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Cultural Enrichment Center Sponsored Events Spring 2011

​More listings to come - All Events Free and Open to the Public


Tuesday, March 1, 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Robertson Auditorium: Uprisings in the Middle East--A Forum

  • Ms. Aida Araissi, a native of Tunisia and the president of Houston’s Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce.
  • Dr. Nivien Saleh, Professor and Middle East Expert of the Center of International Studies, St. Thomas University.
  • Mr. Richard Sindelar, Former Deputy Director of the Office of Near East and South Asia Analysis in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research
  • Chair & Moderator: Dr. Leena Thacker-Kumar, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Houston—Downtown

  • Contact: Dr. Leena Thacker-Kumar

Wednesdays, March 2 & 9, 1p.m. - 2:30 p.m., 1099-N: The Middle East and the World

  • Wednesday, March 2, 1 p.m., 1099-N Faith Misplaced: On the Promise of US-Arab Relations Ussama S. Makdisi, Professor of History, Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies, Chair of the Graduate Program, Rice University

      Selected Publications:
      Faith Misplaced: The Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations, 1820-2001 (Public Affairs, 2010); Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East (Cornell University Press, 2007); Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa (Indiana University Press, 2006) co-edited with Peter Paul Silverstein
  • Wednesday, March 9, 1 p.m., 1099-N Feminism, Empire, and Muslim Women Elora Shehabuddin, Associate Professor of Humanities and Political Science, Rice University

      Selected Publications:
      Apostles of Progress; Feminism, Empire, and Muslim Women
      (Harvard University Press, forthcoming); Reshaping the Holy: Development, Democracy and Muslim Women in Bangladesh (Columbia University Press, 2008)

      Contact: Dr. Sharin N. Elkholy

More March Events

  • Friday, March 4: Fulbright Spring Arts Festival. Contact: Dr. Robin Davidson
  • Sunday, March 6, 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., Ovations Club, 2536 Times Boulevard (at Kirby) 14th Annual Women In Jazz Concert, featuring UHD Civic Jazz Orchestra (Sam Jackson, Conductor), Carol Morgan, Jazz Trumpeter & Julie Wilson, Jazz Vocalist, and The Young Sounds of Houston Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Tuesday, March 8, 11:00 a.m., N1099, Modern Day Slavery & Human Trafficking in Houston, A Lecture and Discussion with Lilian Care, radio host KPFT 90.1
  • Tuesday, March 8, 7-8:30 p.m., UHD Auditorium: Abrahamic Faiths: (1st of a series)--An introduction to the basics of each religion: Muslim, Jewish, Christian - organized by Center for Public Deliberation
  • Tuesday, March 22: 3rd Annual Ethics Conference for UHD Students and Faculty, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; location 1099-N organized by Center for Public Deliberation, contact: Dr. Michael Duncan
  • Thursday-Saturday, March 24-26, The Houston International Model United Nations at University of Houston-Downtown Campus Conference. More information to come. Contact:
  • Monday, March 28 A-300: Gender Studies Student Conference
    Plus, an evening showing and discussion of Paris Is Burning Contact: Dr. Cara Murray Dr. Tammis Thomas Plus, an evening showing and discussion of Paris Is Burning


  • Monday, April 4, 8 p.m. Robertson Auditorium: Space City Gamelan
  • A gamelan is a musical ensemble of Indonesian origin featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums, and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings, and vocalists may also be included.

    A gamelan as a set of instruments is a distinct entity, built and tuned to stay together; instruments from different gamelan are not interchangeable. Space City Gamelan’s instruments were handmade in West Java (also known as Sunda).

    Gamelan music provided ambiance for the courts of Indonesia as well as accompanying puppet plays and public ceremonies. Traditional gamelan music is described as repetitive and trace inducing. Because Space City Gamelan focuses on the music as the point of interest, the composition forms are much more dynamic and engaging for the listener, making our sound accessible, lively and highly original.

