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Spring 2019 Events


Celebration of Dr. Chism's Latest Publication
April 11, 2019 at 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm in front of the O'Kane Gallery in the UHD Welcome Center

The Department of History, Humanities, & Languages will celebrate the publication of Dr. Jonathan Chism's new book, Saints in the Struggle: Church of God in Christ Activists in the Memphis Civil Rights Movement, 1954–1968. Please indicate whether you can attend. Refreshments provided. Copies of Dr. Chism's book are available for purchase and his signature.

Spanish Internship Fair and Open House
April 16, 2019 at 4:00 to 6:00 pm
A300 Houston Room

Check out internship opportunities.  Get a Spanish UHD Gator t-shirt! (for declared majors and minors).   Get food and get to know your professors.  Find out about simultaneous majors.  Learn about the Study Abroad Trip to Costa Rica, the Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi and more!
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A Talk and Poetry Reading by Dr. Pedro Larrea

March 5, 2019

12:30 pm-1:30 pm, A627 (lunch for first come, first served):
“Literary Translation and the Frontier of Meaning”

6:00 pm-6:45 pm, Coffee House:
A Bilingual Poetry Reading from “"The Wizard's Manuscript" / "Manuscrito del hechicero"

View event flyer.  An Event in Celebration of National Foreign Language Week - March 3-9, 2019
Sponsored by the UHD Spanish Program and the Department of History, Humanities & Languages

Celebrating Foreign Languages Through Film: A Film Festival
March 4 - 7, 2019
An Event in Celebration of National Foreign Language Week (March 3-9, 2019)

All films subtitled in English, shown in A436 at 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Mar. 4: Amélie (France)
Mar. 5: I Dream In Another Language (Mexico)
Mar. 6: The Salesman (Iran)
Mar. 7: Namiya (China)

View event flyer.   Sponsored by the UHD Spanish Program, UHD Cultural Enrichment Center, and the Department of History, Humanities & Languages

 "An Update on Immigration Policies under the Current Republican Administration"
by Professor Susham Modi, Modi Law Firm and University of Houston's Law Center
October 2, 2018
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: A300,  White Oak RoomSusham Modi.jpg

Professor Modi will talk about the numerous changes and updates in immigration law that have occurred during the past year. This talk is aimed for the public in general, but also for UHD students who study law, legal Spanish, translation, interpreting, social work, and political science, and anyone who wishes to become aware of these concepts that they will see in class or in their future jobs.

Professor Susham Modi focuses his practice on helping individuals with immigration issues. Before moving to Houston, he worked as an Attorney Advocate at Harvard Law School's Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. In addition to his private practice, he is an Adjunct Professor of Law and was a Clinical Supervising Attorney at the University of Houston Law Center's Immigration Clinic, which helps individuals from all over the globe with immigration concerns, providing pro bono services. Professor. Modi is responsible for supervising and teaching upper-level students working on various immigration cases. He has also co-taught asylum/refugee law. Many UHD students have interned at his law firm and also at the Immigration Clinic at UH Law Center.

Let's Dance
La Cumbia
October 9, 2018
Noon-1 p.m.
South Deck

Free and open to the public. Contact for more information.
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Free.  All materials provided. Refreshments provided. Contact for more information.  View event flyer.

Let's Dance
La Cumbia
October 9, 2018
Noon-1 p.m.
South Deck

Free and open to the public. Contact for more information.
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Latinxs & Reproductive Politics
A Talk by Elizabeth O'Brien
October 10, 2018
Noon, in A300 - White Oak Room

Lunch provided. Free and open to the public.  Contact for more information. Co-sponsored by the Dept. of History, Humanities, and Languages.
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Poetry Reading & Performance
October 11, 2018
6:00 p.m. Welcome Center, TDECU Tour Room

Jasminne Méndez is a Latino book award-winning author, performance poet, actress and educator. She is the co-founder and program director of Houston-based Latino literary arts organization Tintero Projects and co-host of the poetry and writing podcast series, "INK WELL".

