It's Spring Break this week in the Houston higher education community and, while there's not a lot of activity, future events dominate the schedule. Here's what's happening:
- March 10—13: UH hosts conference on Geologic Problem Solving with Microfossils III. The University of Houston will host more than 200 delegates from around the world to share research and discoveries about oil and the environment. (University of Houston News Release)
- March 13: Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and Chao Center for Asian Studies will co-host a presentation called “The Sustainable City: Migration and Urban Growth in Shanghai and in Houston” March 13 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Sewall Hall, Room 309.The event will feature remarks by Yuan Ren, professor of demography and urban studies at Fudan University. Ren will provide insight on the increasing number of temporary rural migrants in China beginning in the 1980s and accelerating in this century. He will explore the factors that influence the social integration of temporary migrants and recommend public policies that might help develop a more stable and healthy urbanization process in China.The event is free and open to the public. More information is available at www.kinder.rice.edu or by calling 713-348-4132. (Permission: Rice University, Amy Hodges, Staff Writer)
- March 13: Rice to Host Renowned American violinist and chamber musician Robert Mann. Mann will perform with members of his ensemble, the Mann Quartet, March 13 at 8 p.m. in Duncan Recital Hall, Alice Pratt Brown Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Musical selections for the program will include Mann’s “Adagio,” Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 20 No. 5 in F Minor and Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major. Speaking of Mann's contributions to music, Robeert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School said,
“Robert Mann is among the most significant chamber musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries. “His credits as a performer span the entire spectrum of chamber music in recordings and live performance, and nearly every major string quartet in America had the good fortune to study with him.” (Permission: Rice University, Amy Hodges, Staff Writer)
- March 15 17, 19: Shepherd School Opera and Chamber Orchestra to present Händel’s ‘Ariodante’ Love, deceit and redemption will be on display during the upcoming production of Georg Friedrich Händel’s “Ariodante” by the Shepherd School of Music Opera and Chamber Orchestra. Conducted by Richard Bado, director of Rice University’s Opera Studies Program and directed by Edward Berkeley, guest stage director, the opera will be presented in Alice Pratt Brown Hall’s Wortham Opera Theatre March 15, 17 and 19. Sunday’s performance will be at 2 p.m.; all other performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens. For reservations, call 713-348-8000. (Permission: Rice University, Amy Hodges, Staff Writer)
- March 19: Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business will host “The Role of Private Equity in the Global Economy,” part of the Jones Partners’ Thought Leadership Series, at 6 p.m. March 19 in McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium. The Jones Partners is a committed group of business professionals working to open doors and increase collaboration between the Jones School and the Houston business community. The Jones Partners organizes several Thought Leadership events throughout the year that allow the business community to gain perspectives on current issues from industry leaders and Jones School faculty members by exploring business trends and associated academic research and thought. The event is free to Jones Partners and $50 for the general public. For more information on the speakers or to register, visit business.rice.edu/tls_guffey. (Permission: Rice University, Amy Hodges, Staff Writer)
- March 20-23: The University of Houston Downtown will sponsor the annual Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA) conference at the Westin Galleria in Houston on March 20-23. This year’s conference theme is “Sacred Sites, Secular Spaces: Scenes, Sounds, and sign in Humanistic, Artistic and Technological Culture.” UHD faculty and presenters include Rachel Chiquillo, Montse Feu, Sylvia Morin, Toni Hoang, Joe Sample, Jean DeWitt and Erin Mayer, Larisa Jackson, William Nowak, Paul Kintzele, and Edmund Cueva. (University of Houston Downtown, Skyline).
March 21: The Cultural Enrichment Center at the University of Houston Downtown is hosting a screen of “Admissions”, a film by Chloe Smolarski and Tasha Darbes detailing the psychological effects of being an undocumented student. The film has won acclaim as the Best Film by the American Education Research Association, the Boston Latino Film Festival and the New Filmmakers Festival in New York. (University of Houston Downtown, Skyline).
- March 23: University of Houston students are competing in the National College Improv tournament (CIT) in Chicago’s Athenaeum Theater. The improv troupe will compete with troupes across the country. The comedy troupe is well-known in Houston having performed on campus and various Houston venues. (Permission: University of Houston).
- March 23: University of Houston Downtown Open House, 9 am to 1 pm. The Open House is for prospective students and parts and features a campus tour, the ability to apply for “on-the-spot” admission and participate in a fair for academic departments and student organizations. Prospective students will be treated to food, prizes and giveaways. (University of Houston Downtown, Skyline).