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DALI & SURREALISM AT THE MENIL

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 04 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-05-04 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The current exhibition of one of Salvador Dali on loan to the Menil from the Dali Museum in Florida offers us an opportunity to examine some of the Menil’s large collection of Surrealist art. In this short series we will focus on the works of Giorgio de Chirico, seen as the founder of the Surrealist movement, some of the many works by Max Ernst in the collection, and a range of works by Rene Magritte. Surrealism’s influence as one of the most important movements of the 20th century is still felt today in art, cinema, and advertising. “It’s so surreal” has become a commonplace term, but what does it really mean? We will try to find out!

Dressing with Color : COLOR ME BLUE, GREEN, PURPLE OR MY FAVORITE COLOR

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Price: 70.00 USD
2 Weeks

05 - 04 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-05-04 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

When you dress in the morning, do you sometimes wonder, “What colors go together?” “Can I actually put black with brown?” In this class we will answer questions such as these. We will discover what unusual color combinations may be worn together for a chic and modern look. In addition we will cover what prints look fashionable and up-to-date. Making the best use of accessories that accent our “colorful” clothing will also be covered. If you wish to update your look with the clothes already in your closet, this is a class for you!

THE GREAT JANE AUSTEN

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 05 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-05-05 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The first version of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey was written in the late 18th century in response to Ann Radcliffe’s Gothic novel The Mysteries of Udolpho (and published posthumously). She finished her last novel, Persuasion, in 1816. So, in effect, she moved the novel out of its early experiments and into the form that has persisted until today: a narrative of change and self-discovery, set in the inescapable social context of the family in all its complexity and the gender roles that also begin there for all of us. In the two hundred years since Persuasion, despite all the other changes we can hardly number, that kind of story not only still works, it makes good movies too.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD CINEMA

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 10 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-05-10 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Casa Blanca (1941). Vertigo (1958). Some Like It Hot (1959) Typically defined as “The Golden Age of Hollywood,” these movies were released in the U.S. during the years 1917-1960. This course will offer a critical examination and education of this daring, eventful, and historic age of film that ranges from the silent era, to the introduction of sound, to the song and dance styles of MGM and RKO pictures, and concludes with the dramatic achievements of the 50s. We will watch popular films from this era, and we will also examine lesser-known, yet important cinematic achievements, of this era as well. Students will also learn terminology and be exposed to important texts in film theory. Other films for consideration include The Gold Rush (1925) King Kong (1932), It Happened One Night (1934), Citizen Kane (1941), and The Maltese Falcon (1941)

CLOSING THE DEAL

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Price: 175.00 USD
4 Weeks

06 - 01 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-06-01 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Democrats and Republicans finish their primaries and caucuses in very different places as Donald Trump fights to gain the 1237 delegates to win a first ballot victory in Cleveland while Hillary Clinton consolidates her insurmountable delegate lead over Bernie Sanders. The voting ends June 7th, but maneuvering will go for weeks as the anti-Trump forces wage a "guerilla" war to stop the frontrunner, while Secretary Clinton tries to unify a Democratic Party where Bernie Sanders outraised the presumptive nominee and drew far more support from voters under forty across the country. By late June we should have a pretty good idea if the Republicans are going to have a contested convention, and if the Clinton outreach to Sanders supporters is succeeding.

AMERICAN EVANGELICALISM - Past, Present & Future

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Price: 175.00 USD
4 Weeks

06 - 06 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-06-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Contrary to popular belief, evangelical forms of Christianity have been a prominent variety of religious expression in America since the country’s beginning as a colony. Evangelicals have been active in many of the most notable social, cultural and political movements in the country, including abolition, women’s suffrage, temperance, anti-communism and more recent movements focused on traditional notions of family and morality. In this class, we will explore the history of evangelicalism in America and its influence, as well as emerging trends in contemporary evangelicalism that seek to respond to dominant themes of the 21st century.

THE ENLIGHTENED LIFE : Perspectives and Practices from the World’s Great Spiritual Traditions

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Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

06 - 06 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-06-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Through the centuries, sages from such diverse traditions as Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity have used poetry, parable, and metaphor to point to a permanent shift in consciousness known as Enlightenment. This transformation has been described as the ultimate fulfillment of our life purpose, an awakening from the “dream” of life, and a liberation from the “concepts” of mind, body, and personal identity. Despite surface differences, these traditions have all described a luminous “ground of being” hidden from our everyday senses, a unity within the appearance of multiplicity, and a divinity within us that is immanent as well as transcendent. In this class, we will explore the meaning of Enlightenment, using film, poetry, literature, excerpts from spiritual texts, and class discussion, focusing on such subjects as unity within diversity, free will, karma, predestination, illusion versus reality, the pathless path, and more. We will read selected passages from classic texts including the Hindu Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads, Buddha’s writings, the works of LaoTzu and Chuang Tzu, ecstatic Sufi poetry, and writings from modern spiritual sages.

THE “ART” OF APPS : Using the Power of Smart Phones and Tablets

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Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

06 - 07 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-06-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this hands-on class, we will explore must-have smart phone/tablet apps in every area, including travel, fitness, health care, personal productivity, finance, home management, and many other areas. Participants in this class are encouraged to bring their devices to class where we will have hands-on sessions downloading and exploring the latest and greatest tips, tricks, and apps for our mobile devices. Questions and answers are part of this workshop.

A WRITING WORKSHOP : Inspiration and Creativity

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Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

06 - 15 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-06-15 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Some people consider writing to be difficult for the same reason that living can be difficult: we are continually what we make of our lives. We often look for inspiration and stimulation in art, writing, or music because we need what engages us. In this course we will be the creators ourselves, writing stories, poems, memoirs, or essays that convey our experience or longing. There is no wrong way to write, and we will develop our individual skills in this course. We will read and discuss published works and focus on specific aspects of writing. Participants will receive written and verbal responses from the instructor, as well as materials, handouts, and writing prompt suggestions. (A limited enrollment class)

LEGACY AND HERITAGE : The Gift of Memoir and Family History

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Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

06 - 23 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-06-23 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Memoirs and family stories provide a powerful way to enrich our legacies and our own life journeys. The appeal of memoir goes beyond families: we all gain from reading about lessons learned in businesses and professions, tactics for enduring hard times, and the guiding values that have framed success. Writing brings us new insights and self-awareness as we share our lives and times. The focus for this class is to articulate writing goals— whether to educate, inspire, or simply amuse—and then to produce content that will connect with intended audiences. Assignments, reading suggestions, and class discussions will be tailored to the interests of the group. Feedback comes in writing, via e-mail from the instructor and from class discussion. (A limited enrollment class)

CAPABILITY BROWN : 300 Years of the English Garden

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

07 - 11 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-07-11 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

2016 is the 300th anniversary of the birth of the English garden designer and Architect, Lancelot “Capability” Brown. During his long, productive and versatile career, Brown changed the face of the English landscape, designing more than 250 parks and gardens, moving hills, creating lakes, making rivers flow in a serpentine manner and utilizing the inevitable “ha ha” to surreptitiously separate the decorative and bucloic livestock from invading the house itself. At Stowe, Blenheim, Chatsworth, Wobirn Abbey, Bowood, Weston Park, and dozens of other well-known estates, Brown transformed much of the English countryside into the park-like appearance that is still apparent in large parts of the landscape today. In the final session of this 4-week summer course, we will examine Brown’s influence on later figures—not only in the world of garden design—but in the paintings of Turner and Constable and poetry of Wordsworth.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES : A Discussion of International Events Shaping Our World

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Price: 275.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 06 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-09-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as Iran’s nuclear program, the evolution of the Arab spring political changes, the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences, the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival, Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals, implications of the global economic situation for America, and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES : A Discussion of International Events Shaping Our World

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Price: 275.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 06 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-09-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as Iran’s nuclear program, the evolution of the Arab spring political changes, the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences, the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival, Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals, implications of the global economic situation for America, and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE

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Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

09 - 06 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-09-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We all know who they are: family, friends, colleagues, and "frenemies" who tend to disrupt our realities and make us second-guess ourselves so much so that we end up scratching our heads every time we interact with them. In this class, we will develop a new understanding of these “crazy-makers” in our lives. These difficult and often hard-to-understand personality types can draw us into unwanted drama, drain our energy, and cause us tremendous stress which continues long after our interactions with them. We will learn new ways of dealing with difficult people and situations. Through class exercises, discussions, film excerpts, handouts, and class exercises, we will examine these difficult people through psychological and spiritual lenses and also examine our own limiting thought patterns. We will learn powerful processes that can positively promote our health and well-being, and as a result, we will be able to handle these difficult people to the point that they won't affect us. We will explore our own, possibly unrealistic, expectations of people who may not be able to change. We will find that it is only the habits of a lifetime and repeated patterns of thinking that create our conscious experience and distract us from our own true nature which is always present—peace itself. By changing our consciousness, we can change our world. (A limited enrollment class)

FROM MEDIEVAL TO MODERN : The Art of Classical Music

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 06 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-09-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The timeless beauty of western European art music (or classical music) has a universal appeal. Learn more about the composers and masterpieces that have captured the hearts and minds of music lovers as we trace the evolution of musical and artistic style from medieval times, through the baroque, classical, romantic, and modern periods to where we are today. Learn how, and why, Baroque music sounds different from music of the 19th century! The numerous "illustrations" will be both visual and aural. • Medieval music. Music of the Renaissance • Baroque: Vivaldi, Handel, J S Bach • Classical music: Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven • 19th century music: Berlioz. Schubert. Mendelssohn. Schumann. Chopin, Verdi, Wagner, Brahms, Chaikovsky, Dvorak • Twilight of Romanticism to Modernism: Mahler. Strauss. Debussy. Ravel. Stravinsky Schoenberg. Webern. • Into the 21st Century: Musical trends since 1945.

MUSEUMS IN PARIS : Behind the Scenes, Part II

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 06 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-09-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Paris, the City of Lights, is home to some of the world’s finest art museums: national museums (the Orangerie, the Musée du Quai Branly), museums run by the City of Paris (the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Palais Galliera), and private foundations (the Fondation Cartier, the Fondation Louis Vuitton). Through virtual visits to both well-known Parisian museums, and “hidden gems,” we will analyze architecture, painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and photography, and we will trace the history and culture of France in Paris. By combining methods of analyzing visual arts and architecture, we will hone our skills in interpretation across disciplines while immersing ourselves in our shared passions for the art museums of Paris. This series of six lectures will also address the historical, financial, administrative, and political challenges Parisian museums are facing in the 21st century: globalization and export of French art and culture, the neglect of permanent collections in favor of blockbuster temporary exhibitions, the necessity of being profitable due to less governmental support, and the requirements for introducing contemporary art in the context of a rich cultural heritage.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES : A Discussion of International Events Shaping Our World

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Price: 275.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 07 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-09-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as Iran’s nuclear program, the evolution of the Arab spring political changes, the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences, the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival, Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals, implications of the global economic situation for America, and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES : A Discussion of International Events Shaping Our World

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Price: 275.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 07 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-09-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as Iran’s nuclear program, the evolution of the Arab spring political changes, the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences, the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival, Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals, implications of the global economic situation for America, and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

FASHION TIMES AND TRENDS - Update Your Look

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Price: 125.00 USD
3 Weeks

09 - 07 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-09-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

With fall arriving, it is time to update your look! That means updating your make up as well as your wardrobe. We will cover the basics of makeup application and care as well as what the new trends for fall are and how to incorporate them into your current closet! Come prepared with questions as we update your look!

OUR SOCIAL SELVES :Part II

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Price: 500.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 07 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-09-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Have you every misjudged something that someone has said or done, and changed your mind about it later? Has someone ever misunderstood your meaning or intentions? You’d be unusual if you didn’t answer “yes” to these questions, because the factors that influence our social experiences and behaviors are complex and not always transparent. Social actions and reactions can be conscious and deliberate, but are often automatic and unconscious. In Part I of this course, we looked at the nature of social behavior and considered the power of common perceptual biases, how they affect much of our social experience, influence the way we see others and they see us. In Part II, we will apply these ideas more directly to explain how they affect our own social interactions and relationships. In this 12-week class, psychologist Dr. Roberta Diddel will lead the class in applying basic social psychology concepts to understand and possibly change their personal social interactions. We will cover the material in No One Understands You and What to Do About It, by Heidi Grant Halvorson, Harvard Business Review Press, 2015; but reading is not necessary in order to follow along as we discuss the concepts. Attendance in Part I of the course is not required or necessary for students to enjoy and benefit from the material in Part II.

EL ESPAÑOL CONTEMPORÁNEO : Beginning Spanish Conversation

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Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 08 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-09-08 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class is intended for students who have had little or no previous Spanish. The emphasis of this class is not on how much is “covered,” but on the internalization of that introduced in class keeping in mind the fact that learning a second language in a non-immersion environment is a gradual process. The progress of the class will not be predetermined by the instructor but by the progress of the group.

THE FINISHING TOUCHES

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 08 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-09-08 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What do accessories, artwork, area rugs and architectural details have in common? They are the defining elements that tie a room together. They have the power to either make or break the ambience of a room. They are the finishing touches in every décor and express a homeowner’s style and personality. The purpose of this course is to help participants look at art and accessories and the process of finishing a home in a whole new way. We will discuss the important principles and elements of design as they are the critical building blocks to artistically displaying traditional and contemporary artwork and accessories and learn how to correctly arrange them on tabletops and mantels, in bookcases and in niches. We will also explore how to select the right table lamps and area rugs for our décor and how to specify the correct recessed lighting for artwork. We will also discuss how to create dramatic focal points over fireplace mantels and on staircases and how to create interesting picture groupings and display important collections. A new appreciation will be gained for beautiful traditional accessories such as antique books, porcelain, china, mirrors, silver and crystal, botanical prints, and antique maps. In addition, we will learn the secrets that professional stagers and arrangers know when using flowers, foliage, fruits and vegetables to create the right traditional, transitional or contemporary look in interior design. This six week in-depth decorating course will provide class members all the knowledge needed to be able to beautifully and creatively accessorize your rooms’ taste and style and to make intelligent artistic decisions when selecting artwork and accessories for your home.

THE LEGACY OF FRENCH PAINTING, 1860-1940

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 08 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-09-08 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Most art history books agree that Modernism begins with the seminal works of Edouard Manet in the 1860s and the subsequent Impressionist, Neo-Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist movements of the last quarter of the 19th century. Monet, Degas, Renoir, Seurat, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Lautrec all contribute different styles and subjects which lay the foundation for early 20th century movements of which the Fauve color painting of Matisse and his circle and the Analytical and Synthetic Cubism pioneered by Picasso and Braque are the most influential contributions to Modernism. After the First World War, Paris was the center for two major inter-war movements: Surrealism and Constructivism. World War II disrupts the continuity of French Modernism, which never quite recovers its momentum. Through these period several major artists pursue their singular visions without exerting much influence. Many works by these artists and more will be extensively illustrated with familiar and less familiar works.

THE TURN TO MODERNITY : ELIOT, TOLSTOY, JAMES

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 08 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-09-08 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

George Eliot’s Middlemarch was published in 1871-2, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina in 1878, and James’s The Portrait of a Lady in 1881, and this wholly fortuitous order suggests how the socially responsible novel of the 19th century, which was the novel’s great age, turns inward and becomes the Modernist novel of the 20th century that is based in consciousness rather than in the family and its place in the social order. Eliot’s Dorothea Brooke is rewarded with a happy ending; Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is punished for her waywardness; and what happens to James’s Isabel Archer is either one or the other. In good Modernist fashion, James cedes his authority and its moral burden to us, his readers.

EL ESPAÑOL CONTEMPORÁNEO : Advanced Intermediate Spanish Conversation

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Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 12 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-09-12 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class is designed for students who have completed the beginning and intermediate-level Spanish classes with Dr. Urrutibehéity and who have reached the intermediate level of spoken Spanish. Emphasis will be placed on using spoken Spanish in real life situations and on reviewing grammatical constructions, learning new ones, and internalizing new vocabulary in meaningful contexts. Correct pronunciation will continue to be emphasized and newspaper articles on contemporary topics will be introduced. Participants will be given CDs with the text of each new lesson corresponding to the text El Español Actual, Level (2016 edition) which is available at Copy.com at 1201 Westheimer. (A limited enrollment class)

iWORKSHOP : Tips and Tricks for iPhones, iPads, and Apps

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Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

09 - 12 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-09-12 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

New iPhones and iPads came out recently, and there are features and essentials to consider in making the best whether in purchasing a new device or upgrading our device(s) to the new operating system. This class will cover all versions of the iPhone/iPad, as well as highlighting the new features of the latest devices and in the IOS 9.x operating system. In this class we will cover the basics from how to navigate, work with settings, organize our screen, locate hidden features, using the camera and it’s new features, and more. We will look at the latest changes and the glitches we may encounter using certain features or in upgrading. We will learn the essential apps to unleash the power of our devices to make our lives easier and serve our customized needs. Participants are encouraged to bring their devices to class where we will have hands-on sessions exploring the latest and greatest tips, tricks, and apps for our mobile devices. (A limited enrollment class)

THE END GAME : The 2016 Presidential Elections

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 12 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-09-12 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Nearly two years after the race started, voters finally get to settle the issue of who will follow Barack Obama in the White House as well as determine the likely direction of the U.S. Supreme Court for a decade or more. Both parties face major problems coming off deep divisions within their coalitions, but the Republican challenge seems especially great in this cycle as the unexpected rise of Donald Trump confounded party leaders (and political scientists) in a campaign unlike any other in American history. The nominees in both parties are unusually unpopular with the general electorate, but given the realities of American electoral politics, one or the other will be elected as the 45th president. But who will that be? In this class we will examine the unique and confusing process Americans use to elect the most powerful politician in the world, which is heavily influenced by choices the framers made in the Constitutional Convention in 1787, but works in a way the Founding Fathers clearly did not envision. In the 21st century we have a deeply polarized nation in which about 40 of the 50 states are deeply red Republican, or deeply blue Democratic, leaving the effective election to a minority of Americans who live in the closely contested states like Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and Colorado. But that map may change in 2016, because the nominees have unusual vulnerabilities (and some strengths) that could upend the Electoral College map. We will follow the contest in the closing weeks, and analyze what happened on November 8th, and what it portends for the nation in the years to come.

THE RIVER RHINE : History, Culture & Landscape at the Heart of Europe

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Price: 225.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 12 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-09-12 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The River Rhine, flowing through the heart of Europe, is many things to the many people who have lived along its banks since prehistoric times. Arising high in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the river flows almost 800 miles through scenic landscapes and industrial environments until it reaches the North Sea through a broad and complex delta. For most of its length the river forms a vital navigable waterway, its vessels carrying goods deep inland from the sea. The Rhine forms (or has formed) political and cultural boundaries of half a dozen nations, for more than 2,000 years. The banks of the river, and its tributaries, are lined with some of the most historic cities in Europe—Basel, Cologne, Utrecht, Mainz Rotterdam—and some of the most attractive as well—Strasbourg, Koblenz, Speyer, Colmar The Middle Rhine, the most famous and scenic section of the river, is famous for its dramatic elevations, steep vineyards, magnificent vistas and dozens of (mostly) medieval castles and fortresses redolent of the romantic tales made famous by the poetry of Byron, the music of Wagner, the paintings of Turner and the tales of uncounted travelers who made the Rhine a place of pilgrimage in the 18th and 19th centuries. And in the 20th century, the Rhine, a symbol of German nationalism, figured heavily in both World Wars and the period between. Today the Rhine still fulfills its role as a major transport artery of commodities, as well as a popular tourist venue with “enriching surprises around every bend”. In this 10-week course we will take a detailed look at all aspects of the Rhine, its major tributaries and the surrounding lands: geography, geology, 2,000+ years of history from the Romans to the present day, and an in-depth consideration of the buildings, churches, and historic sites of the many notable and picturesque cities and towns which line the banks of the river, and embellish this beautiful and historic area of Europe.

THE END GAME : The 2016 Presidential Elections

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 13 - 2016, 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM 2016-09-13 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Nearly two years after the race started, voters finally get to settle the issue of who will follow Barack Obama in the White House as well as determine the likely direction of the U.S. Supreme Court for a decade or more. Both parties face major problems coming off deep divisions within their coalitions, but the Republican challenge seems especially great in this cycle as the unexpected rise of Donald Trump confounded party leaders (and political scientists) in a campaign unlike any other in American history. The nominees in both parties are unusually unpopular with the general electorate, but given the realities of American electoral politics, one or the other will be elected as the 45th president. But who will that be? In this class we will examine the unique and confusing process Americans use to elect the most powerful politician in the world, which is heavily influenced by choices the framers made in the Constitutional Convention in 1787, but works in a way the Founding Fathers clearly did not envision. In the 21st century we have a deeply polarized nation in which about 40 of the 50 states are deeply red Republican, or deeply blue Democratic, leaving the effective election to a minority of Americans who live in the closely contested states like Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and Colorado. But that map may change in 2016, because the nominees have unusual vulnerabilities (and some strengths) that could upend the Electoral College map. We will follow the contest in the closing weeks, and analyze what happened on November 8th, and what it portends for the nation in the years to come.

THE END GAME : The 2016 Presidential Elections

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 14 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-09-14 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Nearly two years after the race started, voters finally get to settle the issue of who will follow Barack Obama in the White House as well as determine the likely direction of the U.S. Supreme Court for a decade or more. Both parties face major problems coming off deep divisions within their coalitions, but the Republican challenge seems especially great in this cycle as the unexpected rise of Donald Trump confounded party leaders (and political scientists) in a campaign unlike any other in American history. The nominees in both parties are unusually unpopular with the general electorate, but given the realities of American electoral politics, one or the other will be elected as the 45th president. But who will that be? In this class we will examine the unique and confusing process Americans use to elect the most powerful politician in the world, which is heavily influenced by choices the framers made in the Constitutional Convention in 1787, but works in a way the Founding Fathers clearly did not envision. In the 21st century we have a deeply polarized nation in which about 40 of the 50 states are deeply red Republican, or deeply blue Democratic, leaving the effective election to a minority of Americans who live in the closely contested states like Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and Colorado. But that map may change in 2016, because the nominees have unusual vulnerabilities (and some strengths) that could upend the Electoral College map. We will follow the contest in the closing weeks, and analyze what happened on November 8th, and what it portends for the nation in the years to come.

A World of Wine

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Price: 250.00 USD
4 Weeks

09 - 25 - 2016, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM 2016-09-25 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

The world of wine has changed dramatically over the last 25 years. Today wonderful wines come from previously unknown sources. Competition and technology have led to unparalleled quality and superb values. Each class will begin with 30 minutes of background and continue with 90 minutes of tasting and discussion of eight to ten wines. Join us as we discover wine gems from around the world. In this series we will extend our knowledge of wine grapes and wine regions. As we look at how wines of these grapes reflect the geography and technology of their regions, Mr. Keating will continue to demonstrate that quality and value are compatible.

PICASSO - The Line

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

09 - 25 - 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2016-09-25 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

In conjunction with the exhibition Picasso: The Line, on view at the Menil Collection until January 8 2017, Dr. Anna Tahinci will relate the fascinating story of Pablo Picasso, the most prolific and influential artist of the first half of the 20th century, and she will take us on a journey behind the scenes of the Picasso exhibition featuring 70 line drawings from public and private collections in the United States and Europe, including the Menil Collection, the Musée Picasso in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as Paloma Picasso's private collection.

PICASSO - The Line

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

09 - 25 - 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2016-09-25 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

In conjunction with the exhibition Picasso: The Line, on view at the Menil Collection until January 8 2017, Dr. Anna Tahinci will relate the fascinating story of Pablo Picasso, the most prolific and influential artist of the first half of the 20th century, and she will take us on a journey behind the scenes of the Picasso exhibition featuring 70 line drawings from public and private collections in the United States and Europe, including the Menil Collection, the Musée Picasso in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as Paloma Picasso's private collection.

RELIGION AND GLOBAL POLITICS

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Price: 225.00 USD
8 Weeks

09 - 26 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-09-26 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Despite the predictions by many 19th and 20th century theorists of religion’s eventual demise, it remains a vital force in social, political, and cultural life at a global level, including in the allegedly “secular” West. In this course we will explore a variety of themes that illumine the ways religion influences or directs a wide range of contemporary political-social events, including a handful of armed conflicts. Topics will include the religious right in America, Islamic fundamentalism, Jewish settlement activism, recent conflicts in Turkey, conflicts between sects within Islam in Syria, Iran and Iraq, and others.

RELIGION AND GLOBAL POLITICS

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Price: 225.00 USD
8 Weeks

09 - 26 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-09-26 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Despite the predictions by many 19th and 20th century theorists of religion’s eventual demise, it remains a vital force in social, political, and cultural life at a global level, including in the allegedly “secular” West. In this course we will explore a variety of themes that illumine the ways religion influences or directs a wide range of contemporary political-social events, including a handful of armed conflicts. Topics will include the religious right in America, Islamic fundamentalism, Jewish settlement activism, recent conflicts in Turkey, conflicts between sects within Islam in Syria, Iran and Iraq, and others.

A BOOK GROUP : Reading Critically Acclaimed Literary Works

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Price: 350.00 USD
8 Weeks

09 - 27 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-09-27 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class will meet once a month, the fourth Tuesday of each month, except December, from September to May, to discuss eight literary works. The selections have been made from novels, collections of short stories, and memoirs that have received critical acclaim from peers, reviewers, and the reading public. Led by author and writing instructor Nancy Geyer, the course will differ from a lecture format in that class members will be encouraged to participate in the discussion of the monthly book assignment. It is patterned on the classic formula of book clubs that became popular in the early 20th century and continue to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on characterization, plot, structure, dialogue, style and atmosphere. The book selections and dates follow: (A limited enrollment class) • September 27 - The Wright Brothers by David McCullough • October 25 - Circling the Sun by Paula McLain • November 22 - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah• • December - No meeting • January 24 - The Razpr’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham • February 28 - Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf • March 28 - The Lotus Eaters by Tajana Soli • April 25 - Operation Instructions: A Journal of my Son’s First Year and Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott • May 30 - The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Filmmakers as Poets : An Expression of Word and Image

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Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

09 - 28 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-09-28 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

“What is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?” So asks the precocious heroine of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Indeed, since the beginning of written communication, words and images appear as complementary facets of human expression. From logograms to illuminated manuscripts, ekphrastic poetry (poetry stimulated by a work of art) to comic books, pictures and conversations come together to create new ways of seeing and reading the world. Nineteenth century critics coined the elegant turn of phrase “Sister Arts” to emphasize the relationship between photographs, paintings, words, and music to show how various branches of art influence each other. Our class will discuss various examples of the Sister Arts in action from the 19th century to show how artistic movements flow across different media to enhance our viewing and reading experience. We will focus on poems and novels such as William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, John Keats’s Isabella and the Pot of Basil, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and Gustav Flaubert’s A Sentimental Education and their “sister arts” companions in Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Victorian magazine illustrations, operatic scores and contemporary film adaptations such as Jane Campion’s Bright Star (2009), Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre (2011) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie (2001).

FROM FEAR TO FREEDOM

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Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

10 - 04 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-10-04 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

More and more, scientific studies have pointed out that negative mindsets can have a deleterious influence on everything from health, to aging patterns, to personal longevity. In fact, one of the fastest growing areas of medical research measures the impact of positive and negative emotions on the immune system. Too often, we are unconscious of the ways we operate, both in our own thinking and our own interactions with others. In this class we will focus on the our negative roadblocks that get in the way of our health and well-being by exploring the stories that we tell ourselves, examining inaccurate concepts, and learning new ways we can remain centered and unstressed even in the midst of upheaval. We will concentrate on the “tapes” of our self-talk, and root out stress-causing and debilitative thinking using cognitive behavior techniques. We will explore age-old prescriptions from the world’s major spiritual traditions that speak to simplifying our lives through the principles of non-attachment, living in the present, and understanding our true nature.

The Writer’s Toolbox: An Exploration and Practice

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Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 04 - 2016, 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM 2016-10-04 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Ever read a book or article and sit back and sigh at what a pleasure it was--how it made you think, how it made you feel, how it made the world melt away--and then moments later wonder how the author made that happen? All writers have tools that they use to engage their readers, express ideas, and make them sigh. From voice to dialogue to description, we will explore masterful examples of writers using their tools and then try to use them ourselves. Each week, the class will focus on one characteristic of powerful writing. We will read short articles about craft, study examples from famous writers, and exercise our own writing muscles in fun, collaborative activities in class. Then, writers will be able to take the ideas home and do a little practice of their own in order to bring it back to the class and get praise for the way they’ve sharpened their skills. Writing can be overwhelming, but with a few key tools, writers will have the confidence and inspiration to get started. Hopefully, after the class, we’ll also have a group of friends to help us continue!

