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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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.