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Spring 2019 News


Student Leaders Invited to Join UHD Association of Latino Professionals for America
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Photograph of Dr. Jonathan Chism


Dr. Jonathan Chism, assistant professor of history, uncovers the role of leaders in COGIC and other black churches in Memphis during the civil rights movement in his new book “Saints in the Struggle” (Lexington Books, a subsidiary of Rowman & Littlefield).

Through archival research (including oral histories), Chism details the significance of grassroots activism during the height of the Civil Rights era and how black churches united (regardless of denomination) to advocate for equality.


“The book uncovers many of the lesser known activists in the Memphis area, who worked behind the scenes,” Chism said. “One of the groups highlighted in ‘Saints in the Struggle’ is Community on the Move for Equality (COME).”  Read more about Dr. Chism's book. Join us to celebrate the publication on Aprill 11, 2019 at 2:30 pm in the UHD Welcome Center in front the O'Kane Gallery.


photo of Dr. Daniel Peña on south deck of UHD


Daniel Peña’s debut novel, “Bang,” continues to be the shot heard throughout the literary world.

Peña, University of Houston-Downtown assistant professor of creative writing, has earned rave reviews for his story of undocumented brothers who are stranded in their home country of Mexico that is far different than the one they left.

Now, “Bang” has received honors from the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Texas chapter. The book earned the Tejas Foco Fiction Award during a recent conference in Houston. The award recognizes works that address topics related to the Mexican American experience in Texas.  Read more on Peña


Robin Davidson Set to Join Texas Institute of Letters

Only the state’s most distinguished authors, poets, screenwriters and artists are accepted into the Texas Institute of Letters (TIL). The organization’s members are a who’s who of literary voices and creative spirits. Soon, the University of Houston-Downtown’s (UHD) very own Dr. Robin Davidson will join their ranks.

Davidson, professor of English and former Houston Poet Laureate, was named to the 2019 class of TIL inductees. She will formally become a TIL member during its annual meeting conducted April 26 – 28 in McAllen, Texas. Read more about Dr. Davidson

Last updated 4/8/2019 6:50 AM