LEGACY AND HERITAGE: The Gift of Memoir and Family History

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Price: 425.00 USD
10 Weeks

10 - 06 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-10-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Memoirs and family stories provide a powerful way to enrich our legacies and our own life journeys. Researchers have found that younger generations gain in confidence, resiliency and self-esteem from knowing about their families’ challenges and achievements. The appeal of memoir goes beyond families: we all gain from reading about lessons learned in businesses and professions, tactics for enduring hard times, and the guiding values that have framed success. Writing brings us new insights and self-awareness as we share our lives and times. The focus for this class is to articulate writing goals— whether to educate, inspire, or simply amuse—and then to produce content that will connect with intended audiences. We can choose short narratives— tributes to significant mentors or friends, travel adventures, the provenance of special heirlooms or talismans, or essays on core values. Larger projects can combine family stories with memoir, present an in-depth narrative featuring a business, a period in recent history, an expatriate career, or a life story from birth until the present. Assignments, reading suggestions and class discussions will be tailored to the interests of the group. Feedback comes in writing, via e-mail from the instructor and from class discussion. (A limited enrollment class)

iWORKSHOP, Part II : Tips and Tricks for iPhones, iPads, and Apps

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Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

10 - 10 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-10-10 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

With each passing day, we find ourselves in the midst of a smart-technology metamorphosis that promises to automate, organize, and simplify our lives as never before. How do we navigate through the multitudes of icons and apps to find the ones best for our needs? How can we enjoy the fun of downloading and using apps while simultaneously maintaining and ensuring our privacy? What are the best practices and settings we should know about? In this hands-on class, which is the continuation of iWorkshop Part I, we will cut through the techno-noise to hone in on the intermediate issues we need to know about such as security, travel essentials, and more. Participants in this class are encouraged to bring their devices to class for our hands-on sessions. (Note: If you feel you are an intermediate user, you can attend this class without having attended iWorkshop Part 1.) (A limited enrollment class)

ART CONNECTION—BEHIND THE SCENES

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Price: 250.00 USD
4 Weeks

10 - 18 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-10-18 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The first of an ongoing series, this course is intended for art enthusiasts and those who are interested in the inner workings of Houston’s extensive fine art scene. The “Art Connection: Behind the Scenes” series will focus on the basic components of looking at art and collecting, such as visiting artist studios, private and corporate collection tours, navigating art galleries, visiting non-profit and museum exhibition spaces, demystifying auction houses and caring for your collection through framing, conservation and appraisals.

THE LEGACY OF SPANISH PAINTING, 1600-1827

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 18 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-10-18 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Until the arrival of El Greco in Madrid, Spanish painting was essentially provincial. The subsequent 17th century is often referred to as the “Golden Age” of Spanish art producing an explosion of great painters, among which are Ribalta, Ribera, Cotan—and Velasquez, who is regarded as one of the greatest of all artists. The century ends with, what are now, the under-appreciated works of Murillo. The 18th century produces little innovative art until the later works of Luis Melendez, one of the greatest still-life painters, and the early works of Francisco Goya. Goya takes us into the first quarter of the 19th century, after which there is something of a hiatus in significant work until the appearance of Picasso, which is where this short course ends.

EL ESPAÑOL CONTEMPORÁNEO-Intermediate Spanish Conversation

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Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 20 - 2016, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2016-10-20 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class is a continuation of the beginning level Spanish class. Professor´s Victoria Arbizu-Sabater´s teaching method will be very similar to that o Level I. The language materials used are part of a new series authored by Dr. Urrutibéheity titled El español actual (Today´s Spanish). Intensive speaking practice continues to be the main feature of each class. Participants are encouraged to express themselves in the foreign language and progress at their own pace. The grammatical structure of spoken Spanish is given more emphasis than in the preceding level. Special pronunciation and grammatical contrasts will be discussed. Participants will be given CD´s with the contents of each lesson. They will be expected to do written exercises to reinforce the learning of new vocabulary and structures.

SHAKESPEARE : His Life and His Works

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 20 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-10-20 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

As celebrations continue for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the Shakespeare class for this fall will seek out connections between Shakespeare's life, his world, his plays and his poems. Through the research for her books Shakespeare's Friends and Shakespeare's Family, Kate Pogue has become an expert in Shakespeare's domestic life. The recent works of James Shapiro (A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare and The Year of Lear), Stanley Wells (The Shakespeare Circle) and Stephen Greenblatt (Will in the World) connect the events in his plays and poems to the life and culture around him. Exploring how Shakespeare's work relates to his life takes us to a deeper appreciation of his great genius

The American South in Literature

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 20 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-10-20 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Southern belles, the French Quarter, fried chicken, the Confederacy, slavery – these are just a few iconic images/ideas that come to mind when people speak of “the South.” As both the former seat of slavery in the U.S. and a space conquered by the North, the South represents a space both and out of place within U.S. culture. But what exactly is “Southern” and what counts as part of “the South”? In this course, we will examine the narratives, tropes, and plotlines through which authors represent, discuss, and contest the U.S. South in American literature. Whether through the writings of William Faulkner or Carson McCullers, we will discover that, rather than a monolithic region, “the South” is actually made of many different, overlapping, and often conflicting concepts.

Lecture Luncheon Series

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Price: 350.00 USD
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10 - 21 - 2016, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2016-10-21 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Our Lecture Luncheon program, which meets four times each season at River Oaks Country Club, brings nationally recognized commentators to discuss issues and topics of current interest in a variety of fields. The lecture begins at 11:00 a.m., the luncheon at noon, and Q & A follows. The season’s membership fee of $350 includes the lecture, luncheon, and valet parking. Place: River Oaks Country Club, 1600 River Oaks Blvd. Lecture: 11:00 a.m. Luncheon: 12:00 Noon #1) China: The Search For Soft Power Influence JIM LAURIE Friday, October 21, 2016 #2) Election 2016: A New Day In America Or Business As Usual JONATHAN KARL Friday, November 18, 2016 #3) Four Paintings That Influenced The Art World TINA RIVERS RYAN Friday, January 13, 2017 #4) Films That Changed America MARC LAPADULA Friday, February 17, 2017

Lecture Luncheon Series

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Price: 350.00 USD
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10 - 21 - 2016, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2016-10-21 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Our Lecture Luncheon program, which meets four times each season at River Oaks Country Club, brings nationally recognized commentators to discuss issues and topics of current interest in a variety of fields. The lecture begins at 11:00 a.m., the luncheon at noon, and Q & A follows. The season’s membership fee of $350 includes the lecture, luncheon, and valet parking. Place: River Oaks Country Club, 1600 River Oaks Blvd. Lecture: 11:00 a.m. Luncheon: 12:00 Noon #1) China: The Search For Soft Power Influence JIM LAURIE Friday, October 21, 2016 #2) Election 2016: A New Day In America Or Business As Usual JONATHAN KARL Friday, November 18, 2016 #3) Four Paintings That Influenced The Art World TINA RIVERS RYAN Friday, January 13, 2017 #4) Films That Changed America MARC LAPADULA Friday, February 17, 2017

DEGAS - A New Vision (Both)

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Price: 60.00 USD
2 Weeks

10 - 23 - 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2016-10-23 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

On exhibit from October 14 to January 9, the MFAH is the ONLY venue in the U.S. for this overview by the great Impressionist painter Edgar Degas. Given his popularity, it is surprising that this is the first major retrospective in 30 years—and different from the current exhibit “Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty” at MOMA in New York ending in July. In recent years a perception of Degas as only a painter of the ballet and the race track has deepened and become more complex. His principal vision was to create a new post classical view of the human body, primarily of women at work in the modern world—even the ballet dancers are more often than not shown in the arduous work of practice and rehearsals. In this two-session presentation, we will show a wider and more diverse view of the works of Degas, extensively slide-illustrated with both familiar and less familiar works.

DEGAS - A New Vision (Both)

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Price: 60.00 USD
2 Weeks

10 - 23 - 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2016-10-23 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

On exhibit from October 14 to January 9, the MFAH is the ONLY venue in the U.S. for this overview by the great Impressionist painter Edgar Degas. Given his popularity, it is surprising that this is the first major retrospective in 30 years—and different from the current exhibit “Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty” at MOMA in New York ending in July. In recent years a perception of Degas as only a painter of the ballet and the race track has deepened and become more complex. His principal vision was to create a new post classical view of the human body, primarily of women at work in the modern world—even the ballet dancers are more often than not shown in the arduous work of practice and rehearsals. In this two-session presentation, we will show a wider and more diverse view of the works of Degas, extensively slide-illustrated with both familiar and less familiar works.

DEGAS - A New Vision (Part1)

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0 Weeks

10 - 23 - 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2016-10-23 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

On exhibit from October 14 to January 9, the MFAH is the ONLY venue in the U.S. for this overview by the great Impressionist painter Edgar Degas. Given his popularity, it is surprising that this is the first major retrospective in 30 years—and different from the current exhibit “Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty” at MOMA in New York ending in July. In recent years a perception of Degas as only a painter of the ballet and the race track has deepened and become more complex. His principal vision was to create a new post classical view of the human body, primarily of women at work in the modern world—even the ballet dancers are more often than not shown in the arduous work of practice and rehearsals. In this two-session presentation, we will show a wider and more diverse view of the works of Degas, extensively slide-illustrated with both familiar and less familiar works.

EL ESPAÑOL CONTEMPORÁNEO : Advanced Spanish Conversation

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Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 24 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-10-24 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is designed for students who have completed prior Spanish classes at the Women’s Institute or who possess, in their estimation, an advanced command of the language. News articles from all over the Hispanic world will be used as main conversation topics. Idiomatic expressions not commonly found in text books will be introduced gradually. In addition, some grammar points rarely found in text books will be discussed and practiced. Differences between variants of Spanish will be analyzed and special emphasis will be placed on the Spanish spoken in Mexico. Class participants will be expected to purchase a DVD of a well-known Spanish-language film designated by Dr. Urrutibéheity. Segments of the film will be discussed during several class periods. (A limited enrollment class)

We're Singin', We're Dancin' Musical Feature Films

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 25 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-10-25 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this six-weeks course we will critically examine some lesser-known musical films from the 1940s to the 21st century. We will look at interesting facts about the production of each film; their musical numbers; the dancing; and the actors, singers, and dancers of the films and some of their Broadway or West End musical theater inspirations. Class participants will gain skills needed to evaluate musical films and will be exposed to important ideas in film theory musical composition, and dancing choreography. We will screen the following six movies in this course: Yankee Doodle Dandy - 1942; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - 1953; The Wiz - 1978; Best Little Whorehouse in Texas - 1982; Beauty and the Beast - 1991; Once - 2007

DEGAS - A New Vision (Part2)

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1 Weeks

10 - 30 - 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2016-10-30 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

On exhibit from October 14 to January 9, the MFAH is the ONLY venue in the U.S. for this overview by the great Impressionist painter Edgar Degas. Given his popularity, it is surprising that this is the first major retrospective in 30 years—and different from the current exhibit “Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty” at MOMA in New York ending in July. In recent years a perception of Degas as only a painter of the ballet and the race track has deepened and become more complex. His principal vision was to create a new post classical view of the human body, primarily of women at work in the modern world—even the ballet dancers are more often than not shown in the arduous work of practice and rehearsals. In this two-session presentation, we will show a wider and more diverse view of the works of Degas, extensively slide-illustrated with both familiar and less familiar works.

DEGAS - A New Vision (Part2)

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10 - 30 - 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2016-10-30 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

On exhibit from October 14 to January 9, the MFAH is the ONLY venue in the U.S. for this overview by the great Impressionist painter Edgar Degas. Given his popularity, it is surprising that this is the first major retrospective in 30 years—and different from the current exhibit “Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty” at MOMA in New York ending in July. In recent years a perception of Degas as only a painter of the ballet and the race track has deepened and become more complex. His principal vision was to create a new post classical view of the human body, primarily of women at work in the modern world—even the ballet dancers are more often than not shown in the arduous work of practice and rehearsals. In this two-session presentation, we will show a wider and more diverse view of the works of Degas, extensively slide-illustrated with both familiar and less familiar works.

ELECTION’S IMPACT ON ESTATE,TAX, & INVESTMENT STRATEGIES

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Price: 165.00 USD
5 Weeks

11 - 03 - 2016, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2016-11-03 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Every national election has the potential to significantly impact estate and tax laws in the following year that can influence wealth management strategies. This election is clearly one of those times. It is of critical importance who is in the White House and which party controls the House and the Senate. All of our seminar meetings except one are scheduled to meet after the results of the November elections are known. A Board Certified Estate Attorney will discuss the impact of the elections on estate planning, and highlight estate issues that need to be addressed before year-end. A tax specialist will review critical year-end tax planning as a result of the elections. Bill Frisco, Certified Financial Planner, will coordinate the impact of the estate and tax planning issues on investment portfolios, discuss year-end investment ideas, and offer investment strategies for 2017. Topics to be discussed include the following: •Presidential election’s outcome: Its influence on estate, income tax, and investment strategies; •Tax and estate changes to make before year-end; •Retirement income planning—how much can be spent without running out of money; •Income strategies in a low interest rate environment; •Stocks, commodities, real estate—finding the most attractive growth opportunities. William E. Frisco, CPA, Certified Financial Planner®, is a Senior Vice President at one of the world's largest global asset management firms. He has more than 20 years of experience managing growth and retirement portfolios for individuals, trusts, corporations, and foundations and is a retirement consultant for 401(k)s and other corporate retirement plans. Mr. Frisco is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Planning Association. He holds a B.A. in economics from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Tulane University.

CARCASSONNE AND THE CATHAR CASTLES

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

11 - 06 - 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2016-11-06 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Girded by a double ring of walls with 52 towers, Carcassonne is the finest surviving example of a medieval fortified town. Built first by Romans, then Visigoths, the fortifications were extended by the construction of the outer wall under King Louis IX and his successors. From the 11th to the 13th century, Carcassonne was ruled by the Trencavel viscounts, who had feudal ties to both the counts of Toulouse and the kings of Aragon. In 1208 the Pope called for a crusade against southern nobles who tolerated the Cathar heresy on their lands. Carcassonne was besieged and surrendered. The viscounty became part of the royal domain, as did the greater part of Languedoc. The Inquisition was established to eradicate the remaining Cathars (or Albigenses). Carcassonne had both an Inquisition court and a prison where accused heretics were held, sometimes for years, in dark, cramped cells. Carcassonne took on a strategic role following the Treaty of Corbeil (1258) which established the border between France and Aragon 35 miles south of the town. Five mountain castles were rebuilt to serve as frontier fortresses. These so-called “Cathar castles” were originally built by southern nobles and sometimes served as a refuge for Cathars during the crusade. These border castles, as well as Carcassonne, lost their strategic value in 1659 when the Treaty of the Pyrenees moved the border with Spain to the Pyrenees. This richly-illustrated lecture will spotlight Carcassonne and two “Cathar” castles, Quéribus and Peyrepertuse.

CARCASSONNE AND THE CATHAR CASTLES

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

11 - 06 - 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2016-11-06 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Girded by a double ring of walls with 52 towers, Carcassonne is the finest surviving example of a medieval fortified town. Built first by Romans, then Visigoths, the fortifications were extended by the construction of the outer wall under King Louis IX and his successors. From the 11th to the 13th century, Carcassonne was ruled by the Trencavel viscounts, who had feudal ties to both the counts of Toulouse and the kings of Aragon. In 1208 the Pope called for a crusade against southern nobles who tolerated the Cathar heresy on their lands. Carcassonne was besieged and surrendered. The viscounty became part of the royal domain, as did the greater part of Languedoc. The Inquisition was established to eradicate the remaining Cathars (or Albigenses). Carcassonne had both an Inquisition court and a prison where accused heretics were held, sometimes for years, in dark, cramped cells. Carcassonne took on a strategic role following the Treaty of Corbeil (1258) which established the border between France and Aragon 35 miles south of the town. Five mountain castles were rebuilt to serve as frontier fortresses. These so-called “Cathar castles” were originally built by southern nobles and sometimes served as a refuge for Cathars during the crusade. These border castles, as well as Carcassonne, lost their strategic value in 1659 when the Treaty of the Pyrenees moved the border with Spain to the Pyrenees. This richly-illustrated lecture will spotlight Carcassonne and two “Cathar” castles, Quéribus and Peyrepertuse.

THE ARTS OF JAPAN - Adaption to Innovation

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

11 - 13 - 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2016-11-13 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Scholars of the arts and culture of Japan readily admit that the Japanese borrowed ideas in art, culture, and religion from mainland Asia. Anyone who looks at art from the Japanese islands at various time periods may recognize parallels with Chinese and Korean tradition. But periods of isolation, as well as access to different kinds of media, allowed Japanese artists to expand well beyond the initial borrowings. They created a unique culture, permeated with original concepts. We will explore the foundations of Japanese culture and art, then look at ways that the original concepts served only as the genesis of what followed.

THE ARTS OF JAPAN - Adaption to Innovation

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0 Weeks

11 - 13 - 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2016-11-13 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Scholars of the arts and culture of Japan readily admit that the Japanese borrowed ideas in art, culture, and religion from mainland Asia. Anyone who looks at art from the Japanese islands at various time periods may recognize parallels with Chinese and Korean tradition. But periods of isolation, as well as access to different kinds of media, allowed Japanese artists to expand well beyond the initial borrowings. They created a unique culture, permeated with original concepts. We will explore the foundations of Japanese culture and art, then look at ways that the original concepts served only as the genesis of what followed.

TRAVELS WITH BARRY - Shropshire—England’s Quiet County

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

11 - 20 - 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2016-11-20 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Tucked away up against the Welsh border with its “Blue Painted Hills” and “Green Golden Valleys”, Shropshire is England’s forgotten county--peaceful, idyllic land, far away in spirit from the large cities and roaring motorways of the English Midlands, just over its Eastern border. As A.E. Housman wrote in A Shropshire Lad: “Clunton, Clunbury Clungerford & Clun Are the quietest places Under the sun.” But the peaceful countryside today hides a turbulent past; a past of marcher lords, Mad Jack Mytton, and dramatic castles; one it is said, “so beautiful that when attacked, no one could bring themselves to destroy it.” As the novelist Mary Weber wrote of this tortured past and peaceful present: “Where triumph rang and men marched by, none passes but a dragonfly” Shropshire today is a land of beautiful scenery, charming towns such as Shrewsbury, Much Wenlock and Ludlow—“the gastronomic capital of the West of England”. Wroxeter was the largest Roman city in Britain, Ironbridge the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and the county is the setting for a plethora of virtually unknown country houses which rival those anywhere in England. Come and explore this wonderful unknown land, as P.G. Wodehouse noted: “the nearest earthly place to Paradise.”

TRAVELS WITH BARRY - Shropshire—England’s Quiet County

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

11 - 20 - 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2016-11-20 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Tucked away up against the Welsh border with its “Blue Painted Hills” and “Green Golden Valleys”, Shropshire is England’s forgotten county--peaceful, idyllic land, far away in spirit from the large cities and roaring motorways of the English Midlands, just over its Eastern border. As A.E. Housman wrote in A Shropshire Lad: “Clunton, Clunbury Clungerford & Clun Are the quietest places Under the sun.” But the peaceful countryside today hides a turbulent past; a past of marcher lords, Mad Jack Mytton, and dramatic castles; one it is said, “so beautiful that when attacked, no one could bring themselves to destroy it.” As the novelist Mary Weber wrote of this tortured past and peaceful present: “Where triumph rang and men marched by, none passes but a dragonfly” Shropshire today is a land of beautiful scenery, charming towns such as Shrewsbury, Much Wenlock and Ludlow—“the gastronomic capital of the West of England”. Wroxeter was the largest Roman city in Britain, Ironbridge the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and the county is the setting for a plethora of virtually unknown country houses which rival those anywhere in England. Come and explore this wonderful unknown land, as P.G. Wodehouse noted: “the nearest earthly place to Paradise.”

FOUR PAINTINGS THAT INFLUENCED THE ART WORLD

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Price: 100.00 USD
0 Weeks

01 - 13 - 2017, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2017-01-13 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

If you had to name the four most important paintings in Western art—the ones that most influenced the course of art, or history, or both—what would they be? (Mona Lisa, anybody?) While a fun exercise, when it comes to understanding art, ranking paintings in this way doesn’t help us answer the more profound question of why art, and especially painting, has been so important to Western culture for hundreds of years. Through these paintings, Tina Rivers Ryan, a New York art historian and critic, will help us understand the significance of art in our culture. An experienced educator, she has developed and taught courses at Columbia University, the Pratt Institute, and theMuseum of Modern Art, and has lectured on art in more than twenty cities internationally. Her writing has appeared in notable publications such as Artforum, Art in America, and Art Journal, as well as in several books, exhibition catalogs, and prominent websites. She holds a B.A. from Harvard, three masters’ degrees, and a Ph.D. from Columbia, and has been a Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

FROM THE WOMB TO THE TOMB - Research on the Psychology of Human Development

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Price: 500.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 01 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-02-01 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How much do genes affect our development? How does gender identity and sexual orientation develop? How does children’s thinking evolve through childhood, and why are adolescents so out of sorts? What are the stages of adult development, and how do we adjust to new stages in our lives? Studies of the human brain are teaching us more than ever about how we develop over the course of a lifetime, addressing questions like these and much more. Join Dr. Roberta Diddel as she explores issues in the psychology of lifespan development, considering what science is discovering, presenting theories and posing questions designed to get students engaged in open-ended discussion, which promote the sharing personal experiences. (A limited enrollment class)

THE 45TH AMERICAN PRESIDENCY GETS STARTED - An Early Assessment

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 01 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-02-01 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whoever emerges from the long, bitter, and highly divisive 2016 presidential election faces daunting challenges in launching his/her administration. Since the advent of scientific polling, no president will take office with such low favorability ratings. Hillary Clinton will likely have to deal with at least one chamber of Congress controlled by the Republican Party, which consistently thwarted President Barack Obama after winning control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2010. Donald Trump will likely have a Congress controlled by his party, but start with a contentious relationship with Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Congress aside, the American public has become highly polarized along party lines, so even if the chief executive tries to work with the legislative branch, selling any bipartisan deal on taxing and spending, trade agreements, or entitlement reform will be very hard. Before extending our sympathies to the incoming president, we should keep in mind that she/he really wanted this job and spent two years pursuing it. Now comes the hard part—governing—which is very different from campaigning for office. This course will focus on how the new president gets off the starting line, with the knowledge that early choices can substantially define a four-year presidency in what may well be a one-term administration.

THE LEGACY OF FRENCH PAINTING, 1880-1906

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 01 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-02-01 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

In the concluding part of The Legacy of French Painting, we see the culmination of the modernist works of Manet and the Impressionists. We shall examine the works of Georges Seurat, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and, perhaps most importantly, Paul Cézanne. These artists lay the foundation for subsequent 20th century modernist movement, such as Cubism, Fauvism, Expressionism, and the cult of the “primitive.” The next wave of modernism has more international participation, particularly Pablo Picasso and the new “School of Paris,” which will belong to another class.

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH

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Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 02 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-02-02 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class is a continuation of the beginning level Spanish class. Professor Victoria Arbizu-Sabater´s teaching method will be very similar to that of Level I. The language materials used are part of a new series authored by Dr. Urrutibéheity titled El Español Actual (Today´s Spanish). Intensive speaking practice continues to be the main feature of each class. Participants are encouraged to express themselves in the foreign language and progress at their own pace. The grammatical structure of spoken Spanish is given more emphasis than in the preceding level. Special pronunciation and grammatical contrasts will be discussed. Participants will be given CDs with the contents of each lesson. They will be expected to do written exercises to reinforce the learning of new vocabulary and structures.

LEGACY AND HERITAGE - The Gift of Memoir and Family History

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Price: 425.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 02 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-02-02 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Memoirs and family stories provide a powerful way to enrich our legacies and our own life journeys. We all gain from lessons learned in businesses and professions, tactics for enduring hard times, and the guiding values that frame success. Whether the goal is to simply explore memoir writing or to reach a targeted audience, we articulate a writing intent—e.g. whether to share life experience and traditions, or simply to amuse. Like every genre, memoir has its special “license” along with its challenges. We work on cultivating narrative voice and presence in the story, establishing our times as they relate to our lives, managing memory and attention, and working around barriers. Assignments, reading suggestions, and class discussions are tailored to the class members’ writing. Feedback comes in writing, via e-mail from the instructor and from class discussion. (A limited enrollment class)

RUSSIAN ART - Peter the Great to Post-Perestroika

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 02 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-02-02 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This year, 2017, marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution. Given the fractious nature that at present exists between Russia, America, and the West, it is an opportune time to look at the culture of Russia as a way of coming to some understanding of this complex country. The art and the artists of Russia are as distinctive as the country’s turbulent history. Although we all know something of Russian literature and music; the visual arts, especially paintings, are not as well known in the West. Yet, in no other country are the arts so closely related to society. In other words, most Russian art is about Russia. Three principal elements give Russian art its unique qualities: the persistence and influence of peasant culture, the influence of Russian religious art, best known in the west through icons, and the influence of western paintings in and after the reign of Peter the Great. These three elements give Russian art its complexity. In this course, we will examine the evolution of Russian art from the 17th century to the present day, as illustrated by many rarely seen examples of Russian paintings. Even the work of familiar names such as Diaghilev, Chagall, and Kandinsky will take on different shadings when seen in their Russian context.

SHAKESPEARE - Time and the Seasons

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 02 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-02-02 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The passage of time is one of the great themes in the poetry and plays of William Shakespeare. This sensitivity to time finds expression in Shakespeare’s evoking the four seasons to set the scene in his plays and to reflect the emotions of his characters. When we explore King Lear abandoned on the heath, or the conjuring of the storm in The Tempest, or the witches appearing in the Scottish mists, we find Shakespeare inspired to his most original and evocative use of language. My favorite example is the beginning of Sonnet 73: That time of year thou mayst in me behold When yellow leaves, or none, or few do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare, ruined choirs where once the sweet birds sang. Join us to revel in more beautiful language as we spend six classes going through a year of seasonal changes illuminated by the imagination of William Shakespeare.

THE GREAT JANE AUSTEN

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 02 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-02-02 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The first version of Jane Austen’s, Northanger Abbey was written in the late 18th century in response to Ann Radcliffe’s Gothic novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho (and published posthumously). She finished her last novel, Persuasion, in 1816. So, in effect, she moved the novel out of its early experiments and into the form that has persisted until today: a narrative of change and self-discovery, set in the inescapable social context of the family in all its complexity and the gender roles that also begin there for all of us. In the two hundred years since Persuasion, despite all the other changes we can hardly number, that kind of story not only still works, it makes good movies too. We will read her works in this order: Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion; and, we will have more fun with every page we turn.

THE ROARING TWENTIES - Part One

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 02 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-02-02 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Jazz. Flappers. Speakeasies. Art Deco. The Harlem Renaissance. Widespread economic prosperity. The advent of the golden age of cinema. If we could time travel to any decade, we couldn’t do better than the 1920s. In the aftermath of World War I, the literature and culture of Europe and the U.S. erupted into frenzied expression. Historically, the success of women’s suffrage in 1919 and the flourishing of the Harlem Renaissance signaled new opportunities for women and African Americans. The 20s were about possibility, newness, change, and energy. Ironically, however, much of the literature to emerge from this time period reflects a different ethos. Iconic 20s novels like "The Great Gatsby", "Mrs. Dalloway", and "The Sun Also Rises" present war-torn characters and communities struggling with the loss of shared cultural values and the inability to locate moral and aesthetic meaning in traditional structures. In this class, we will investigate this 20s dialectic through the period’s novels, poetry, art, and history, questioning the relationships between the decade’s jubilancy, celebration, tumult, pessimism, and crash. Note: The material will be different in each class, so join us for one or both. We may even have to put on our dancing shoes as we watch demonstrations of the Charleston, the Peabody, and Turkey Trot. Part One: Celebration, Experimentation, and Art – F. Scott Fitzgerald; The Great War; T.S. Elliot; Masculinity and Expatriation; Ernest Hemingway; Women; Virginia Woolf; Literary Formal Experimentation; Gertrude Stein; Art; and André Breton

BEGINNING SPANISH - El Español Contemporáneo

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Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-02-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is intended for students who have had little or no previous Spanish. The emphasis of this class is not on how much is “covered,” but on the internalization of that introduced in class, keeping in mind the fact that learning a second language in a non-immersion environment is a gradual process. The progress of the class will not be determined by the instructor but by the progress of the group. Students will be provided with CDs for each of the lessons introduced in class that correspond to the textbook lessons in El Español Actual (2016 edition), authored by Dr. Hector Urrutibéheity, and which can be purchased at Copy.com at 1201 Westheimer. (A limited enrollment class)

IS THERE PROGRESS IN SCIENCE? IN ART? IN MORAL VALUES?

