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Cultural Enrichment Center Events

Spring 2022

Raquel Salas Rivera Reading ​Black and white photo of Raquel Salas Rivera
Feb. 17, 2022
Virtual Reading
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

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Raquel Salas Rivera is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and editor. His honors include being named the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and receiving the New Voices Award from Puerto Rico's Festival de la Palabra. He is the author of five full-length poetry books. His third book, lo terciario/ the tertiary won the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry and was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award. His fourth book, while they sleep (under the bed is another country), was longlisted for the 2020 Pen America Open Book Award and was a finalist for CLMP's 2020 Firecracker Award. His fifth book, x/ex/exis: poemas para la nación/ poems for the nation, won the inaugural Ambroggio Prize. antes que isla es volcán/before island is volcano, his sixth book, is an imaginative leap into Puerto Rico's decolonial future and is forthcoming from Beacon Press in 2022. Thanks to a 2021 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, he is translating the poetry of his grandfather, Sotero Rivera Avilés. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania and writes and teaches in Puerto Rico. Alongside the Colectivo and the University of Houston's USLDH team, and with a three-year grant from the Mellon Foundation, he serves as investigator and head translator for El proyecto de la literatura puertorriqueña/ The Puerto Rican Literature Project, a free, bilingual, user-friendly and open access digital portal that users within and outside academia can use to learn about and teach Puerto Rican poetry.​  Sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center, the Department of English and the Center for Latino Studies

Fall 2021

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton sitting in a vintage chair reading a book in front of an oak tree Poetry Performance by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton​
October 20, 2021
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Milam and Travis Room in the Welcome Center

Sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center​​

10th Annual UHD Halloween Film Screening​

October 28, 2021 at SUNDOWN (~7pm)
Distanced and Outside on UHD’s North Deck

Bring : Blankets . Chairs . Friends . Costumes . Picnic
Contact: Prof. Chuck Jackson,​

Lyric in Translation​
October 29, 2021
2:00 p.m.
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A bilingual reading and Q and A with poety Sergio Perez Torres and translator Stalina Villarreal.  Moderated by Marisa Russon, director and cofounder of Nueva York Poetry Press.    Interpretation by UHD alum, Chris Flakus.   Cosponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center and the Department of English.  ​

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Literature, Culture, Careers Speaker Series
The Archivist: A Creative Career
November 4, 2021 
2:30 p.m.

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A conversation with Mikaela Selley, Independent Archivist, formerly Hispanic Collections Archivist Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Libary. 

Spring 2021

Siamak Vossoughi
March 9, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Mr. Vossoughi will do a reading from his work. 
Open to the public

​Watch the Reading with Siamak Vossoughi

“‘Oh happy people of the future’: Art, Literature, and Pandemic Death”
Presentation by Dr. Henry Sayre Distinguished Professor of Art History Emeritus at Oregon State University - Cascades Campus in Bend, Oregon.
Mar 29, 2021
01:00 pm to 03:00 pm

About Dr. Sayre: He is producer and creator of the 10-part television series, A World of Art: Works in Progress, first aired on PBS in the fall of 1997, and author of nine books, including The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 (University of Chicago Press, 1989) and Value in Art: Manet and the Slave Trade, to be published by the University of Chicago Press this coming fall.  View the presentation.

This event is sponsored by UHD Cultural Enrichment Center, the Department of Arts & Communication, and the Department of History, Humanities & Languages

For more information contact Dr. Edmund Cueva at

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