UHV offers community events during spring semester

By by Jeremy Shapiro
Dec. 31, 2016 at midnight

What events does UHV have open to the public this spring that I could attend?

The University of Houston-Victoria will pack a plethora of free events into the spring semester, which starts Jan. 17 and runs until May 12.

With a stimulating lineup of guest speakers, cultural activities and homecoming, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

The UHV Provost's Lecture Series returns April 4 with a presentation by Michael Olivas, UH-Downtown interim president and the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at the UH Law Center. Olivas will discuss a landmark 1954 Mexican-American civil rights case. His presentation is titled "Colored Men and Hombres Aqui: Hernandez v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court and Edna, Texas."

For the second straight year, UHV will hold a spring Homecoming. All alumni and community members are invited to take part in the festivities March 20 to 25. Events will include a tailgate and carnival, alumni banquet and crowning of the homecoming king and queen. This year's theme and more information will be announced later this month.

The UHV/ABR Reading Series returns with a terrific spring lineup of authors. James L. Magnuson, author of "Famous Writers I Have Known" and "Windfall," kicks off the series Jan. 26. Vivian Gornick, a New York-based essayist and memoirist, will pay a visit Feb. 16.

T. Geronimo Johnson will read March 9. Johnson is the best-selling author of "Welcome to Braggsville" and "Hold It 'Til It Hurts." April 6, Martha R. Serpas will present a reading of her poetry. The series wraps up April 27 with Duane Niatum, who has published eight books of poetry and studied European and American Indian art, literature and culture. All readings are at noon in the UHV University West Alcorn Auditorium, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

The UHV Downtown Arts Series also continues with planned visits by authors, poets, a creative-critical writer, a literary activist and an essayist. For a complete lineup, visit news.uhv.edu/release.aspx?id=2408.

In February, UHV will observe National Black History Month with a number of events. One highlight is a poster contest for area fifth-graders. The artwork will be on display at UHV. The university will host a special reception Feb. 10 for the top artists. UHV also will display posters and have a similar reception in May for artwork made by area students in the Cinco de Mayo art contest.

Whether you are a regular at UHV events or a first-timer, we encourage you to make plans to join us at our spring events.

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Jeremy Shapiro, UHV communications manager, at 361-570-4296 or shapiroj@uhv.edu.



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