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Cultural Enrichment Center Sponsored Events, Fall 2011

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

Writing & C/Siting Houston Fall Reading Series Kicks Off


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Writing & C/Siting Houston, a collaborative project bringing together Houston writers, folklorists, historians and the like to share the special places that make the city, is presenting its first series of public programs. Writing & C/Siting Houston asked ten Houstonians to craft a written portrait of a distinctive urban setting of personal significance to them. The ten contributors explored particular neighborhoods, parks, street corners, restaurants and other community-based locales to get at the ways and especially “the wheres” through which Houston is known to and cherished by its residents. These pieces of literary “placemaking” offer diverse insights into how Houstonians construct and connect with their home at a grassroots level. In the process, they take us along for the ride.

From Hip Hop to SugarHill
Thursday, September 22, Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Road
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Marco Cervantes, “‘Transforming Jail Route’”
Bao-Long Chu, “2600 Travis”
David Theis, “The Ruins of Houston”
Roger Wood, “Gold Star/SugarHill Recording studios: The Story of a House”

Old Neighborhoods, New Neighbors
Thursday, October 20, University of Houston Downtown, Robertson Auditorium
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Nimmi Jayathurai, “Banana Leaves and Migrant Passages”
Raj Mankad, “America Varshe, America Kande: Hinduism, Ornament, and the Suburban Box”
Thomas Meloncon, “My Fifth Ward”
Gwendolyn Zepeda, “The Old Sixth Ward District (or, as we used to call it, Del Sesto)”

Writing & C/Siting Houston is produced by the Cultural Enrichment Center of the University of Houston--Downtown in collaboration with the Folklife & Traditional Arts Program of the Houston Arts Alliance and the Houston Folklore Archive of the University of Houston. Writing & C/Siting Houston is funded in part with support from the Houston Arts Alliance, Humanities Texas, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Houston Endowment.



Photograph of Robb Walsh

Robb Walsh

Writing & C/Siting Houston
November Symposium: Houston Inside Out

Saturday, November 12, 1-3:30 Houston Public Library Main Branch
500 McKinney

Dedicated to Dr. Susan Ahern, whose vision made our work possible

Keynote Speakers: Rosellen Brown and Robb Walsh
Presenters: Bao-Long Chu, Roger Wood, Gwendolyn Zepeda

Photograph of Rosellen Brown

  Rosellen Brown

Writing & C/Siting Houston’s final fall event, Houston Inside Out, continues the journey begun in September. Bao-Long Chu, Roger Wood, and Gwendolyn Zepeda have already read pieces as part of the fall series and will use this opportunity to reflect on the literary placemaking process.

Robb Walsh, the state’s most noted Texas-centered food writer, has lived in Houston for over a decade and haunted the city’s neighborhoods in search of its most diverse and distinctive fare. His presentation, “Longpoint Creole,” will take us on a food tour of a semi-suburban neighborhood where half a dozen ethnicities mingle, creating a cultural melange that is fast becoming the flavor of Houston.

Rosellen Brown, the acclaimed author of ten books and currently on the faculty of the Art Institute of Chicago, spent a good part of the 80s and early 90s living and teaching in Houston. Her presentation, "An Inside Outsider in Houston" will play off her migrant's perspective on the power of Houston as a place remembered and cherished.


Houston Poetry Fest
October 7, 8, 9, Willow St. Pump Station

See http://houstonpoetryfest.info/ for details.



TRES VIDAS at UHD: A chamber music theatre work
Tuesday, October 11, 7-9 p.m., Wilhemina Cullen Robertson Auditorium
As part of UHD’s month of programming in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Core Ensemble presents a one-time performance of ‘Tres Vidas,’ a musical and dramatic presentation about the lives of three 20th-century Hispanic women (Frida Kahlo, Rufina Amaya and Alfonsina Storni)



“What does it Mean to be Hispanic/Latino in Texas Today?”
A conversation organized by the Center for Public Deliberation
Wednesday, October 12, 7 p.m., Willow Street Pump Station



Poetry Reading by Patricia Smith, author of the collections Blood Dazzler, Teahouse of the Almighty, Close to Death, Life According to Motown, and Big Towns, Big Talk
Thursday, October 13, 5:30 - 6:45 p.m., A-436, Academic Building

Photograph of Patricia SmithPatricia Smith’s Blood Dazzler, which chronicles the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. Teahouse of the Almighty was a National Poetry Series selection and winner of the first-ever Hurston/Wright Award in Poetry. She is currently at work on Shoulda Been Jimmie Savannah, a memoir written in formal verse; the young adult novel The Journey of Willie J, and a Blood Dazzler collaboration with Paloma McGregor, a choreographer with Urban Bush Women.

