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 Cultural Enrichment Center Sponsored Events, Fall 2009

All Events Free and Open to the Public

Why the Constitution Is Important and Relevant Today: A Panel Discussion in celebration of Constitution Day 2009
Thursday, September 17, 5:30 p.m., 1099-N

Panelists: Dr. Traqina Emeka (Criminal Justice); Drs. David Ryden and Austin Allen (History); and Dr. Christopher Witschonke (Urban Education). Dr. Jason Caro and Dr. Anita Chadha, moderators.  Join us on Constitution Day, celebrated every year on September 17, the anniversary of the day the framers signed the document.    Sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences and the Cultural Enrichment Center. Contact:

A Poetry Reading by Valzhyna Mort
Thursday, October 8, 5:30 p.m., A405, Academic Building. (Visitor parking available at Girard and Travis)

Photograph of V. MortThe New Yorker writes, “Mort strives to be an envoy for her native country, writing with almost alarming vociferousness about the struggle to establish a clear identity for Belarus and its language.” Library Journal described Mort's vision as “visceral, wistful, bittersweet, and dark,” and Midwest Book Review calls Factory of Tears “a one-of-a-kind work of passion and insight.” Mort writes in Belarusian as part of efforts to reestablish the traditional language against earlier governmental attempts to absorb it into the Russian language. She performs her poems in both Belarusian and English.

Mort received the Crystal of Vilenica award in Slovenia in 2005 and the Burda Poetry Prize in Germany in 2008. She has been a resident poet at Literarisches Colloquium in Berlin, Germany, and has received a fellowship at Gaude Polonia, Warsaw, Poland. Her English translations of Eastern-European poets have been published in New European Poets (Graywolf Press, 2008). Factory of Tears has been translated into Swedish and German.

Contact information (713) 221-8295

Houston Poetry Fest 2009
October 9, 10, & 11, Willow Street Pump Station, 811 North San Jacinto in downtown Houston, Texas

Valzhyna Mort’s reading kicks off the weekend celebration of Houston Poetry Fest 2009, Houston's oldest poetry festival, celebrating its 24th Anniversary! Hosted by the Cultural Enrichment Center.

Once a year, in October, Poets and lovers of poetry.
Gather together at UH-Downtown
To celebrate poetry and those who create it.
Schedule soon available at

Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Concert
Sunday, October 25, 4 p.m., Willow St. Pump Station

This year’s Hispanic Heritage Concert will feature music of 18th century Spain. Baroque violinist Andrés González of Mercury Baroque, Houston’s premiere Baroque ensemble, and viola da gamba player Brady Lanier, fresh from a successful solo recital associated with the Boston Early Music Festival, will join our own Dr. Yvonne Kendall, baroque flutist for a charming program of Spanish treasures. Contact:

A Day of Russian Culture
Wednesday, November 4, from 1:00 p.m. through 8 p.m., A-300

Organized by Dr. Natalia Matveeva of the UHD Professional Writing Program in the English Department and Sophya Tabarovski, head of the Russian Cross-Cultural Network in Houston, this event will celebrate Russian culture while introducing various aspects of it to the university and the Houston community at large. Events will include exhibits of traditional Russian crafts and arts, presentations about Russian culture, documentary films, performances of Russian dance, folk music, and modern music, and the serving of Russian cuisine.

Law, Order, and Literature, A Reading by Sarah Cortez
Wednesday, November 18, 7 p.m., place TBA

Photograph of Sarah CortezSarah Cortez is a police officer, poet, writer, and editor. Author of the poetry collection How to Undress a Cop (Arte Publico Press, 2000), Cortez was the 1999 PEN Texas Literary Award in Poetry and served as Visiting Scholar in the University of Houston’s Center for Mexican American Studies (1999-2001). She is co-editor with Liz Martinez of Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery (Arte Público, May 2009), a groundbreaking collection of short fiction by Latino writers. She has also edited a volume of short memoir by young U.S. Latinos entitled Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives (Arte Público, 2007). She is currently editing a collection of non-fiction writing by law enforcement personnel on the subject of policing in America.

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