Lupe Méndez is a Galveston native and poet and founder of Tintero Projects and co-host of "INK WELL"- a collaborative podcast with Houston's Inprint-to spotlight Latinx writers and other writers of color. Named one of Houston Press' "Creative 100s".   View Event flyer    Reception and book signing. For more information please contact Dr. Jane Creighton, Director of Cultural Enrichment Center,

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Keynote Address, HHL Student Research Conference
"The Pursuit of the Humanities & Happiness"

Dr. Anna Tahinci, Professor and Chair of Art History
at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
December. 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Robertson Auditorium, (A350)

Dr. Anna Tahinci is Professor and Chair of Art History at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, where she has taught since 2013. A native of Greece, she studied History and Archaeology in Athens, and spent a total of eleven years in Paris, where she studied Art History and Comparative Literature at the Sorbonne (Ph.D. on Rodin's collectors), and did Museum Studies at the Ecole du Louvre. She has worked at the Musée Rodin, the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Harvard Art Museums. She has taught at Boston University Paris, at the University of Minnesota, at Macalester College, and at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She co-curated the sculpture exhibition that was organized in Athens for the Olympic Games in 2004 and the exhibition Rodin and America at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University in 2011. She teaches a wide range of Art History courses from cave to contemporary, and her research interests and publications include French Art and Women in Art. 

Student Research Conference 2018
"Back to the Sources" Student History Research Conference - Dec. 3, 2018

"How to Present at the Student Conference"
Oct. 18, 2018
2:30 p.m. in North-950, Main Bldg.

 Dr. Wendy Cooper (Career Development Center) will discuss important career skills that a student conference presentation hones and how to cite your conference presentation in your resumé. Dr. Case and Dr. Pavelich will offer their tips on how to write the paper, deliver the presentation, and approach audience questions. Please RSVP to Dr. Case at Drinks and refreshments provided. Student Research Conference Site

Day of the Dead Celebration & Poetry Competition

Write an original Calavertia (poem in humor rhyme dedicated to the death and memory) in Spanish or English.  Submit poem to Dr. Nowak by October 25, 2018 at  Visit the 2nd annual Day of the Dead Expo in the Spanish Lab located in N950 set up in honor of UHD Professor Dr. Padilla and Spanish Literature. The Expo is open to view October 22 - November 2, 2018. Snacks and winner results on November 2 at 6:00 p.m. in N950.  First place receives a Mexican goodie bag.   View flyer

Arte en Acción
A Painting Class
October 15, 2018
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
South Deck

Free.  All materials provided. Refreshments provided. Contact for more information. View event flyer.

A Guided Tour of the African American Library at the Gregory School
October, 19 2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

We will meet at the Gregory School at 10:15 a.m. at the latest. If you lack transportation, please email Dr. Case at   Join us the History Program in exploring Houston's rich African American sampling of archival materials.   View tour flyer.

If you would like to participate, please email Dr. Case the Indemnification Form at  Or submit to 1007-North or to Drs. Case, Lopez, Chism, Gillette, or Lucero. Form due date: Friday October 12, 2018.  The Indemnification Form is required for ALL students participating in the tour. 

Land, Liberty, & Water in Mexico
A Talk by Dr. Salvador Salinas
October 30, 2018
Noon, in GSB 307 - Milam and Travis Room

Lunch provided, first come, first served.  Free and open to the public. Raffle prizes-win a signed copy of his new book. Contact for more information. Co-sponsored by the Dept. of History, Humanities, and Languages. View event flyer

Latino Manhood and the Military
A Talk by Dr. Juan Coronado
In Celebration of Veteran's Day
November 7, 2018
Noon, in Houston Room/White Oak Room

Free and open to the public.  Lunch provided-first come, first served.  Raffle prizes-win signed copies of his book. Co-sponsored by UHD Veteran's Services and the Dept. of History, Humanities, and Languages.  Contact for more information. View Event flyer

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UHD Spanish Honor Society Inducts New Members, Visits Museum, & Hosts Study Break
The Initiation ceremony for Sigma Delta Pi (the Spanish Honor Society at UHD) was held on November 4. Five new members were inducted: Nitzia Berlanga (future president of SDP starting in January), Mayra Alvarado, Thomas Canny, Jose Juan Cortes, and Maria Figueroa. Another initiation ceremony for SDP is scheduled for Feb. 2018. Sigma Delta Pi joined with the Spanish program to view the Museum of Fine Arts Houston exhibit “Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950.” Participating UHD students and faculty discussed the exhibit in the context of the Mexican Revolution and the revolutionary reshaping of Mexican identity that accompanied it. Sigma Delta Pi also held a Study Break for students of Spanish on Dec. 5. Beverages, breakfast tacos, and other treats and homemade goodies were on hand to help sustain the 25 to 30 student attendees.

