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Cultural Enrichment Center Fall 2014 Events

Photo of Dr. Crist September 18, 2014, 4:00 p.m., Robertson Auditorium

"The Middle East Today": Lecture by Dr. David Crist, author of The Twilight War
Dr. Crist is a nationally-recognized scholar and expert on the Middle East, and is currently serving as a senior historian in the Pentagon. Dr. David Crist has written and published extensively about United States foreign policy in the Persian Gulf. A Middle East scholar and recognized expert on Iran and defense issues, Dr. Crist has focused on the history of America’s relations with the Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution. He is a frequent adviser to senior government and military officials on the Middle East and currently serves as a senior historian for Chairperson, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a Special Advisor to the Commander, U.S. Central Command. As a colonel in the Marine Corps reserves, Dr. Crist served in the first Gulf War and two tours with elite special operations forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. He received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a master's and doctorate in Middle Eastern history from Florida State University. Dr. Crist’s latest book is The Twilight War: The Secret History of America’s Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran. It is based upon fifteen years of research and unparalleled access to senior officials and key documents of several U.S. administrations. ​

October 1 and 8, 2014, Immigration in America: How Do We Fix a System in Crisis?
October 1, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. University of Houston-Downtown, ROOM A-300
and October 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lone Star College, Kingwood, held in the Conference Center

For a growing number of Americans, the immigration issue is a tangible and pressing one. Those who support immigration are often bent on helping or employing newcomers. Those in favor of restricting immigrants worry about the growing costs—both social and economic—of assimilating and aiding new arrivals. For their part, immigrants themselves typically want little more than a better life. Can these often-conflicting interests be balanced?

We are holding these forums because we are interested in creating more recognition that citizenship has to go beyond voting or writing our representatives. We are offering four forums this semester that attempt to give people these types of “democratic learning” experiences. Visit the Center for Public Deliberation for more information about these events.

Photo of poet Sylva FischerovaOctober 2, 2014
 5:30 p.m.
 A436, Academic Building
Evening reading by Czech poet Sylva Fischerová
Fischerová's book of poems, The Stomach of the Soul, is being published by Calypso Editions, with Dr. Davidson as managing editor (organized by Dr. Davidson)

photo of Laura LongOctober 9, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Robertson Auditorium, 3rd Fl. Academic Building
A reading by poet and novelist Laura Long

She has one new novel, Out of Peel Tree, and two poetry collections, The Eye of Caroline Herschel: A Life in Poems and Imagine a Door. Long will read again as part of the opening night of Houston Poetry Fest, which takes place on October 10, 11, and 12 at the Willow St. Pump Station. 

Photograph of Gracicela ZozayaOctober 15, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Language and Law Talk
Becoming a Spanish Court Interpreter: A practical introduction Graciela Zozaya, Master Licensed Court Interpreter

Photograph of Dr. Rafael Saldivar ArreaolaOctober 22, 2014, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Language and Law Talk Series: "Understanding Drug-Related Spanish Slang along the Border"
A talk by Rafael Saldívar Arreola, Ph.D. Universidad Autónoma de Baja California

Photograph of Dr. Michael DressmanOctober 29, 2013, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 420-North, Language and Law Talk Series: Plain Language and the Law Lecture by Dr. Michael Dressman, Ph.D. University of Houston-Downtown

Presented by: Translation Minor and Spanish B.A. at UHD, the Cultural Enrichment Center, Center for Diversity & Inclusion, and the department of English.

Contact Dr. Romero at for more information

All events free and open to the public except where noted.Back to Top

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