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Encuentros en Literatura | Encounters and Discoveries in Literature


In conjunction with commemorating Arte Público Press’ founding at the University of Houston over thirty-five years ago, in 1979, the Encuentros en Literatura | Encounters and Discoveries in Literature digital and physical exhibits celebrate the breadth of Latina/o literature in the United States throughout the 20th century.

Opening in late January 2016, the exhibits emphasize the pioneering work of Arte Público Press in publishing, recovering, and bolstering the works of Latino authors in the larger context of modern social history and the literary landscape. Specific themes included are: Women, identity, LGBTQ issues, social justice, and children’s literature.

For more information, contact Hispanic Collections Archivist, Lisa Cruces by email at, or by phone at (713) 743-9903.

Evans & Educational Television

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University of Houston's KUHT-TV went on the air May 12, 1953, the country's first educational non-profit television station. To mark the occasion, the station held a dedication ceremony attended by the driving force behind KUHT, UH President Dr. W. W. Kemmerer, U.H. benefactor Hugh Roy Cullen, and guest of honor, the great champion of educational television, FCC Commissioner Frieda Hennock. In her address, she said, "For here in Houston the practical realization of the tremendous benefit that television holds out to education. With TV, the walls of the classroom disappear, every set within viewing range of the signal is a potential classroom."

That summer, a pioneer of educational programming, Dr. Richard I. Evans taught the first-ever telecourse for college credit, basic psychology. As a social scientist, Evans was very aware the importance of evaluating the effectiveness of these courses and published extensively on the topic of educational television. Dr. Evans went on to be a major personality on KUHT, writing, producing, and starring in many instructional television shows, while securing significant funding from granting agencies to produce these novel educational programs.  





Homecoming at the University of Houston is a tradition dating back to 1946. As student enrollment surged following World War II, Homecoming arose as one of many traditions that enlivened the campus.  Around this time the football team joined the Lone Star Conference, the marching band was organized, the first bonfire was held, and Frontier Fiesta returned. As UH continues to move forward, the homecoming court, football game, and other festivities still welcome alumni back each fall. Featuring materials from University Archives in UH Libraries Special Collections, this exhibit shows a rich history of Cougars coming together to celebrate their days at UH, as well as the evolution of the University itself. While traditions may have changed over the years, the Cougar spirit marches on.

Promotion and Tenure Recognition Program


In honor of University of Houston faculty and librarians who have achieved tenure or promotion in rank, the dean of the University of Houston Libraries and the Office of the Provost have established a program celebrating accomplishments in teaching, research, and professional service.

Through the UH Promotion and Tenure Recognition Program, newly promoted or tenured faculty and librarians are invited to select a book that has inspired or encouraged them in their professional journey. Book selections are added to the Libraries' catalog and book-plated, serving as an enduring tribute to the pursuit of excellence in service, scholarship and learning.

Each Fall semester, a reception is held in the M.D. Anderson Library recognizing the faculty and librarians that were promoted as of September 1st that year. Book selections, along with the faculty member’s name, title, department, and personal statement, will be placed on display at the reception and added to this digital exhibit.

The Unsung Masters Series


The Unsung Masters Series brings the work of great, out-of-print, little-known writers to new readers. Each volume in the series includes a large sleection of the author's original writing, as well as essays on the writer, interviews with people who knew the writer, photographs, and ephemera. The curators of the Unsung Masters Series are always interested in suggestions for future volumes.

Invaluable financial support for this project has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, and the Missouri Arts Council, as state agency. Our immense gratitude to these organizations.