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Cultural Enrichmen​t Center Spring 2010 Events

All Events Free and Open to the Public

Poetry Reading by Katherine Jager and Merrilee Cunningham
Tuesday, February 9, 5:30-6:45, Robertson Auditorium, 3rd fl., Academic Building

Katharine Jager is a poet and a medieval scholar.  She received her MFA in poetry from New York University and her PhD in medieval studies from the Graduate Center, CUNY.  Her poetry and essays have appeared in The Yale Anthology of Younger American Poets, Medieval Perspectives, The Gettysburg Review, Canteen, Friends Journal, and the Bellevue Review.

Merrilee Cunningham holds a B.A. degree in creative writing from Northwestern University where she studied under the poet Stephen Spender, and a PhD. in Renaissance literature from Vanderbilt University. Her poetic and scholarly works have been published in On, Versus, Visions, The Ball State Review, Renaissance and Reformation, the South Central Bulletin of the Modern Language Association, among others. She also teaches creative writing for Writers in the Schools.   Jager and Cunningham are both members of UHD’s Department of English faculty.

The Second Biennial Undergraduate Philosophy of Race Conference
Monday, February 15, 1-2:30, N1099, One Main Building          

Participants will explore the meaning of race and the social and political circumstances that shape ideas of race. Contact information: Dr. Sharin N. Elkholy, 713-210-9910 or

Poetry Reading by Quincy Troupe
Tuesday, February 23, 6-7 p.m., Robertson Auditorium, 3rd fl., Academic Building

Quincy Troupe Event PhotoQuincy Troupe’s books of poetry include Transcircularities: New and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2002); Choruses: Poems (1999); Avalanche: Poems (1996); Weather Reports: New and Selected Poems (1991); Skulls along the River (1984); Snake-Back Solos: Selected Poems 1969-1977 (1979), which received an American Book Award; and Embryo Poems, 1967-1971 (1974). He is also the author of Miles: The Autobiography (1989), which received an American Book Award; James Baldwin: The Legacy (1989); and the memoir, Miles and Me: A Memoir of Miles Davis (2000). Troupe edited the anthology Giant Talk: An Anthology of Third World Writing (1975) and is a founding editor of Confrontation: A Journal of Third World Literature and American Rag and the founding Editorial Director of Code. In 1991, he received the Peabody Award for co-producing and writing the radio show The Miles Davis Radio Project. Among his honors and awards are fellowships from the National Foundation for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. He has taught at the University of California--San Diego, and Columbia University.

Co-sponsored by Student Activities and the Cultural Enrichment Center.

“Creating a Culture of Ethics” - In-house Conference
Tuesday, March 2, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., place TBA

Faculty and students throughout the UHD community will present ideas on the connection / disconnection between cultures of ethics at UHD and in the society at large.   

Topics may include:

  • Assessing cultures of ethics within departments, schools, and/or academic settings
  • Creating ethical citizens and/or upholding a culture of ethics in a university
  • Extending a university’s culture of ethics to the work-place and society
  • Weighing the applicability of ethical systems currently in use at UHD to instruction
  • How do UHD’s Academic Honesty Policy, specific course requirements, service learning, and university experiences help (or fail) to foster ethical sensibilities?

Contact: Karina Stokes,

Fulbright Spring Arts Festival, Robertson Auditorium
Saturday, March 6, 7 - 9 p.m., Robertson Auditorium, 3rd fl., Academic Building Reception to follow

Contact: Robin Davidson,, or Jane Creighton,

An Evening of Creative Writing and Performance featuring Marco Cervantes & Jesús Avila with UHD faculty
Tuesday, March 9, 7 - 9 p.m. Robertson Auditorium

Marco Cervantes and Jesús Avila, both University of Houston—Downtown graduates, are distinguishing themselves as writers and performers. Cervantes, a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Texas, has been awarded a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. His dissertation-in-progress is titled "Afro-Mestizaje: Tracing Blackness in Tejano Fiction, Poetry and Music." He is also a DJ and rap performer who goes by the name Mexican Step grandfather. Cervantes has performed and recorded hip-hop music in Texas as well as in Spain and Mexico. Jesús Avila is a poet, musician, and hip-hop artists who teaches with Houston’s Writers in the Schools and with Talento Bilingüe de Houston, as well as with the Writing Reading Center at the University of Houston—Downtown. He and Cervantes have formed an ongoing hip hop/rap/soul collaboration, Revolt of the Sun.

Marco Cervantes will also join UHD faculty during the day to present a talk on his dissertation, Panels are scheduled between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., in the 4th floor Library Special Events Room. More details to come.

“In My Life: The Story of an Ex-Girl Soldier.” A Presentation by Fotofest Artist Sara Terry
Tuesday, March 23, 12 noon-1:15 p.m., Robertson Auditorium, 3rd fl., Academic Building

From the project Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons from Africa.

Photograph of Sara Terry A former staff correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and magazine freelance writer, Sara Terry made a mid-career transition into photojournalism and documentary photography in the late 1990's. Her long-term project about the aftermath of war in Bosnia, Aftermath: Bosnia’s Long Road to Peace, was published in September 2005. Her work has been widely exhibited, at such venues as the United Nations, the Museum of Photography in Antwerp, and the Moving Walls exhibition at the Open Society Institute in New York. Her photographs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and in many private collections. In 2005, she received a prestigious Alicia Patterson Fellowship for her work in Bosnia. She is also the founder of The Aftermath Project, a nonprofit grant program which helps photographers cover the aftermath of conflict. She resides in Los Angeles and is currently working on her next long-term project, Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons from Africa.

French Film Series (Films TBA)
Wednesday - Friday, March 24- 26, Robertson Auditorium, 3rd fl., Academic Building

Wednesday March 24 7:00 pm: La France
Thursday March 25 7:00 pm: Serko
Friday March 26 7:00 pm: Qui m’aime me suive


Panel and Workshops on Reproductive Justice from Creative Women Unite
Saturday, March 27, 11a.m.-6 p.m., at Willow St. Pump Station, 811 N. San Jacinto

More information to come.

UHD Philosophy Speaker Series: “The Moral Implications of Technological Advancement in Weaponry,” by Candice Pep Monday, March 29, 1-2:30, N1099, One Main Building

Contact information: Dr. Sharin N. Elkholy, 713-210-9910 or

UHD’s Third Annual Gender Conference: “Gender Across the Disciplines”
Thursday, April 1, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., location TBA

All UHD students are invited to present four-to-five-page papers or eight-minute presentations on the topic of gender. We seek papers from students in all majors and disciplines.

Some questions to think about:

  • What role does gender play in scientific research?
  • What are the important issues of gender in criminal justice?
  • Why should future teachers in urban education have an understanding of gender?
  • How does gender affect business practices?
  • What does psychological research have to say about gender differences?

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