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History, Humanities and Languages Events

Spring 2022

​Nostalgia to Resentment: The Weight of the Past in Nietzsche and Ourselves
A Lecture by Dr. Jason Kemp Winfree
April 5, 2022
1 p.m.
Dr. Jason Winfree is the Chair and a philosophy professor in the Department of Philosophy and Modern Languages at Stanislaus State in California. Dr. Winfree's primary philosophical interests concern the intersection of three mutually determining issues: normalization, exclusion, and excess, and he considers how processes of normalization structure and regulate our values, discourses, and knowledge. Dr. Winfree will present research about the thematization of resentment in Nietzsche's work as a response to nostalgia, and a turn from the religious to the genealogical and political.  There will be a Q&A session following the presentation.​​​

Fall 2021

History After UHD - Shop Talk with Jason Rivas and Coutney Stevens

UHD Hisstory Alumn Jason Rivas

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Jason Jonathan Rivas is a former high school dropout who now works for Texas Department of Transportation. He earned his master’s from Texas State University's public history program. He previously worked in the nonprofit sector as an AmeriCorps service member, during which he coordinated a two-year project collecting oral histories of residents in the predominately-Hispanic Northside community in Houston. In 2019, he interned at the Texas Historical Commission as a Preservation Scholar, working with the Cemetery Preservation and Historical Markers Program. In 2020, he returned to AmeriCorps and interned at Lockhart State Park, helping with their digital and literacy engagement programs​.

Courtney Stevens is a graduate of the UHD history program. She was extremely active in Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society. She went on to act as lead editor for oral histories and short films created by the Northside Oral history project. This December, she will earn a master’s degree from the public history program at Texas State University. Her areas of concentration are oral history, public memory, and local & community history​.

Dr. Pedro Larrea - Talk and Poetry Reading​

Dr. Pedro Larrea on the deck of a ship with an openn book looking out over the seaOctober 7, 2021​

Black and Brown: The Art of Translating Race and Culture 
Talk by Dr. Pedro Larrea
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium, 3rd floor Academic building

Bilingual Poetry Reading in English and Spanish from "Sonata Mulattica"​ 
Reading by Dr. Pedro Larrea
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Skyline Lounge, 3rd floor Academic building

About Dr. Pedro Larrea
Pedro Larrea (Spain, 1981) is the author of three books of poems: La orilla libre / The Free Shore (Ártese, 2013; Nueva York Poetry Press, 2019); La tribu y la llama (Amargord, 2015); and Manuscrito del hechicero / The Wizard's Manuscript (Valparaíso, 2016; Valparaíso USA, 2017). ​​His poetry has appeared, among many others, in the prestigious Spanish magazine Revista de Occidente.​ He has read as a guest poet in places such as the Library of Congress in Washington DC, the New York Public Library, the University of New York, Emory University, the University of Kentucky, the Americas Poetry Festival of New York, the International Poetry Festival of Granada (Spain), the International Poetry of Los Confines (Honduras), the International Poetry Festival of Turrialba (Costa Rica), the International Poetry Festival of the Gimnasio Moderno and the University of the Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) and elsewhere. ​As an essayist, he is the author of the study Federico García Lorca in Buenos Aires (Renacimiento, 2015) and articles about Hispanic poetry of all periods. As a translator, he has published the Spanish edition of Kevin Young's Book of Hours (Libro de horas, Valparaíso, 2018); Percy Bysshe Shelley’s A Defence of Poetry along with Thomas Love Peacock’s The Four Ages of Poetry (Una defensa de la poesía, Poéticas, 2019); and Rita Dove’s Sonata Mulattica (Valparaíso, 2020). He is an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Lynchburg, in Virginia.​

These events are c​o-sponsored by the Dept. of History, Humanities and Languages, the B.A. in Spanish, and the Center for Critical Race Studies.

Day of the Dead Celebration & Calaverita Competition

Iine art  sugar skull surrounded by flowers, vines, leaves and cury embellished lines ​Write an original Calavertia and submit it to Dr. Nowak​ by October 25, 2021.  
Prize winners announced on November 2nd in N930 at 6:00 p.m.

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6th Annual HHL Student Virtual Research Conference

December 7, 2021
10:00 a.m.
THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, HUMANITIES, AND LANGUAGES of the University of Houston-Downtown invites you to join the 6th Annual HHL Student Research Conference, Back to the Sources. Past conferences have featured up to thirty student presenters who represented the University of Houston-Downtown, Lone Star College, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Rice University, Texas Southern University, and Sam Houston State University.  Visit the conference website for more information.

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Fall 2020

HHL 2020 Virtual Student Research Conference

Back to the Sources: Digging Deeper
December 8, 2020
Visit conference page

"Houston, We [Still] Have a Problem: Reflections on Racism in Post-Civil Right America"

Dr. Jonathan ChismSection of Hematology and Medical Oncology Grand Rounds - Baylor College of Medicine
September 4, 2


Presented by Dr. Jonathan Chism, Assistant Professor of History, Fellow of the Center for Critical Race Studies

3rd Annual Day of the Dead Poetry Competition

  sugar skull clip artWrite an original Calaverita (poem in humorous rhyme dedicated to death or memory of a loved one or famous person) in Spanish or English

Submit to Dr. Nowak by Oct. 25th,

Virtual Day of the Dead Altar Expo in the Spanish Lab N950 set up in honor of UHD Professor Dr. Padilla and Spanish Literature. Altar Expo will be available online.

Winner results announced virtually on Nov 1 @ 6 p.m.
Prizes awarded for best poems!

¡Feliz Día de Muertos!     

Spring 2020

A Racial History of Trans Identity​
A lecture by Dr. C. Riley Snorton
January 30, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Milam and Travis Rooms

History after UHD: A Shop Talk with Jason Rivas
February 6, 2020, Room A427
Noon - 12:45 p.m.
Please welcome Mr. Jason Rivas back to UHD. On Feb. 6 at noon, Mr. Rivas graduated with a degree in history. He will discuss with humanities students how he crafted his professional life after graduation. His experiences have included an internship working on oral histories in Houston's Northside community, public history, and pursuit of an advanced degree in history at Texas State University. Refreshments and Snacks Provided. Sponsored by the UHD History Program and the Department of History, Humanities, & Languages

International Film Festival in Honor of Foreign Language Week
National Foreign Language Week March 1-7, 2020

All films subtitled in English, shown in A300 Buffalo Bayou

"A Man Called Ove" (Sweden, 2015)
March 2, 2020
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

"Fig Tree" (Israel / Ethiopia, 2019)
March 2, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

"Neruda" (Chile, 2016)
March 2, 2020
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Spanish Program, the Department of History, Humanities & Languages, and the Cultural Enrichment Center.   For more information contact Dr. Raquel Chiquillo.

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