Smith's work has been published in Poetry, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and other literary journals/anthologies, and performed around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Poets Stage in Stockholm, Rotterdam’s Poetry International Festival, the Aran Islands International Poetry and Prose Festival, the Bahia Festival, the Schomburg Center, the Sorbonne in Paris and on tour in Germany, Austria and Holland. A four-time individual champion on the National Poetry Slam—the most successful slammer in the competition’s history—Smith has also been a featured poet on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and has performed three one-woman plays, one produced by Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott. Smith is also the author of Africans in America, a companion volume to the groundbreaking PBS documentary, and the children’s book Janna and the Kings, which won Lee & Low Books’ New Voices Award.

She has served as a Cave Canem faculty member, a Bruce McEver Visiting Chair in Writing at Georgia Tech University, and writer-in-residence at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. During a ceremony at Chicago State University’s Gwendolyn Brooks Center, Smith was inducted into the National Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. In 2008 she was awarded a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, Texas.

About BLOOD DAZZLER (2008) "...With her radiant powers of empathy, her fiercely acute ear for the musical possibilities of American speech, and her undiluted rage, Patricia Smith makes in Katrina's wake a sorrowful, unflinching, and glorious book." -Mark Doty

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Will There Ever Be a Cure for Cancer? The Impact of Cancer on Society,” a Henrietta Lacks event
Friday, October 21, 11 a.m., 1099-N

Sponsored by Dept. of Natural Sciences, organized by Drs. Maria Fadri and Audrea Burns



How Does Horror Work? A Halloween Film Series
Wed-Fri., October 26, 27, 28

  • Wednesday, 7 p.m., Robertson Auditorium: Nosferatu (1922, dir. F.W. Murnau). Introduced by Dr. Johanna Schmertz (English)
  • Thursday, 7 p.m., Robertson Auditorium: The Bad Seed (1956, dir. Mervyn LeRoy); Introduced by Dr. Deborah Shelley (Communications)
  • Friday at dark (around 7 p.m.)on the North Deck: Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, dir. Tobe Hooper); Introduced by Dr. Chuck Jackson (English) Popcorn, Soda; Free and open to public

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Fotofest Artist Dana Popa, Speaking about her work on survivors of sex trafficking in Europe
Thursday, October 27, 1 p.m., 1099-N


Photograph of two young girls by Dana Popa


Popa will present and discuss her work, which portrays young women primarily from the Republic of Moldova, the poorest country in Europe, and the main exporter of sex slaves for the whole continent. Popa went to Moldova in 2006 to meet survivors and explore, in her words, “how they managed to live with the traumas they had experienced in a world that knows nothing about their suffering.”

Sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center

   Photograph by Dana Popa


Write Now! - English Majors Week

  • Careers for Liberal Arts Majors
    Monday, November 7, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., N-1099

    (English, History, Philosophy, Arts & Humanities)
    Sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center
    Featuring: Alumnus Jimmy G. Mai, UHD English major, The Midnight Theatre Company Artistic Director & Houston ISD Teacher
  • Interactive Mini-Workshops
    Tuesday, November 8, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., 3rd Floor Atrium

    Code-apalooza, Hot or Not Design & Lost in Translation
    Featuring: Professional Writing faculty
    Refreshments provided
  • The Bayou Review Presents The Creative Writing Minor
    Tuesday, November 8, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., 10th Floor East Lounge

    Featuring: Student work from Fall 2011 Creative Writing courses
    Refreshments provided
  • Application Materials Workshop - Writing an effective resume, application letter and purpose statement
    Wednesday, November 9, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., S-1099

    Featuring: Professional Writing faculty
    Refreshments provided
  • Why Study Literature & Culture @ UHD? - A Faculty Roundtable on the BA in English
    Wednesday, November 9, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., 10th Floor East Lounge

    Featuring: Drs. Vida Robertson, Nell Sullivan, Tammis Thomas, and current students
    Refreshments provided
  • English Department Meet, Greet & Eat
    Thursday, November 10, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., 10th Floor East Lounge

    Featuring: Course previews of Spring 2012 upper-division courses presented by the UHD English faculty
    Free Pizza!


Awareness of Health Disparities in America: The Sociological Legacy of Henrietta Lacks
Wednesday, November 16, 11:30-2 p.m., Auditorium

A Freshman Convocation / Common Text Event co-sponsored with the UHD Sociology Department






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