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Upcoming Spring 2014 Events

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


April 9, 2014, at 2:30 PM

Ben Crystal Lectures
O'Kane Theatre and at 7:00 p.m. in A-436 in the Academic building.


Ben Crystal Lectures

Writer, linguist and author of Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard and Shakespeares's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion, Ben Crystal presents two lectures on Wednesday, April 9.

Sponsored by the Arts & Humanities department and the Cultural Enrichment Center.



APRIL 16, 2014 at 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

UH-Downtown, Willow Street Pump Station 811 North San Jacinto, 77002
Texas State Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos
Begin Everywhere: A Conversation Exploring Ways Disparate Elements Make A Poem

Some of the most compelling poems being written today draw their vitality from the juxtaposition of wildly disparate nuggets of language, in many ways echoing aspects of Surrealism or Bly’s Leaping Poetry. But ultimately these expressions strike us as absolutely contemporary, springing from the speed, density, and omni-directional quality of modern life. We’ll look at poems that offer such “disparate wholes” and explore some of the ways of perception and experience that lead there. Bring a poem – not your own – that plays this music, and let’s share ideas and stories about what we think makes such poems work – to the betterment of our own, we hope! Sponsored by Cultural Enrichment Center.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM

The American Prison Writer as Witness
A public talk by Dr. Doran Larson
UHD, Wihelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium, 3rd floor Academic building


The American Prison Writer as Witness lecture

Cosponsored by The Cultural Enrichment Center, The Center for Critical Race Studies, and the English department


Recent Events - Spring 2014

CHSS 7th Annual Gender Conference
Gender, Sex & Power
April 4, 2014

Keynote speaker, Sheri Davis-Faulkner, Ph.D.


Thursday, March 27, 5:30 PM., A-436
photgraph of Patrcia SmithPatricia Smith Poetry Reading
Patricia Smith is a poet, teacher, performance artist and author. She is the author of Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (Coffee House Press, 2012), winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, given for the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States each year, as well as Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press, 2008), which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award; Teahouse of the Almighty (Coffee House Press, 2006), a 2005 National Poetry Series selection; Close to Death (Zoland Books, 1993); Big Towns, Big Talk (Zoland Books, 1992), which won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award; and Life According to Motown (Tía Chucha Press, 1991).

Of Smith’s award-winning book, judge Gregory Orr wrote, “With equal parts art, attitude, and heart, Patricia Smith’s Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah braids together personal narrative and a collective cultural journey. In poems propelled by voice and verve, she moves through the urbanscapes of Chicago and Detroit-- conjuring first love and Motown with equal fervor. Her poems simultaneously zip along the textured surface of these worlds and plunge to the soul-depths of the people who inhabit them. And we, her spellbound audience, follow in her sonic wake, grateful to be part of stories so alive with detail and urgent with anguish and purpose.” Her poems have been published in many anthologies, including American Voices (McGraw-Hill, 2005), The Spoken Word Revolution (2003), and Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Three Rivers Press, 2001.) She is also the coauthor of a history book, Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998), along with a children’s book, Janna and the Kings (Lee & Low Books, 2003). She is currently working on Fixed on a Furious Star, a biography of Harriet Tubman.

She is a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, and her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays and Best American Mystery Stories. She has written and performed two one-woman plays, one of which was produced by Derek Walcott’s Trinidad Theater Workshop. She is a Cave Canem faculty member, teaches in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, and is a professor of creative writing at the City University of New York/College of Staten Island.


Black History Month Events

Film Festival Week:

  • Thursday, January 30th - "Slavery by Another Name"
  • Thursday, February 6th, - "Eyes on the Prize documentary series"
  • Thursday, February 13th, - "Eyes on the Prize documentary series"
  • Thursday, February 20th, - "Eyes on the Prize documentary series"
  • Thursday, February 27th, - "Eyes on the Prize documentary series"

All films will be in 1099-N from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cosponsored by the UHD Library and Student Activities


Monday, February 3rd, 11:30 AM. - 12:45 PM
African American Read - In

in the 3rd floor Atrium (main building)

Cosponsored by UHD Library


Tuesday, February 11th, 1:00 PM. Cullen Auditorium
Ebony Embers - Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance Play

Cosponsors: CHSS, Student Activities, Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, English Department, Arts & Humanities Department, Social Sciences department.


Wednesday, February 5th, 6:00 PM. - 8:00 PM., Cullen Auditorium
AAMMP (African American Male Mentorship Program) and S.T.A.R. Spoken Word Night


Thursday, Feb. 27th, 11:30 AM. - 12:45 PM. Cullen Auditorium
Jurgen Grandt: Black History Month Speaker

"Bebop in Bavaria: The Reception and Practice of African American Studies in Europe"


View the Black History Month Flyer

Contact Crystal Guillory for more information about Black History Month events. guillorycry@uhd.edu, 713.222.5316



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