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Friday Morning Continuing Education Schedule

Important COVID-19 Update

In accordance with the CDC's recommendation, we will observe social distancing in our face-to-face classes. For more information, contact Christine Paul at

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Fall 2022 Series Fees

Tuition of $44 will be charged for the first class. All subsequent classes will be discounted at checkout to the standard class fee of $18.



  • Fall 2022 Series
  • September 30, 9:30 a.m.

    How does Learning Work?

    The main goal of any educational institution is for students to learn. But how does learning work? What factors make learning more or less likely to occur? Let's join Rob, as he leads our discussion on these questions. Find out what students of all ages can do to maximize their learning and what teaching techniques are most helpful.

    Presented by:
    Robert Bartsch, Director of the Center for Faculty Development

  • September 30, 11 a.m.

    LLAS Panel Discussion: Latinx Survivance: Resistance, Retellings, and Recuerdos

    As we observe Hispanic Heritage Month, please join our panel discussion where community members will join Latinx Committee members to discuss and reflect on their experiences of "survivance" (narrative of survival) through the pandemic and beyond.

    Presented by:
    LLAS Committee Panel

  • October 7, 9:30 a.m.

    Policing Mental Health

    This presentation examines how policing has influenced how we think about mental health in our country. In this brief look into the history of disability in the U.S., we will discuss the establishment of "nuisance" and "ugly" laws, how poor people have been institutionalized under these frameworks, and how resulting ways of thinking continue to bolster police violence against minoritized communities.

    Presented by:
    Christina Cedillo, Associate Professor of Writing

  • October 7, 11 a.m.

    Owning Safety

    Get ready for a discussion with Chief Russell, our Chief of Police for UHCL, on how to take personal responsibility for your safety in a variety of situations. We will discuss road rage, crime prevention and personal protection, and your questions are always welcome!

    Presented by:
    Russell Miller, Chief, UHCL Police Department

  • October 14, 9:30 a.m.

    A Day in the Life of the Theatre/Gallery

    What does it take to plan a season of the Bayou Theater? How are UHCL Art Gallery exhibitions selected? Join Cultural Arts Director Eric Despard as he discusses the Bayou Theater, UHCL Art Gallery, and facilitates art across the campus. If you have never been backstage at an event, you would not imagine what is going on! We will also get some exciting updates on future programs and provide input too!

    Presented by:
    Eric Despard, Director of Bayou Theatre

  • October 14, 11 a.m.

    Feisty Felines: The First Research Conducted with Cats at UHCL

    Has a cat ever attacked you? You may have wondered why and Jennifer is here to help us to understand the many reasons why cats aggress against people. But it can be especially problematic when the cats are up for adoption. In fact, it is one of the primary contributing factors to cat relinquishment or being passed over for adoption. In this talk, we will learn about series of research projects conducted at UHCL to determine the cause of each cat’s aggression and how it was treated. All cats were up for adoption through a local rescue organization, and all cats in the first study were adopted following the treatment. Jennifer will tell us of current projects in progress, as well as future directions for the cat lab at UHCL. Their goal is to help these fabulous "feisty" felines land a loving home of their own – and help their humans love on them while respecting their boundaries.

    Presented by:
    Jennifer Fritz, Professor of Behavior Analysis

  • October 21, 9:30 a.m.

    Everyday Animal Behavior

    Let's learn with Angie about how lessons from zoos and animal shelters can inform your daily life. With a specialty in animal behavior, Angie will share lessons learned from her research with lions, tigers, and (panda) bears along with elephants. She will also share some insights on the behavior of common companion animals. Overall, this session should help you better understand your canine best friend, and maybe your human one as well.

    Presented by:
    Angela Kelling, Assistant Professor of Psychology

  • October 21, 11 a.m.

    Importing Care, Faithful Service: Filipino and Indian Nurses at a VA Hospital

    Every year thousands of foreign-born Filipino and Indian nurses immigrate to the United States. Despite being well trained and desperately needed, they enter the country at a time, not unlike the past, when the American social and political climate is once again increasingly unwelcoming to them as immigrants. Drawing on rich data collected over a four-year period, the talk explores the role religion plays in shaping the professional and community lives of foreign-born Filipino and Indian American nurses in the face of challenge, while working at a Veterans hospital (Book now in print with Rutgers University Press).

    Presented by:
    Stephen Cherry, Associate Professor of Sociology

  • October 28, 9:30 a.m.

    Will Korean Pop Culture Bring Peace to the Peninsula?

    Why is Korean pop culture receiving such attention throughout the world? Only 70 years ago, South Korea was one of the poorest countries, so what is the secret of their miraculous success? Let's join Mr. Yohan Park as he helps us to understand the unique geographic position and current relations with Asian neighbors as well as the U.S. We will learn about solutions to realizing peace on the Korean Peninsula through cultural and economic exchanges.

    Presented by:
    Yohan Park, Korean National Unification Advisory Council of Houston 

  • October 28, 11 a.m.

    Banned Books and the Right to Read

    Books have the power to introduce readers to new knowledge, ideas, and perspectives. Throughout history, authorities have attempted to prohibit or limit access to certain books featuring content deemed objectionable by various groups. Which books have commonly been targeted, and for what reasons? How have the goals and methods of banning books changed over time? In this session, take a journey through the history of book bans and challenges in America, from colonial times to the recent surge of censorship efforts in public schools.

    Presented by:
    David Palmer, Assistant Director of Access Services Neumann Library

  • November 4, 9:30 a.m.

    1972: The Year the Games Ended

    From the Munich terror attack during the summer Olympics, to the (now) second worst political scandal in American history, 1972 was a horrible year for idealism. Let's join Bill and find out all the details!

    Presented by:
    Bill Powers, Professor of History

  • November 4, 11 a.m.

    The Long History of Small Things

    Let's join Sarah and learn about her collaborative project with Houston's Menil Collection to investigate and share the "biographies" of some of the works in the museum's antiquities collection. Sarah worked with a team of scholars and students to fill in the missing pieces of the history of objects in the collection. We will learn about the project, the idea of "object biography", and why the long stories of the lives of objects are more interesting than what we usually learn through a museum display.

    Presented by:
    Sarah Castello, Associate Professor of Art History


Registered participants will receive room details closer to the class date.


To park on campus at anytime this semester, please register for a parking permit by visiting the UHCL Parking Services Portal. Register at this link, then contact Christopher M. Baker at and 281-283-2253. He will create an account, and you will be able to purchase a permit for $5 online.

Additional Information

  • Recorded Sessions
  • April 24

    The AMA vs. the FTC: How Ethical Is Medical Advertising?

    What do rankings of hospitals mean? How do medical advertisers target vulnerable people, inflate expectations and appeal to emotions and desires? Advertising - not only of pharmaceuticals, but of physicians and healthcare centers - is now rampant and fraught with ethical controversy. How did this become acceptable? Learn more about this controversial issue with Vicki Schnadig, who will explain the cogent justifications as well as the bio-ethical criticisms.

    Watch "The AMA vs. the FTC"



  • Friday Morning Continuing Education

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    2700 Bay Area Blvd
    Houston, TX 77058-1002