from the university
UH Hispanic and classical
languages Professor Nicolas Kanellos
has been appointed by President Bill
Clinton to serve on the National Council on the Humanities.
Kanellos, founding director
of Arte Publico Press, will serve a six-
year term on the council, which establishes a national policy for the humanities, and advises the National
Endowment for the Humanities.
The list of nominees includes
nine other professors and administrators from universities including the
University of Michigan, the University of California at San Diego, the
University of California at Berkeley,
the University of Chicago, Columbia
University and Harvard University.
The NEH provides grants and
fellowships to individuals and institutions for projects in the humanities. In 1993, it awarded more than
$160 million in grant money.
Although Kanellos was nominated for the position in December,
he had to wait for the U.S. Senate to
approve the nomination. He said he
received word of his approval in early
Part of the approval process
involved a screening by the FBI. The
intelligence agency conducted an in-
depth investigation into Kanellos's
Kanellos said his nomination
stemmed from his work in the humanities. He has written books and
articles in the field and served on the
state humanities committee for six
He will offer a state-supported university and Southwest regional perspective to the 27-member
council, he said.
Kanellos will also keep in
mind the perspectives of the middle
and lower class when advising the
NEH. He said, "I'm very interested in
seeing that all different cultures of the
United States are represented."
The appointment of a UH faculty member to a national council will
bring a measure of prestige to the
university, he said.
His appointment will allow
the Latin American sector of the humanities to heave a presence in the
United States. He said this has been
something he has worked towards
throughout much of his life.
After receiving his Ph.D. in
Hispanic literature from the University of Texas in 1974, Kanellos became a professor at Indiana University-Northwest.
His publishing company, Arte
Publico Press, was created in 1980
after Kanellos was recruited by UH.
The press was conceived to
"provide a vehicle for Hispanic authors of the United States to publish
their works, and to get them exposed
to the mainstream," Kanellos said.
Before his company began
publishing Latin American works,
much of the obscure literature was
not available in the United States, he
said. In 1992, Kanellos launched the
"Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project." The project is an
attempt to recover and publish lost
Latin American writings.
Experience in cultural heritage projects is what Kanellos said he
can bring to the council. He said he
hopes to give a feeling for possible
new definitions of American culture.
New definitions that would
begin with Native American culture in
the U.S., and would "include lives and
cultures that have not been documented in the past," he said.
The Daily Cougar
Houstonian 1 995
It seems that this summer at UH when it starts raining
resignations, it pours. Within a
week of one another the top three
officials at UH-main campus have
resigned. President James
Pickering, UH Provost Henry
Trueba and the UH senoir vice
president of administrative finance, Dennis Boyd, have all tendered their resignations effective
the same day-Aug. 31.
Pickering announced his
resignation in a letter to
Alexander Schilt, the UH System
chancellor, May 17. "If the University of Houston is to continue
its quest for excellence, there must
be significant functional changes
in the campus/system relationship," he said.
Pickering said he had
planned to step down from the
UH presidency on Dec. 31,1995.
However, since a solution to the
campus/system conflict seems to
be much farther off than the end
of the year, Pickering said he has
decided to resign at the end of the
He came to UH 14 years
ago from Michigan State University. He has served as a professor
of English, dean of the College of
Humanities, Fine Arts and Communications, and provost, before
becoming the president of the
university in 1992.
Following the president
out the door are the second and
third highest ranking officials at
UH. Trueba, senior vice president
for Academic Affairs as well as
provost, resigned after serving at
UH for less than a year.
Trueba said he is resigning to allow a new UH president
to select his or her own chief
academic officer. In his letter of
Pickering-Trueba said, "During
the short period that I have
served under your leadership, I
have come to appreciate your
efforts and the difficulties involved in leading this wonderful institution closer to its mission."
Pickering said, "Henry
(Trueba) and I acted with the
same goals in mind, which include moving the university
ahead and providing a quality
education and academic environment for our students. He
brought to his position at UH
the strong academic focus that
all great universities must have."
Boyd, administrative finance officer since January
1992, came to UH from federal
and state financial administrative organizations, rather than
from an academic background.
His appointment was due to
expire in 1996.
In his letter to Pickering
and the board of regents, Boyd
said, "Given the current state of
affairs, this is an appropriate
point for further transitioning
to a new administration. With
your (Pickering's) resignation
and a new president due on board
by Sept 1,1 believe it would be
an appropriate time for me to
Schilt was president of
UH-Downtown from 1980-87
and president of Eastern Washington University until his chancellorship appointment in 1989.
-Andy A ford
The Daily Cougar