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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, 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.

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)

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

ACCESSORIZE YOUR WARDROBE

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

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

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>