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College of Humanities and Social Sciences Newsletter

​September 2022 Issue​

"At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” - Frida Kahlo​
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National Suicide Prevention Month

First started in 2008, this public health campaign aims to de-stigmatize a once taboo topic. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), “Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.” This is a time to hold space for those affected by suicide, raise awareness, and ensure that people have access to the resources they need to seek help. Events for Suicide Prevention​

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month was first observed in 1968. This is traditionally observed from September 15th to October 15th in the United States. This month is about celebrating the histories and cultures of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.​

Notable individuals include:

  • Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian writer and journalist
  • Clarissa Pinkola-Estés, Mexican writer and Jungian psychoanalyst​
  • Natalie Diaz, Mojave/Mexican Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
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CHSS September Events​

CHSS Graduate Program Information Sessions
Join us for virtual info sessions for a brief (~30-minute) overview of the program followed by a Q&A with the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies. We will cover important information for prospective students including the application process, course offerings, cost/financial aid, alumni outcomes, and much more.

women pointing at a chart on a pegboard while a man looks on and smilesM.A. in Strategic Communication​
Monday, September 19th at 6:00PM​-7:00PM

The Master of Arts in Strategic Communication (MASC) is a 30- credit hour, 100% online program that equips students with the cutting-edge strategic communication skills, research knowledge, technology competencies, and theories needed to create effective community engagement and messaging with culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse public audiences and stakeholders.


women writing in a notebook at a desk in front of a laptop computerM.A. in Rhetoric and Composition
​ Tuesday, September 20th at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
​​​​The Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Composition (MARC) program is designed to train scholars, teachers, and future teachers how to teach writing/composition and ​English studies at the college-level. Students in the program receive advanced training in rhetorical theory, composition pedagogy, rhetorical history, composition theory, argumentative strategy, and textual analysis. The program is also proud to be the only program in Texas that places a special emphasis on preparing teachers for the multicultural setting of the 21st century college classroom and teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) students. 

people sitting a conference table and smiling M.S. in Technical Communication​
Tuesday, September 27th at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Master of Science in Technical Communication (MSTC) degree program is dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practice of technical communication, understood as the process of crafting, presenting, and disseminating specialized knowledge. We provide our graduates with writing, design, and management skills based on rhetorical principles. Students will gain publication and production skills, study project management and the ethical and global implications of professional communication, participate in research, conduct audience analyses and usability tests, and create web sites and online help.

O'Kane Gallery 

Kathy Vargas: Este Recuerdo / About Memory
September 8 - October 13, 2022 

Please join us Wednesday, September 28 for the Reception: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Artist gallery talk: 6:00 PM

​I Innocent Age, 2011, Gelatin silver print with hand coloringn conjunction with FotoFest Biennial 2022, Este Recuerdo/About Memory is a survey of photography from the 1970s to the present by San Antonio native and resident Kathy Vargas. Using film and a dark room, Vargas creates multiple-exposure prints that are ethereal and intimate, often incorporating social observations or cues from history, including ancestral ties to Mexico and recognition of pre-Columbian cultures. The artist's multi-layered photographs express the idea of simultaneous time, perhaps suggestive of the fluidity of memory. The effect achieved has often been described as magic realism.

Vargas writes,
"Most photographers spend their time looking for “good light.” Some travel thousands of miles to find it. Do any of us think about “good darkness?” It’s the contrast of shadow that creates “good light,” whether that contrast is physical, spiritual, intellectual, metaphorical, psychological, external, internal, and all the rest. We try to balance our lights and darks, but any balance is fleeting. Then the light changes. Pictures are the record of the light (and darkness) we’ve seen. This is my diary."

Vargas’ career includes an international exhibition record and acquisitions of her art into numerous private and public collections, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. Influences include Mel Casa and the Con Safo group, which opened her eyes to Latinx art. Important touring group exhibitions include Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation organized by UCLA’s Wright Gallery (1990) and the Corcoran Gallery’s Hospice: A Photographic Inquiry (1996). Vargas is currently Professor of Art at University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.​

UHD President, Loren BlanchardState of the University Address
Presented by: Loren J. Blanchard, Ph.D. President, University of Houston-Downtown
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

3:00 PM-4:00 PM: State of the University Address in Wilhelmina Cullen Roberson Auditorium
4:00 PM-5:00 PM:  Reception on the South Deck of the Main Building
5:00 PM-7:00 PM:  O’Kane Gallery Exhibit featuring Kathy Vargas​ ​in O'Kane Gallery


Other September Events​

senior citizen female laughs with younger female and male and a dogUHD STAR Lab Hosts Latino Community Forum
Wednesday, September 14th at 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
Virtual Event

One in three seniors dies with dementia. Is memory loss a normal part of aging? We want to hear your concerns and experiences with this public health threat. Share your thoughts and collaborate with others about how we can help Latinos in our community. Together with S.T.A.R., we'll identify needs, gaps in resources, and opportunities.

decorative pattern2022 Hispanic Heritage Celebration​
Thursday, September 15th at 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Shea St. Building

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with some exciting events planned for the day! Grammy Award-winning singer Leslie Lugo will be performing from 11:30AM-1:00PM on the Marilyn Davies College of Business Patio.

Suicide Prevention Month

Katrina Rufino The 411 on 988: Demystifying Suicide and Suicide Prevention
Presented by Dr. Katrina Rufino (she/her)
Tuesday, September 8, 2022 at 2:30 PM
Robertson Auditorium
Refreshments​ will be provided

Megan Mooney Affirming Care for LGBTQ+ Youth as a Suicide Prevention Strategy
Presented by Dr. Megan Mooney (she/her)
Tuesday, September 27th at 1:00 PM
Milam Travis Room
 Lunch will be provided

John Saunders Understanding the Mental Health System: Navigating the System to Optimize Treatment
Presented by Dr. John Saunders (he/him)
Thursday, September 29th at 2:30 PM
Robertson Auditorium
​Refreshments will be provided​

Bayou Review logoThe Bayou Review is calling for submissions! 
The current theme is: Blooming, Blossoming, Branching out

Now Accepting: Creative Non-fiction, poetry, and visual art​
Works can be in English, Spanglish, and translations into English
To submit, visit the Bayou Review website
Deadline for Submissions: September 28th, 2022

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Bayou Review Open House

September 20, 2022 from 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Come meet our team, participate in giveaways and more!

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