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-02-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In the 1960s physicist/philosopher Thomas Kuhn burst into the intellectual scene with a highly original and influential view of science. Kuhn held that science, usually considered the outstanding example of accumulating human knowledge, shows us that there is neither truth nor progress in it. In these four lectures, we will first look at Kuhn’s view of science. It will be followed by a critical examination not only of Kuhn’s ideas but also of relativism in general. We will reserve most of the three last lectures for an extended examination of a recent and contrasting view: the optimistic and groundbreaking view of human explanations of physicist/philosopher David Deutsch. In Deutsch’s view, human explanations have a fundamental place in the universe and they encompass not only all fields of science but also art, human values, and even political institutions. He sees explanations integrating all of these fields in a process of infinite progress. Thus, unlike the relativistic and pessimistic post-modern views prevalent across the humanistic disciplines, Deutsch’s novel conception the cosmos, of life, and of human beings is anchored in the high-minded ideals of Enlightenment.

iWORKSHOP, Part One - Tips And Tricks For Apple Smart Phones & Tablets

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Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-02-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

New iPhones/iPads and new IOS operating systems come with many changes and new—sometimes confusing—features. These features are essential to know about in order to make the best decisions, whether we are deciding to purchase a new device or using the new operating system. This class covers all versions of the iPhone/iPad, while also highlighting the new features in the latest devices and in the IOS 10.x operating system, so that you can understand and use your devices with confidence. The class starts with the basics and covers everything from how to navigate, work with settings, organize our screen, locate hidden features, using the camera and it's new features, and more. We will go over the latest changes and the glitches we may encounter using certain features or upgrading. We will learn the essential apps to unleash the power of our devices, and make our lives easier. Participants in this class are encouraged to bring their devices to class where we will have hands-on sessions exploring the latest and greatest tips, tricks, and apps for our mobile devices. Questions and answers are part of this workshop. (A limited enrollment class)

LOUIS, LOUIS, LOUIS & LAFAYETTE - Three Centuries of France and the “American Connection”

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Price: 225.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-02-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The history of modern France dates from the 16th century, with the reign of the “Renaissance Prince” King Francis I and the country’s complicated relationship with America begins then as well. This “connection” develops and multiplies throughout the subsequent reigns of “The Louis”—Louis XIII, XIV, XV, and XVI, during the 17th and 18th centuries. This period of interaction, acquisition, and consolidation culminates in the events surrounding the American and French Revolutions and the Napoleonic Period, during which France played a vital role in American independence and growth into a major international power. The symbolic figure of this latter period is the Marquis de Lafayette, whose activities in, and support of, the American revolt proved decisive in the victory. His subsequent return and yearlong tour of the United States, helped to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Revolution, and cemented US and French relations. It will form the climax of this course, which will include French exploration and settlement, the French and Indian War, and the Louisiana Purchase —all in the context of the history and growth of France, as well as America.

WHEN PLAYWRIGHTS GO TO THE MOVIES - Screenplays, Teleplays, Broadway, and The West End on Film

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-02-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What happens when a play for the stage is adapted into a feature film? Or vice versa? When a popular movie is adapted for the stage? In this course, we will critically examine how a text is adapted for different formats, the stage and the screen. Students will read small portions of screenplays or teleplays, learn about each stage production, and view the film adaptations of each text. Students will also gain skills needed to closely read various types of texts: a screenplay, script, or teleplay; a performance on the stage; and a film. We will screen the following 6 movies: • Richard III (play: approx. 1592; film: 1995) • Stage Door (play: 1936; film: 1937) • Death of a Salesman (play: 1949; film: 1951) • Twelve Angry Men (teleplay: 1954; film: 1957) • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (play: 1962; film: 1966) • The Producers (play: 2001; film: 1967)

BEHIND THE HEADLINES A Discussion of International Events Shaping Our World

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Price: 275.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-02-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as the international terrorist threat; the frictions between Russia and the West; the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences; the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival; Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals; implications of the global economic situation for America; and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES A Discussion of International Events Shaping Our World

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Price: 275.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-02-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as the international terrorist threat; the frictions between Russia and the West; the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences; the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival; Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals; implications of the global economic situation for America; and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

CLUTTER-BUSTING - Clearing Physical and Mental Clutter for Renewed Energy

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Price: 275.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-02-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein Our lives can be cluttered in so many ways. Our closets, garages, and storage facilities can be bulging with boxes of memorabilia and "must-keep" items from years past. Our minds can be filled with stored-up "tapes" from what we were told as children. Our days can be stacked with back-to-back appointments that become a constant source of stress. We may feel that the entire world is an obstacle course through which we have to make our way, surrounded by the clutter that we have created around us. The things we hang onto, both in our physical environment and within our mindsets, can lead to melancholy, isolation, shame and more. In some traditions, clutter is seen as a blockage of normally free-flowing energy that can cause stagnation, depression, and even disease. There are many wonderful books and television shows devoted to cleaning clutter, targeted to everyone from CEOs to homemakers. In this class, through discussion, film, book and video excerpts of clutter-busting professionals and more, we will not only find practical solutions to implement, but will also look into the deeper issues. Exploring the practices and principles of overcoming mental and physical clutter will bring new perspectives, leading us to discover new ways to simplify our lives and clear our mental and physical space for renewed energy. Handouts will be provided. (A limited enrollment class)

ENCORE!! Audience Request

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-02-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

After twenty years of courses at the Women’s Institute, Dr. Bailey will retire after this semester. Her final class will be a compilation of “audience requests.” These six class topics include the following: • The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach • Four Centuries of Piano Concertos • Richard Wagner and "The Artwork of the Future" • Putting Music to Use (or "Music and the Brain", or Daniel J. Levitan’s The World in Six Songs) • Creating an American Sound (this will include references to folk music, country western, Broadway, and Hollywood film scores) • The Test of Time: Music from the second decade of seven centuries

THE THIRD COAST - Highlights of Public Art in Houston

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-02-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course offers a panoramic overview of public art in Houston, its commissioners and contributors. Students will learn how Houston became a vibrant metropolis, known as the Third Coast, and how and why public art is an essential part of the urban identity of the city. Highlights include art on campus at the University of Houston and Rice University, the city’s Civic Art Program at airports, parks and gardens, works for the newly built light rail stations, street art, and visionary art environments (the Orange Show, Smither Park, and the Beer Can House).

BEHIND THE HEADLINES A Discussion of International Events Shaping Our World

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Price: 275.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 08 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-02-08 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as the international terrorist threat; the frictions between Russia and the West; the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences; the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival; Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals; implications of the global economic situation for America; and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES A Discussion of International Events Shaping Our World

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Price: 275.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 08 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-02-08 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as the international terrorist threat; the frictions between Russia and the West; the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences; the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival; Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals; implications of the global economic situation for America; and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class

BEHIND THE HEADLINES A Discussion of International Events Shaping Our World

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Price: 275.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 10 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-02-10 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as the international terrorist threat; the frictions between Russia and the West; the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences; the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival; Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals; implications of the global economic situation for America; and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

FILMS THAT CHANGED AMERICA

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Price: 100.00 USD
0 Weeks

02 - 17 - 2017, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2017-02-17 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Marc Lapadula, playwright, screenwriter, and film historian, is an award-winning film producer and lecturer. Through the lens of his expertise, we will look at several truly outstanding films that have not only defined the era in which they were produced but have successfully transcended them. As Senior Lecturer at Yale University in the film studies program, Marc Lapadula has taught screenwriting seminars since 1992. As a playwright, he has produced his stage plays off-Broadway and elsewhere; they include Not by Name, Two Shakes, Men Like Us, Last Order, The Rains Change, Serial Killer, and In Uniform Thanksgiving. In addition to Yale University, Mr. Lapadula taught screenwriting, playwriting and film analysis courses at Johns Hopkins, the University of Pennsylvania (where he created and ran both universities’ screenwriting programs), and Columbia University Graduate Film School, and he led the screenwriting series at the Smithsonian Institution. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, studied Irish and English drama at Oxford University, received his M.A. from Malcolm Bradbury’s Creative Writing Workshop at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and earned an M.F.A. in playwriting from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

A WORLD OF WINE

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Price: 250.00 USD
4 Weeks

02 - 19 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM 2017-02-19 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

The world of wine has changed dramatically over the last 25 years. Today wonderful wines come from previously unknown sources. Competition and technology have led to unparalleled quality and superb values. Each class will begin with thirty minutes of background and continue with ninety minutes of tasting and discussion of eight to ten wines. Join us as we discover wine gems from around the world. In this series, we will focus on New World wines, particularly those from California, Oregon and Washington. As we look at wines from these regions, Mr. Keating will continue to demonstrate that quality and value are compatible. (A limited enrollment class)

COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL -From Drab to Fab – The Transforming Power of Color

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

02 - 19 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2017-02-19 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Are your rooms looking a little tired and drab? Then why not liven them up with color! Nothing changes a room more than an infusion of color. Unfortunately, most people are afraid of using color because they don’t know how to choose the right color, let alone how to use it effectively. The same thing goes for pattern. The good news is there are some simple guidelines that professional designers use for creating beautiful color schemes which you will learn in this color lecture. With knowledge and skill, color has the power to transform a room like nothing else. It can make a room feel tranquil and serene or active and vibrant. Traditional design relies heavily on certain color combinations, variations, and patterns in order to create an elegant, timeless look while contemporary design requires a more structured color approach in order to be effective. Come learn the secrets to utilizing color effectively and then unleash the transforming power of color in your own home. You will be able to take your rooms from drab to fab in no time.

EXPLORING EASTERN RELIGIONS

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Price: 225.00 USD
8 Weeks

03 - 06 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-03-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The so-called “eastern” religions offer a stark contrast, in many ways, to the dominant monotheisms of the “western world.” Ideas like karma, samsara, reincarnation, nirvana, flow, energy, and more present a very different view of reality and of human experience than is offered in the west. In this course, we will explore the central concepts of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto. Our goal is to not only understand both the basic histories and concepts of these traditions, but to grow in our appreciation of their unique contributions to the world’s religious landscape.

EXPLORING EASTERN RELIGIONS

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Price: 225.00 USD
8 Weeks

03 - 06 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-03-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The so-called “eastern” religions offer a stark contrast, in many ways, to the dominant monotheisms of the “western world.” Ideas like karma, samsara, reincarnation, nirvana, flow, energy, and more present a very different view of reality and of human experience than is offered in the west. In this course, we will explore the central concepts of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto. Our goal is to not only understand both the basic histories and concepts of these traditions, but to grow in our appreciation of their unique contributions to the world’s religious landscape.

iWORKSHOP, Part Two - Tips And Tricks For Apple Smart Phones And Tablets

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Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

03 - 06 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-03-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

With each passing day, we find ourselves in the midst of a smart-technology metamorphosis that promises to automate, organize, and simplify our lives as never before. How do we navigate through the multitudes of icons and apps to find the ones best for our needs? How can we enjoy the fun of downloading and using apps while simultaneously maintaining and ensuring our privacy? What are the best practices and settings we should know about? In this hands-on class, we will cut through the techno-noise to hone in on the must-have smartphone/tablet apps in every area, including travel, fitness, health care, personal productivity, finance, home management, and many other areas. While this class is a follow-up to iWorkshop Part 1, it can be also taken as a stand-alone class. Topics from the first class will be briefly reviewed so that everyone can move forward learning about their apps, settings, and more. Participants in this class are encouraged to bring their devices to class for our hands-on sessions. (A limited enrollment class)

THE REMODELING REVOLUTION

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 07 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-03-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Home remodeling is not what it used to be. Gone are the days when one could make simple, minor repairs to their home or merely replace a fixture or two. Today there are more choices, more selections and more design decisions than ever before. And, there is more pressure to “get it right” the first time. So, what are homeowners to do if they are not familiar with the remodeling process or knowledgeable about the latest products on the market? Taking this course is a big step in the right direction. In this course, lasting design styles will be studied as well as the latest finishes, paint colors, plumbing and light fixtures, surfacing materials, reclaimed materials, appliances, cabinetry, hardware, fireplace and staircase designs, windows and doors, smart home technology and much, much more. If it has been more than two decades since faucets were last changed and countertops and light fixtures last updated, then chances are your home isn’t keeping pace with the times, which seriously impacts its market value. Come learn how to begin a remodeling project and how to achieve a tasteful, timeless look for the home that will be loved and enjoyed for years to come.

PARADISE IN THE ATLANTIC - Madeira and the Azores Islands

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

03 - 12 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2017-03-12 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

The Portuguese islands of Madeira and the Azores have been called the “best-kept secrets in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean,” an “unspoiled paradise,” and “Europe’s answer to Hawaii.” Located more than 800 miles west of the European mainland, these volcanic islands were first discovered, and then settled, by Portuguese explorers in the 14th and 15th centuries (years before Columbus sailed for America). Protected by their isolation, the nine islands of the Azores retain much of their rugged and pristine beauty—the exposed tops of vast undersea mountains, located at the nexus of three tectonic plates—a world of smoking fumaroles and bubbling mud pots surrounded by blue lakes and green pastures—a UNESCO “beauty on earth.” Closer to the continental land masses, Madeira, and its capital of Funchal, was “discovered” anew by 19th century tourists from Britain. A visitor in 1825 waxed lyrical: “I should think the situation of Madeira the most enviable in the whole earth. It ensures European comfort with almost every tropical luxury”; which included, of course, its cornucopia of fine food and its famous namesake wine—all in the midst of “an exuberant botanical garden.” Come experience these tropical “paradises” on a gloomy March Sunday in Houston.

IMAGES OF THE CHILD IN PAINTING

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

03 - 19 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2017-03-19 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Anne Higonnet, art historian and author of “Pictures of Innocence: The History and Crisis of Ideal Childhood,” notes that early artistic images of children were portrayed as certain types, especially the Holy Child, adding, “prior to the 18th century, the concept of the child was as a small person born in sin.” What happened in the 18th century was a radical revision of that view—in other words, the invention of childhood as we generally understand it today. For such Enlightenment thinkers as Rousseau, children were naturally innocent and corrupted by society, a tabula rasa, printed upon by empirical experience, sensory impressions rather than innate ideas. The evidence for this change is clearly seen in the visual arts in paintings by Gainsborough, Hopper, and many others, and reaching its peak in the poetry and illustrations by William Blake and Wordsworth’s great poem of 1807, “Intimations of Immorality from Recollections of Early Childhood,” expressing the idea that childhood is a magical condition from which, as adults we are expelled, as if from Eden. This romantic view is modified in the 19th century with the introduction of photography, bringing both a new realism and a new idealism, most clearly seen in the images by Lewis Carroll. In this lecture, we will begin with a few images from the Renaissance to paintings in the 20th century, with many rarely seen works.

ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION - El Español Contemporáneo

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Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 20 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-03-20 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is designed for students who have completed prior Spanish classes at the Women’s Institute or who possess, in their estimation, an advanced command of the language. News articles from all over the Hispanic world will be used as main conversation topics. Idiomatic expressions not commonly found in text books will be introduced gradually. In addition, some grammar points rarely found in text books will be discussed and practiced. Differences between varients of Spanish will be analyzed and special emphasis will be placed on the Spanish spoken in Mexico. Class participants will be expected to purchase a DVD of a well-known Spanish-language film designated by Dr. Urrutibéheity. Segments of the film will be discussed during several class periods. (A limited enrollment class)

VICTORIAN FOODIES

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 20 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-03-20 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you long for a time when everybody displayed proper dining etiquette? Do you have a fondness for afternoon teas with scones and clotted cream? Have you ever wondered whether people really ate boiled calf’s head? If so, you won’t want to miss this literary feast. In this course, we will consume lavishly arrayed meals through a selection of Victorian books that take food very, very seriously. We will read and discuss nineteenth-century meal plans, recipes, table settings, and, of course, etiquette guides from an array of sources to piece together what it was really like to eat during the Victorian era. Some of our readings will discuss the impact of the British Corn Laws and Irish Potato Famine on working-class meals, while others will demonstrate how English tastes expanded along with their territorial acquisitions. All will be delightfully delicious. Your taste buds will be titillated as we discuss Alice’s compulsion to drink and eat whatever she’s told in Lewis Caroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; spicy delicacies from the British Empire in William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair; Miss Havisham’s failed wedding feasts in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations; the sensuous appetites in Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market”; as well as original recipes for soused mutton and plum pudding in Isabella Beeton’s Book of Household Management. (Note: I hope to satiate your desire to know which jam to serve alongside roast duck, though I can’t promise to solve the ever-vexing dilemma of whether to sit Aunt Mary next to the vicar or the duke.)

FROM STRESS TO SERENITY - Overcoming Obstacles to Peace-of-Mind

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Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

03 - 21 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-03-21 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Science tells us that stress causes illness, and that stress is a factor in many of our modern-day diseases. And yet, there are so many stress-causers around us: difficult people, worrisome projections about the future, issues from the past, feelings of fear, frustration, anger, guilt—all working to overwhelm us. In this class, using the perspectives of behavioral science, philosophy, wisdom traditions, and more, we will become aware of both the external and internal stressors in our lives, and we will learn specific techniques to begin to change our perspectives, and open up our mindsets. We will also discover remedies passed down from sages of multiple spiritual traditions that address our inner stresses. Through class discussion and specific techniques, we will actively understand how to overcome negative obstacles to peace-of-mind. We will learn how to access our inner serenity, and then understand how to abide in this peaceful aware state, in order to better handle stressful situations. We will explore ways we can change our current stressful thought patterns so that we may operate from a space in which we will be aware of all that arises for us in each moment. Most importantly, we will learn how to respond to the great invitation that life extends to us —to be part of the aliveness and poignancy of each present moment of our lives. Class materials provided. (A limited enrollment class)

FROM THE PLAINS OF CHAMPAGNE TO THE HILLS OF BURGUNDY History, Culture, Food and Wine in the Heart of France

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 21 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-03-21 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Renowned for their gastronomic and wine culture, the regions of Champagne and Burgundy are richly endowed with historic monuments and splendid museums. On this journey from the plains of Champagne to the hills of Burgundy, we will begin in the city of Reims with its magnificent Gothic cathedral, the site of royal coronations for over a thousand years. We will then travel to the Burgundian countryside where countless châteaux dot the countryside, from feudal fortresses perched on hilltops to elegant Renaissance-style palaces filled with paintings, tapestries, and antiques. We will discover the abbey of Cluny in southern Burgundy, a fountainhead of monasticism with a network of 1,500 dependent monasteries that stretched across Western Europe. Exploring Dijon, Burgundy’s capital, will be a delight for art lovers, history buffs, and gastronomes. Among the city’s many treasures are the ornate tombs of two dukes of the Valois dynasty, who were great collectors and patrons of art. We will complete our journey south of Dijon, where the fabled wine road of the Côte d’Or leads to Beaune, renowned for it’s spectacular 15th century charity hospital. Join us for this spectacular journey and exciting exploration of the heart of France.

ATTACHMENT AND RELATIONAL MORES - The Balance between Self-Actualization and Self-Sacrifice

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 22 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-03-22 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Many people have conflicts in the realm of intimacy because of fears of exploitation or abandonment, thereby blocking closeness and interfering with commitments to others. We will discuss patterns formed in childhood that interfere with intimacy, creating villainous, vicious cycles. We will explore the “discipline of love,” including the importance of self-love, in the face of others’ imperfect or improper behavior. In this series, we will examine the difficulties of holding onto oneself, while attempting to maintain a healthy marriage, rear a family, and pursue a career. We will examine the need in relationships to work through betrayals of all kinds in order to reach healthy levels of acceptance, understanding, and growth. Together we will define a good wife, a good mother, a good business partner and a good career, finding the balance between self-actualization and self-sacrifice.

RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 23 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-03-23 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course is a study of Russia’s 1917 revolutions, which overthrew a three-hundred-year-old dynasty and gave birth to the first-ever socialist state. Arguably, no other set of events had a greater impact on the history of the modern world; understanding the Russian Revolution is essential to understanding the world today. We will consider the events of 1917 in the context of the explosive social transformation and cultural creativity that characterized the first decades of the 20th century. In Russia, the period included three revolutions (1905, February 1917, and October 1917), and three wars (Russo-Japanese War, World War I, and the Russian Civil War). Turmoil and violence went hand-in-hand with utopian optimism in the future of humankind. We confront the history of the Russian Revolution through the works of revolutionaries, tsarist officials, poets, artists, and filmmakers who shaped the Russian revolutionary period. Besides this course, throughout the year in 2017 their will be a number of public cultural events taking place in Houston—concerts, plays, symposia, and lectures—marking the centennial of the Revolution.

THE ROARING TWENTIES - Part Two

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 23 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-03-23 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Jazz. Flappers. Speakeasies. Art Deco. The Harlem Renaissance. Widespread economic prosperity. The advent of the golden age of cinema. If we could time travel to any decade, we couldn’t do better than the 1920s. In the aftermath of World War I, the literature and culture of Europe and the U.S. erupted into frenzied expression. Historically, the success of women’s suffrage in 1919 and the flourishing of the Harlem Renaissance signaled new opportunities for women and African Americans. The 20s were about possibility, newness, change, and energy. Ironically, however, much of the literature to emerge from this time period reflects a different ethos. Iconic 20s novels like "The Great Gatsby", "Mrs. Dalloway", and "The Sun Also Rises" present war-torn characters and communities struggling with the loss of shared cultural values and the inability to locate moral and aesthetic meaning in traditional structures. In this class, we will investigate this 20s dialectic through the period’s novels, poetry, art, and history, questioning the relationships between the decade’s jubilancy, celebration, tumult, pessimism, and crash. Note: The material will be different in each class, so join us for one or both. We may have to put on our dancing shoes as we watch demonstrations of the Charleston, the Peabody, and Turkey Trot. Part Two: Renaissance, Humor, and The Great Depression - The Harlem Renaissance; Langston Hughes; Jazz; Ken Burns; Prohibition; Frederick Lewis Allen; Humor; The Crash; Anita Loos; Buster Keaton; The Great Depression; and Film

THE WORLD HISTORY OF IMPERIAL PLEASURE GARDENS

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 30 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-03-30 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Just as stone monuments were (and still are) constructed in an effort to awe and impress, the more ephemeral garden came to play a critical role in demonstrations of political identity and displays of cultural prowess. The impulse to create a garden has proven to be nearly universal throughout human history—produced by political and cultural elites, those who were able to craft an influential aesthetic vision or were wealthy and powerful enough to lay claim to large territories, command landscape architects, employ artists and engineers, commit vast sums of royal treasure and demand the labor of untold numbers of humble workmen. Garden history can be understood in many cases as political and imperial history, illustrating the degree to which the culture of designed landscape was used for creating, declaring, and reading social and political claims. In this class, while understanding the garden as art form and sacred space, we will focus closely on the relationship between landscape and power, in a globally-comparative context, emphasizing the complexity and dynamism of the imperial pleasure garden tradition. • Gardens of the Ancient World (Persia, Greece and Rome) • Gardens of Islamic Spain • Gardens of Central Asia and India • Gardens of China and Japan • Gardens of the Renaissance/ formal French gardens • English gardens and the Rise of the Public Park

THE Centennial of The Great Migration: How Six Million African Americans Transformed the US

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

04 - 09 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2017-04-09 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

The Great Migration (1917-1970) of more than six million African Americans out of the South to other regions of the United States is one of the most important, courageous, underreported yet consequential movements in our nation’s history. In search of true freedom, equality, education, and opportunity, those brave migrants—fleeing systemic racism, abuse, oppression, enforced poverty, and violence—transformed American culture, society, demographics, and politics in a multitude of ways, both tangible and intangible, short-term and long-term. Although many Americans do not learn about the Great Migration in their history classes, its centennial reminds us of just how far-reaching and long lasting the Migration’s legacy truly is.

INVESTING STRATEGIES In a Slowing Global Growth Environment

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Price: 165.00 USD
5 Weeks

04 - 18 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-04-18 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Investors are concerned about the contentious political environment, chaos in the Middle East, continuing terrorist attacks, and stagnant global growth. Bill Frisco, wealth advisor and certified financial planner, will give us the very latest information on the risks in the stock, bond, energy, and real estate markets and highlight successful strategies for income and capital appreciation. He will review strategies to help us reduce risk and volatility in our investment portfolio. In addition, he will review the results of the November elections for the Presidency, the Senate and the House, and analyze the impact on taxes, the economy, and the Supreme Court. The seminar is for investors with limited financial knowledge, as well as more experienced investors who wish to sharpen their skills. The seminar is conducted in a question and answer format to facilitate the learning of key financial concepts and strategies. Appropriate portfolios for those in retirement and those planning for retirement will be detailed and analyzed. <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><a href="http://wih.org">www.wih.org</a></span><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;">dfdfdfdfdfdf</span></div>

ACCESSORIZE YOUR WARDROBE

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

04 - 19 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-04-19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Accessories can make a basic outfit look updated and current. If you wonder what accessories are a MUST in your closet and how to wear all the jewelry, scarves, shoes, and handbags, this class is for you. We will review what to keep, toss, and how to wear these items in a modern way. Learn how to store and display your accessories so they are always available to you. Bring your accessories and questions to class, and be prepared to learn how to accessories like a pro!

“AND THE OSCAR GOES TO…” The Academy Award Contenders for Best Picture, 2017

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 01 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-05-01 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In 1929 a group of people gathered at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. For a $5 ticket, guests were treated to a private dinner and a fifteen-minute award ceremony. Fifteen statue, a statue a minute, were handed out. This small event constituted the first ever Academy Awards. Students in this six week course will not only screen five of the nine 2017 nominations for best picture, but they will also gain a newfound appreciation for, understanding of, and critical eye for the parameters and requirements for selecting best picture as set forth by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Students will learn the history of the Academy Awards, and they will view each nomination in full (or pre-selected segments) as if they too were on the AMPAS voting board. We will screen the following five movies in this course: • Arrival • Fences • La La Land • Moonlight • Lion We will also view selections from Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, and Manchester by the Sea. Note: We will not meet Memorial Day, May 29.

BASIC ITALIC CALLIGRAPHY

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 03 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-05-03 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class is designed for students with little or no previous experience in calligraphy. The Italic hand, also referred to a Chancery, developed in 15th century Italy and spread to Europe and England. It was originally created and used by the pontifical chancery. It is elegant, fluid, and often decorated. This is a six- week class that enables students to work correctly in the space and to be familiar with the tools of the trade. It begins with the lowercase letters, which cover pen angle, size and spacing; then moves to capitals, flourishing, and layout and design. Simple projects are introduced to give students a way to use and share their new calligraphic skills. Practice is encouraged between classes to get students comfortable with lettering. Once the students learn the broad edged pen, they move on to other hands such as Black Letter or an easier step, Romans.

HOW MUSIC MAKES THE MUSICAL: Broadway’s Top Tunes Examined

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 04 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-05-04 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The musical is a true American art form. On any Broadway stage serious drama meets popular song and both are better for the collaboration. What propels a musical to capture the imaginations of the country when the stories stretch from the French (or American) revolution to a nascent view of inner city violence? Well, the music, of course! Music is a powerful force illuminating the inner struggles of characters on stage and allowing the audience to engage with the story on a deeper level. In this course, we will examine some of the top musicals in the last 100 years and investigate exactly how the music makes the audience care. • "My Fair Lady"—The Inner Workings of a Man’s Mind, Writ Large • "West Side Story"—Shakespeare’s Tragedy and Gang Violence • "Chorus Line"—Bit Players Take Center Stage • "Hamilton"—Hip Hop as (American) Revolution

THE BIG LIE

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Price: 75.00 USD
0 Weeks

05 - 05 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-05-05 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wouldn’t it be great if one could conveniently discover a new holy book supporting just the reforms one wants to make, get a prophet to declare it is God’s own blueprint, and turn it into the law of the land? In this two session class, students will see how an ancient king of Mesopotamia legitimized his reign, how an ancient king of Israel sold his accession to the throne, how statues were used to bring gods to life, how gods were used to enable commoners to become pharaohs, and how tables were inscribed with advertising making kings sound better than any truth could. One could call this the ancient use of lack of transparency, or just label it “The Big Lie.” Archaeology and critical study demonstrate how priests and rulers in ancient times massaged the truth, exaggerated here and there, and sometimes relied on what has recently been dubbed “alternative facts.” Come back in time to explore the age-old tendency of those in power to stretch the truth for their own purposes. It’s astounding and revealing, amusing and amazing; and the truth is, it’s the real stuff of ancient history (or perhaps all history). You just can’t make this stuff up. (Note: The Friday Lecture, May 5, will be from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 and the Sunday Lecture, May 7, will be from 4:00 - 5:30)

A BOOK THAT INFLUENCED MY LIFE: Presented by Four of our Favorite Professors

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Price: 175.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 08 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-05-08 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

All of us have read a book that changed us, made us think about the world differently, impacted who we were or who we were becoming—a book that would not leave us—a book that continues to influence our lives. In this exciting class, four of our favorite professors will give a single lecture and share “their” book with us. You will not want to miss these dynamic lectures—they could influence your life. Jill Carroll - May 8 Fernando Casas - May 15 Terrence Doody - May 22 David Brauer - June 5 Note: The class will skip May 29 for Memorial Day.

MAH JONGG

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Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 09 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-05-09 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is designed to teach the basic rules and skills of Mah Jongg, a game that originated in China, dating back to the time of Confucius. To this day, it remains the most popular game in Asia. Mah Jongg is a fascinating rummy-like game, combining skill and luck, played with tiles rather than cards. There are several versions of the game, including American Mah Jongg and Chinese Mah Jongg. We will learn the American version. It uses a card of standard hands, which is published by the National Mah Jongg League in NYC and changes every year. The card tells exactly what combination of tiles is needed to win. The Mah Jongg set will be provided, but each student will have to purchase a Mah Jongg card. One can be purchased for $8.00 from the National Mah Jongg League 212-246-3052 or from Where The Winds Blow 281-578-7571.

