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Friday Morning Continuing Education Schedule

Fall 2023 Schedule

  • September 23, 9:30 a.m.

    Let's Visit the UHCL Archives and Special Collections!

    Join Matthew Peek for an introduction to the history and mission of the UHCL Archives and Special Collections housed in Alfred R. Neumann Library. With the university's 50th anniversary, the Armand Bayou Nature Center, and several major NASA projects coming in 2024, learn about the original historical materials the Archives collects documenting the history of UHCL, Johnson Space Center, and the Clear Lake area.

    Examples of materials in the collections will be shown, how to use the collections will be discussed, and projects that the Archives are involved in to bring history to the university community and general public will be explored. 

    Presented by: Matthew Peek, Associate Director of Archives and Special Collections at UHCL

  • September 23, 11 a.m.

    Police and YOUth by Everette Penn

    Join Everette Penn as he discusses his ground-breaking new book, "Police and YOUth." We'll learn about the intersection of race, youth, and the police, as Everette draws on his experience with TAPS (Teen and Police Service Academy). In this discussion, we will understand better the conflict between youth and the police, and the nuances in their two cultures, as well as straightforward solutions.

    Presented by: Everette Penn, Criminology Professor at UHCL

  • October 6, 9:30 a.m.

    The Explosive Rise of K-Culture 

    From "We Go Together" to "Bye Bye Miss American Pie," let's unveil the 70-Year US-ROK Alliance and the Explosive Rise of K-Culture. Following Mr. Park's dynamic presentation last year on K-pop, he will guide our journey with new details on the U.S.'s unbreakable alliance with Korea, uncovering secrets behind ROK's meteoric rise and the electrifying global impact of K-culture, fueling a revolution of art, music, film and TV, with entertainment like never before. If you were with us last year, you will remember how much fun we had, and if not, come and join the fun now!

    Presented by: Mr. Yohan Park, Vice Chairman of the Peaceful Unification Advisory Council

  • October 6, 11 a.m.

    Histories of Afro-Brazilian Women Matter!

    Let's join Thais as she takes us back to colonial times so we can learn about the lives of women of African ancestry in the history of the country that imported the largest number of enslaved Africans during the Atlantic slave trade: Brazil. In this lecture, We will learn about how the relationship between society and the State affected the experiences of Afro-Brazilians over the centuries. What has been the role of Afro-Brazilian women in the process of social transformation across the Americas?

    Presented by: Thais Sant'Ana, Assistant Professor of Latin American History at UHCL

  • October 13, 9:30 a.m.

    The Science of Sleep Part 2

    Join Bill Powers for another episode on the science of sleep. Even though we spend a third of our lives sleeping, there is still much we do not know about sleep. People have many difficulties getting a good night of sleep, and this was made worse during the pandemic. We will discuss what science has to say about the nature of sleep. Additionally, we will discuss strategies to help improve sleep.

    Presented by: Bill Powers, Director of Transforming Lives by Degrees at UHCL

  • October 13, 11 a.m.

    How to Spot Fake News

    Is the information in that email chain or Facebook post factual or is it fake? Using the latest tools from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), we will explore eight easy steps you can take to make sure you aren’t fooled by “fake news."

    Presented by: Carol Carman, Professor of Biostatistics & Data Science at UTMB

  • October 20, 9:30 a.m.

    Responsible Care for Our Planet!

    In this course, Nathalie Barry will share her passion for environmental education through such sensitive issues like plastic pollution and climate disruption. How will global awareness protect us from harm? Let's find out together!

    Presented by: Nathalie Barry

  • October 20, 11 a.m.

    Photographic Mysteries: 19th Century Microscopic Photographs

    Join Daniel Kraus as he discusses two 19th century photographic pioneers and German immigrants, Frederick & William Langenheim. While working as Daguerreotype studio photographers in Philadelphia, the two brothers produced microscopic photographs under mysterious circumstances. How did this happen? Let's learn with Daniel as he opens a window to us on 19th century photography. 

    Presented by: Daniel Kraus, Assistant Professor of Art & Design at UHCL

  • October 27, 9:30 a.m.

    Exploring The University's Hidden Treasures

    You may not know that UHCL has an art collection stowed safely on the upper floors of the building. Put on your walking shoes and join us as we explore rarely visited art works and ceramics. You may get some great decorating ideas for your own home! 

    Presented by: Karen Fiscus

  • October 27, 11 a.m.

    Imagining the Short Story

    In this course, Jennifer Maritza McCauley will discuss the value of short story writing, why short stories are a beautiful and essential form to literature and how to approach your own short story writing. Jennifer will also discuss the creation of her own short story collection, "When Trying to Return Home," which was The New York Times Editors' Choice. Get ready to be inspired and maybe start your own short story collection.

    Presented by: Jennifer McCauley, Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at UHCL

  • November 3, 9:30 a.m.

    From Camelot to Dealy Plaza: The Kennedy Years

    Join Bill Powers as he talks about the importance of the Kennedy years, which tragically ended 60 years ago this month. You may remember this time, or maybe you learned about it in school, but we all can agree that JFK's administration, brief as it was, changed this country.

    Presented by: Bill Powers, Director of Transforming Lives by Degrees at UHCL

  • November 3, 11 a.m.

    The Affective Neuroscience of Aging

    Does emotional processing change over our lifespan? What do you think? Let's join Georgina Moreno as she helps us to understand phenomenon such as positivity bias and socioemotional selectivity theory, as it plays out in our lives. You might be asking, what is that? We will learn about this theory that as we get older, we engage more in selective and meaningful activities and interactions, as perceived time horizons shrink. 

    Presented by: Georgina Moreno, Assistant Professor of Psychology at UHCL


Additional Information

  • 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. Registration includes payment for your parking permit in Lot D. Print and place your registration email confirmation on the dash of your vehicle, as it will be valid for about a week after you have signed up, and until your official permit is delivered to the Continuing Ed office, Bayou 1529. You may pick up the official permit by appointment in our office or in any FMCE class on Friday mornings.
  • Location: Registered participants will receive room details closer to the class date.
  • Parking: To park in Lot D on campus at any time this semester, visit the ECommerce page, type "parking" in the search box, and click the Parking Permit link to buy your permit. Your permit will be mailed to you. Please do not delay!

If you have questions and would like immediate assistance, please contact Christine Paul at