A Talk/Screening/Discussion with Experimental Film Maker
Kelly Sears

Friday, April 1, 2016
12:00 p.m.  -  2:00 p.m.
Kelly Sears in an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of Colorado. Sponsored by UHD Department of English, contact Dr. Chuck Jackson for more information Cut_Up_and_Run_Sears_at_UHD event flyer.

Democracy's Challenge: Reclaiming the Public's Role

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
9:30 AM - 11:45 a.m.
Main Building, A300

Breakfast will be served.  Registration for attendence available soon. 
Center for Public Deliberation

ninth annual chss gender conference

"Negotiating Gender: Power, Discrimination, and Social Change"
April 7, 2016 Gender Conference Website

Civic Jazz Orchestra Performance

April 29, 2016
Robertson Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.


WRITE NOW!  English Majors Week  

Tuesday, April 19
Milam Room (Welcome Center) 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
Great Careers in Professional Writing and Technical Communication
Learn about careers in publishing, web design, social media, business, medical and legal spheres, engineering, and the energy/oil & gas industries available with the Bachelor of Science in Professional Writing and the  Master of Science in Technical Communication.  Win door prizes.

Writing Workshop: Writing Emails Like a Pro
Learn how to write effective emails to achieve your goals.  The workshop will cover organizational strategies and plain language principles that can clarify and simplify interoffice communications. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Milam Room (Welcome Center) 2:30 p.m.  to  4:00 p.m.
UHD Writers: Meet the BA in English!
Creative writers, lovers of literature, film buffs, future teachers, and culture makers-the BA in English degree is for you!  Find out more at this event.  Learn about the degree program and special opportunities.  Participate and listen to student-led presentations and poetry readings.  Win door prizes.  Refreshments provided.

Friday, April 22, 2016
602N, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
STC Career Workshop
Meet representatives from local companies and learn about resume, letter writing, and interviewing skills.  The event is organized by the Society for Technical Communication, Houston chapter. Refreshments provided. 

For more information, contact Dr. Godwin Agboka,
View the event poster.

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Houston Animal Welfare Conference

Saturday May 7, 2016
Willow St. Pump Station
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 7, the University of Houston‑Downtown (UHD) Animal Rescue Club and Houston Pets Alive will co-host the first Houston Animal Welfare Conference at the UHD Willow Street Pump Station, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr., will serve as keynote speaker. Other nationally-known experts from California and Texas will lead discussions on the most successful means to improve animal rescue efforts, and promote a “no kill” philosophy in Houston.

Additionally, attendees will hear notable speakers discuss Houston’s animal welfare movement, get advice on emergency animal first aid and participate in networking sessions.

Aaron Gillette, adviser of the UHD Animal Welfare Club said, “We hope that this conference can become a landmark event in the history of animal rescue in Houston.”

For more information, visit Houston Pets Alive, or contact Aaron Gillette at 713-222-5381. Registration is free for UHD students, faculty and staff.  For everyone else registration is $25.00.  Registration at Evenbrite.

"EU Crisis of 2016 - a Wake-Up Call or an Existential Threat?"

Friday, May 6, 2016
10:00 a.m. in C-100
Hon. Mariusz Brymora, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles Consulate of the Republic of Poland

Politicians, news pundits, and academics have all commented on the enormous stress the European Union is presently facing. Founded nearly 25 years ago, the EU aspires to promote peace and prosperity in Europe and stands as a coalition of 28 independent nations, including four Group 7 ("G7")countries. Now, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, this union is grappling with unprecedented challenges, including the threat of terrorism, refugee migration, and the possible exit of the U.K. ("Brexit").

The Honorable Mariusz Brymora, Consul General of the Republic of Poland, will share his views on these challenges and answer students' questions. Light snacks will be provided by the Social Science Department and Dr. John Linantud, Associated Professor of Political Science, will coordinate the discussion.

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Last updated 8/22/2016 5:36 AM