Graffit-e September 2009

UH Moores Concert Chorale


Educating public administrators



Jason Weeks (M.P.A. ’07) is one of more than 300 graduates of our Master of Public Administration program, our only graduate professional program. Weeks is the Chief of Staff of NASA’s Systems Engineering and Integration Office, Constellation Program Office. The MPA program provides higher levels of training and education for pre-service and in-service public managers, public policy analysts, and public officials to address major public policy issues in a metropolitan scenario. Its underlying theme is the complexity of multiple overlapping units of government, overarching everything that local governments and non-profits do in a metropolitan area. It focuses on issues of major interest to major metropolitan areas – i.e., managing in complex local governance environments and addressing such policy issues as health care, environment, immigration, energy, and transportation.

The majority of our MPA alumni work in local, state, and federal government. Visit the MPA Web site to learn more about the program, curriculum, and alumni.

And now, students have the choice of two tracks: Administrative or Policy. These choices allow students to take courses most beneficial to their career goals and community needs. The administrative track is oriented more to public administration while the policy track is more analytical. Both tracks require a total core curriculum of eight courses, of which four are universal. The remaining four core courses are oriented to the study tracks. A fulltime student should complete the coursework in two academic years. The MPA home page has more information.

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Voices for Justice

Voices for Justice: The Enduring Legacy of the Latino Press in the U.S.  commemorates the bicentennial of Latino journalism in the United States with a wide range of programs documenting a journalism legacy that began with the nation’s first Latino newspaper, El Misisipí, founded in New Orleans in September 1808. From September 2008 through September 2009, Voices for Justice will use multi-media and public programs to tell the story of the establishment, development and current growth of the U.S. Latino press.



Acción Latina, a San Francisco non-profit organization that publishes El Tecolote, a bilingual, biweekly newspaper founded in 1970, spearheads the effort. Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage provides the historical background and documentation. Nicolás Kanellos, Brown Foundation, Inc. Chair of Spanish, is the Director of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage and of Arte Público Press.

The project includes plans for a documentary film by veteran filmmaker Ray Telles for use in schools, and public events across the country, an interactive website, a companion book with added stories published by Arte Público Press, and a PowerPoint presentation. 

“Throughout the last two centuries, Hispanic communities from coast to coast have supported newspapers ranging from eight-page weeklies printed in Spanish or bilingually to highly entrepreneurial large-city dailies published completely in Spanish,” says Kanellos. “Most newspapers have protected the language, culture and rights of an ethnic minority within a larger culture that was in the best of times unconcerned with the Hispanic ethnic enclaves and in the worst of times openly hostile.”

Find out more about the Voice for Justice project at its Web site.

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Creative Writing posts online newsletter

This is the 30th year for the Creative Writing program. The folks over there have posted a dandy newsletter, chock full of information. We stole, er, that should be borrowed, some information for the students and alumni sections of this month’s Graffit-e.

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Studio 208 showcases future theatre stars

Studio 208

Behind the doors of Studio 208, the creative minds of School of Theatre and Dance graduate actors, directors and designers are hard at work. It is in this unique performance laboratory that ideas and concepts simmer and come to a boil in bold productions. Each semester, our Master of Fine Arts students apply their talents to performance projects that you can see for free (cheap!). The 2009-10 season showcases four plays: Hedda Gabler, Landscape of the Body, Henry V, and Taming of the Shrew.

“In Studio 208, audiences get very close to the shows being performed. It’s a very intimate, energetic venue,” explains Jack Young, Head of Acting and Directing. “This fall will be particularly exciting as our student directors are smart, with sharp eyes and real guts, taking on serious works.”

Studio 208 performances are free, but seating is limited in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts building, located in the UH Arts Quadrangles at Entrance 16 off of Cullen Blvd.

Get your free tickets (did we mention that you don’t have to pay for the tickets?) by contacting the box office online or by landline at 713-743-2929.
(with Mike Emery)

Sept. 18 - 20 - Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen: Not since Lady Macbeth has a character been such a mistress of manipulation. The play (directed by Clinton Hopper) follows the titular character as she emotionally and psychologically dissects those closest to her.
7:30 p.m., Sept. 18 and 19; 2 p.m., Sept. 20.

Oct. 16 - 18 - Landscape of the Body by John Guare: The wild side of 1970s New York provides the backdrop for this production (directed by Chermaie Howe). When folks from a small town move to the Big Apple, they discover a world unlike any they have ever known.
7:30 p.m., Oct. 16 - 17; 2 p.m., Oct. 18.

April 9 - 11: Henry V by William Shakespeare: Hail to the king! Directed by Hopper, this Bard classic follows King Henry V into love and war. It is the final installment of a tetralogy, preceded by Richard II and Henry IV.
7 p.m., April 9; 5 p.m., April 10 - 11.

April 9 - 11: Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare: One of the Bard’s best comedies pairs razor-sharp dialogue with romantic tensions. A fortune-hunting rogue marries the strong-willed daughter of a wealthy lord (for money) and a war of words and wills ensues. Howe directs this classic.
9:30 p.m., April 9; 8 p.m., April 10; 2 p.m., April 11.

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