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Psychological Self Care During the Coronavirus Pandemic—FREE!

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Price: 0.00 USD
4 Weeks

05 - 14 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM 2020-05-14 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

**This class is still available but you will need to call the office 713-529-7123 or email us at wih@wih.org. The first lecture has been released. Please let us know if you did not receive it. All lectures can be watched at your leisure with the exception of the final lecture on Thursday, June 4 at 1:00—this will be a live online Q&A session with Dr. Winters. During the Coronavirus crisis, our usual ways of coping are no longer appropriate. We need to isolate to slow the spread of the disease, but we need human connection to thrive psychologically. How can we care for ourselves during this time? Join psychologist Michael Winters for this FREE course, which will consist of four sessions. In Session one, Dr. Winters will lecture on care for the Body, Mind, and Spirit. In the second class, Dr. Winters will interview Dr. Stefan Schulenberg, a psychologist specializing in disaster psychology. In the third class, Dr. Winters will talk to Dr. Alejandro Chaoul, a Tibetian yoga and meditation teacher and scholar. The final session, Dr. Winters, will answer questions sent in by students in the course. Note: Enrolled students will receive a link to a video of each session. Students can watch the lectures at any time - to fit their schedules. The final session will take place on Thursday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m and participants will have the opportunity to interact with Dr. Winters and ask him questions.

Great Short Stories: Modern and Contemporary

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Price: 150.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 20 - 2020, 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-05-20 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

The best short stories leave you with a strong emotional response and a sense of awe at how quickly and masterfully a deft writer can create a world and connect you to its characters. In this course, we’ll consider “shortness” as a challenge authors undertake, investigating the ways they weave complex tales into brief, often pithy, masterpieces. We’ll read an array of short stories that unite the Victorian, modern, and contemporary moments, seeking to understand what unifies cultures across space and time. We’ll investigate the ways genre and culture converge to shape the stories we tell and the way we tell them. Week 1—May 20 D.H. Lawrence, “The Rocking-Horse Winner” Kirsten Valdez Quade, “Jubilee” Week 2—May 27 Virginia Woolf, “Moments of Being: Slater’s Pins Have No Points” E.M. Forster, “Dr. Woolacott” Week 3—June 3 Italo Calvino, “The Night Driver” CJ Hauser, “The Crane Wife” Week 4—June 10 Jorge Luis Borges, “The Immortal” Kathleen Alcott, “Natural Light” Week 5—June 17 Jack London, “To Build a Fire” Alice Dunbar Nelson, “A Carnival Jangle” Week 6—June 24 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper” Jessica Probus, “The YOLO Wallpaper” Vladimir Nabokov, “Signs and Symbols” Three of these stories can be found in The Art of the Short Story, ed. Gioia and Gwynn (2006), including Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” London’s “How to Build a Fire,” and Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Buy this anthology if you’d like a robust resource, however, it’s not necessary. You can find these stories online for free. Other stories on the syllabus are available online and/or in pdfs that will be emailed to you. Note: A limited enrollment class. This will be a Live online meeting in which students will participate via Zoom at the designated day and time. A full experience, interactive class where students will be seen, heard, and able to ask questions of the professor as they so desire.

David Rainbow On: Treasures of Russian Culture

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Price: 20.00 USD
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06 - 02 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 2020-06-02 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This lecture introduces you to five outstanding individuals in Russian cultural history, but who have not always received much attention outside of Russia. You will meet the poet Alexander Pushkin, writer Nikolai Gogol, composer Alexander Borodin, ballet impresario Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev, and filmmaker Lev Kulesov. You’ll take away a deeper appreciation for Russia’s contributions to world culture, as well as several book, music and film recommendations to keep you busy for a while. Professor in the Honors College at the University of Houston, Dr. David Rainbow teaches and writes about modern Russian and Eurasian history and has lived in Russia and Siberia several times. He needs no other introduction to students of WIH. If you have never taken one of his classes, you are in for a treat! Note: This will be a Live online webinar in which students will participate via Zoom at the designated day and time. Students will not be seen or heard but will be able to type questions to the professor during the session. Registrants will receive a link for participation.

Situation Report: A Global View with Eric Botts—Week Four

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06 - 03 - 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 2020-06-03 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Eric Botts is retired from a 31-year career in the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. In these sessions, Mr. Botts will do what he is great at “troll my usual sources each week and present hot topics as I see them and explain why they are important.” Note: This will be a Live online webinar in which students will participate via Zoom at the designated day and time. Students will not be seen or heard but will be able to type questions to the professor during the session. Registrants will receive a link for participation.

Coffee with Blackburn and Chapman: Birds in Poetry and Art—FREE!

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06 - 04 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 2020-06-04 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Isabelle Chapman is an artist and Jim Blackburn is an environmental lawyer who writes poems. They have collaborated on two books of art and poems about birds and are now collaborating on a virus vigil where they have a new bird painting and poem every day along with some discussion of the bird or the day or whatever. Join the two of them for virtual coffee as Blackburn reads his poems and discusses them and Isabelle talks about the painting that accompanies the poem. And if you can’t join us, you can find the two poetry and art books by Isabelle and Blackburn at Jim Blackburn’s website - https://www.jimblackburninfo.com/books-and-published-works.html. Note: This will be a FREE Live online webinar in which students will participate via Zoom at the designated day and time. Students will not be seen or heard but will be able to type questions Jim and Isabelle during the session. Registrants will receive a link for participation.

Market Pulse with Bill Frisco—FREE!