WHITMAN & DICKINSON

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 09 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-05-09 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

American literature would not be what it is today without the distinctive styles and influences of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, the first great American poets. Whitman and Dickinson figure in the US cultural memory in competing and often oversimplified ways: one as an enigmatic recluse who went unrecognized during her lifetime for her intimate examinations of the soul’s inner landscapes; the other as a lurid worshiper of the sensuous physical world and a gregarious champion of American democracy. Whitman’s amplitude and Dickinson’s compression make them an ideal pair for studying a full range of poetic possibility. Together we will read some of their most iconic poems, focusing on their respective attitudes about nature, death, friendship, sex, selfhood, and the soul. We will also learn about their publication and reception histories, and discuss their imprint on subsequent generations. For the last week of class, students will be invited to memorize one poem and to write one poem in response to our readings.

TIME TRAVEL NARRATIVES

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 10 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-05-10 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Since H. G. Wells’ influential novella, "The Time Machine" (1895), Western culture has been obsessed with the possibilities of time travel—a creative and scientific venture that was further inspired by the popularization of Albert Einstein’s work on relativity in the early twentieth century. Since then, time travel narratives have developed into stories enthralled by paradox. These narratives delight in confronting the mind-boggling possibilities of logical impossibilities and the potentially disastrous consequences of temporal tourism. In this course, we will investigate a lineage of time travel narratives, from "The Time Machine" to Audrey Niffenegger’s "The Time Traveler’s Wife" (2003), focusing on novels and short stories. Nonfiction excerpts from Einstein’s "Relativity", Hawking’s "A Briefer History of Time", and J. Richard Gott’s "Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe" will also be read in order to gain a general understanding of the science of time.

PARTON AND POLITICAL PUNDITS IN: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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Price: 35.00 USD
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05 - 14 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2017-05-14 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Back by popular demand, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" will be making a triumphant return to the WIH classroom. This lecture will focus on the political and social history of the film, while encouraging reading the film through a political lens. In the current political upheaval, rampant accusations of corruption, and conflated sexual affairs mixed with political scandal, "The Best Little Whorehouse" offers a regional take on the political system. We will explore the history of the Chicken Ranch and its complicated relationship with Texas politics, the history of the famous Parton film and stage productions, and the regional flavor of a certain brand of political corruption (it’s BBQ flavored in case you didn’t know). Come prepared to laugh, dance, and squirm in your seats at the uncomfortable intersection of scandal and sex in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." As Dolly Parton might say, “Ya’ll (will wanna) come back now, ya hear?”

SIX GREAT AND VERY DIFFERENT PLAYS

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 18 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-05-18 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

We begin with Aeschylus’s "Agamemnon", an early tragedy with few characters and much spectacle. In week two, we will examine Brecht’s "Mother Courage and Her Children", a war play which Brecht terms “epic theater.” Oscar Wilde’s comedy, "The Importance of Being Earnest" may be the funniest serious play ever written. It is used by Tom Stoppard as a basis of his "Travesties", in which James Joyce and Vladimir Lenin “debate” the relationship between art and politics. We will read both of these plays for the third class. August Wilson’s "Joe Turner’s Come and Gone" is what one critic calls “a ghost play” about the long legacy of slavery in America. Then, in the fifth week, we will follow Joe Turner with "Millennium Approaches" as well as the first part of Tony Kushner’s "Angels in America". If there is a modern play that can match "Agamemnon" in spectacle, "Angels in America" is it. The second part of "Perestroika" will be the final class.

TAKING GREAT PHOTOS: Sharing and Organizing Using the iPhone/iPad Camera and Photos Apps

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

06 - 01 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-06-01 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Two of the most often-used features of iPhones and iPads are the Camera and the Photos app. The smartphone’s camera is very sophisticated and can result in some very professional-looking photos. However, there are so many fun, yet powerful, camera options people don’t know about which offer a lot more options when taking pictures, and can improve the quality of photos exponentially. In this course, students will learn the art and science of taking great photos with the iPhone/iPad in the Camera app, and also include time-honored photography principles that can take photos to the next level. We will cover in detail how to share, store, transfer, organize, and edit these photos in the Photos app. We will learn about using HDR (High Dynamic Range), Time lapse, Panoramic mode, Burst mode, and filters, as well as explore fun photo apps for the camera. By the end of this class, students will have learned everything they ever wanted to know about how to unlock the potential of their camera and confidently organize and share their photos.

BREAKTHROUGH TO CREATIVITY

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Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

06 - 07 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-06-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Experienced and novice writers alike know the wall—the myriad details of life, the fear of not having the precise words, and the fear that the precise words will alter one’s life in unexpected ways. Despite the blocks to creativity, many of us push on in search of ways to relay the unique meanings and experiences we have to convey. This course focuses on specific approaches to break through the wall and hone our creative abilities. Participants will read selected poems, stories, and essays and write both in class and out of class. The instructor will write comments on one piece of each participant’s writing every week. If available, please bring an example of your writing to the first session.

50 YEARS OF THE BRITISH COUNTRY HOUSE: A Personal Experience

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Price: 150.00 USD
2 Weeks

06 - 12 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-06-12 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

My initial experience with the British country house was in the summer of 1970, when I was fortunate enough to spend three weeks visiting several of the most famous examples. I even spent one of those weeks living in one of them, an extraordinary experience in its own right. Since then, over the past five decades, my wife and I have visited at least 200 country houses in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The whole “business” of the British country house has changed markedly since the 1970s. There are many more important houses now accessible, and the presentation and amenities have improved noticeably. The most famous houses are often owned and shown under the auspices of the various national trusts or other heritage organizations; however, some of the most exceptional are often lesser-known houses with extraordinary collections still in situ. While there have been some highly publicized and unfortunate content sales in recent years, it is not an exaggeration to state that the British country houses still hold some of the greatest collections of the fine and decorative arts ever assembled. This four-session course will look at many varied aspects of the British Country House. In addition, it will be based on the personal experiences of 50 wonderful years of exploring, visiting and being entertained and amazed. (Note: This is a 4 session class that will meet within a two-week time frame on Mondays and Wednesdays: June 12, June 14, June 19, June 21)

AUGUSTE RODIN AND MODERN SCULPTURE

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 05 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-09-05 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This year, 2017, marks the centennial of Auguste Rodin’s death. Acclaimed as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo, Rodin renewed the ancient art of sculpture, boldly bringing it into the 20th century. In this course, students will engage in Rodin’s fascinating artistic career, initially full of rejections, controversies, and scandals—which he managed to transform into international successes. We will examine how Rodin interacted with his contemporaries, how he responded to the values and ideas of the culture of his time, and why the origins of modern sculpture are traced to him.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: A Discussion of International Events

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Price: 300.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 05 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-09-05 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as the international terrorist threat; the frictions between Russia and the West; the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences; the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival; Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals; implications of the global economic situation for America; and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: A Discussion of International Events

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Price: 300.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 05 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-09-05 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as the international terrorist threat; the frictions between Russia and the West; the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences; the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival; Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals; implications of the global economic situation for America; and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

HOW TO MAKE ABSTRACT ART

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Price: 250.00 USD
4 Weeks

09 - 05 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM 2017-09-05 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Put your landscapes and still life painting aside for a short while and learn how to set up and paint abstract art with educator and abstract painter, Shiela Lipkin. The principles and ideas will be presented in the first class as well as how to set up your first abstract painting. In the remainder of the classes, new ideas for making the art will be presented as well as critiques and discussions of the paintings. All media welcome and only odorless mediums can be used with those who paint with oils. Please bring paints, palettes, and 12x12 or 11x14 canvases to start. (A limited enrollment class)

KEYS TO ENJOYING THE WRITER'S ART: Literary Romps & Productive Pauses

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Price: 325.00 USD
0 Weeks

09 - 05 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-09-05 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class will meet the first Tuesday of the month, 6 sessions. September 5, 2017: Don’t be Afraid of Poetry—You'll learn the insiders secrets to unlocking meaning from a poem's short lines, unpredictable words, and fascinating images. What's more you may even realize you like poetry! October 3, 2017: How to Tell a Story—Unlock the crucial difference between telling a story orally vs. in writing, and pick up those important little tricks to engaging listeners and readers as you tell those stories that mean the most to you. November 7, 2017: Images in Writing—Why do some images stay in your mind for decades while others simply float away into nothingness? Enjoy this cross-cultural romp through writing that has created enduring images to fire imaginations. Enjoy sharing your own appreciation of various written images you’ve encountered throughout your life. February 6, 2018: Is it Humorous? Or Merely Funny?—Are you a raconteur or a rake? A silly-billy or a jokester? Do you deliver the punch line for a joke with aplomb or with an apology? Let’s look at the fiddle-faddle and hootchie-ma-coo of oral and written humor. March 6, 2018: Writing Your Memories: How to do it with Verve—We want to leave behind our hard-won wisdom and precious memories, don’t we? Learn the writer’s tricks that will elevate your ability to say what you want to say and focus on what’s important in your story. April 3, 2018: Circling Back to Poetry: How to Use Poetic Craft in Prose— We will look at inspiring examples of great prose written using poetry’s greatest “tricks” to create enduring stories, characters, and places. (A limited enrollment class)

MORE ROMANTIC COMEDIES

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 05 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-09-05 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

After an interlude of a year, we will return to my favorite film form: romantic comedies. This semester we will focus on movies made in the thirties and early forties, often in the slapstick tradition of Bringing Up Baby, a film we examined last year. The movies include "It Happened One Night", starring Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable, the first movie (and one of only three) to win all five of the major Academy Awards—best film, director, actor, actress, and film-script. The second movie is "His Girl Friday", one of my favorite romantic comedies because it combines a love story with a murder plot and an ending not unlike the one in "The Philadelphia Story" with stars Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. In "The Awful Truth", both Cary Grant and Irene Dunne spend much of their time trying to spoil the other’s plans for remarriage. If there is time, we will examine "Adam’s Rib", a great Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn comedy in which Tracy and Hepburn play a married couple opposing one another in a murder trial. To provide change-of-pace from these films, we will discuss more recent romantic comedies like "Sabrina" (the newer version), "Moonstruck" (for which both Cher and Olympia Dukakis won Academy Awards), and "One Fine Day", starring Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: A Discussion of International Events

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Price: 300.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 06 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-09-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as the international terrorist threat; the frictions between Russia and the West; the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences; the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival; Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals; implications of the global economic situation for America; and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: A Discussion of International Events

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Price: 300.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 06 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-09-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as the international terrorist threat; the frictions between Russia and the West; the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences; the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival; Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals; implications of the global economic situation for America; and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

BREATHROUGH TO CREATIVITY

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Price: 425.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 06 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-09-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Experienced and novice writers alike know the wall—the myriad details of life, the fear of not having the precise words, and the fear that the precise words will alter one’s life in unexpected ways. Despite the blocks to creativity, many of us push on in search of ways to relay the unique meanings and experiences we have to convey. This course focuses on specific approaches to break through the wall and hone our creative abilities. Participants will read selected poems, stories, and essays and write both in class and out of class. The instructor will write comments on one piece of each participant’s writing every week. If available, please bring an example of your writing to the first session. (A limited enrollment class)

CONTEMPORARY WOMEN'S FICTION

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 06 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-09-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Women have been writing up a storm in the twenty-first century, sharing ideas, sufferings, and joys with their increasingly diverse audiences. Contemporary Women’s Fiction explores some of these current literary trends in women’s writing, seeking to identify shared threads of experience, style, and thematic approach in a diverse and interesting set of texts from the twenty-first century. What are some of the common stakes and interests in contemporary women’s authorship? How do differences in nationality, race, and religion shape women’s experiences? In this course, we will read novels (including one memoir) by American, Canadian, British, Nigerian, and Iranian female authors, plotting a map of women’s contemporary expression. Course texts, in order: • Ann Patchett, "Bel Canto" (2001) Extra Credit: United States vs. Hearst (trial transcript) • Zadie Smith, "White Teeth" (2000) • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, "Half of a Yellow Sun" (2006) Extra Credit: Adichie’s TED Talk, “We Should All Be Feminists” • Azar Nafisi, "Reading Lolita in Tehran" (2013) • Margaret Atwood, "Hag-Seed" (2016) Extra Credit: Shakespeare, "The Tempest" • Louise Erdrich, "LaRose" (2016)

LIVING THE STORIED LIFE: How Life's Narratives Influence Our Identity

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Price: 500.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 06 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-09-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How is it that we become who we are? We are partially the culmination of our parents’ and grandparents’ stories, the stories perpetuated by our cultural heritage, and we are also constructed out of the stories told about us even before we were born. This seminar will examine the influence of the stories of our lives, those we have heard and those we tell. We will discuss the universal stories that unite us all as human beings and the very personal, individual stories that make us each unique. Students will be expected to engage actively in the sharing of their own life narratives and in discussion of the over-arching themes that bring us all together in a shared humanity. (A limited enrollment class)

DEPICTIONS OF THE NATURAL WORLD IN MUSIC

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 07 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-09-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

From torrential downpours to quiet walks in the garden, generations of composers have been inspired by Mother Nature in all her forms. Oboes become ducks, flutes become birds, the timpani rolls thunder, cymbals crash with lightening, and the plucking of stings becomes the patter of rain all in service of composers trying to capture a snapshot of nature to bring into the concert hall. This class will examine a wide range of masterpieces created in honor or fear of the natural world, including Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral,” Mendelssohn’s tone poem "The Hebrides", Britten’s "Sea Interludes", Grofe’s "Grand Canyon Suite", Strauss Jr. "Thunder and Lightning Polka", and more. Don't forget your galoshes!

EGYPT'S GREATEST PHARAOHS

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 07 - 2017, 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM 2017-09-07 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Egypt was antiquity's antiquity. Put another way, we are closer in time to Cleopatra VII, the last of the pharaohs, than she was to the building of the Great Pyramid. Against the backdrop of this vast time scale, we will examine the stories of eight of Egypt's greatest rulers—including two extraordinary ancient women—beginning with the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt in the Early Dynastic Period and ending with the irresistible ambitions of Cambyses II of Persia, Alexander the Great, and Caesar Augustus, each of whom added Egypt to his world empire. Along this 3,000-year journey we will learn about art and architecture, mythology and religion, decisive battles, palace intrigues, burial practices, literary masterpieces, the science of modern Egyptology, and the decipherment of the Rosetta Stone. We will consider the impact and meaning of Egyptian civilization to later observers, from the Hebrew Bible and Plato to Shakespeare and Freud.

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH

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Price: 350.00 USD
7 Weeks

09 - 07 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-09-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class is a continuation of the beginning level Spanish classes. Professor Victoria Arbizu-Sabater´s teaching method will be very similar to that of Level I. The language materials used are part of a new series authored by Dr. Urrutibéheity titled "El Español Actual" (Today´s Spanish). Intensive speaking practice continues to be the main feature of each class. Participants are encouraged to express themselves in the foreign language and progress at their own pace. The grammatical structure of spoken Spanish is given more emphasis than in the preceding level. Special pronunciation and grammatical contrasts will be discussed. Participants will be given CDs with the contents of each lesson. They will be expected to do written exercises to reinforce the learning of new vocabulary and structures. (A limited enrollment class)

SHAKESPEARE: From Page to Stage

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 07 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-09-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class will draw heavily from Kate’s collection of video tapes, especially those made by the BBC in the 1980’s called "Playing Shakespeare". Hosted by John Barton, these tapes are a series of master classes showing John working with great actors on how to bring the Shakespeare texts to life. The actors include Patrick Stewart, David Suchet (of Poirot fame), Peggy Ashcroft, Ian McKellen, and other great 20th century British actors. Films of Shakespearean plays will illuminate the vocal and acting techniques illustrated in the master classes: Olivier’s "Henry V", "Richard III", "Othello", "King Lear" and "Merchant of Venice"; Branagh’s "Henry V", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Hamlet", and "Love’s Labour’s Lost"; McKellen’s "Richard III", Derek Jacobi’s "Richard II" all will be seen as examples of the art of Shakespearean acting. Students are encouraged to buy a copy of John Barton’s "Playing Shakespeare", the book which accompanies the video tapes.

THE HEALING POWER OF THE MIND: An Energy Revolution

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Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

09 - 07 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-09-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Energy—it seems we never have enough of it. Without it, we can find ourselves depressed, weakened, and vulnerable to illness. However, new scientific findings have confirmed that many ancient (and once secret) healing systems from the East have been able to increase energy, improve health, slow/reverse aging, and even produce miracles like spontaneous cancer remissions. From the proven efficacy of acupuncture, acupressure, tai chi, qi gong, yoga, Reiki, therapeutic/healing touch, and more, we are learning that there are underlying, though invisible, energy systems in each of us that affect us, and which can be harnessed for better health and energy. To explore these energy systems, we will look at the tenets of Chinese Medicine and the Meridian system, a structure of hidden energy channels mapped by the Taoists more than 5,000 years ago, and still followed by acupuncture and acupressure specialists today. This powerful and confounding healing system (e.g. why a needle at the top of the foot fixes chronic migraines) has recently been correlated scientifically to connections between underlying fascial tissue. We will also learn about the similar Chakra system, mapped and described thousands of years ago within the Hindu tradition, which operates to this day as a key component in the physical and spiritual discipline of different types of yoga. We will examine where modern medicine, ancient Eastern medical principles, and the discoveries of Quantum Physics have begun to intersect with spirituality and the somatic sciences, leading to more effective holistic treatment. By exploring time-honored principles and learning actual practices, we will work with our own personal energy fields to directly experience the results that take place when we take charge of our energy and our health.

THE NOVEL MOVES TO MODERNITY

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 07 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-09-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

George Eliot’s "Middlemarch", Tolstoy’s "Anna Karenina", and Henry James’s "The Portrait of a Lady" all have historically appropriate heroines but very different narrative styles. Eliot often seems to write from a pulpit, issuing judgments commensurate with our sense of Victorian morality. Tolstoy’s alternation of relatively short chapters and his belief that our behavior is more physiological than international gives his narrative the difficult feeling that cause and effect are sometimes hardly related, which makes morality problematic. James is as impersonal as a nineteenth-century narrator can be. His characters sometimes seem opaque within their own consciousness and we are left on our own to make any final judgments. James’s ending is quite open; Eliot’s is firmly closed; and Tolstoy’s are both. And this tells the story of the nineteenth century novel’s turn to modernism. All three novels come in Penguin editions. We will start with Eliot.

BEGINNING SPANISH II

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Price: 350.00 USD
7 Weeks

09 - 08 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-09-08 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is a continuation of Beginning Spanish I. The emphasis of this class is not on how much is “covered,” but on the internalization of that introduced in class, keeping in mind the fact that learning a second language in a non-immersion environment is a gradual process. The progress of the class will not be determined by the instructor but by the progress of the group. Students will be provided with CDs for each of the lessons introduced in class that correspond to the textbook lessons in "El Español Actual" (2016 edition), authored by Dr. Hector Urrutibéheity, and which can be purchased at Copy.com at 1201 Westheimer. (A limited enrollment class)

THE TRIUMPH OF AMERICAN PAINTING

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 08 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-09-08 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this course we will trace the developments in modern art that emerged in America during and after World War II. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of Abstract Expressionism in New York, which shifted the center of modernism from Paris. Radical artists such as Gorky, de Kooning, Pollock, Rothko, Newman, and Motherwell will be examined. Many unusual examples of these artists’ works will be included.

WOMEN IN THE AMERICAN WEST

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 08 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-09-08 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

When we think of the American West, we tend to envision tough, independent, standoffish men, such as sheriffs and outlaws, cowboys and ranchers, roaming across wild desert and mountain landscapes on horseback. Where do women reside in our collective imagination of such a West? Usually, they are being rescued by these men or are assigned the task of taming these frontier landscapes from within the built space of the home. In this class, we will be examining the hardships, hopes, and homes of the “American West” through the eyes, voices, and memories of women. To this end, we will study one film, memoirs, biographical fiction, and poetry—for how they create and complicate our ideas of the nineteenth-century and present-day West. Women in the West have always been a formidable force for personal and social change. Texts include Helena Maria Viramontes’s Under the Feet of Jesus (1995), Sandra Day O’Connor’s Lazy B (2002), Leslie Marmon Silko’s The Turquoise Ledge (2010), Liz Stephens’s The Days Are Gods (2013), and The Homesman (2014), a film starring Hilary Swank and directed by Tommy Lee Jones.

100 YEARS OF TEXAS ART

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Price: 225.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 11 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-09-11 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

"Though newcomers from New York and California like to think they've brought cosmopolitanism to Texas, the evidence continues to mount that our state was a full participant in the twentieth century.” – Texas Monthly, 2014 What is Texas art? In recent years, Texas has gained recognition for its extraordinarily rich artistic and cultural environment. From the earliest days of settlement, artistic activity has been pivotal to Texas cultural life. Increasingly, a vast range of art centers, major museums, local arts organizations, and community centers recognize the invaluable artistic contributions made within the state. Museum catalogs, academic scholarship, and media attention continue to raise the profile of Texas art. In this course, we will explore the development of visual arts in Texas. We will conduct an examination of art movements, artists, and major works, exhibiting a broad range of artistic techniques from its earliest incarnations through the mid-twentieth century. Throughout the course, Early Texas Art and Texas Modernism will be discussed in the context of other local regional art movements, both in the United States and internationally. The course will be broken into three classroom seminars covering Texas Impressionism, Lone Star Regionalism, Modernism, and Contemporary, which will be followed by two field visits to prominent collections of Texas art in both private and public collections in the Houston area. (Limited to 25 students)

BEGINNING SPANISH I

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Price: 350.00 USD
7 Weeks

09 - 11 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-09-11 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is intended for students who have had little or no previous Spanish. The emphasis of this class is not on how much is “covered,” but on the internalization of that introduced in class, keeping in mind the fact that learning a second language in a non-immersion environment is a gradual process. The progress of the class will not be determined by the instructor but by the progress of the group. Students will be provided with CDs for each of the lessons introduced in class that correspond to the textbook lessons in "El Español Actual" (2016 edition), authored by Dr. Hector Urrutibéheity. This textbook can be purchased at Copy.com at 1201 Westheimer. (A limited enrollment class)

iWORKSHOP FOR YOUR iPHONES, iPADS, AND APPS

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Price: 275.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 11 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-09-11 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class starts with the basics and covers everything from how to navigate and work with settings, organize our screen, locate hidden features, and use the camera. New iPhones are coming out, and the operating system (iOS) has updated, bringing many new features that even seasoned users need to know about. We will go over the latest changes and the glitches we may encounter using certain features or upgrading. We will also learn the essential apps to unleash the power of our devices, and make our lives easier. What are the best practices and settings we should know about? How can we make our devices so that they best serve our customized needs? This class covers all of that and more. Participants in this class are encouraged to bring their devices to class where we will have hands-on sessions exploring the latest and greatest tips, tricks, and apps for our mobile devices. Questions and answers are part of this workshop. (A limited enrollment class)

LEGENDARY DIRECTORS AND FILM AS THEIR ART

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 11 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-09-11 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this two-part course, we will examine six legendary directors and their most iconic films, seeking to understand the films as the product of each of their singular artistic visions. Fall’s session will include films by Francois Truffaut, Steven Spielberg, and Stanley Kubrick. Spring's session will include the films of Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, and Martin Scorsese. Throughout the course, students will learn basic film theory and see how understanding directors of films as analogous to the authors of literature came to be the dominant paradigm in film analysis. In analyzing the work of major movie directors, we will define individual director’s directorial style and cinematic themes as well as determine what makes an influential director. We will consider these directors’ legacies and influence on the film industry. Students will leave the course with an understanding of how directors combine all elements of movie making (screenplay writing, cinematography, editing, sound, and managing actors’/actresses’ performances) to convey their own artistic ideas.

POLITICS, RELIGION, & ETHNICITY: EL GRECO, VELAZQUEZ, GOYA, & PICAS

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 11 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-09-11 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The lives of these four great artists span five centuries of Spanish history, a history fraught with the intense conflicts and passions aroused by the intermingling forces of religion, ethnicity, and politics. These artists are extraordinary not only because of the aesthetic quality of their work, but also because each elevates his artistry: first, by criticizing the very framework of power, ethnicity and religion that sustains him and second, by articulating in his art an elevated ethical stance from where the criticism has been issued. With the exception of Picasso, we shall see how these criticisms appear, understandably, under a variety of artful disguises making them difficult to detect to most of their contemporaries, which become readily apparent in hindsight. Finally, we shall see how in spite of these similarities, these four artists give us strikingly different portrayals of our humanity—of what kind of beings we are and rather similar portrayals of what kind of beings we should aspire to be.

TAMBURLAINE'S LEGACY: The Ottoman Empire & Europe

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Price: 225.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 11 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-09-11 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

“Now shalt thou feel the force of Turkish arms Which lately made all Europe quake for fear.” So spoke the Emperor Bajazeth in Christopher Marlowe’s Elizabethan poem, "Tamburlaine" (1587), an observation accepted by most Europeans. The Ottoman Army was the largest in Europe, its Navy ruled the shipping lanes of the Eastern Mediterranean, and its capital Istanbul was five times the size of Paris. At its height the Empire extended from the Middle East and North Africa to Greece, the Balkans, and Central Europe to the very gates of Vienna. In the words of a 17th century historian, the Ottomans accept “no other limits than the uttermost bounds of the earth,” and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V ranked the Ottoman Turks as a far greater threat to Christianity than Martin Luther. If the Ottomans and its emperors were dangerous threats, they were equally the object of admiration and fantasy, and Europeans found themselves eager to establish trading and diplomatic relations with them. Travelers and merchants were inevitably drawn toward Ottoman lands by their fascination with the Orient and the lure of profits: new goods such as pottery, carpets, silks, fashion, and art as well as new words such as candy, sugar, turquoise, tulips, and Shakespeare’s Othello. This course will examine the Ottoman Empire and its influence from its origin in the 13th century through its destruction on the battlefields of the First World War, an event that gave birth to much of the unstable Middle East

ART AND WAR

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

09 - 12 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM 2017-09-12 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Since European commemorations of the First World War’s centennial are in their final year and our nation is engaged in seemingly unending conflict today, it is particularly relevant to take a close look at the ways in which the arts not only have been employed by governments to propagandize, but have been embraced by professional artists and ordinary citizens alike to defy, bear witness to and sustain our humanity. The well-known British artist David Bomberg wrote, “World War I was bad news for the arts.” And, for the most part, historians and art historians still largely believe that not only did the First World War destroy more than it created, but that war, more generally, has been – and is – inhospitable rather than conducive to serious cultural activity. Students will spend four rich, and hopefully enriching, classes debunking such assertions. Utilizing a wide framework to define “the arts” (painting, collage, graffiti, lithography, women’s wartime and postwar self-fashioning, soldiers’ art, and often contentious war memorials), this course will focus on “art and war” on conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries. In this thought provoking class, students will examine the ways in which human beings try to make sense of war and its grievous consequences through the arts. Students will also be introduced to images from an extraordinary collection of art created by ordinary soldiers in the trenches—an exhibit curated by Dr. Guenther that has traveled to multiple cities in Europe, Houston and Washington, D.C.

DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE

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Price: 275.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 12 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM 2017-09-12 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

We all know who they are: family, friends, colleagues, and "frenemies" who tend to disrupt our realities and make us second-guess ourselves so much so that we end up scratching our heads or fuming every time we interact with them. In this class, we will develop a new understanding of these “crazy-makers” in our lives. These difficult and often hard-to-understand personality types can draw us into unwanted drama, drain our energy, and cause us tremendous stress which continues long after our interactions with them. We will learn new ways of dealing with difficult people and with difficult, stressful situations. Through class exercises, discussions, handouts, techniques and more, we will examine difficult people and situations using psychological, sociological, genetic, spiritual, and other perspectives. We will also examine our own thought patterns in relation to these kinds of stresses. We will learn powerful processes that can positively promote our health and well-being, and as a result, we will be able to handle these difficult people and situations to the point that they won't affect us. We will examine the habits of a lifetime of repeated patterns and thinking that create our conscious experience and distract us from our own true nature. We will come to see that by changing our consciousness, we can change our world. (A limited enrollment class)

MEDITATION ON THE NATURE OF BEAUTY

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Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

09 - 12 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM 2017-09-12 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

From the Greeks to the present day, the preoccupation with beauty has been constant in western thought, influencing our ideas and attitudes from relationships to art. As often as not, we disagree with others as to what beauty is. One of the many things we learn from art history is that things once considered “beautiful” no longer are, and that other things reviled as “ugly” are now considered beautiful—demonstrating that ideas about beauty change and evolve. In our own lifetime, certain images have taken on the status of “classics,” like The Mona Lisa. Yet, even here, there is no absolute opinion. It is unlikely that there is agreement as to the beauty of this or that object or image. Rather, there are vastly different responses to a wide variety of visual experiences. This course will use the visual arts as our guideline, focusing on why we find one image more meaningful than another. We shall compare many works of art, perhaps to show ways of clarifying for ourselves this mysterious subject of beauty.

THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY IN ITS FIRST YEAR

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 13 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-09-13 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

On November 8, 2016 Donald Trump scored one of the greatest political upsets in American electoral history. As we approach the anniversary of that victory, it is a good time to take stock of how our oldest elected president is faring. Has he begun draining the Washington swamp? Has he changed the direction of public policy, secured his judicial appointments, regained his political footing after a very rocky start, managed the nation's challenges abroad, and has he dealt with the unexpected crises that plague every White House? We'll endeavor to answer these and other questions about the 45th president of the United States as he approaches the end of his first year in office. His tenure has certainly been entertaining, but we should be getting a good idea of how his effort to transform the American political system is likely to work or fail.

SHATTERING THE GLASS CEILING FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

09 - 17 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2017-09-17 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

As we age, we can easily imagine a better quality of life but we can also feel as if we are bumping up against something that makes it harder than ever to get there. In the past thirty years, there has been a dramatic spike in lifestyle-related diseases that are alarming in scope and staggering in cost. Many people, even some scientists and health researchers, remain deeply skeptical that we’ll find a solution to the problems of chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, some cancers, and cognitive decline. This is because they have been looking in the wrong places, and may not appreciate that historically, science often leads to unexpected breakthroughs that can radically change everything. People talk about how they are stuck with slow metabolism, bad genes, and that it is too late to change for the better. However, in many ways, our future health and well-being probably depends much more on what we do in the next year than in the past. For example, current research shows anyone (regardless of weight and age) can significantly accelerate fat and glucose metabolism with low effort. Even the activity of key genes for healthy aging can be switched on after living a sedentary life. What if we could work together to find and deliver real-world solutions, which would improve our quality of life and help those we love? Our research team at the new center at the University of Houston is more optimistic than ever solutions are close at hand. Learn about the latest research and breakthrough discoveries and what they can mean for your health. Learn some important ways you can participate in the pioneering changes in Houston and beyond, so that together we can shatter the presumptive barriers preventing us from achieving better health.

Warsaw & Krakow: A Tale of Two Polish Cities

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

09 - 24 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2017-09-24 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Krakow and Warsaw are not as high on the Eastern European visitor list as their neighbors, Prague and Budapest. Yet both cities have myriad historic and scenic attractions that make a visit well worthwhile and surprisingly enjoyable as well. Krakow, mostly spared damage in World War II, is the best known to visitors today, with its vibrant Old Town and scenic Wawel Castle overlooking the Vistula River. But Warsaw, virtually destroyed in the war, is a surprisingly interesting and attractive city, full of ancient churches and important museums, and the story (and success) of the rebuilding of the city is part of the appeal in itself, an undertaking on a scale unprecedented in the whole of Europe. Practical advice on visiting both cities will be part of this Sunday talk.

A BOOK GROUP: Reading Critically Acclaimed Literary Works

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Price: 350.00 USD
0 Weeks

09 - 26 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-09-26 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class will meet once a month to discuss eight literary works. We will meet the fourth Tuesday of each month, from September to May, excluding December. The selections have been made from novels, collections of short stories, and memoirs that have received critical acclaim from peers, reviewers, and the reading public. Led by author and writing instructor Nancy Geyer, the course will differ from a lecture format in that class members will be encouraged to participate in the discussion of the monthly book assignment. It is patterned on the classic formula of book clubs that became popular in the early 20th century and continue to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on characterization, plot, structure, dialogue, style, and atmosphere. The book selections and dates follow: (A limited enrollment class) • September 26 "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles • October 24 "News of the World" - Paulette Jiles • November 28 "The Underground Railroad" - Colson Whitehead • December No Meeting • January 23 "The House of the Spirits" – Isabelle Allende • February 27 "Nutshell" – Ian McEwan • March 27 "The Old Man and the Sea" and "A Moveable Feast" Earnest Hemigway • April 24 "My Mother’s Keeper: A Daughter’s Memoir of Growing Up in the Shadow of Schizophrenia" – Tara Elgin Holley with Joe Holley • May 22 "The Day the World Came to Town" – Jim Defede

A WORLD OF WINE

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Price: 250.00 USD
0 Weeks

10 - 08 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM 2017-10-08 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

The world of wine has changed dramatically over the last 25 years. Today wonderful wines come from previously unknown sources. Competition and technology have led to unparalleled quality and superb values. Each class will begin with thirty minutes of background and continue with ninety minutes of tasting and discussion of eight to ten wines. Join us as we discover wine gems from around the world. In this series, we will focus on Old World wines, particularly those from France and Italy. As we explore wines from these areas, Mr. Keating will continue to demonstrate that quality and value are compatible. Class will meet October 8, October 15, October 29, and November 5 (A limited enrollment class)

WRITING YOUR LIFE AND TIMES

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Price: 425.00 USD
10 Weeks

10 - 10 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-10-10 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

You may gravitate toward autobiography, memoir, essay or journaling. You may span decades of family lore or focus on your own life and the people who influenced you or the experiences that gave you skills and wisdom. Your purpose may be to reveal challenges you’ve faced, share knowledge and values, or make people laugh. This class provides resources to strengthen your story and encouragement to develop your own storytelling “voice.” Reading recommendations are offered, along with tactics for cultivating memory, working around barriers, and managing the process. Feedback comes from class discussion and in writing via e-mail from the instructor.

FULL WORLD: Houston's Economic and Ecologic Future

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Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

10 - 17 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-10-17 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The empty world is the past, a world that was relatively empty of human and human impacts. Today, we live in a world that is filling up with humans and overflowing with human impacts, but we are still mired in empty world thinking that dominates our economic, environmental, and social practices. However, change is upon us and in some areas that change is extremely fast, particularly relative to climate change and the oil and gas industry. Full World Houston is an exploration of where we are heading as a local and global community, from the perspective of economics, ecology, eco-play, eco-spirituality, and the implications that these changes will have on business, on city and regional form, and on each of us.

SACRED MUSIC: The Association of Music and Religion

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 18 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-10-18 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Sacred music, like all art, is a product of the culture that created it. The lyrics of religious music tell of the beliefs and history of the faith, but the music itself reveals much about the religion—a Mass by Palestrina reflects the glory and majesty of Renaissance Catholicism, and a Bach cantata expresses the bold confidence of early Protestantism. In this course, we will review the basic tenets of the world’s major religions and explore liturgical and devotional music, and classical art music inspired by these faiths. Classes include: • Co-evolution of religion and music • Special words – Hallelujah & Amen • Eastern Religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism • Judaism • Catholicism/Non-Catholic Christianity • Islam

A HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT: Text & Culture

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 19 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-10-19 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

In this class, we will explore the texts of the New Testament from the perspective of modern academic scholarship, with an emphasis on their historical and social context. Doing so will require us to become familiar with both the rich diversity within Second Temple Judaism and the Hellenistic world of the Roman Empire. This six-week course will focus primarily on ancient Jewish understandings of the Messiah, the historical Jesus, the Gospel tradition, Paul the Apostle, and the formation of the New Testament canon. We will read the relevant ancient texts together in translation and explore themes of conflict and diversity within emerging Christianity as it developed from an apocalyptic Jewish sect to a separate religion composed of non-Jewish followers. Come explore these fascinating and foundational texts of earliest Christianity. While it is to be expected that everyone will enter with varying assumptions and expectations about the Bible in general, it should be noted that we will adopt a historical approach to the texts of the New Testament—examining them in their original historical, cultural, and social contexts. (Please note, that we will not be reading these texts from confessional or devotional points of view.)

FORCED EXILE IN MODERN HISTORY

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 19 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-10-19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course examines systems of forced exile in modern history, how they worked and why states devised them. Forcing someone to leave home for political reasons is an ancient practice. However, over the last several hundred years political authorities have become more effective than ever at exiling large numbers of people. We will focus on six cases in the last two hundred years: Britain, Tsarist Russia, France, the United States, Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union. New ideologies such as nationalism, racism, and the idea of progress, together with new technologies such as photography, modern transportation, and race science, came to be powerful tools used by states for social control. Lectures will include eyewitness accounts, photography, art, and film produced by exiles and the people who forced them from their homes.

JAPAN: Asian Tradition and Unique Culture

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Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

10 - 19 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-10-19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Beginning in the late 19th and into the early 20th century, Japan took its place in international affairs in a remarkable way and very short time period. Unfortunately for the people of Japan, and for the countries bordering on the Pacific Ocean, this rapid expansion took a disastrous turn in the 1930’s, leading to war and destruction. This episode of history tends to dominate the vision that we in the West have of Japan since many of our fathers or grandfathers fought in WWII. But there is much more to be said about Japan and its art, culture, and historical significance in the wider world. During an eight-week series of lectures, we will explore these other dimensions, beginning in prehistory. Though the Japanese people adopted much of their early culture from the Far East Mainland, they adopted it to suit a different aesthetic. The transition from separate clans to imperial control dominated the first millennium. A thousand years ago, the royal court and attendant nobility formulated much of the tradition that carries through to the present. The adoption of Buddhism played a significant role in allowing the artistic tradition to flourish during this time period as well. Then, beginning at the end of the 12th century, the rule of military took tradition, art, and culture off into new directions. Only in the 19th century did the shoguns abandon their control, leading to a rapid modernization and embrace of new technologies, new forms of art, and international recognition. After WWII, Japan again performed an economic about-face, creating for itself a new position in world affairs. We will explore and discuss all of this with the goal of generating an appreciation for Japan’s art and culture and an understanding of its history.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: A Discussion of International Events Shaping Our World

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Price: 200.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 20 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-10-20 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This 6-week course is a series of discussions on whatever events are timely and significant in the international arena. Topics will cover a broad spectrum, such as the international terrorist threat; the frictions between Russia and the West; the Arab-Israeli search for a solution to differences; the rise of China as a political, military, and economic rival; Europe’s struggle to realize its political, social, and economic goals; implications of the global economic situation for America; and finding an effective American foreign policy for dealing with these and other international issues in which the class may have an interest.

CLINT VAN ZANDT: The New Age of Terrorism

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Price: 100.00 USD
0 Weeks

10 - 20 - 2017, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2017-10-20 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

What is the current threat posed by terrorists worldwide and might they strike again in America? Former FBI agent, profiler, and hostage negotiator, Clint Van Zandt, discusses the history of both international and domestic terrorism from a review of history and recent case studies and provides a look into the minds of notorious and international terrorists. Mr. Van Zandt will provide us with ways to identify suicide terrorists and how to protect ourselves when we travel, a look into the future of terrorism and the threat it holds for all of us. Clint Van Zandt was with the FBI for 25 years where he served as a Supervisor with the FBI’s internationally respected Behavioral Science or “Silence of the Lambs” Unit. He was also the FBI’s Chief Hostage Negotiator and managed the FBI’s Major Case/Crisis Management Program. He has been party to such unsettling and high profile conflicts as the Waco siege, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Unabomber case. Prior to this he was an Agent with US Army Intelligence and is a Vietnam War veteran. He has been the primary hostage negotiator for numerous national and international kidnap and hostage situations, and he has testified before the US Senate. Mr. Van Zandt is a well-known author and television and radio commentator concerning crime and human behavior. He has made more television appearances than any other FBI Agent in history, to include over 3,000 national and international TV shows. Clint Van Zandt’s academic background includes a B.S., a Masters, and two Doctorate degrees.

Lecture Luncheon 2017 - 2018

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Price: 350.00 USD
0 Weeks

10 - 20 - 2017, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2017-10-20 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

CLINT VAN ZANDT - October 20, 2017 - The New Age of Terrorism What is the current threat posed by terrorists worldwide and might they strike again in America? Former FBI agent, profiler, and hostage negotiator, Clint Van Zandt, discusses the history of both international and domestic terrorism from a review of history and recent case studies and provides a look into the minds of notorious and international terrorists. CHUCK UNDERWOOD - November 17, 2017 - America's Generation's: A Celebration—From the Greatest Generation to the overlooked and under-appreciated Silent Generation, the world-changing Baby Boomers, mysterious and misunderstood Generation X and the joyous, technology-dominated Millennials, Chuck Underwood will take us on a provocative and spellbinding stroll through the generations and the five unique sets of core values, lifestyles and outlooks each give to our nation. Mr. Underwood is one of the founders of field of Generational Study. DENISE KIERNAN - January 19, 2018 - The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II New York Times best selling author, Denise Kiernan, takes us back in time and into a top-secret world where young women and men lived and worked surrounded by spies and secrecy, forbidden to speak of their work, even to each other, as the United States worked to face the challenges of World War II and the Manhatten Project raced to harness nuclear power. LOUIS MASUR - February 16, 2018 - Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Rivalry that Shaped America—Hamilton's vision of America was of an economic powerhouse with an energetic government as its engine. Jefferson articulated a different vision from Hamilton’s, promoting an agrarian democracy built upon geographic expansion. Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University and American Historian, Louis Masur, shares his vast knowledge of two of our founding fathers.

RUSSIAN BECOMES EXOTIC

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

10 - 22 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2017-10-22 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Chaikovsky’s ballet, "The Sleeping Beauty", was a not so subtle tribute to the Russian court by comparing it to Louis XIV’s Versailles. Twenty years later, when Sergei Diaghilev brought Russian ballet to Paris, the productions that he intended as tributes to French ballet were overshadowed by the Parisians’ fascination with Russian exoticism, such as that found in "The Firebird".

INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF SKETCHING

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Price: 275.00 USD
5 Weeks

10 - 23 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-10-23 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Most people are unaware that if they can thread a needle or catch a ball, they can also sketch. The trick is getting into the right side of the brain and this is all the magic that is needed to start sketching! In this applied art class, we will employ the use of exercises to get the right side of our brains working “right,” learn how to shade our drawings and how to represent proportions, (that is how large or small an object is in relation to others), and we will study one point perspective as well as how to set up a portrait. Confidence will be gained as we learn and practice these sketching skills one step at a time. Though designed for beginners, intermediate artists can also benefit from relearning basic drawing fundamentals. (First class required attendance. Course fee includes sketching materials. A limited enrollment class)

PAINTERS OF FASHION: Fashionable Painters

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 23 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-10-23 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The interaction between artists—in particular painters—and fashion makers is a fascinating one. Starting with the reign of Marie Antoinette, arguably the most fashion obsessed queen to occupy the French throne, we will take a close look at how she and her favorite portraitist Elizabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun, set the fashion world on its head in the years just before the French Revolution. When Napoleon I swept into power, an entirely new style both in art and fashion was called for. No lesser an artist than the great Jacques-Louis David, author of the magnificent Coronation of Napoleon I, designed uniforms for the representatives of the newly created civil institutions of Napoleonic France. During the Romantic era, the English Pre-Raphaelite artists, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and in turn William Morris, had a significant impact on the fashions of their day. However, when the beautiful Empress Eugenie succeeded Marie Antoinette on the French throne during the Second Empire, her two favorites—Charles Frederick Worth, the court couturier, and Franz X. Winterhalter, the renowned court painter—created a style in dress and portraiture that was embraced by the fashionable elite from Paris to St. Petersburg and from Boston to Madrid. Around 1900, Vienna was a fulcrum of artistic activity and its leading artist, Gustav Klimt, exercised enormous influence over not only painting, but the decorative arts and fashions as well. Many of society beauties he painted were also clients of Emilie Flöge, his long-time mistress, who ran Vienna’s most avant-garde fashion salon. His influence on her creations as well as the use of her creations in his paintings constitutes a fascinating symbiosis of painting and fashion. This interdependence of art and fashion can be traced well into the 20th century in the creations of Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga, Courèges and Oscar de la Renta, the subject of an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

RELIGION & PROTEST: Case Studies in Faith & Socio-Political Activism

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Price: 225.00 USD
8 Weeks

10 - 23 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-10-23 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Faith-based values have formed the grounding for some of the most notable and momentous socio-political activist movements in the world. India, Africa, Europe, N. America—all these and more host extraordinary examples of individuals and groups who positioned their social justice activism within the rubric of religion and faith. In this course, we will examine several case studies of such activism, specifically those that put the faith dimension “front and center.” Case studies will include Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Malcolm X, as well as abolitionists, anti-poverty and anti-child labor activists. Our goal is to appreciate the role that religion plays in making the world a less hostile place to live.

RELIGION & PROTEST: Case Studies in Faith & Socio-Political Activism

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Price: 225.00 USD
8 Weeks

10 - 23 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-10-23 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Faith-based values have formed the grounding for some of the most notable and momentous socio-political activist movements in the world. India, Africa, Europe, N. America—all these and more host extraordinary examples of individuals and groups who positioned their social justice activism within the rubric of religion and faith. In this course, we will examine several case studies of such activism, specifically those that put the faith dimension “front and center.” Case studies will include Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Malcolm X, as well as abolitionists, anti-poverty and anti-child labor activists. Our goal is to appreciate the role that religion plays in making the world a less hostile place to live.

UNDERSTANDING FACEBOOK: Intro. to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest

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Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

10 - 26 - 2017, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2017-10-26 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Your kids and grandkids are doing it. Your friends and clients are doing it. You may be doing it too, but you still have burning questions. How can you keep your settings in view of Facebook's constant changes? How can you insure your privacy and security yet still participate in social media? In this hands-on workshop, we will start from the basics to explore social media in depth. We will learn Facebook basics, best practices, and Facebook tips and tricks. We will explore the extremely popular Instagram program that so many are obsessed with, and which can really be fun for all of us. We will find out how to create beautiful Pinterest pages that creatively display our favorite interests. We will learn how to master Twitter and find out why everyone says "#hashtag" in conversations these days! We will cover all these social media sites and learn the ways that we can take full advantage of the interactive capabilities of the Internet, where communication with family or friends is just a mouse-click away. (A limited enrollment class)

THE SEPHARDIC (Spanish) JEWS: From Spain to the Ottoman Empire

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

10 - 29 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2017-10-29 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

The legendary settlement of the Jews in Spain after the destruction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem in the year 70 C.E. is the point of departure for a socio-cultural account of their life in the Iberian Peninsula. Sephardic [Spanish] Jews under Islamic and Christian Spain emerge as an influential force in the economic, political, and intellectual life of the Peninsula. Following their Expulsion from Spain in 1492, most of the Sephardic Jews begin what they view as their own exile to the Ottoman Empire, where they remain for almost five centuries. Their profound identification with their Spanish origin and experiences shape their significant contributions to the new Ottoman environment. At the same time, their attachment to the Spanish language leads to the preservation of their linguistic heritage as a true “museum” of the language, known as Judeo-Spanish or Ladino, and it is still spoken today.

ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION

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Price: 350.00 USD
7 Weeks

10 - 30 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-10-30 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is designed for students who have completed prior Spanish classes at The Women’s Institute or who possess, in their estimation, an advanced command of the language. News articles from all over the Hispanic world will be used as main conversation topics. Idiomatic expressions not commonly found in text books will be introduced gradually. In addition, some grammar points rarely found in text books will be discussed and practiced. Differences between varients of Spanish will be analyzed and special emphasis will be placed on the Spanish spoken in Mexico. Class participants will be expected to purchase a DVD of a well-known Spanish-language film designated by Dr. Urrutibéheity. Segments of the film will be discussed during several class periods. (A limited enrollment class)

Intermediate Spanish, Part Two

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Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

11 - 03 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-11-03 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is a continuation of the Intermediate Spanish, Part One. Professor Victoria Arbizu-Sabater´s teaching method will be very similar to that of Level I. The language materials used are part of a new series authored by Dr. Urrutibéheity titled El Español Actual (Today´s Spanish). Intensive speaking practice continues to be the main feature of each class. Participants are encouraged to express themselves in the foreign language and progress at their own pace. The grammatical structure of spoken Spanish is given more emphasis than in the preceding level. Special pronunciation and grammatical contrasts will be discussed. Participants will be given CDs with the contents of each lesson. They will be expected to do written exercises to reinforce the learning of new vocabulary and structures. (A limited enrollment class)

REIMS, VILLE DU SACRE: Coronation City

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

11 - 05 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2017-11-05 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

For over a thousand years, French kings were crowned and anointed in Reims cathedral. In 816 Louis the Pious, Charlemagne’s son, chose the cathedral as a place of coronation in memory of the baptism in 498 A.D. of the Frankish king, Clovis, by the bishop of Reims. It took another couple of hundred years for the custom of coronations in Reims to be established. From 1027 on, all French kings were crowned at Reims, except for Louis VI and Henry IV. According to legend, at the baptism of Clovis a dove brought a glass vial containing holy oil from heaven, symbolizing the bond between royalty and the divine. The myth of the anointing of Clovis with oil sent from heaven established Reims as the place where the sacredness of monarchy was periodically renewed. This richly illustrated lecture will spotlight the cathedral, the archbishop’s palace, and the abbey church of Saint-Rémi, all on UNESCO’S World Heritage list. The lecture will also feature an extraordinary underground facet of the city’s heritage—former Gallo-Roman chalk quarries used by Champagne houses to store and mature the wine of kings.

A FINANCIAL PLANNING GUIDE: Significant Changes on the Horizon

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Price: 225.00 USD
5 Weeks

11 - 09 - 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2017-11-09 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We could potentially have significant generational changes in estate, income, and investment taxes that could impact your financial planning strategies. A Board Certified Estate Planning Attorney will discuss the most recent proposals and changes in the estate tax laws and highlight any estate tax issues that need to be addressed before year-end. A tax CPA will review critical year-end tax strategies and summarize the impact of proposed or new tax legislation. We will also learn of the impact of estate and tax planning issues on your investment strategies, review strategies to protect your bond portfolio should interest rates continue to rise, and discuss how to combine various asset classes to generate income and growth and minimize volatility in your investment portfolios. The course provides you with a thorough financial planning checkup, including: • Review of trust, wills, probate, and gifting strategies • Assessment of how much risk is in your bond portfolio if interest rates continue to rise and what to do about it • Discussion of retirement withdrawal strategies to maximize your withdrawals without depleting your assets • Analysis of tax strategies to minimize taxes and review of proposed or new tax laws • Presentation of ways to structure investment portfolios for income and growth including ways to control volatility (A limited enrollment class)

CHUCK UNDERWOOD: America's Generations—A Celebration

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Price: 100.00 USD
0 Weeks

11 - 17 - 2017, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2017-11-17 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

From the Greatest Generation to the overlooked and under appreciated Silent Generation, the world-changing Baby Boomers, mysterious and misunderstood Generation X and the joyous, technology-dominated Millennials, Chuck Underwood will take us on a provocative and spellbinding stroll through the generations and the five unique sets of core values, and the lifestyles and outlooks each give to our nation. Mr. Underwood is the founder/president of The Generational Imperative, the acclaimed Cincinnati-based generational consultancy. Considered one of the pioneering scholars of generational dynamics, he began his study more than twenty years ago, long before the discipline came to the widespread attention of American businesses. He spent his early career as an award winning broadcast journalist and creator/producer of original and, again, award winning television programming. Mr. Underwood has been the host of a PBS national-television series, as well as the author of the most comprehensive book on our living generations, The Generational Imperative: Understanding Generational Differences in the Workplace, Marketplace, and Living Room.

DENISE KIERNAN: The Girls of Atomic City

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Price: 100.00 USD
0 Weeks

01 - 19 - 2018, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2018-01-19 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

New York Times best selling author, Denise Kiernan, takes us back in time and into a top-secret world where young women and men lived and worked surrounded by spies and secrecy, forbidden to speak of their work, even to each other, as the United States worked to face the challenges of World War II and the Manhattan Project raced to harness nuclear power—a story of adventure, intrigue, sacrifice, and controversy. Denise Kiernan has been working as a writer for nearly twenty years. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Readers Digest, Discover and many more publications. She has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, PBS NewsHour, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, and “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. Her book, The Girls of Atomic City is a New York Times, LA Times and NPR Bestseller.

A BOOK GROUP: Reading Critically Acclaimed Literary Works

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Price: 300.00 USD
0 Weeks

01 - 23 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-01-23 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class will meet once a month to discuss e literary works. We will meet the fourth Tuesday of each month, from September to May, excluding December. The selections have been made from novels, collections of short stories, and memoirs that have received critical acclaim from peers, reviewers, and the reading public. Led by author and writing instructor Nancy Geyer, the course will differ from a lecture format in that class members will be encouraged to participate in the discussion of the monthly book assignment. It is patterned on the classic formula of book clubs that became popular in the early 20th century and continue to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on characterization, plot, structure, dialogue, style, and atmosphere. The book selections and dates follow: • January 23 The House of the Spirits – Isabelle Allende • February 27 Nutshell – Ian McEwan • March 27 The Old Man and the Sea and A Moveable Feast Earnest Hemigway • April 24 My Mother’s Keeper: A Daughter’s Memoir of Growing Up in the Shadow of Schizophrenia – Tara Elgin Holley with Joe Holley • May 22 The Day the World Came to Town – Jim Defede

ENLIGHTENED LIVING: Staying Centered in a Stressful World

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Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

02 - 01 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-01 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Too often, we are unconscious of the ways we operate, both in our thinking and our interactions with others. Other people and stressful situations can press our "buttons," leading to reactivity, negativity, and overall stress. Becoming conscious in new ways to the thoughts and perspectives that no longer serve us is the first step. In this class we will concentrate on these issues and more, including: • Conscious thinking: We will explore the stories that we are telling ourselves, dismantle old concepts, and learn ways to remain centered and unstressed, even in the midst of upheaval. We will concentrate on the “tapes” of our self-talk, and root out stress-causing and debilitative thinking using multiple techniques. • Conscious acting: We will develop a new understanding of the “crazymakers” in our lives. These difficult and often hard-to-understand personality types can draw us into unwanted drama, drain our energy, and cause us tremendous stress which continues long after our interactions with them. In this class, we will learn new ways to operate, working with boundaries, and creating specific behavior “templates” to use for difficult people and situations as they come up. • Conscious living: We will use wisdom teachings from the world's major spiritual traditions, scientific findings, the lenses of psychology and sociology, ideas from Aikido (a martial art) to simplify our lives through the principles of non-attachment, living in the present, understanding our true nature, energy banking, and more. By changing our consciousness, we can change our world. (This class is a part of a series of classes in which Liz Weiman explores the continuing journey spanning stress and serenity, dealing with difficult people and culminating in choosing freedom over fear. A limited enrollment class.)

APPLE ESSENTIALS: Everything You Need to Know About iPhones

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

02 - 04 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-02-04 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

When is the best time to invest in a new iPhone/iPad? What are the important factors to know when choosing between the new iPhones and iPads? Is it worth upgrading to the new iOS 11 operating system? What are the features in iOS 11 that are valuable in my daily life? What settings need to be turned off? How can I stop the constant battery drain? In this first Sunday lecture of 2018, our tech guru, Liz Weiman will answer these questions and more! Just knowing this crucial information will decrease "tech stress", save you time and money, and arm you with the knowledge and confidence to choose and use your devices.

ART AND THE NATURE OF THE UNIVERSE: From the Renaissance to the Present

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 05 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-02-05 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

These lectures will explore the complex interrelations between the arts—primarily but not exclusively painting—and science, from the 15th century to the present. We will begin by examining the essential role that painting played in the emergence of modern science during the Renaissance. We will discuss a number of relevant Renaissance artists while focusing on the work of Galileo Galilei. Galileo is the person who brought modern science into being and he accomplished this by virtue of his knowledge of the arts, in particular, his knowledge of perspective. Next we will survey the overall scientific-philosophical view of the universe developed by the likes of Descartes and Newton during the 17th and 18th centuries and the diverse reactions that artists had vis-à-vis this view. Along the way we will review the controversial thesis of David Hockney about the use of optical devices by painters since the 15th century. Next we will turn our attention to the profound crisis that science as well as the arts underwent at the turn of the 20th century. The scientific theories of Relativity and Quantum and Modern Art’s Cubism, Futurism, Abstraction, Surrealism did have an effect on each other. Finally, we will conclude our survey by perusing the standing of contemporary art in our increasingly computerized modern world.

BEGINNING SPANISH I: El Esapañol Contemporáneo

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Price: 425.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 05 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-05 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is intended for students who have had little or no previous Spanish. The emphasis of this class is not on how much is “covered,” but on the internalization of that introduced in class, keeping in mind the fact that learning a second language in a non-immersion environment is a gradual process. The progress of the class will not be determined by the instructor but by the progress of the group. Students will be provided with CDs for each of the lessons introduced in class that correspond to the textbook lessons in El Español Actual (2016 edition), authored by Dr. Hector Urrutibéheity. This textbook can be purchased at Copy.com at 1201 Westheimer. (A limited enrollment class)

iWORKSHOP FOR iPHONES, iPADS AND APPS: Tips and Tricks for Your Apples Smart Phones and Tablets

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Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

02 - 05 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-02-05 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

New iPhones/iPads have just come out, along with new iOS operating system with many changes and different, sometimes confusing, features. These features are essential in order to decide to purchase a new device or use the new operating system more efficiently. The class starts with the basics and covers everything from how to navigate, work with settings, organize our screen, locate hidden features, use the camera and it's new features, and more. We will explore the latest changes and the glitches we may encounter using certain features or upgrading. We will learn the essential apps to unleash the power of our devices, which will make our lives easier. Participants are encouraged to bring their devices to class where we will have hands-on sessions exploring the latest and greatest tips, tricks, and apps for our mobile devices. (A limited enrollment class.)

