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Anniversary Celebration 6pm, Dr Alice Rothchild 8pm

Broken Promises, Broken Dreams

Please join us Saturday, September 29 for a Five Year Anniversary Celebration of the Houston Institute for Culture from 6:00-8:00pm, followed by a talk and book signing by Dr. Alice Rothchild, author of "Broken Promises, Broken Dreams", at 8:00pm.

Saturday, September 29, 6:00pm

Houston Institute for Culture Five Year Anniversary Celebration
Havens Center
1827 W. Alabama Street

Houston Institute for Culture has many great accomplishments during its first five years to celebrate and tremendous challenges ahead, as we grow to become a substantial organization positively impacting many communities throughout the region. Working effectively to promote cultural literacy and social innovation with tested programs, our prospects for success are extremely good. We passed our four year IRS determination period (a public support test) and raised our grants by more than $100,000 over the past year. Our extensive educational program history extends to university campuses, public schools, community centers, small art spaces and large public venues like Miller Outdoor Theatre. Our research and service projects have reached communities from the Lower Rio Grange Valley to the greater New Orleans area.

A short program at 7:00pm will feature Latina authors, Loida Casares Ruiz and Rose Mary Salum (see bios below), and a demonstration of the organization's youth development programs.

Those attending the informal reception will meet volunteers and community supporters, enjoy refreshments, and learn more about several Houston Institute for Culture programs and initiatives, including:

Camp Dos Cabezas
Students for a Better Houston
Digital Story Resource Center
Center for Localism
And more

We look forward to seeing you at the celebration, September 29, and please stay for Dr Alice Rothchild's talk at 8:00pm.

Saturday, September 29, 8:00pm

"Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience" (a book reading, discussion and signing with Dr. Alice Rothchild)
Presented by Houston Institute for Culture
Havens Center
1827 W. Alabama Street

Alice Rothchild was born in Boston and grew up in Sharon. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in psychology and received an M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine. Alice developed an interest in progressive politics in the 1960s and 70s starting with campus opposition to the Vietnam War and moving on to her discovery of feminism and health reform movements while in medical school and residency.

In 1997, through her involvement in the Boston Workmen's Circle, a progressive secular Jewish organization, Alice turned much of her non-medical focus to understanding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and its relationship to US foreign policy and American Jewry. She co-founded and co-chairs Visions of Peace with Justice in Israel/Palestine, now Jewish Voice for Peace, Boston, and co-organized the Jewish American Medical Project, now the JVP Health and Human Rights Project.

Her book, "Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience" recounts her experiences as she grapples with the reality of life in Israel, the complexity of Jewish Israeli attitudes, and the hardships of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza. Through her work with a medical and human rights project, Alice is able to offer a unique personal insight into the conflict. Based on interviews with a number of different women, she examines their diverse perspectives and the complexities of Jewish Israeli identity. Her memorable account brings to life the voices of people mutually entwined in trauma, and explores individual examples of resilience and resistance.

Parking and Additional Information

Havens Center is located at 1827 W. Alabama Street (between Woodhead and Hazard) about 1/4 mile east of Shepherd. Parking is available at St Stephens Episcopal Church (on the south side of the street near Woodhead and Alabama, and one block south at Sul Ross and Woodhead) or in the parking lot directly across the street from Havens Center (on the north side of Alabama).

Accessible Havens Center is accessible. Please call 713-521-3686 for accessibilty information.

Havens Center Location

Reading by Loida Casares Ruiz and Rose Mary Salum, 7:00pm

Loida Casares Ruiz

Loida Casares Ruiz grew up in Northeast Houston's Bonita Gardens neighborhood. She graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in English and a Master of Arts in Communication. She works in advertising by day and is a mother, wife, and writer by night.

Loida has read at KPFT's Nuestra Palabra, Latinos Having Their Say three times. She recently completed a novel about three cousins and their mothers.

Rose Mary Salum

Rose Mary Salum (Mexico) is the founder and director of the award winning bilingual magazine Literal, Latin American Voices. www.literalmagazine.com

She is the author of Spaces in Between (Copper Hands, 2006) a book of short stories and co-author of Vitrales (1994), also a fiction book. She has presented scholarly papers at international and national conferences in Puerto Rico, Mexico and the US. Her poems and short stories are included in some anthologies of the United States, Argentina, Mexico, India, Australia and Spain. She has published fiction and essays in many periodicals. She has received many international awards for her literary and editorial work:
Runner Up for the Short Story Torremozas Award (Spain 2007)
CELJ (US 2006)
Lone Star Award (2006)
CELJ (US 2005)
2 Lone Star Awards (2005)
Runner Up for the Poetry Terra Austral Award (Australia 2005)
Runner Up for The Hispanic Excellence Award (US 2003)
Recognition by The Congress of The United States (US 2003)

An MLA graduate of the University of St. Thomas, Salum teaches bilingual journalism in this same university. She serves on the board of Houston Institute for Culture and is a member of The Marketing Committee of the University of St. Thomas

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