Dr. George Green gives the keynote address at the HHL Student Conference Dr. Green at the First Annual History, Humanities, & Languages Student Research Conference

The First Annual History, Humanities, & Languages Student Research Conference
was held on December 4, 2017, in the UHD Welcome Center. The event drew over 100 attendees, including Sam Houston State University professor of history, Dr. Ty Cashion. Nineteen student presenters participated in eight separate panels. Each panel included a lively question and answer period. The student presenters hailed from University of Houston-Downtown, University of Houston-Clear Lake, and Sam Houston State University. Faculty members from the Department of History, Humanities, & Languages moderated the panels.

A scholar of Texas working-class history, Dr. George Green, kicked of the event with his keynote address, “The 1885 Galveston General Strike: The Struggle for Biracial Equity on the Waterfront.” Dr. Green detailed the story of white and black workers’ struggles to control their wages and working conditions on Galveston’s docks. That struggle included racially segregated work-sharing plans and a mass strike and boycott.

UHD History Student William Gross Student presenter, William Gross

Student presentations reflected diverse interests – for example, the ethical dilemmas posed by Andrew Carnegie’s “Gospel of Wealth,” the ACLU’s WWII-era handling of Japanese American internment, John Stuart Mill’s thoughts on “erroneous opinions, Hispanic leadership in the 1940s and 50s, and justice and higher education.

The “Best Paper” award went to Marlayna Revear, a senior at the University of Houston-Downtown and a history major. Her paper, entitled “Jamaican Manumission, 1724-1757,” analyzed manumission data and other records in order to understand why certain masters in a brutally exploitative slave society freed certain enslaved people during the mid-eighteenth century.

Conference organizer and associate professor of history, Theresa Case, noted, "This kind of event energizes all of us, because it involves the exercise of talents that are fundamental to higher education and to modern life in general -- the ability to pose a good question, research ideas and evidence important to the question, and communicate clearly and compellingly, in oral and written form, one's findings and argument.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Green at the HHL 2017 Student Research Conference
Keynote Speaker Dr. Green at the HHL 2017 Student Research Conference

Annual Visit to Multicultural and Counseling Through the Arts (MECA)
In October 2017, the Spanish Program sponsored its annual visit to the annual community altars exhibit at the Multicultural and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) in observation of the Día de los Muertos. Elaborate altars in honor of loved ones passed are designed, constructed, and on display each year at this celebration. About 15 students of Spanish, along with friends and family, were accompanied by Drs. Chiquillo, Nowak, DeJesus, Dr. Mandell to learn more about this annual tradition well regarded within the Mexican American communities and with roots going back 3,000 years in Aztec culture.

UHD students in front of a large star statue

History Professors, Majors, & Alum Embark on Spring Break Camping Expedition

Drs. Jose' Alvarez and Nancy Lopez led current UHD history students and alums on a Spring Break camping trip to Bastrop State Park, where the group enjoyed BBQ and pizza, hiking, burgers and hot dogs, campfires, chatting, and starry nights. A day trip to Austin from the campsite included a visit to Bob Bullock State History Museum, where participants saw the remains of La Salle's ship La Belle and other Texas-related artifacts.  Lunch at the famous Texas Chili Parlor was followed by a tour of the Texas State Cemetery, the burial site of Stephen F. Austin, Confederate Gen. Albert Sydney Johnston, Barbara Jordan, and "American Sniper" Chris Kyle. 

A Discussion of Texas Heritage
By Dr. Carolina Castillo Crimm
September 14, 2017
TDECU Tour Room, Girard St. Bldg.
2:30 PM

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15. Noted author and historian Dr. Carolina Crimm will discuss Texas’ Heritage.

Sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center, Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society, and the Center for Diversity & Inclusion For more information contact Gene Preuss  


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