LEGENDARY DIRECTORS: And Film as Their Art

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 05 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-05 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this course, we will examine three legendary directors—Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, and Martin Scorsese—and their most iconic films, seeking to understand the films as the product of each of their singular artistic visions. Throughout the course, students will learn basic film theory and see how understanding directors of films as analogous to the authors of literature came to be the dominant paradigm in film analysis. In analyzing the work of major movie directors, we will define individual director’s directorial style and cinematic themes as well as determine what makes an influential director. We will consider these directors’ legacies and influence on the film industry. Students will leave the course with an understanding of how directors combine all elements of movie making (screenplay writing, cinematography, editing, sound, and managing actors’/actresses’ performances) to convey their own artistic ideas.

TEXAS ART: Modern to Contemporary

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Price: 225.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 05 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-05 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this course, we will explore the development of visual arts in Texas from the 1950s through today, focusing on Modern and Contemporary art, within a national and global context. We will examine the development and continued presence of abstraction in the Texas art scene, providing the context of modernist abstraction and its place in the history of Texas art. As mid-century abstraction was accepted by many of the most significant Texas artists working at that time, their work informed and influenced today’s contemporary artists; thus, we will look at contemporary artists working in Texas in relation to their predecessors and the artistic dialogues that continue across time. The course will be broken into three classroom seminars covering Early Texas Modernism, Post-War Texas Art, Modernism, and Contemporary, which will be followed by three field visits to prominent collections of Texas art in both private and public collections in the Houston area as well as artist studio visits. (Limited to 25 students)

ANCIENT KINGDOMS OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2018, 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM 2018-02-06 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM

The legacy of ancient Israel and Judah, the civilizations that produced the Bible, is vastly out of proportion to its tiny geographical size and relatively short duration. In this course, I will tell the story of the rise and fall of the two states whose culture would eventually give rise to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, focusing on the six key crises that shaped their geopolitical destinies. We will consider not only key stories of the Bible, but also the vast amount of archaeological evidence that has accumulated in the past century or so. The course will be informed by the archaeological study trips I regularly take with undergraduate students. Students in this course will have the option to purchase a large full-color map of the land of the Bible for use during lectures.

ART "ISMS":Art History Movements in the Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Menil

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class will take students on a journey of understanding the style and characteristics of major art history movements from the 19th century to the present. We will study art movements from Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Pointillism, and Symbolism all the way to Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, New Realism, Minimalism, and Hyperrealism. Emphasis will be not only on stylistic developments, but also on the way artists interacted with the ideas and values of their culture and time. Analyzing artworks from the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Menil will be an integral part of the class.

HOW MUSIC MAKES THE MUSICAL: More Musicals

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Musical Theatre is a true American art form—no other theatrical presentation can boast the same pedigree. Through extravagant singing and dancing, they capture our hearts and minds anew each season. The magic of the musical happens in the music—we are able to understand and empathize with the protagonists in a way that is deep, complex, and effortless. We will delve into your favorite musicals and learn how the composers and the playwrights crafted the shows that you love, why opinions differ so widely in the appreciation of this art form, and listen to some great music. The musicals we will cover in this session include Rodger & Hammerstein’s groundbreaking "Carousel", Cole Porter’s "Kiss Me Kate", Wilson’s "The Music Man", Bock & Harnick’s "Fiddler on the Roof", Sondheim’s "Into the Woods", and the international sensation "Les Miserables". You will be humming a tune after each class!

HOW WASHINGTON WORKS: A Swamp Creature Speaks!

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-02-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

High school civics textbooks tell you the way Washington is supposed to work; this course will tell you how it really works—or doesn’t. Each lecture will deal with a specific power center: (1) The White House; (2) the national security apparatus: the National Security Council staff, the State Department, the Pentagon, and the intelligence agencies; (3) the Congress; (4) the Supreme Court; (5) Lobbyists and pressure groups; and (6) the media. Ambassador Untermeyer spent over 15 years at the highest levels of national government: as assistant to Vice President and later President George H.W. Bush; as an appointee in the Defense Department; as director of the Voice of America; and as a U.S. ambassador in the Middle East. His lectures will be filled with personal experiences, historical anecdotes, and quotations both trenchant and humorous, such as this one from Will Rogers: “There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the entire government working for you.” (*Please note, the scheduling of this course allows for Ambassador Untermeyer being called out of the country due to his current role as an international business consultant.)

KEYS TO ENJOYING THE WRITER'S ART: Literary Romps and Productive Pauses

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Price: 175.00 USD
0 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-02-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Is it Humorous?? Or Merely Funny?—Are you a raconteur or a rake? A silly-billy or a jokester? Do you deliver the punch line for a joke with aplomb or with an apology? Let’s look at the fiddle-faddle and hootchie-ma-coo of oral and written humor, and then end with a teenie-weenie-yellow-polka-dot bikini on a cow that jumps over the moon! (February) Writing Your Memories: How to do it with Verve—We want to leave behind our hard-won wisdom and precious memories, don’t we? Sometimes we may wish to commemorate a loved one or a dear friend. Learn the writer’s tricks that will elevate your ability to say what you want to say and focus on what’s important in your story. (March) Circling Back to Poetry: How to Use Poetic Craft in Prose—The world of literature exists to help all of us make meaning of life. Through books, we go places and understand the people who inhabit them by using the art of imagination—the greatest window through which to view the world. We will look at inspiring examples of great prose written using poetry’s greatest “tricks” to create enduring stories, characters, and places. (April) (A limited enrollment class)

WRITING YOUR LIFE AND TIMES

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Price: 425.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

You may gravitate toward autobiography, memoir, essay or journaling. You may span decades of family lore or focus on your own life and the people who influenced you or the experiences that gave you skills and wisdom. Your purpose may be to reveal challenges you’ve faced, share knowledge and values, or make people laugh. This class provides resources to strengthen your story and encouragement to develop your own storytelling “voice.” Reading recommendations are offered, along with tactics for cultivating memory, working around barriers, and managing the process. Feedback comes from class discussion and in writing via e-mail from the instructor. (A limited enrollment class)

BREAKTHROUGH TO CREATIVITY: A Writing Workshop

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Price: 425.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-02-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Experienced and novice writers alike know the wall—the myriad details of life, the fear of not having the precise words, and the fear that the precise words will alter one’s life in unexpected ways. Despite the blocks to creativity, many of us push on in search of ways to relay the unique meanings and experiences we have to convey. This course focuses on specific approaches to break through the wall and hone our creative abilities. Participants will read selected poems, stories, and essays and write both in class and out of class. The instructor will write comments on one piece of each participant’s writing every week. If available, please bring an example of your writing to the first session. (A limited enrollment class)

PUTTING CURRENT IDEAS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE INTO REAL LIFE PERSPECTIVE

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Price: 500.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this course, students will read and discuss two books from the current bestseller list in psychology and social science. The Undoing Project the latest book by Michael Lewis (author or The Big Short and The Blindside) is about the friendship and collaboration of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, two psychologists who turned the world of psychology on its head. This will be followed by one of iconoclastic thinker Daniel Kahneman’s best-known works, Thinking Fast and Slow. Dr. Diddel will lead discussion of the material, adding additional information about the topic and guiding students into putting their spin on the material and how it applies to their lives. (A limited enrollment class)

THE CHANGING WORLD: Future Trends in International Affairs

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course will examine the impact of the shifting balance of power between nations with the ascendancy of China, the re-emergence of “Imperial” Russia, the collision of Saudi Arabia and Iran, and the potential dissolution of the European Union—all of which set the backdrop for a fundamental change in the power and influence of the United States. We will seek to understand the seeds of radicalization of large segments of the global population who are thrusting themselves onto the world stage. We will discuss the expanding conflict in cyberspace that gives groups of cyber criminals, marginalized nations, and hacktivists the ability to directly challenge established world powers and in many cases prevail. We will explore the challenges we face as a global community as we confront a rapidly changing world

THE CHANGING WORLD: Future Trends in International Affairs

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-02-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course will examine the impact of the shifting balance of power between nations with the ascendancy of China, the re-emergence of “Imperial” Russia, the collision of Saudi Arabia and Iran, and the potential dissolution of the European Union—all of which set the backdrop for a fundamental change in the power and influence of the United States. We will seek to understand the seeds of radicalization of large segments of the global population who are thrusting themselves onto the world stage. We will discuss the expanding conflict in cyberspace that gives groups of cyber criminals, marginalized nations, and hacktivists the ability to directly challenge established world powers and in many cases prevail. We will explore the challenges we face as a global community as we confront a rapidly changing world

THE ROOFTOP OF THE WORLD: An Exploration of Tibetan History

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-02-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

On December 10, 1989 the Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in “the struggle of liberation of Tibet and the efforts for a peaceful resolution instead of using violence.” He is now renowned throughout the United States, and the world, for his patient and peaceful approach to life. Why is this? What is Tibet and why is it important? What is Tibetan Buddhism? Drawing from both primary literature from Tibet and India, as well as secondary scholarship about this region, this class critically examines these questions in regards to Tibet’s development as a sovereign nation, its assimilation of Buddhism, and its historical interactions with nations such as India and China. The goal of this class is twofold—to better understand Tibet and Tibetan peoples while developing a deeper appreciation for this region’s rich cultural and religious offerings.

YEAR TWO IN THE TRUMP ERA

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

As the Trump/Pence Administration heads into the second year of its term, we know a great deal more about the chief executive and his presidency than we did on January 20, 2017. We know that Trump is not going to change either his fundamental personality or modus operandi —And that is just fine with most of his base voters. As noted, despite struggles and setbacks in 2017, especially on the legislative front, the GOP core base remains solidly behind President Trump. Most base voters see setbacks as the fault of the GOP congressional leaders, not the President. That being the case, most elected Republicans, save those who are not running for any future office, are not going to join the “Never Trump” chorus because it would be political suicide to do so at this stage of his presidency. The biggest "winners" among the Trump supporters are the Christian values voters. With Justice Gorsuch and other conservative nominees in the pipeline, the President has delivered what he promised. The biggest "losers" in his 2016 coalition are the Independent and soft Democratic older working class voters who swung to Trump in 2016 but have gotten almost nothing that would address their concerns about jobs, wages, drug abuse, etc. in the first year of his presidency. Lacking a coherent policy perspective, especially in international affairs, Trump will continue to be extremely unpredictable in the area of foreign policy, but somewhat less so in defense policy because of his pattern of deferring to "his" generals in areas like Afghanistan and Iraq. These patterns suggest an interesting second year ahead!

BEYOND THE HOLOCAUST: The Complex History of German Jews from Napoleonic Times To Present Day

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 08 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-08 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The stellar rise of Jews in German society and the inconceivable end of German Jewry unfolded within the short span of one and a half century. When 14-year-old Moses Mendelssohn entered Berlin in 1743, he was subjugated to countless humiliating laws and regulations. Could he have ever imagined that about 150 years later one of his co-religionists, shipping magnate Albert Ballin, would regularly dine with the German Emperor in his palace, and that Albert Einstein was only one of numerous Jewish scientists to win the Nobel Prize? In no other country with the exception of medieval Spain were Jews so quickly and completely integrated into society than in Germany—the same country where they also faced complete destruction. The pinnacle of German achievements in science, the arts, and industry at the end of the 19th and the first decades of the 20th century would not have been possible without the “German Citizens of Jewish faith” as they called themselves. Did the highly lauded “German-Jewish symbiosis” turn out to be a deadly self-delusion? How could a barbaric rule of only 12 years extinguish what had been part of German history for 2000 years? There is new Jewish life on German soil and numerous congregations sprout all over Germany. Is this a new beginning or a continuity of Jewish history in Germany? What does it mean to be a Jew in Germany in the year 2018? The course will trace and analyze the last 200 years of Jewish history in Germany and try to find answers to these questions.

DOSTOEVSKY AND HIS WORLD

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Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

02 - 08 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-08 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course examines the history of the Russian Empire through the life and work of one of the world’s greatest writers, Fyodor Dostoevsky. Dostoevsky’s life coincided with dramatic changes in the nineteenth century: industry developed at breakneck speed; empires colonized the world outside of Europe; nationalists gained unprecedented power; science promised endless progress; and, political radicals turned to violence and terror. His work explores many of the fundamental moral, philosophical, spiritual and political questions these changes posed, questions that typify Russian—and European—modernity. The life and work of Dostoevsky, therefore, is an illuminating lens through which to view major developments in the history of the Russian Empire and the modern world. Drawing on a variety of literary, historical and artistic sources, lectures will pay particular attention to Dostoevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment as a way of addressing larger questions about Russia. Reading the novel prior to, or in conjunction with, the course is recommended.

HOW THE NOVEL WORKS

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 08 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-02-08 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Is the most important thing about the novel the narrator’s relation to the author, the plot’s beginning and end, or the importance of its moral themes? It is actually the narrator’s relation to the protagonist, then that protagonist’s relationships to the other characters in the system of their complementary and contending points of view, which therefore makes the middle part of the novel the most important part of the “plot.” So, to explore these and other formal issues, we will read a variety of classical modernist novels, most of them short, which play against each other and offer a variety of answers to these questions. The novel is a most capacious genre, including both Pride and Prejudice and Ulysses, and makes up its own rules as it goes along. • Introduction to Terms, Definitions, and Lionel Trilling • Chandler: The Big Sleep (Vintage) • Conrad: The Heart of Darkness (Penguin) • Dostoevsky: Notes from Underground (Modern Library) • Kertesz: Fateless (Northwestern) • Woolf: To the Lighthouse (Harcourt Brace) • Faulkner: As I Lay Dying (Vintage) • Jones: The Known World (Amistad) • O’Brien: The Things They Carried (Houghton Mifflin) • Roth: The Ghost Writer (Vintage) • Pushkin: Eugene Onegin (Penguin

Intermediate Spanish

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Price: 425.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 08 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-02-08 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class is a continuation of the beginning level Spanish classes. The language materials used are part of a new series authored by Dr. Urrutibéheity titled El Español Actual (Today´s Spanish). Intensive speaking practice continues to be the main feature of each class. Participants are encouraged to express themselves in Spanish and progress at their own pace. The grammatical structure of spoken Spanish is given more emphasis than in the preceding level. Special pronunciation and grammatical contrasts will be discussed. Participants will be given CDs with the contents of each lesson. They will be expected to do written exercises to reinforce the learning of new vocabulary and structures. (A limited enrollment class)

WOMEN IN ART: The Renaissance to the Present

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 08 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-02-08 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Though far from complete, the modern history of women in art can be seen as beginning with Linda Nochlin’s article “Why Are There No Great Women Artists?” published in 1971. Many exhibitions, books and articles soon followed. We will navigate this history, beginning in the Renaissance with Sofonisba Anguissola, the first Italian woman artist to become an international celebrity; followed by Lavinia Fontana, the first known woman painter to have a “normal” artistic career, working in all genres, leaving over 100 documented works. From then on, the known number of women artists steadily increases through the 17th century with Artemesia Gentileschi in Italy and Judith Leyster in Holland. The 18th century sees a further increase in both successful and famous women artists such as Rosalba Carriera, and Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun. The 19th century development of modernism sharply increases the possibilities for women artists through the 20th century with many significant figures such as Käthe Kollwitz, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Lyubov Popova, and Georgia O’Keefe, to name but a few. The contemporary scene abounds with major women artists, too numerous to list here. As always, this course will be extensively illustrated with, as usual, many little-known and rarely seen works major women artists, too numerous to list here.

BEGINNING SPANISH II: El Esapañol Contemporáneo

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Price: 425.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 09 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-09 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is a continuation of Beginning Spanish I. The emphasis of this class is not on how much is “covered,” but on the internalization of that introduced in class, keeping in mind the fact that learning a second language in a non-immersion environment is a gradual process. The progress of the class will not be determined by the instructor but by the progress of the group. Students will be provided with CDs for each of the lessons introduced in class that correspond to the textbook lessons in El Español Actual (2016 edition), authored by Dr. Hector Urrutibéheity, and which can be purchased at Copy.com at 1201 Westheimer. (A limited enrollment class)

SPEAKING YOUR PERSONAL STORY: The Best Human Connection

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

02 - 09 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-02-09 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The popularity of Garrison Keillor’s public radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion as well as TED Talks, The Moth, Storycorps, and local storyteller guilds make it seem like personal storytelling is something new. It’s not. In fact, it’s the oldest method of human expression. It’s also the method that promotes human connection better than any other human system. Each of us is born a blank page and leaves life as a full book. Our rich experiences are made up of meaningful episodes that fill those pages. Discovering pathways for telling personal narratives is the theme of this interactive course. We will explore why humans are natural storytellers, consider features required to craft a strong story, examine ways to prepare and learn stories we wish to tell, and assess the common denominators that allow us to “plug” into each other without plugging anything in. Each class will consist of a lecture and interactive exercises leading to opportunities for students to organize, prepare and deliver a variety of personal narratives to each other in a supportive and collaborative environment. Enjoy!

A CONVERSATION WITH KATE AND DAVID: The Connection Between Shakespeare and Art

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

02 - 11 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-02-11 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

What is the connection between Shakespeare and art? In other words, how did David the artist get into Shakespeare and how did Kate the actress get into art? In this provocative lecture, David E. Brauer will discuss the many visual artist who have drawn inspiration from Shakespeare's plays. Kate Emery Pogue will discuss references to artists in Shakespeare's plays and will illustrate this with film clips from "Henry V", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and "The Winter's Tale." This stimulating conversation will culminate in a Q&A with these two iconic professors.

BREAKING NEWS IN 18TH CENTURY EUROPE:People, Places and Events

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Price: 225.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 12 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-02-12 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The 18th century was a time of travel in Europe. The major wars of Louis XIV ended with his death, and Napoleon’s rise was far in the distance. While periodic conflicts took place between the Great Powers, most of the major cities were open to visitors. Travelers flocked to see the new sights and to attend and participate in the numerous civic and religious festivals, which transformed the city square and were enlivened by specially composed music and spectacular fireworks. (This class will not meet on April 2) To document these events, a new genre of painting arose in the form of Vedute, or “view.” Artists such as Canaletto, Panini, Hubert Robert and others documented the renewed architecture and appearance of the cities, as well as the dramatic celebrations which attracted the visiting throngs. The core of the idea for this course is a marvelous exhibition, "Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe", which was initiated by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and has traveled to Minneapolis and will open at the Cleveland Museum of Art at the end of February. The focus of the exhibition is the pageant of these historical events. However, in this course we will expand this idea in order to focus on the major cities of Europe—London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Vienna, Prague, to name a few, and the artists who provided our visual knowledge of them today.

LOUIS MASUR: Hamilton vs. Jefferson—The Rivalry that Shaped America

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Price: 100.00 USD
0 Weeks

02 - 16 - 2018, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2018-02-16 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Hamilton, often forced to take a back seat to other Founding Fathers, is experiencing a well-deserved revival. His vision of America was of an economic powerhouse with an energetic government as its engine. Jefferson articulated a different vision from Hamilton’s, promoting an agrarian democracy built upon geographic expansion. In retirement, Jefferson would reflect on the differences and express fear for the future of the new nation. Louis Masur shares his vast knowledge of these two founding fathers. Mr. Masur is Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. A graduate of the University at Buffalo and Princeton University, he is a cultural historian who has written on a variety of topics. Louis Masur has been elected to membership of the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Society of American Historians and has received teaching prizes from Harvard University, the City College of New York, and Trinity College.

THE RELEVANCE OF C.S. LEWIS TODAY

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

02 - 18 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-02-18 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

C.S. Lewis is one of the greatest writers and thinkers of the twentieth century. In this lecture, Dr. Markos will consider the enduring legacy of C. S. Lewis, assess why he has had such a profound impact on twentieth-century readers, examine his remarkable range as an author, and survey the key events and people who helped shape his life, thought, and work. This is an important lecture as C.S. Lewis’ writings remarkably resonate in today’s uncertain world.

FLOOD RESILIENCE IN HOUSTON

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

03 - 04 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-03-04 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

According to environmental attorney and professor, Jim Blackburn, “It is doubtful that any city in the United States, or the world, could have handled 40 inches of rain in 3.5 days or even 16 inches in 24 hours. However, the extent of damages and misery can be substantially reduced the next time. The task for Houston going forward is to adopt a series of policies and actions that can and will make a difference. Albert Einstein said, ‘We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.’ This is Houston’s challenge—to think boldly and creatively to develop ideas and policies that are, indeed, different.” You will not want to miss this important lecture as it impacts all Houstonians!

PUEBLA, MEXICO: The New "Hot" Destination

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

03 - 11 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-03-11 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Last Fall, the Wall Street Journal named Puebla, Mexico as its #2 in its listing of top destinations for travel in 2018, this in spite of considerable damage by a violent earthquake in September. Just a two and a half hour car drive from Mexico City (and less than a two hour flight from Houston) Puebla is one Mexico's most historic cities, as well as being one of its most visually beautiful. It is the home of the gastronomic delight mole, talavara pottery, and Cinco de Mayo. Colonial churches abound, including an imposing cathedral adjacent to one of the most vibrant and beautiful central squares in the Americas. There are dozens of museums, including the amazing Museum of the International Baroque which opened last year and was designed by the Pritzker prize-winning architect, Toyo Ito. The huge and fascinating modern structure reflects the vibrant baroque style of the colonial city itself and has been called "the most important new art museum in North America." As if this were all not enough, Puebla is home to a new hotel that provides an extraordinary welcome to this jewel of a city. Travel with Barry to the virtually undiscovered PUEBLA, MEXICO!

MIND THE GAP: How the Jewish Writings between the Old and New Testament Help us Understand Jesus

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

03 - 18 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-03-18 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

To understand Jesus of Nazareth, his apostles, and the rise of early Christianity, reading the Old Testament is not enough. In his new book, Mind the Gap, Rice religion scholar Matthias Henze argues that to understand the Jewish world from which Jesus emerged, we need to read ancient Jewish texts outside the Bible. These texts such as different Old Testaments, the Apocrypha and the Dead Sea Scrolls help explore the four-century gap between the Old and New Testaments and shed light on what the Jews of the Second Temple period and Jesus and his followers might have read. The New Testament assumes that we are familiar with Jewish beliefs and practices of the first-century Israel, when, in fact, most of us are not. But if Jesus was a practicing Jew, and if we know little about his Judaism, how can we understand Jesus, his life and message? This lecture and Matthias Henze’s book broadens the understanding of early Judaism and early Christianity.

ARTISTIC COUPLES

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 19 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-03-19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The concept of the solitary artist, supported by a devoted wife or by a series of devoted but slightly more fickle female muses, be they models, mistresses or both, is well documented in the history of art. But there are also a number of remarkable artistic couples, where both partners were artists in their own right, and a number of these will be the subjects of our discussion. We will consider artists from many countries and different time periods and investigate the complexities of their special relationships. Did they support and inspire each other, did they work in the same manner, or were they competitive? How did they handle success and failure, and most importantly, how did their relationship define their work? The couples we will consider are William Bouguereau and Elizabeth Jane Bouguereau, the master of French academic realism and his American wife, a former student; the Danish Impressionists Michel Peter Ancher and Ann Brødum Ancher; Vassily Kandinsky, the Russian member of the Blue Rider group of German Expressionists, and Gabrielle Münter; the French Expressionist Robert Delaunay and his Ukrainian born wife, Sonia; Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar, painter, photographer, mistress and muse; Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, the great Mexican muralist and his extraordinary wife.

WOMEN IN RELIGION

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Price: 225.00 USD
8 Weeks

03 - 19 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-03-19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course will explore the extraordinary role that women have played, and continue to play, in the world’s religions. Many standout women appear in the sacred texts and traditions of the religions —as prophets, oracles and disciples. Others appear as the religions unwind themselves throughout history and women become teachers, preachers, healers, saints and sages. In short, the religions of the world, although officially “founded” by men, would be mere shadows of their current iterations were it not for the women who championed them and, in many cases, illustrated the religions' highest ideals with their very lives. We will spend 8 weeks looking at the lives of these most amazing women.

WOMEN IN RELIGION

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Price: 225.00 USD
8 Weeks

03 - 19 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-03-19 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course will explore the extraordinary role that women have played, and continue to play, in the world’s religions. Many standout women appear in the sacred texts and traditions of the religions —as prophets, oracles and disciples. Others appear as the religions unwind themselves throughout history and women become teachers, preachers, healers, saints and sages. In short, the religions of the world, although officially “founded” by men, would be mere shadows of their current iterations were it not for the women who championed them and, in many cases, illustrated the religions' highest ideals with their very lives. We will spend 8 weeks looking at the lives of these most amazing women.

THE AUVERGNE: France’s Volcanic Heartland

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 20 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-03-20 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lying in the middle of the Massif Central, the ancient province of the Auvergne has a spectacular landscape of mountains formed by extinct volcanoes, some with dome-shaped peaks, others topped with craters. The scenery is sometimes rugged, sometimes pastoral with emerald green slopes dotted with the reddish-brown cows of the local Salers breed. Ancient villages of dark lava stone sit perched on peaks, clinging to slopes, or nestled in river valleys. The perfectly preserved village of Salers has a main square surrounded by eye-catching historic mansions and a web of narrow streets lined with old houses. The town of Le Puy-en-Velay lies in a basin punctuated by volcanic pinnacles, one of which serves as a pedestal for a 10th century chapel. Steep, cobbled streets lead to the cathedral listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and departure for a main pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Along the pilgrim routes are some of Europe’s finest Romanesque churches, renowned for their sculptural decoration, which is often enigmatic, but always captivating. Châteaux are scattered all over the Auvergne, some owned by the same family for centuries. They range from defensive fortresses to Renaissance or Classical-style residences filled with fine period furniture, paintings, and tapestries. Americans will find of particular interest the Château de Chavaniac-La Fayette, birthplace of the hero of our Revolution. This richly illustrated course will cover the history, architecture, gastronomy, and gorgeous landscapes of the Auvergne, a region unknown to most foreign visitors.

INTERCULTURAL ISSUES: Developing Awareness to Understanding People

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 22 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-03-22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We live in an increasingly interconnected world, where ones' values and actions influence and are influenced by others. If we look at the spread of information, ideas, media, capital, and cultural artifacts we can see the boundaries and borders that have historically separated one country or one group from another are becoming more and more penetrable. As people come together from different backgrounds, understanding how societies are based around fundamental patterns of culture becomes essential at all levels of human interaction, from the interpersonal to the international. In this course, we will unpack the concept of culture. Drawing on insights from anthropology, psychology, business communication, political science and international relations, we will explore the different ways to answer the question, "What is culture?" In this course, we will be introduced to various dimensions and processes of culture like values, perspectives, traditions, and interpretations of time and space. Our goal will be to engender curiosity and empathy, while advancing intercultural understanding.

2018 Sterling Lecture with Peter Zeihan

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Price: 150.00 USD
0 Weeks

03 - 23 - 2018, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2018-03-23 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Join The Women's Institute for this exciting, new event featuring STRATEGIST, THINKER, FUTURIST, SPEAKER—Peter Zeihan! 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. at River Oaks Country Club Valet Parking and Lunch included. Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert. Zeihan’s worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends, helping industry leaders navigate today’s complex mix of geopolitical risks and opportunities. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types. In his career, Zeihan has ranged from working for the US State Department in Australia, to the DC think tank community, to helping develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Mr. Zeihan founded his own firm — Zeihan on Geopolitics — in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military. His freshman book, "The Accidental Superpower", forecasts the coming collapse of the global order. It debuted in 2014. His newest project, "The Absent Superpower", published in December 2016, highlights what comes next. Underwritten by Cynthia and Stephen Brown and Mary Lee and Jim Wallace

2018 Sterling Lecture with Peter Zeihan—Patron Tables

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Price: 2,000.00 USD
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03 - 23 - 2018, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2018-03-23 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Join The Women's Institute for this exciting, new event featuring STRATEGIST, THINKER, FUTURIST, SPEAKER—Peter Zeihan! 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. at River Oaks Country Club Patron Tables include a Reserved Table for 10, Valet Parking and Lunch. Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert. Zeihan’s worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends, helping industry leaders navigate today’s complex mix of geopolitical risks and opportunities. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types. In his career, Zeihan has ranged from working for the US State Department in Australia, to the DC think tank community, to helping develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Mr. Zeihan founded his own firm — Zeihan on Geopolitics — in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military. His freshman book, "The Accidental Superpower", forecasts the coming collapse of the global order. It debuted in 2014. His newest project, "The Absent Superpower", published in December 2016, highlights what comes next. Underwritten by Cynthia and Stephen Brown and Mary Lee and Jim Wallace

MASTERWORKS OF ROMANTICISM

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

04 - 03 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-04-03 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Romanticism was a period (ca. 1750s-1850s) marked by revolutions: the American Revolution, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, and the dozen or more revolutions of 1848. While the vast majority of Romantic writers weren’t directly involved in any armed conflicts, they contributed to the revolutionary spirit of their day through their poetry and prose—which we now know was revolutionary in its own right. Romantic writers gave voice to a new set of values and beliefs that not only challenged the prevailing social norms, but also unmasked broad social anxieties about the place of the individual in society, the rise of industry, and the degradation of the natural world. In this course, we will read seven masterworks of British and American Romanticism by seven representative authors in these traditions. Ranging from poetry and songs to novels and essays, the selected texts will provide a sense of the breadth and depth of Romanticism in both its British and American forms. We will devote the first three weeks to our British Romantic authors and the last three weeks to our American Romantics. We will seek both to understand these individual texts in terms of their content, form, and historical context, as well as think about the nature of cultural movements like Romanticism more broadly. The authors and texts covered in this course include: • William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1794) • William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads (1798) • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818) • Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature” (1836) and “Self-Reliance” (1841) • Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854) • Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (1855)

TODAY'S MARKET: Will the Boom Times Continue?