  • Wednesday, April 6, 1:30 p.m., O’Kane Theatre: UHD Theater presents You Can’t Take It With You Subsequent performances: Thursday, April 7, 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, 1:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, April 5, 2011: Guerrilla Girls On Tour, 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 PM) University of Houston-Downtown, Robertson Auditorium, 3rd Floor, 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p. m. Tickets: FREE – no reservations, first-come-first-seated.

    Guerrilla Girls On Tour
    University of Houston-Downtown College of Humanities and Social Sciences, The O’Kane Theatre, The O’Kane Gallery, and the
    UH-D Cultural Enrichment Center are pleased to announce that Guerrilla Girls On Tour, an internationally acclaimed anonymous theatre collective, will be on campus April 5, 2011. Guerrilla Girls On Tour will bring to the University of Houston-Downtown campus a live performance that addresses the lack of opportunities for women and people of color and explores the combination of performance and visual art entitled Feminists Are Funny. To contact, write to Or call: 917 742-2973

  •  Wednesday April 6, 7 p.m., Robertson Auditorium: Film Screening, The Longoria Affair, (with filmmaker John J. Valadez
  • Thursday, April 7, all day, reception 6-8 p.m., O’Kane Gallery: Student Art Show
  • Saturday, April 9, 10 am – 12 pm, Coffee House, 3rd Fl.: Community Story Hour
  • Wednesday, April 20, 1 p.m., A-300: Earth Day Film Showing: Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

Hispanic Film Series

UHD students, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy some of the best Hispanic films of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s at the Spring 2011 Hispanic Film Series. This semester’s theme is Oscar, Oscar and Oscar; all of the films (but one) were either nominated for or won an Academy Award: great directors like Gutiérrez Iñárritu and Almodóvar, terrific films like La historia oficial and El secreto de sus ojos, and wonderful actors like Penelope Cruz and Gael García Bernal. ¡Vengan a ver! All films in Spanish with English subtitles, unless otherwise noted. Mojitos not available at viewings.

These showings are on Monday afternoons at 1:00 PM in B221:

  • January 31 (Mon): La historia oficial (Argentina):Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1985. Rated R.
  • February 21 (Mon): El Norte (Guatemala/ Mexico/ USA, 1984): Nominated for Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1985.
    Rated R.
  • March 21 (Mon): Camila (Argentina, 1984): Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1984. Rated R.
  • April 4 (Mon): Fresa y chocolate (Cuba, 1994): Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1994. Rated R.
  • April 18 (Mon): Amores perros (Mexico, 2000): Nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2000. Rated R.
  • April 25 (Mon): Sin dejar huella (Mexico, 2007): This is a good one that the Oscars completely missed! Not rated.

These showings are on Thursdays at 7:00 PM in A405:

  • February 10: Volver (Spain, 2006): Great film by Almodóvar that earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for Penélope Cruz. Rated R.
  • April 28: El secreto de sus ojos (Argentina, 2009): Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009. Rated R.


Contact: Dr. William Nowak


Black History Month

Black History Month will consist of several events sponsored by a wide range of Departments, Centers and Student Organizations throughout the university. Each event will endeavor to celebrate, document and foster critical discussion on some aspect of the African American experience.

  • February 1, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., C100 Special Events Room: Film - Ethnic Notions
  • February 7, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., A300 Special Events Room: African American Read-In
  • February 8, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., C100 Special Events Room: Film - Bamboozled
  • February 8, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., O’Kane Theatre: Poetry Slam - Def Poetry on the Bayou
  • February 10, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., N-1099: Discussion - “Race and Katrina” (Organized by the Center for Public Deliberation)
  • February 15, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m,. N420 Library Special Events Room: Film - Imitation of Life
  • February 15, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. C100 Library Special Events Room: Film - Good Hair
  • February 22, 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., C100 Library Special Events Room: Film -Imitation of Life
  • February 23, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., A300 Special Events Room: Speaker - Dr. Michael Tillotson, “The Invisible Jim Crow: Contemporary Ideological Threats to the Internal Security of African Americans”
  • February 28, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., A300: Symposium - African American Symposium of Undergraduate Research
    Contact: Dr. Vida Robertson

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