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BATTLEGROUND 2020

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

01 - 27 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-27 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With the U.S. House of Representatives on a course to impeach Donald J. Trump on several charges, the U.S. Senate likely will be holding the third trial in American history of a sitting president early next year. It also happens to be a presidential election year. The trial will probably be getting underway just as a somewhat thinned-out Democratic field faces voters in four early state primaries and caucuses starting in Iowa on February 4 and concluding in South Carolina on February 29th. Three days later Texas, California, and at least 10 other states hold their Super Tuesday primaries. These parallel processes ensure a most interesting spring of 2020. This course will track these developments and other political stories in national and state politics as our nation approaches the fall General Election, arguably one of the most important in American history and the first contest since the 1980s where Texas is expected to be a battleground state.

BATTLEGROUND 2020

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

01 - 29 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-29 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With the U.S. House of Representatives on a course to impeach Donald J. Trump on several charges, the U.S. Senate likely will be holding the third trial in American history of a sitting president early next year. It also happens to be a presidential election year. The trial will probably be getting underway just as a somewhat thinned-out Democratic field faces voters in four early state primaries and caucuses starting in Iowa on February 4 and concluding in South Carolina on February 29th. Three days later Texas, California, and at least 10 other states hold their Super Tuesday primaries. These parallel processes ensure a most interesting spring of 2020. This course will track these developments and other political stories in national and state politics as our nation approaches the fall General Election, arguably one of the most important in American history and the first contest since the 1980s where Texas is expected to be a battleground state.

JILL CARROLL EXPLORES

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Price: 200.00 USD
4 Weeks

01 - 29 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM 2020-01-29 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

For 25 years, Jill Carroll has enlightened and challenged us. In perhaps her last full semester, Dr. Carroll will inspire us with a culmination of philosophy, religion, and various topics in current events. • January 29 Philosophy for Life • February 26 Religion—the basics • March 25 Current Trends—Nones and the Spiritual but not Religious • April 29 Confronting Race in America

JILL CARROLL EXPLORES

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Price: 200.00 USD
4 Weeks

01 - 29 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-01-29 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

For 25 years, Jill Carroll has enlightened and challenged us. In perhaps her last full semester, Dr. Carroll will inspire us with a culmination of philosophy, religion, and various topics in current events. • January 29 Philosophy for Life • February 26 Religion—the basics • March 25 Current Trends—Nones and the Spiritual but not Religious • April 29 Confronting Race in America

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ERIC: Ongoing and Emerging Challenges for the U.S. and the World

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

01 - 29 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-29 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Let’s envision a grand strategy for U.S. foreign policy for the 21st century. What are our goals? Where are the threats? How will the impact of militarism, climate change, globalization, migration, trade, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, technology, and shifting alliances inform the direction of the future? How will our goals align with or confront those of our peer adversaries China and Russia, our allies, and independent emerging powers? Let’s explore the challenges and join in the conversation!

INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOR PAINTING

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Price: 250.00 USD
5 Weeks

04 - 01 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-04-01 10:00 AM - 12:00 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. (Note: it is important to attend the first class. A limited enrollment class)

CONQUERORS AND CARAVANS: The Western Silk Road

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

04 - 05 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-04-05 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

For centuries the oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Merv, and Khiva were the center of a global caravan trade and served as the glittering capital cities of a long series of merchant kingdoms and conquerors, from the Sogdian Persians to the Turco-Mongol Empires of Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, to the imperial Russians and the Soviets. In this lecture we will focus on the region’s historical and cultural context, exploring the legacy of centuries of intense demographic movement across an ethnically and religiously diverse region of the world.

PRIVACY AND SECURITY 101: Smartphones and Computers

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

04 - 05 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-04-05 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Online scams are a 17 billion dollar business, and people are more concerned than ever about privacy and security when using their phones and computers. The Chrome and Safari Browsers allow us to change basic settings to protect our privacy, as do our iPhone and Android phones and tablets. However, what are the actual steps we can perform to reduce the chances of our personal information going to advertisers, apps, and scam artists? In this hands-on lecture, we will learn how to change our settings; how to prevent new technologies from giving our location information to third parties; and how to identify and recognize online scams. In addition, we will discover little-known, life-saving tricks—using Emergency SOS; finding our lost devices; sharing our location with family; and finding our parked car.

WARHOL TO WATERGATE: The Many Political Lives of Bella Abzug, Shock Waves of the 1970s

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

04 - 19 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-04-19 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

New York Representative Bella Abzug seemed to be everywhere in the 1970s— her big personality topped with a signature hat memorialized to iconic status in a portrait by pop artist Andy Warhol in 1977. This talk, drawing on Dr. Zarnow’s recently published book, treats the congressional change-maker as a leading political bellwether of her times. Revered as “sister Bella” and hated as “the conservative’s devil,” she incited extreme responses reflective of the cultural and political polarities of American society in the pivotal seventies. Using Abzug as a guide, we will explore how this earlier period in which Americans’ braced oil shocks, deindustrialization, urban unrest, changing family structures, race, class, and gender tensions, a seemingly endless war, and a president’s near impeachment led to the nation we are living in today.

HOUSTON LIVES AND LEGENDS: Business Leaders

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

04 - 26 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-04-26 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

From its early days as a port and trading center to its later ascendancy as a cotton, lumber, and oil market, Houston’s growth has been inexorably tied to its business interests. The business leaders who helped shape Houston also contributed to their fields both locally and nationally, and in some cases they even took on international importance. In this lecture, Jim Parsons of Preservation Houston explores the life stories and enduring impacts of six of Houston’s legendary business figures: lumber magnate John Henry Kirby; cotton broker Will Clayton; real estate developer Mellie Esperson; industrialists George and Herman Brown; and banker, publisher, and builder Jesse Jones.