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Dept. of HIstory, Humanities & Languages Events

Fall 2019

Dr. Yolanda Chávez-Leyva, Distinguished Scholar in Latino Studies
September 23-27, 2019

A weeklong residency featuring multiple events for students, staff, faculty and community members with renowned public historian and activist Dr. Yolanda Chávez-Leyva. These events are sponsored by the Center for Latino Studies at UHD, the UH Center for Public History and Houston’s Holocaust Museum.

“Seeking Refuge: Gathering Oral Histories in the Midst of Suffering”: A Discussion with Dr. Yolanda Chávez-Leyva
September 25, 2019, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM; in Milam & Travis Rooms (UHD)

Reflecting Black Fall Research Symposium: 400 Years of African American Life and History
October 24, 2019; 9 am - 6pm; rooms TBA once the symposium schedule is complete.
Reflfecting Black logo with image of Sankofa bird
This symposium marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first documented Africans to the English-speaking regions of North America. Scholars and emerging scholars in the field of Africana Studies will examine ongoing efforts to dismantle structural systems of oppression and/or highlight the myriad achievements and contributions African Americans have made to various sectors in the United States. Dr. Alexander Byrd, Associate Professor of History at Rice University specializing in the African Diaspora and the Atlantic World, will be the keynote speaker. Scholars and local community leaders will offer reflections on the collective futures of African Americans. For more details visit the symposium website.

"Back to the Sources" Student Research Conference, Call for Papers
Submit the registration form and a 200 word abstract by Friday October 25.
HHL Student Research Conference

Guest Speaker Dr. Bill VanPatten “One of the Best-kept Secrets in Adult Language Learning”:
A Talk by Dr. Bill VanPatten

Tuesday, October 29, 2019; 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.; in Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium (A350)

In this talk, Dr. VanPatten will explore one of the best-kept secrets in adult language learning: that at their core, child first language acquisition and adult language acquisition are fundamentally similar. He will also outline one of the major implications of this research for language practitioners and students.

Day of the Dead Celebration and Calaveritas Poetry Competition
November 1, 2019, 5:30-7:30; in N950

To participate in the Poetry competition, write an original Calaverita poem (humorous and rhymed, with a focus on Death), either in English or Spanish, and send it to Dr. William Nowak,, by October 25, 2019.

Competition winners will be announced and prizes for first, second and third place winners will be awarded at the Day of the Dead gathering in N950, 5:30-7:30 PM on November 1. All are welcome to attend the gathering and view our Day of the Dead altar in N950. Sponsored by HHL’s Spanish program, the Center for Latino Studies and Sigma Delta Pi.

Sixth Annual UHD Visit to MECA in honor of el Día de los muertos
November 2, 2019; starting at 11:00 AM at Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), 1900 Kane, Houston

Come join us for the UHD Spanish Program Sixth Annual Trek to MECA (Multicultural Education & Counseling through the Arts). We will learn about and visit their annual exhibit of ofrendas (altars) designed and constructed by local members of the Latino community to commemorate friends and family members who have passed. This event is suitable for friends and family members of all ages and includes free performances, and food and drink for purchase at MECA’s annual fair. For additional information, contact Dr. Paul B. Mandell (   View event flyer. (pdf)

“Latinas in the Military”: A Lecture by Dr. Valerie Martinez
November 12, 2019, 3:30- 5:00 PM; in Milam & Travis Room (UHD)

“Dolores Huerta: A Revolution in the Fields/ Revolución en los campos”

A private exhibit opening and lecture by curator, Taína Caragol
November 14, 2019, 6:00 PM; at Houston Holocaust Museum (Exhibit opens to the public on November 15, 2019)

Back to the Sources: HHL’s Fourth Annual Student Research Conference

December 3, 2019, in A300 (Schedule and keynote speaker TBA)
An undergraduate research conference open to students from any Houston-area academic institution.

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