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Price: 165.00 USD
5 Weeks

04 - 03 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-04-03 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

More than ever, investors are concerned with the high valuations in today’s stock and bond markets. William E. Frisco, Certified Financial Planner and Registered Investment Advisor, will examine the major areas of risk to your investment portfolios and show you investment strategies to minimize these risks. In this course, Mr. Frisco will examine how to manage investment risks, generate income for retirement, and diversify your growth portfolio to minimize volatility. Sustainable, responsible and impact investing that considers environmental, social and corporate governance criteria to generate competitive financial returns and positive societal impact will also be detailed. He will discuss the threat to your bond portfolio if the Federal Reserve continues to raise interest rates; political issues and how mid-term elections may impact the markets; and, the potential for a disruption in global trade as trade issues escalate. Mr. Frisco will also analyze new tax legislation and its impact on your investments. Topics will include: • How to determine what asset allocation is right for you; • Guidelines for withdrawal strategies in retirement to ensure you don’t deplete your assets; • And, how to generate competitive returns with sustainable, responsible, and impact investing.

THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION: Improving Health, Longevity, and Quality of Life

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Price: 275.00 USD
6 Weeks

04 - 05 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-04-05 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Scientists are discovering more and more that there are complex biological links between the stresses in our lives, our nervous system, and our immune function. In fact, one of the fastest growing areas of medical research measures the impact of positive and negative emotions on the immune system. Unfortunately, the stresses of modern life cause so many of us to operate in a continual state of the "fight or flight response", during which specific biochemical reactions occur and cortisol is released throughout the body. Elevated cortisol levels have been found to interfere with memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, and higher blood pressure. At the same time, the extensive research into the mind-body connection has confirmed the medical, mental, and psychological benefits of certain stress-reducing practices that can improve our health. In this class we will cover the landmark mind-body research of such scientists as Robert Ader, Bob Fellen, Candace Pert, and others. In addition, we will learn cutting-edge stress reduction techniques such as cognitive behavior mindfulness, MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction), and integrative breathing. In addition, we will learn and experience simple ways to work with Eastern practices such as QiGong, Tai-Chi, Yoga breathing, and guided/non-guided meditation. By understanding the mind-body connection and by using specific stress-reduction techniques, we can profoundly affect our overall health, longevity, and quality of life. (A limited enrollment class)

LIVING THE ONLINE LIFE: Exploring Social Media, Shopping Online, and Protecting Your Privacy

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Price: 250.00 USD
5 Weeks

04 - 09 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-04-09 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

It's been more than 23 years since the Internet came into widespread use and in that time the Web has seamlessly been incorporated into our daily lives. Security and privacy issues, scams, malware, phishing, and intrusive ads have also accompanied such positive features as connectedness, convenience, and entertainment. How can we navigate the line between being connected and at the same time stay safe from hacking, identity theft, and malware? In this workshop, we will review the basic practices for navigating the Web using search engines, saving/printing website pages, shopping and ordering from online sellers, renting and streaming movies, and more. We will also discover some great tips on using such social media apps as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. We will cover important security and privacy strategies to keep our data and information safe while allowing us to confidently use the Internet in ways that enhance our lives. Participants in this class are encouraged to bring their devices to class where we will have hands-on sessions. (A limited enrollment class)

JESUS AND THE GOSPELS

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

04 - 11 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-04-11 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

In this class, we will explore several early Christian Gospels from the perspective of modern academic scholarship, with an emphasis on their historical and social context. This course will focus primarily on the New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The final two weeks are devoted to examining several non-canonical texts such as the Gospels of Thomas, Philip, Judas, and Mary. We will read the relevant ancient texts together in translation and explore themes of conflict and diversity within emerging Christianity as it developed from an apocalyptic Jewish sect into a separate religion composed primarily of non-Jewish followers. While it is to be expected that everyone will enter with varying assumptions and expectations about the Bible in general, and the New Testament in particular, it should be noted that we shall adopt a historical approach with respect to all of the texts we will cover, including those of the New Testament. This means we will be examining them in their original historical, cultural, and social contexts. Please note, therefore, that we will not be reading these texts from confessional or devotional points of view.

ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION: El Español Contemporáneo

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Price: 325.00 USD
6 Weeks

04 - 16 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-04-16 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is designed for students who have completed prior Spanish classes at The Women’s Institute or who possess, in their estimation, an advanced command of the language. News articles from all over the Hispanic world will be used as main conversation topics. Idiomatic expressions not commonly found in text books will be introduced gradually. In addition, some grammar points rarely found in text books will be discussed and practiced. Differences between varients of Spanish will be analyzed and special emphasis will be placed on the Spanish spoken in Mexico. Class participants will be expected to purchase a DVD of a well-known Spanish-language film designated by Dr. Urrutibéheity. Segments of the film will be discussed during several class periods. (A limited enrollment class)

THE BEST OF THE SHAKESPEARE COMEDIES

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

04 - 17 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-04-17 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In the past few decades a number of Shakespearean comedies have been made into entrancing films. Like the original plays, these presentations are a treat for popular and esoteric audiences alike. Kate Pogue has chosen six of her favorite comedies to watch in their entirety: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night, making this course a joyful, mini Shakespeare Festival. The films have been directed by the best of the best—Franco Zefferelli, Trevor Nunn, and Kenneth Branagh. If this summer is not the right one for you to travel to Stratford or London, or if you’ve always wondered why people love Shakespeare and would like to find out, come and be transported and amused as we enjoy the best of the Shakespeare comedies. (*The extra 30 minutes is for viewing the films. A limited enrollment class)

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH

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Price: 325.00 USD
6 Weeks

04 - 26 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-04-26 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class is a continuation of the beginning level Spanish class. The language materials used are part of a new series authored by Dr. Urrutibéheity titled El Español Actual (Today´s Spanish). Intensive speaking practice continues to be the main feature of each class. Participants are encouraged to express themselves in Spanish and progress at their own pace. The grammatical structure of spoken Spanish is given more emphasis than in the preceding level. Special pronunciation and grammatical contrasts will be discussed. Participants will be given CDs with the contents of each lesson. They will be expected to do written exercises to reinforce the learning of new vocabulary and structures. (A limited enrollment class)

ROMANCING THE 20TH CENTURY

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 01 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-05-01 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How does the twentieth century treat love and passion on the page? Truth be told, the past century is known for its rebellion against traditional emotional expression, which modernist and postmodernist writers replaced with abstractions, distancing themselves from the more tender connections between people. Despite this aversion to feeling, however, authors were writing romantic texts, although of a different texture than the likes of, say, Jane Austen. What are the defining characteristics of the twentieth-century romance? How do authors express sexual desire, abiding love, romantic jealousy, and romantic sorrow? We’ll begin with short stories by Faulkner and Raymond Carver, then read selections by D. H. Lawrence, Daphne du Maurier, Jean Rhys, and Michael Ondaatje. For the final session, the class will vote on whether to read and discuss Nicolas Sparks’ The Notebook or Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Either way, we’ll have a viewing party at the end of the six weeks to watch one of these films/episodes, eat popcorn, and discuss the translation of romantic text to romantic film. Week 1 • “A Rose for Emily,” William Faulkner (1920) • “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love,” Raymond Carver (1981) Week 2 • Lady Chatterley’s Lover and “The Fox,” D. H. Lawrence (1928 and 1922) Week 3 • Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier (1938) Week 4 • Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys (1966) Week 5 • The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje (1992) Week 6: Student Choice • The Notebook, Nicolas Sparks (1996) OR • Outlander, Diana Gabaldon (1991)

ROMANCING THE 20TH CENTURY

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 01 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-05-01 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How does the twentieth century treat love and passion on the page? What are the defining characteristics of the twentieth-century romance? How do authors express sexual desire, abiding love, romantic jealousy, and romantic sorrow? Even though the past century is known for its rebellion against traditional emotional expression, we will examine the following selections and end with a viewing party (with popcorn) to discuss the translation of romantic text into film: *Week 1: “A Rose for Emily,” William Faulkner and “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love,” Raymond Carver *Week 2: Lady Chatterley’s Lover and “The Fox,” D. H. Lawrence *Week 3: Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier *Week 4: Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys *Week 5: The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje *Week 6: Student Choice: The Notebook, Nicolas Sparks OR Outlander, Diana Gabaldon

STORYTELLING

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Price: 80.00 USD
0 Weeks

05 - 01 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-05-01 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Storytelling is taking someone on a journey in the past and then returning him or her to the present. We may not remember a person—we do remember their story. We are taught how to write our stories but what about learning how to tell them? In this class, popular radio show host and award-winning educator, Dr. Hank, will help students craft the story that they want to tell. Through interactive exercises and learning to organize our rich experiences into a strong narrative, we can all become immortal through the best human connection—Storytelling! (A limited enrollment class)

THE CHANGING WORLD: Abridged Edition

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 01 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-05-01 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Back by popular demand, this course is the exact same 12-week class that Eric Botts taught in the Spring—the only difference being that it is shorter. This course will examine the impact of the shifting balance of power between nations with the ascendancy of China, the re-emergence of “Imperial” Russia, the collision of Saudi Arabia and Iran, and the potential dissolution of the European Union—all of which set the backdrop for a fundamental change in the power and influence of the United States. We will discuss the expanding conflict in cyberspace that gives groups of cyber criminals, marginalized nations, and hacktivists the ability to directly challenge established world powers and in many cases prevail. We will explore the challenges we face as a global community as we confront a rapidly changing world. (Note: do not sign up for this class if you attended it in the Spring.)

"AND THE OSCAR GOES TO...The Academy Award Contenders for Best Picture, 2018

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 02 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-05-02 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

There are no winners or losers when it comes to being nominated for an academy award. The red carpet and the designer gowns are just as much a part of the evening as receiving the most recognized trophy in the world. Students of this class will screen this year’s nominations and gain understanding of what it takes to win an Oscar. Let’s go to the movies!

ILLUMINATING THE PSYCHE THROUGH THE ARTS: Art as Lens to Relationships with Others

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Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

05 - 02 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-05-02 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course will bring together the Arts and Psychology—an exuberantly illuminating and catalyzing pair—in order to create a portal into understanding the conundrums of human behavior. We delight in duos that reciprocally enhance: food and wine; Simon and Garfunkel; warp and woof; Toklas and Stein; Yin and Yang; Freud and Jung. Our smorgasbord will include: • Poetic cataclysms of Nobel prize-winning Wislawa Szymborska managed by Tich Nhat Hahn’s meditative practice and Steven Hayes’ Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). • Pia Melody’s epic research on redemptive connection through healthy boundaries excavated by excerpts from Grace Paley’s short stories and Rebecca Solnit’s memoires. • Maggie Taylors’s fantastical photo collages mapping the stress/trauma response in Bessel van der Kolk’s foundational book The Body Keep the Score. Ultimately, this course is designed to provide safe passage—sometimes quiet, sometimes boisterous—to better understand the complexities of our lives, individually and collectively, through combinations that compliment and oppose; distill and topple; shore up and expand. Each class will combine current psychological and neurological theory with the visual and literary arts. Writing, collage, and drawing will also be a part of our work together, though always optional. Ultimately, group discussions and experiential opportunities will open a space for better understanding the dynamics of relationships with others and with ourselves. (A limited enrollment class)

ILLUMINATING THE PSYCHE THROUGH THE ARTS: Art as Lens to Relationships with Others

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Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

05 - 02 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-05-02 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course will bring together the Arts and Psychology, an exuberantly illuminating and catalyzing pair, in order to create a portal into understanding the conundrums of human behavior. Ultimately, this course is designed to provide safe passage—sometimes quiet, sometimes boisterous—to better understand the complexities of our lives, individually and collectively, through combinations that compliment and oppose; distill and topple; shore up and expand. Each class will combine current psychological and neurological theory with the visual and literary arts. Group discussions and experiential opportunities will open a space for better understanding the dynamics of relationships with others and with ourselves. (A limited enrollment class)

SHOPPING WISELY

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Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 02 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-05-02 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you purchase clothes or accessories, and then bring them home only to find they go with nothing in your closet? Or do you have nothing but black handbags and white blouses, but want to add some ‘spice’ to your look? This class is going to force you to look at the items you buy in another light. We will actually go shopping in stores and you will learn how to shop for items that will update and work in your closet in a variety of looks. We will discuss why a particular item is a good addition and why another is not. This will be a fun-filled and very hands-on class! (A limited enrollment class)

SHOPPING WISELY

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Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 02 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-05-02 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you purchase clothes or accessories, and then bring them home only to find they go with nothing in your closet? Or do you have nothing but black handbags and white blouses, but want to add some ‘spice’ to your look? This class is going to force you to look at the items you buy in another light. We will actually go shopping in stores and you will learn how to shop for items that will update and work in your closet in a variety of looks. We will discuss why a particular item is a good addition and why another is not. This will be a fun-filled and very hands-on class! (A limited enrollment class)

U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN THE NEWS

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 02 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-05-02 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course will focus on an in-depth discussion of breaking stories and broader trends in U.S. foreign policy. Subjects could include the Trump Administration's approach to foreign affairs, the ongoing tragedy of Syria, U.S. and North Korean tensions, the Iran nuclear deal, Moscow's policies in Europe and the Middle East, and the short to medium term prospects for Chinese-American conflict. The object throughout is to have an open, thought-provoking discussion that will allow students to move beyond sound bites in order to better understand the international challenges we face as a nation.

LEAVES OF GRASS AND MOBY-DICK

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 03 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-05-03 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Whitman is our greatest poet and Melville’s Moby-Dick, perhaps, our greatest novel. Moby-Dick was published in 1851. Whitman published the first of nine editions of Leaves of Grass is 1855. Both are “epic” works and, in many ways, completely eccentric; and together they establish American literature’s independence of the British traditions that dominated American culture. We will spend four weeks on Moby-Dick, two weeks on Leaves of Grass; and in the first class, we will cover Chapters 1-23 (The Lee Shore) of Moby –Dick. This isn’t a book to read at the beach!

MUSIC IN THE MOVIES

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 03 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-05-03 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for an exploration of the hows and whys of music in film. We will be discussing a wide range of films encompassing everything from the early silent German expressionist works to the blockbusters of today. Come prepared to analyze and discuss some of your favorite films, and leave humming a tune each week.

NON-WESTERN INFLUENCES ON EARLY MODERNISM

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Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

05 - 03 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-05-03 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

At the beginning of the 19th century progressive artists began to recognize that the Greco-Roman, Renaissance tradition had become depleted. This coincided with colonial expansion bringing closer contact with the Islamic world and influencing artists such as Delacroix, Ingres, and Chasseriau; the opening up of Japan in the 1840’s and Japanese prints arriving in Europe which became influential in the development of Impressionism; Gauguin working outside of Europe in Tahiti as well as French colonial expansion into sub-Saharan Africa bringing many superb African artifacts to Paris which influenced artists such as Picasso and Braque; and, later in the 20th century American artists looking to indigenous tribal art for inspiration, most notably Georgia O’Keefe, Marsden Hartley, and Jackson Pollock—without these non-European influences the development of western modernism would have been profoundly different.

NON-WESTERN INFLUENCES ON EARLY MODERNISM

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Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

05 - 03 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-05-03 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

At the beginning of the 19th century progressive artists began to recognize that the Greco-Roman, Renaissance tradition had become depleted. This coincided with colonial expansion, especially French into North Africa, and closer contact with the Islamic world. Artists such as Delacroix, Ingres, and Chasseriau introduced Arabic subject- matter into their paintings. With the opening up of Japan in the 1840’s, Japanese prints arrived in Europe and became influential in the development of Impressionism, indeed, the influence of Japanese wood-block prints on Manet, Whistler, Degas, Monet, and Renoir had a profound influence on Impressionism. A third influence begins with the work of Gauguin, working outside of Europe in Tahiti. French colonial expansion into sub-Saharan Africa brought many superb African artifacts to Paris where they were collected by the turn of the century. Picasso, Braque, and many other artists incorporated African imagery into their works, not only in France but beyond, as in the works of the German Expressionistists, such as Nolde and Kirchner. Later, in the 20th century, American artists looked to indigenous tribal art for inspiration, most notably Georgia O’Keefe and Marsden Hartley, followed by Jackson Pollock and other Abstract Expressionists. Without these non-Europea influences the development of western modernism would have been profoundly different. This new course will examine this topic, using many unusual rarely seen images.

TIMES OF OUR LIVES: A Writing Workshop

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Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 03 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-05-03 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

"The past is never dead. It's not even past." William Faulkner in "Requiem for a Nun" We have all heard the adage that time changes everything. In this creative writing workshop, we will consider the effects of time as it relates to our poems, stories, memoirs, and essays. This course is a perfect place for new writers to begin and for experienced writers to continue their works or to create new pieces for potential publication. The instructor will write comments on one piece of each participant’s writing every week. If available, please bring an example of your writing to the first session. (A limited enrollment class)

FROM A BOX IN THE ATTIC: Posthumous Conversations Between a Doctor and a Rabbi

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

05 - 06 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-05-06 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

"Learned by Heart: Dialogues with My Father", a new book written by Dr. Milton Klein, began as a dutiful compilation of the views of his father, Rabbi Dr. Carl Klein, about Judaism, philosophy, and Torah study and quickly morphed into a posthumous exchange about life, love, family, and core beliefs. Part medicine, part philosophy, part parenting guide, the book uncovers the quieter legacy and profound solace that stimulate explorations of remembrance and reflection. Dr. Klein will discuss several chapters that provide a fascinating interplay between medicine and Talmudic wisdom offering insights into how we deal with modern dilemmas, including the intense emotional challenges of health, life, death, and many other central themes that touch us all.

MY FAVORITE MOVIE

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Price: 80.00 USD
0 Weeks

05 - 07 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-05-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Is it possible to have a favorite movie? Well, Dennis Huston has one but he is keeping it a secret until these two classes in May. You won’t want to miss this!

MAH JONGG

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Price: 250.00 USD
5 Weeks

05 - 08 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-05-08 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is designed to teach the basic rules and skills of Mah Jongg, a game that originated in China, dating back to the time of Confucius. To this day, it remains the most popular game in Asia. The Mah Jongg set will be provided, but each student will need to purchase a Mah Jongg card. One can be purchased for $8.00 from the National Mah Jongg League 212-246-3052 or from Where The Winds Blow 281-578-7571. (A limited enrollment class)

INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOR

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Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 09 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-05-09 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Have you ever wanted to paint with watercolor? Basics and skills are the fundamental building blocks of watercolor painting and confidence will be gained as we learn these. The class will begin by learning to mix and make your own colors along with the various watercolor painting techniques. Small studies will be presented to practice each new skill as they are introduced. This class is for beginners and others who want to "brush" up on their skills. Materials will be furnished. (It is important to attend the first class. A limited enrollment class.)

INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOR

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Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 09 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-05-09 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Have you ever wanted to paint with watercolor? From learning to mix your own colors to practicing each fundamental building block of watercolor painting, this class is for beginners and others who want to "brush" up on their skills. Materials will be furnished. (It is important to attend the first class. A limited enrollment class.)

JILL CARROLL UNPLUGGED

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Price: 80.00 USD
0 Weeks

05 - 14 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM 2018-05-14 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

In this one-day/two-part class, Jill Carroll takes center stage to address some of the most contentious and vexing issues of our day. Hold onto your seats for this one! Bring your lunch! (The class will take two breaks during each session as well as allow for 1 hour for lunch in between.)

TAKING GREAT PHOTOS & ORGANIZING THEM

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 17 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-05-17 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Two of the most often-used features of iPhones and iPads are the Camera and the Photos app. The smartphone’s camera is very sophisticated and can result in some very professional-looking photos. However, there are so many fun, yet powerful, camera options people don’t know about which offer a lot more options when taking pictures, and can improve the quality of photos exponentially. So many of us don't know how to edit, share, organize, or back up our photos. In addition, few of us understand how to work with iCloud and Dropbox photo storage. In this class we will learn how to unlock the potential of the Camera and Photo apps on our smartphones!

BRIDGES OF THE WORLD

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Price: 150.00 USD
2 Weeks

06 - 11 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-06-11 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Building bridges not walls is seemingly a modern cry, but building bridges is one of the oldest creations of civilized man and often, an artistic one as well. Bridges often define a particular place. Bridges often define a particular place. Who can think of San Francisco, London, Sydney, Florence, Venice, Prague, or Brooklyn without the image of their famous bridge? In this four-session class we will look at the history, art, architecture, and engineering of the bridges. We will consider a plethora of famous bridges and their builders —Gustave Eiffel, Thomas Telford, John Roebling, Santiago Calatrava and perhaps the greatest of them all —Isambard Kingdom Brunel. (Classes will meet Monday and Wednesday: June 11, June 13, June 19, and June 20)

LET'S WRITE: A Creative Writing Workshop

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Price: 250.00 USD
5 Weeks

09 - 04 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-04 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Have you always wanted to write but been afraid to take the first step? Or are you a polished writer who simply needs inspiration and the dedicated time to pen words to paper? This course will mentor both types of writers and everyone in between. Participants will view intriguing visual prompts and respond in the type of writing most comfortable to them—poetry, fiction, or essay. There will be regular assignments, positive feedback (both oral and written), and discussion of publication possibilities for individual pieces. You will feel your confidence grow and your skills expand. (A limited enrollment class)

RULING RUSSIA

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 04 - 2018, 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM 2018-09-04 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Vladimir Putin is often depicted in our media as the latest in a long line of Russian autocrats, part of an unbroken tradition in Russia of authoritarian rulers oppressing their people. But is this an accurate way to understand Putin, one of today’s most consequential leaders? Does it make sense historically, or does it obscure important dimensions of Russia’s past, and lead us to misunderstand Russia’s present? This course examines the lives and times of several of the most significant rulers in Russian history—Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Alexander II, Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Putin—as a way of better understanding Russia today.

LET'S TALK: Effectively Communicating with Self and Others

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Price: 500.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 05 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-05 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Most people rate their connections with other people as one of, if not the most, meaningful aspect of their lives. Yet unlike reading, writing and ‘rithmatic—we do not explicitly learn skills in connecting with others in school. Sometimes we have no instruction in these skills. This seminar will discuss and explore the following skills: identifying our own and others emotions; expressing our own emotions in an effective way; understanding and facilitating others expression of their emotions; demonstrating compassion, even during conflict; nurturing deep emotional bonds with others; and, emotionally reconnecting with another person after a conflict. We will use discussion, brief exercises, and participant journals to focus on understanding relationships—both how we nurture and interfere with deeper connections. (A limited enrollment class)

ENGLISH 101: An Introduction to Literature

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 06 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-09-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course will remind you of the introductory English courses taught in days of yore. We will read novels, poems, and plays in order to ask ourselves what are the essential differences between them. • Henrik Ibsen, "Hedda Gabler" • Henrik Ibsen, "Ghosts" and a "Doll House" • Anton Chekhov, "Uncle Vanya" and "Three Sisters" • J.M. Coetzee, "Life and Times of Michael K" • Nadine Gordimer, "July’s People" • Alice Munro, "Dear Life" • Edward P. Jones, "All Aunt Hagar’s Children" • Tom Stoppard, "India Ink" • Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia" • Philip Larkin, "Collected Poems" • Robert Has, "Apple Trees at Olema" • Leftover Poems!

POP ART: U.S. and U.K.

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 06 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-09-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

By 1962, the movement known as Pop Art had been identified on both sides of the Atlantic. Although generally seen as an American phenomenon, Pop Art had developed simultaneously from the mid-1950’s and, although different in form, artists from both countries drew on the same source material, namely the post WWII proliferation of media imagery such as movies, television, advertising, fashion, and music—especially Rock and Roll. In America the proto-pop works of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschanberg paved the way for Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Robert Indiana. In the U.K. Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton created the wave of works that could clearly be identified as Pop Art. A second wave included Peter Blake (perhaps best known for his iconic cover for the Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), Joe Tilson, and Richard Smith. By 1962 a third generation further defined the movement in the work of such artists as David Hockney, R. B. Kitaj, Derek Boshier, Allen Jones, Peter Phillips, Clive Barker, and Gerald Laing. This course will clarify the dualism of the movement and be extensively illustrated with rarely seen images from both countries. David E. Brauer is recognized as a leading expert on Pop Art, having co-curated and written catalogue entries for major Pop Art exhibitions in Houston, London, and Germany.

THE SERENITY SOLUTION: Accessing Inner Peace in Stressful Situations

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Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

09 - 06 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this class we will focus on the negative thinking that can get in the way of our health and well-being by learning how to access the peace that resides within us. In our journey, we will use wisdom teachings from the world's major spiritual traditions, scientific findings, psychology, sociology, and other perspectives to learn how to simplify our lives through the principles of non-attachment, living in the present, and understanding our true nature. We will also examine how certain people and situations press our "buttons" and cause internal reactivity, negativity, and ongoing stress. By accessing the peaceful state that is our true nature, we can more effectively produce the changes we want in our lives and in the world. (This class is a part of a series of classes in which Liz Weiman explores the continuing journey spanning stress and serenity, dealing with difficult people and culminating in choosing freedom over fear. A limited enrollment class)

TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE: The Films of Notable Directorial Duos

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 06 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

It is not uncommon for screenplay authors and film directors, poets and painters, and sculptors and architects to work together on projects and share the credit for the project’s creative genius. Like in any other field of artistic endeavors collaborations are very common in the film industry, most often between a director or producer and the film’s editor. Less common, but often just as fruitful a collaboration, comes from the partnership of two directors sharing the leadership and directing the artistic vision of a film. In this class, we will examine three films from the three most famous, well-regarded directorial duos—the multi-faceted, genre hopping, (and a personal favorite of Hannah’s) Coen brothers; the wacky, weird, and wonderful Wachowski siblings; and the Belgian, left-wing filmmaking brothers of Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. In analyzing the work of the three most famous duo movie directors, we will define each individual director’s directorial style and cinematic themes as well as determine what makes an influential director. This will be complicated when we uncover the tensions between the two directors, both with particular artistic visions, on the same film. We will examine the following three films: • Coen brothers, Raising Arizona (1987) • The Wachowskis, The Matrix (1999) • Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, L’Enfant (The Child) (2005)

FLASH POINTS: Conflict Zones in an Era of Increasing Global Competition

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 07 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Together we will explore rising tensions across the international landscape. The shifting balance of power between nations is bringing about a reordering of global power dynamics as emerging powers vie for regional dominance, which creates the potential for conflict on economic, political, and military levels. We will examine the following: the ascendancy of China and its impact on our Asian partners; the new cold war between Russia and the West; the expanding proxy wars in the Middle East; the rising tension between Venezuela and Colombia; the sectarian, tribal, and national conflicts in Africa; and, the struggle of the U.S. to maintain global leadership in the face of these challenges. Our inquiry will seek to unmask the seeds of conflict in these and other areas and consider options available to policy makers to address them.

BEGINNING SPANISH I: El Esapañol Contemporáneo

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Price: 350.00 USD
7 Weeks

09 - 10 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-10 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is intended for students who have had little or no previous Spanish. The emphasis is not on how much is “covered,” but on the internalization of that introduced in class, keeping in mind the fact that learning a second language in a non-immersion environment is a gradual process. The progress of the class will not be determined by the instructor but by the progress of the group. Students will be provided with CDs for each of the lessons introduced in class that correspond to the textbook lessons in El Español Actual (2016 edition), authored by Dr. Hector Urrutibéheity. This textbook can be purchased at Copy.com at 1201 Westheimer. (A limited enrollment class)

BEYOND THE LOUVRE: Art Museums for the Connoisseur

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Price: 225.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 10 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-09-10 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This is the Age of Museums. All over the world, new museums open and old ones expand. Visitation has never been higher. This is not limited to the great and famous museums, but also the smaller and less celebrated ones. In this course we will discover these lesser-known gems of the art museum world, at least lesser known to Americans. From Australia to Abu Dhabi, Toronto to Taipei, Basel to Barcelona, Toledo (in Ohio) to Louisiana (in Denmark), forget London and Paris rather think Liverpool and Strasbourg instead—this class will be a globetrotting tour of art museums for those who are tired of standing in line to see the Mona Lisa.

BRITISH ROYAL PORTRAITURE: From Tudors to the Windsors

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 10 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-10 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In anticipation of a major loan exhibition coming to the MFAH from the National Portrait Gallery London, this course will be dedicated to the fascinating personalities that dominated English history over the course of about 500 years. The most famous portraits like Hans Holbein the Younger’s insightful depiction of Henry VIII, the “Ditchley Portrait” of Elizabeth I, which shows her in all her regal glory standing on a map of England, and the charming family portrait of the children of King Charles I will be the highlights of the Tudor and Stuart period. They will be followed by those of the “gorgeous” Georgians—with an emphasis on George III (the king who lost the Colonies), whose actual coronation robes will allow for interesting comparisons. The long reign of Queen Victoria will be amply discussed, as will the elegant Edwardians, especially Princess Alexandra, the fashion icon of her day. Naturally, the Windsor family from George V to Princes William and Harry and their spouses will be discussed in depth. Above all, it will be an examination of the changing perceptions of monarchy by the kings and queens themselves, by their portraitists, and by the public.

FLASH POINTS: Conflict Zones in an Era of Increasing Global Competition

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 10 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-10 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Together we will explore rising tensions across the international landscape. The shifting balance of power between nations is bringing about a reordering of global power dynamics as emerging powers vie for regional dominance, which creates the potential for conflict on economic, political, and military levels. We will examine the following: the ascendancy of China and its impact on our Asian partners; the new cold war between Russia and the West; the expanding proxy wars in the Middle East; the rising tension between Venezuela and Colombia; the sectarian, tribal, and national conflicts in Africa; and, the struggle of the U.S. to maintain global leadership in the face of these challenges. Our inquiry will seek to unmask the seeds of conflict in these and other areas and consider options available to policy makers to address them.

START AT THE BEGINNING: Technology Basics

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Price: 250.00 USD
4 Weeks

09 - 10 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-09-10 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Do you want to communicate with your kids and grandkids with the tools they typically use, but don't know where to begin? Do you feel fear about selecting the wrong choice on the Internet and exposing yourself to a scam or virus? Do you see others taking photos and then emailing/texting them to others and wish you could learn how? Take the first step by starting with this very basics class. In this workshop, you will begin to understand the technology in your own home—all the wires and what they are for. You will learn how to work with your smartphone—everything from changing the volume, making your screen brighter, and adding a contact. By the end of this class, you will feel empowered by the technology in your life. (A limited enrollment class)

THE DIRTY THIRTIES: Literature and Culture of the Great Depression

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Price: 225.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 10 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-09-10 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

In 1929, the U.S. stock market experienced the most devastating crash in its history, beginning a long depression that would continue until the American entry into World War II in 1941. In contrast to the “roaring” jubilancy and widespread economic prosperity of the 1920s, the 1930s was a decade of poverty and struggle. American culture, however, flourished both because and in spite of the Great Depression. Art began to take more inspiration from the average, struggling American, ushering in an age of Social Realism that infused art with political statement. Led by F.D.R., the government supported writers and visual artists. Big band swing took over from hot jazz, and dancing styles increased in athleticism. “Talkies” became the norm, and 1939 is still considered one of the greatest years in film due to the releases of The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind. In this course, we’ll study the history, literature, music, art, and film of the vibrant but complex 1930s with an eye for how this decade helped define contemporary American culture.

ROMANTIC COMEDIES: Once More

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

09 - 11 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-11 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Our two-semester study of romantic comedies has taken us through a variety of romances. Such works have found a myriad of ways of keeping the lovers apart before bringing them together: commitments to someone else, failure to meet, divorce from the lover they eventually remarry, dislike that only gradually changes to love, and fantasies about someone else. In the films we will explore this semester some of these patterns get repeated in similar forms. In two of the comedies we will study, disguise—as a different sex—both encourages and makes romance impossible. Two of the greatest comedies ever made, Some Like It Hot and Tootsie, take this form and provide complexities that produce, at times, brilliant slapstick entertainment. Another, more classic romantic comedy, and probably Woody Allen’s best picture, Annie Hall, presents different views of romance, relationships, and fame. And yet another film, While You Were Sleeping, provides an interesting variation on the “wrong choice-of-lover” theme common to romantic comedies. In What’s Up, Doc? Peter Bogdanovich offers his own imaginative modernization of the thirties screwball comedy. Then, if we have time, I plan to explore two films that work radical changes upon the convention: one, Intern, which sort of modifies the traditional love plot and the other, Before We Go, which leaves the plot of the romance unresolved.

SEEING OURSELVES: The Art of Self-Portraiture from Dürer to the Selfie

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 11 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-11 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course offers a panoramic overview of drawn, painted, sculpted, and photographed self-portraits in Art History from the Early Renaissance to the present day. Students will study concepts of looking in the mirror and representing one’s self in the visual arts across time. Issues of likeness, status, identity, story telling, and narcissism will be examined from the viewpoints of both the artist and the viewer. Iconic examples of self-portrayal from Dürer and Rembrandt to the Post-Modern and Contemporary period, as well as examples from the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston will be part of the course.

THE BIBLE'S PRIMEVAL STORY: Genesis 1 - 11

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 11 - 2018, 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM 2018-09-11 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM

The Hebrew Bible prefaces its story of Abraham and his descendants, the Israelites, with a universal history of humanity in the primeval world. In this series, we will consider the original meanings and enduring legacies of some of the Bible’s most memorable stories—the creation of the world, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, the great flood and Noah’s ark, and the tower of Babel. We will look at these stories from a number of perspectives, including their cultural context in the ancient Near East, their place in Genesis and the Bible, their traditional interpretation by Jewish, Christian, and Islamic readers, and their influence on art and literature through the ages.

FROM IMAGINATION TO PRINT: A Writer's Guild

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Price: 425.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 12 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-09-12 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

An innate element in human nature compels us to tell stories. This course provides the impetus for a community of writers to pursue their thoughts, ideas, experiences, and imagination. Participants will find a dedicated time to write creatively as well as the encouragement to do so. Class time will be balanced between analyzing writing techniques and utilizing a variety of prompts, along with receiving instructor feedback on each piece of writing. (A limited enrollment class)

MIDTERM EXAM: The 2018 Congressional Elections and the Trump Presidency

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 12 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-12 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Early indicators are that the upcoming midterm elections will likely feature a national blue wave that gives Democrats a good chance to regain a U.S. House majority after eight years as the minority party. But will that blue wave wash over Texas, or hit a red wall in the Lone Star State? And, what will happen in the Senate where a Democratic majority will be far more difficult to achieve with the minority party having to defend 26 seats in November, versus just nine GOP seats—eight of which are in states President Trump won in 2016. In this class we will monitor the run-up to the November 7th vote, with particular attention to a half-dozen competitive U.S. House races in Texas, the Cruz-O’Rourke U.S. Senate race, and state legislative races across Texas. After the vote, we will analyze the results and speculate on what they mean for the Trump Administration in 2019 and 2020.

MIND Matters: Controversial Issues in Psychology

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Price: 225.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 12 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-09-12 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Each day we see news on TV or in the papers about drug abuse, eating disorders, attention deficit disorder, teen suicide, and the presumed effects of childhood abuse. But are we to make sense of what we hear? The past 30 years have brought about unprecedented development in the understanding of human behavior, but there is still much controversy and much more to be learned. Join Dr. Roberta Diddel as she moves into a large classroom setting in order to explore issues of applied psychology, challenge what is suspected to be true, and poses questions for open-ended debate. Controversies to be discussed include: • Is mental illness really an illness, and should it be treated like a medical disease? • Is adult distress caused by childhood trauma? • Is divorce always harmful to children? • Are repressed memories reliable? • Should the courts make allowances for the insane? • The media’s reporting on mental illness: Is it helpful or harmful? • Does Attention Deficit Disorder exist, and should kids take medicine for it? • Eating Disorders: Is our culture killing us? • Should abstinence be the only goal for alcohol abuse? • Are psychiatric medications over-prescribed? • Are antidepressants responsible for some

BLENDING CULTURES: How Celts, Latins and Africans Shaped American Music

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

09 - 13 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-13 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Unless we are Native Americans, we all came here as immigrants. We, or our ancestors, brought with us our talents, culture, and our music, which created the melting pot that is America. While all cultures contributed, in this course we will concentrate on three ethnic groups with strong musical traditions that had a profound influence on the American sound. The Celts, especially the Scots and Irish, created the foundations of our folk music. Latin Americans brought their music—a blend of Spanish, African, and indigenous sounds—influencing the music we hear in the Southwest. And African Americans have created what most musical historians consider is truly American Music—rag, blues, jazz, rhythm & blues, rock, and hip hop. We will learn about the history of these groups and explore the rich medley of their music—sacred and secular, work songs and art music, serious and joyful.

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH

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Price: 425.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 13 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-09-13 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class is a continuation of the beginning level Spanish class. The language materials used are part of a new series authored by Dr. Urrutibéheity titled El Español Actual (Today´s Spanish). Intensive speaking practice continues to be the main feature of each class. Participants are encouraged to express themselves in Spanish and progress at their own pace. The grammatical structure of spoken Spanish is given more emphasis than in the preceding level. Special pronunciation and grammatical contrasts will be discussed. Participants will be given CDs with the contents of each lesson. They will be expected to do written exercises to reinforce the learning of new vocabulary and structures. (A limited enrollment class)

MIDTERM EXAM: The 2018 Congressional Elections and the Trump Presidency

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

09 - 14 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-09-14 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Early indicators are that the upcoming midterm elections will likely feature a national blue wave that gives Democrats a good chance to regain a U.S. House majority after eight years as the minority party. But will that blue wave wash over Texas, or hit a red wall in the Lone Star State? And, what will happen in the Senate where a Democratic majority will be far more difficult to achieve with the minority party having to defend 26 seats in November, versus just nine GOP seats—eight of which are in states President Trump won in 2016. In this class we will monitor the run-up to the November 7th vote, with particular attention to a half-dozen competitive U.S. House races in Texas, the Cruz-O’Rourke U.S. Senate race, and state legislative races across Texas. After the vote, we will analyze the results and speculate on what they mean for the Trump Administration in 2019 and 2020.

FALL FASHION TRENDS

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

09 - 16 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-09-16 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

What are the trends for the Fall? And, how can you wear them? Join our fashion guru as she unpacks the season’s hottest fashion trends for the Fall and demonstrates how to make something go from the pages of a magazine to a realistic and exciting part of your wardrobe.

J.R.R. TOLKIEN: The Man Who Made Middle-Earth

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

09 - 16 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-09-16 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

This lecture will survey the milestones in the life of J.R.R. Tolkien that led him to become the author of The Lord of the Rings. It will also discuss his pivotal friendship with C. S. Lewis and how the two mythmakers co-founded the Inklings. Come learn about Tolkien’s amazing journey to Middle-earth, a journey that included tragedy and triumph, sorrow, and joy.

A BOOK GROUP: Reading Critically Acclaimed Literary Works

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Price: 350.00 USD
8 Weeks

09 - 25 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-09-25 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class will meet once a month to discuss eight literary works. We will meet the fourth Tuesday of each month, from September to May, excluding December. The selections have been made from novels, collections of short stories, and memoirs that have received critical acclaim from peers, reviewers, and the reading public. Led by author and writing instructor Nancy Geyer, the course will differ from a lecture format in that class members will be encouraged to participate in the discussion of the monthly book assignment. It is patterned on the classic formula of book clubs that became popular in the early 20th century and continue to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on characterization, plot, structure, dialogue, style, and atmosphere. The book selections and dates follow: (A limited enrollment class) • September 25 "Leonardo Da Vinci" – Walter Isaacson • October 23 "A Man Called Ove" – Fredrick Backman • November 27 "Little Bee" – Chris Cleeve • December No Meeting • January 22 "West with the Night" – Beryl Markham • February 26 "Hillbilly Elegy" – J.D. Vance • March 26 "My Name is Lucy Barton" – Elizabeth Strout • April 23 "One Day" – David Nicholls • May 28 "Blue Highways" – Heat Moon

A WORLD OF WINE

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Price: 300.00 USD
4 Weeks

09 - 30 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM 2018-09-30 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

For the past nine years our classes at the Institute have focused on the diversity, quality, and value of wine. We have discovered that wine producers throughout the world create wines that are enjoyable and affordable. In this series there will be less emphasis on value but more on the super stars of the wine world. Join us as we sample great wines from Europe, the United States, and the Southern Hemisphere. We will taste the grape at it's very best! Each class will begin with approximately 30 minutes of background and continues with 90 minutes of tasting six to eight world-class wines. (A limited enrollment class) Classes will meet September 30, October 14, October 21, and October 28.

OLIVIER’S SHAKESPEARE

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Price: 200.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 02 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-10-02 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Laurence Olivier, arguably the greatest actor of the 20th century, starred in and directed five ground-breaking films of Shakespearean plays: Henry V, Hamlet, Richard III, Othello and King Lear. We will watch each of these films, noting the depth and originality of a great modern actor interpreting the work of the greatest of all classic playwrights. (A limited enrollment class)

JILL CARROLL EXPLORES

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Price: 150.00 USD
3 Weeks

10 - 03 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-10-03 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In these individual and unique lectures, Jill Carroll will explore topics in religion and philosophy. • October 3: Gnostic Gospels • November 7: What’s Trending? • December 5: Flannery O’Connor, readings to be determined

JILL CARROLL EXPLORES

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Price: 150.00 USD
3 Weeks

10 - 03 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-10-03 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

In these individual and unique lectures, Jill Carroll will explore topics in religion and philosophy. • October 3: Gnostic Gospels • November 7: What’s Trending? • December 5: Flannery O’Connor, readings to be determined

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN, A BILINGUAL FORERUNNER: A Renaissance Man’s Vision for His Colony

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

10 - 07 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-10-07 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Historical figures such as Stephen F. Austin bring forth wonder, respect, skepticism, and hope. In the 1820's, when he led the first Anglo-American colonists into Mexico, a newly formed nation that had spent 300 years as part of the Spanish Empire, Austin did not know Spanish and his French was basic. From the start, he understood that to succeed in this new enterprise, he had to ensure that he and his colonists could communicate, both legally and socially, in the Spanish language of their newly adopted country. In this lecture, we will look at both the historical context of these times and Austin’s Spanish language skills, through his secret diary, and personal and business correspondence.

iWORKSHOP FOR iPHONES, iPADS AND APPS: Tips and Tricks for Your Apples Smart Phones and Tablets

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Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

10 - 08 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-10-08 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

New iPhones/iPads have come out bringing many changes and different, sometimes confusing, features. Whether you have purchased a new iPhone/iPad, or want to get the most out of your current device, it is important to understand these new features. The class starts with the basics and covers everything from how to navigate, work with settings, organize our screen, locate hidden features, use the camera and it's new features, and more. We will explore the latest changes and the glitches we may encounter using certain features or upgrading. We will learn the essential apps to unleash the power of our devices, making our lives easier. Participants are encouraged to bring their devices to class. (A limited enrollment class)

WRITING YOUR LIFE AND TIMES

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Price: 425.00 USD
10 Weeks

10 - 09 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-10-09 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

You may gravitate toward autobiography, memoir, essay or journaling. You may span decades of family lore or focus on your own life and the people who influenced you or the experiences that gave you skills and wisdom. Your purpose may be to reveal challenges you’ve faced, share knowledge and values, or make people laugh. This class provides resources to strengthen your story and encouragement to develop your own storytelling “voice.” Reading recommendations are offered, along with tactics for cultivating memory, working around barriers, and managing the process. Feedback comes from class discussion and in writing via e-mail from the instructor. (A limited enrollment class)

A CONVERSATION WITH KATE AND DAVID: Artists on Art

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

10 - 14 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-10-14 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

David Brauer is a trained artist as well as an art historian. Kate Pogue is a stage director and playwright as well as a Shakespeare scholar. Together in this spirited exchange they will explore the many steps an artist takes to mastermind an idea from inspiration through to the finished work.

THE STORY OF US: A History of Modern America

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 16 - 2018, 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM 2018-10-16 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Most of us endured, as high school or college students, a history class that largely consisted of dates, names, and events, and required skills in memorization, but little else. In this course, we will explore the history of modern America—from the post-Civil War decade and the nation’s rise as an industrial-military power through the Great Depression, the world wars, the Cold War and its attendant proxy wars, the Civil Rights Movement, and forward. Because history isn’t just a visit to a “wax museum,” our focus will be on the ways in which people participated in and responded to the events they were experiencing. Our aim will be to explore vital themes of the nation’s past to help us think about how they are relevant to understanding America and Americans today. Anybody can learn what happened and when; it’s harder to understand why something happened. Why is the United States of 2018 the way it is? Why does the nation have the social structures, cultural diversity, economic inequality, and political divisiveness that it does? How did it get that way? Why does myth often outweigh reality? Why do policies and political rhetoric often contradict key American values? What does it mean to be an American in 1877? 1929? 1952? 2018? History is powerful. Who writes it, who controls the narrative, who interprets it, how they interpret it, and what political use they make of it is the essence of power. During our weeks together, we will discuss events and developments that you may/may not already know about or that you may/may not view as controversial, shocking, or contentious, but that are important nonetheless. The study of the past is not static, but is constantly being reshaped by new sources and perspectives. Without deep historical understanding, a society shares no common memory of how and why it developed the way it did, thereby restricting informed choices for the present and future.

SPIRITUAL INSIGHT: A Psychology of Religious Experience

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Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

10 - 18 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-10-18 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Is there a place for spirit in the human psyche? In the view of Sigmund Freud, religion was built only on wish fulfillment and illusion. Throughout the 20th century, dominant schools of psychology have seen consciousness as a function of the human brain, destined to end when a brain dies; frequently, those schools ignore religious questions and view spiritual experiences as mere pathology. Throughout the history of modern psychology, however, a countervailing view has explored the human mind’s capacity for spiritual insight. This “transpersonal” psychology examines the greater potential of our consciousness, from telepathy, genius and clairvoyance to mystical experience. Ultimately, it suggests that our minds can take in more than what is perceived through our five senses, and that reality is more than the material world that surrounds us. Focusing on key figures and their ideas, these classes will survey the transpersonal outlook in psychological thought from the discovery of the unconscious in the late 19th century until the present day, considering its implications for how we view the possibilities and meaning of human life.

JOSEPH LUZZI

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Price: 100.00 USD
0 Weeks

10 - 19 - 2018, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2018-10-19 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

"The Presidential Library: Books that Shaped Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and others"—Award-winning author, teacher and scholar Joseph Luzzi is Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College. His awards include a Yale College Teaching Prize, NEH Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Dante Society of America Essay Prize. In this lecture, Professor Luzzi will explore the books that shaped six of the most powerful men ever to sit in the Oval Office and detail how presidential action and presidential reading are intimately linked.

Lecture Luncheon 2018 - 2019

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Price: 350.00 USD
0 Weeks

10 - 19 - 2018, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2018-10-19 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

October 19, 2018, JOSEPH LUZZI, "The Presidential Library: Books that Shaped Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Others" Award-winning author, teacher and scholar Joseph Luzzi is Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College. In this lecture, Professor Luzzi will explore the books that shaped six of the most powerful men ever to sit in the Oval Office and detail how presidential action and presidential reading are intimately linked. November 16, 2018, JIM BLACKBURN,"Making Houston a Resilient City: Flooding, Carbon, and Food" The future of Houston as a serious competitor in the global marketplace lies in many of the choices that will be made in the next few years. Environmental lawyer and planner Jim Blackburn will focus on the challenges and opportunities that lie before Houston, a key city in the global response to changing weather patterns, emerging economies, and changing consumer preferences and needs. January 18, 2019, KARA COONEY, "When Empires Collapse: What Can Americans Learn from Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome?" Historians are obsessed with the rise and fall of great civilizations of the past. Those same historians like to instruct us to learn from the past lest we repeat past mistakes. Dr. Kara Cooney is a professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA. Can Americans learn anything from the fall of Egypt, Greece, and Rome that we can apply to the modern world? February 15, 2019, JAMES DELGADO, "Digging the Past: The Ocean as a Museum"Dedicated to understanding humanity’s seafaring history through the excavation and scientific study of shipwrecks, Dr. James Delgado has led or participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world. From surveys of the USS Arizona, scientific mapping of the Titanic, discovery of the Carpathia and the notorious “ghost ship” the Mary Celeste, among others, Dr. James Delgado is a dedicated oceanographer who will take us on a underwater journey through history.

MISS IMA HOGG: The Great Texan and Collector

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

10 - 21 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-10-21 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Ima Hogg (1882-1975), philanthropist and patron of the arts, daughter of Sarah Ann (Stinson) and Governor James Stephen Hogg, was born in Mineola, Texas. She ranks among the best-known and most admired philanthropists in the history of Texas. For much of her life, she was affectionately known as the “First Lady of Texas,” owing to her family’s long tradition of public service. She transformed her home into a museum to display one of the best collections of American antiques. When oil was discovered on the family property, the new found wealth was used for public good. The Hoggs believed that since oil came from Texas land, it belonged to Texas citizens. This lecture will highlight Miss Hogg’s family, early life, and her parents’ influence on her and her brothers regarding public service. Bayou Bend, donated to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts by Miss Ima Hogg, was an extraordinary gift.

THE SILK ROAD: Seven Religions of the East

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Price: 185.00 USD
7 Weeks

10 - 22 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-10-22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The religious traditions that we now know as Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism, all originated on the South Asian peninsula where they have developed a stunning array of religious ideas and practices over the course of the last 3,500 years. Confucianism, Taoism, originated in China approximately the time that Jainism and Buddhism originated in India. Finally, we arrive at Japan and look at the complex history of Shintoism. These traditions advance visions of the world, humanity and the sacred ground of existence that are often radically different than those embraced within European thought and cultures. Participants will evaluate how these traditions arose and how they developed over time in response to social, cultural, and historical variables.

AFTER THE NEW TESTAMENT: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 23 - 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2018-10-23 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The writings of the so-called “Apostolic Fathers” are the focus of this six-week course. This collection of texts includes some of the earliest treatises, homilies, letters, and martyrologies written after the first century (and many of them were accepted as Scripture by early Christians). Together, these texts help us understand the formation of Christianity in the second and third centuries of the Common Era. We will give a good deal of attention to traditional issues of background (authorship, dating, integrity, occasion, etc.) and interpretation. At the same time, we will be using these texts as a springboard into major social and historical issues central to the study of early Christian movements: the spread of the religion; persecution and martyrdom; orthodoxy and heresy; the development of ecclesiastical offices; the production, role, and function of Christian literature (e.g., canon formation); women in the church; early Christian ritual; and so on. No prior knowledge is necessary, and all interested persons are welcome! While it is to be expected that everyone will enter with varying assumptions and expectations about early Christianity, it should be noted that we will adopt a historical approach to these texts, examining them in their historical, cultural, and social contexts. Please note, therefore, that we will not be reading these texts from confessional or devotional points of view.

MUSIC AND CULTURAL REVOLUTION

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Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

10 - 23 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-10-23 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Music has always been a part of the vanguard of cultural revolutions. We will trace this trend through Western history as we discuss why music is revolutionary and so influential in changing attitudes. The investigation begins in the courtly love songs of the Middle Ages, moves to the political activism of Mozart, Beethoven and Mahler, through the reaction of two world wars in atonal music, to the creation and appropriation of African-American culture through the lens of jazz, and finishes with Elvis, Rock and Roll, and the protest songs of the '60s.

SURVING THE NEW ESTATE & TAX LAWS: What is The Impact on Your Investments?

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Price: 165.00 USD
5 Weeks

10 - 25 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-10-25 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In 2018, new estate and tax laws became effective. These can significantly impact your financial plans and retirement strategies. In this class, we will examine the impact of the new estate and tax laws on your investment strategies, discuss timely growth investments, and review strategies to protect your bond portfolios if interest rates were to rise. In addition, a Board Certified Estate Planning Attorney will discuss the new estate planning strategies to minimize your taxes and insure proper disposition of your assets. And, a Certified Public Accountant will review the new tax brackets and the possibility of losing some of your charitable, mortgage, and property tax deductions that could result in a higher tax liability and the need to explore new strategies.

THE SEPHARDIC (SPANISH) JEWS: From the Ottoman Empire to America

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

10 - 28 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-10-28 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Following their expulsion from Spain in 1492, the Sephardic [Spanish] Jews were welcomed into the Ottoman Empire, where they spent over four centuries and contributed to its ascent. The beginning of the 20th Century reveals a two hundred year imperial decline in the making and the ensuing unfavorable environment prompts the Sephardic Jews to immigrate to America in search of a better future. Their integration into their new communities posed fresh challenges and unexpected consequences.

ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION: El Español Contemporáneo

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Price: 325.00 USD
6 Weeks

10 - 29 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-10-29 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class is designed for students who have completed prior Spanish classes at The Women’s Institute or who possess, in their estimation, an advanced command of the language. News articles from all over the Hispanic world will be used as main conversation topics. Idiomatic expressions not commonly found in text books will be introduced gradually. In addition, some grammar points rarely found in text books will be discussed and practiced. Differences between varients of Spanish will be analyzed and special emphasis will be placed on the Spanish spoken in Mexico. Class participants will be expected to purchase a DVD of a well-known Spanish-language film designated by Dr. Urrutibéheity. Segments of the film will be discussed during several class periods. (A limited enrollment class)

BE HERE NOW: A Beginning Mindfulness Workshop

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Price: 250.00 USD
4 Weeks

11 - 01 - 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2018-11-01 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, nor to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” ~ Buddha Through the centuries, sages from multiple spiritual traditions have passed down “prescriptions” that address the mind’s incessant traveling and mental noise. In recent years, studies have shown that negative mind patterns can bring on chronic stress and negatively affect our mental and physical health. These studies have further shown that mindfulness-based programs can profoundly break the cycle of ongoing stress. The practice of mindfulness can be defined as a state of non-judgmental, open attention to the present moment. It involves observing our present thoughts, emotions, and sensations, and breaking the long-standing habit of being caught up in a maelstrom of thoughts about the past or future. In this workshop, we will rediscover the wisdom of contemporary and ancient sages and learn to open our eyes to the miraculous quality of each moment. (A limited enrollment class)

ANTIQUE APPRAISAL SUNDAY

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Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

11 - 04 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-11-04 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Join our in-house antiques guru Barry Greenlaw (who is also a genuine “antique” himself) for this exciting Sunday afternoon event. Bring up to three small items, or photos of large pieces, and Barry will attempt to identify them and provide an oral evaluation—no jewelry, rugs, clothing or anything else he knows nothing about. Join us for a fun, and hopefully educational, afternoon. “Vintage” wine and “aged” cheese will be served.

THE ROYAL ABBEY OF SAINT-DENIS: Cradle of Gothic Architecture

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Price: 35.00 USD
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11 - 11 - 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2018-11-11 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

According to legend, Denis, the first bishop of Paris, was decapitated by Romans on a hill overlooking Paris, known afterward as Montmartre. He picked up his head and walked to the site of the abbey, where he collapsed and was buried. In the 5th century a church was built over Denis’ grave, which had begun to attract many pilgrims. From the 7th century onward, a monastery existed, lavishly patronized by King Dagobert, considered to be the first king buried at St-Denis. With few exceptions, all kings were buried there from Hugues Capet onwards. Today, the cathedral houses a collection of over 70 recumbent statues and tombs, unique in Europe. Rebuilt and enlarged four times through the centuries, the abbey church became one of the first manifestations of Gothic architecture. This richly-illustrated lecture will cover the history of the abbey, its place in the development of Gothic architecture and sculpture, and its role as royal necropolis.

JIM BLACKBURN

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Price: 100.00 USD
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11 - 16 - 2018, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2018-11-16 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

"Making Houston a Resilient City: Flooding, Carbon and Food"—The future of Houston as a serious competitor in the global marketplace lies in many of the choices that will be made in the next few years. Professor in the Practice in the Civil and Environmental Department at Rice University, co-Director of Rice University’s Severe Storm Center, Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute, environmental lawyer and planner Jim Blackburn will focus on the challenges and opportunities that lie before Houston, a key city in the global response to changing weather patterns, emerging economies, and changing consumer preferences and needs.

KARA COONEY

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Price: 100.00 USD
0 Weeks

01 - 18 - 2019, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2019-01-18 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

"When Empires Collapse: What Can Americans Learn from Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome?" Historians are obsessed with the rise and fall of great civilizations of the past. Those same historians like to instruct us to learn from the past lest we repeat past mistakes. Dr. Kara Cooney is a professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA. Specializing in craft production, coffin studies, and economies in the ancient world, Cooney received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Can Americans learn anything from the fall of Egypt, Greece, and Rome that we can apply to the modern world?

JAMES DELGADO

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Price: 100.00 USD
0 Weeks

02 - 15 - 2019, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2019-02-15 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

"Digging the Past: The Ocean as a Museum"—Dedicated to understanding humanity’s seafaring history through the excavation and scientific study of shipwrecks, Dr. James Delgado has led or participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world. From surveys of the USS Arizona, scientific mapping of the Titanic, discovery of the Carpathia and the notorious “ghost ship” the Mary Celeste, the sunken fleet of atomic-bombed warships at Bikini Atoll, the lost fleet of Mongol emperor Kublai Khan in Japan, and the 1846 wreck of the United States naval brig Somers, whose tragic story inspired Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, James Delgado is a dedicated oceanographer who will take us on a underwater journey through history.