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06 - 08 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM 2020-06-08 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Join Portfolio Management Director and Certified Financial Planner Bill Frisco as he examines the impact of Covid 19 on our economy and the financial markets. Is there any good news on the horizon and if so where can the silver lining be found? Note: This will be a Live online webinar in which students will participate via Zoom at the designated day and time. Students will not be seen or heard but will be able to type questions to the professor during the session. Registrants will receive a link for participation.

Travels with Barry Greenlaw: The Coast of Maine

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Price: 15.00 USD
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06 - 08 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM 2020-06-08 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

From Kittery in the West to Eastport on the Canadian border you can drive the length of Maine’s 294 miles in 5 hours. However, if you were to walk every inch of this indented, jagged coastline you would travel almost 3500 miles—and that does not include any of the 3,146 offshore islands. Whichever way you choose to go, the Maine coast is a rugged, diverse and beautiful stretch of land, filled with scenery, history, attractive towns, the best seafood in the world, and LL Bean. The Vikings first arrived a thousand years ago, my ancestors followed 750 years later—and some of them are still there. It’s a special place, and I’d like to show you some of my favorite spots in this virtual summer visit. Note: This will be a recorded lecture that students can watch at their leisure.

Chris Schaeffer on Iran: Politics, People and Power

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06 - 09 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 2020-06-09 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak Iran continues to glare from our headlines. It is the Middle East country with the worst infection and death rates in spite of a generally first-class health care system and leaders who are capable of imposing severe restrictions. Yet in the midst of all this, Iranian politicians continue their conflict with the U.S. and Iran’s military continues its aggressive actions in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. Chris Schaefer will examine the lives and ambitions of three top leaders in Iran and the three political factions they represent. There are divergent points of view in Iran, and the key to peace is understanding who they are, what they want and why. Note: This will be a Live online webinar in which students will participate via Zoom at the designated day and time. Students will not be seen or heard but will be able to type questions to the professor during the session. Registrants will receive a link for participation.

Situation Report: A Global View with Eric Botts—Week Five

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06 - 10 - 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 2020-06-10 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Eric Botts is retired from a 31-year career in the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. In these sessions, Mr. Botts will do what he is great at “troll my usual sources each week and present hot topics as I see them and explain why they are important.” Note: This will be a Live online webinar in which students will participate via Zoom at the designated day and time. Students will not be seen or heard but will be able to type questions to the professor during the session. Registrants will receive a link for participation.

Dealing with Demons with Rabbi Rossel

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06 - 11 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 2020-06-11 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

There was evil in ancient times—hearing strange knocks on the ceiling at night, countering a curse of the evil eye that caused powerful headaches, toothaches, and other aches, strange demons that crawled into a wife’s bed to get her pregnant, strange demonesses that haunted a husband’s bed to rob him of his sperm, witches and sorcerers. These were serious threats and required serious magic—the science of our ancestors. From the Bible—Jewish and Christian—to the sixth century, we take a look at the ways to deal with demons. It may even provide us a little insight to dealing with our demons today. Note: A limited enrollment class. This will be a Live online meeting in which students will participate via Zoom at the designated day and time. A full experience, interactive class where students will be seen, heard, and able to ask questions of the professor as they so desire.

Aurisch on Art: Great Art/Great Stories

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06 - 15 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 02:15 PM 2020-06-15 01:00 PM - 02:15 PM

Dr. Helga Aurisch, curator at MFAH, will explore the riveting stories of coveted, captured, looted, and nearly lost masterworks. Note: This will be a Live online webinar in which students will participate via Zoom at the designated day and time. Students will not be seen or heard but will be able to type questions to the professor during the session. Registrants will receive a link for participation.

Verdi’s "La Traviata"

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06 - 15 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 2020-06-15 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

In this lecture Dr. David Ferris, of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, will focus on the famous scene from Verdi’s "La Traviata"— Violetta’s famous Act 1 aria about the mystery of love. According to Ferris, "In her Act I aria from Verdi’s "La Traviata", Violetta is torn between the superficial decadence of the demi-monde and the possibility of true love. Verdi’s melody beautifully evokes the mysterious feeling that starts to well up in her heart." Note: A limited enrollment class. This will be a Live online meeting in which students will participate via Zoom at the designated day and time. A full experience, interactive class where students will be seen, heard, and able to ask questions of the professor as they so desire.

The Murray Report—June

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06 - 16 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 2020-06-16 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

2020 is an election year. We are in the middle of a pandemic. What in the world is going on in the current political climate? Political analyst Dr. Richard Murray will enlighten us! Note: This will be a Live online webinar in which students will participate via Zoom at the designated day and time. Students will not be seen or heard but will be able to type questions to the professor during the session. Registrants will receive a link for participation.

Situation Report: A Global View with Eric Botts—Week Six

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06 - 17 - 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 2020-06-17 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Eric Botts is retired from a 31-year career in the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer. In these sessions, Mr. Botts will do what he is great at “troll my usual sources each week and present hot topics as I see them and explain why they are important.” Note: This will be a Live online webinar in which students will participate via Zoom at the designated day and time. Students will not be seen or heard but will be able to type questions to the professor during the session. Registrants will receive a link for participation.

Jill Carroll Explores: Dystopia in "Brave New World"

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06 - 30 - 2020, 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-06-30 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Given the current state of world affairs, it is no surprise that dystopian novels are some of the most popular of the 21st century so far. In these sessions, Dr. Jill Carroll explores some of the classics of this literary genre, paying special attention to the ways in which the events on the books’ pages resonate with the headlines in our daily lives today. Book for June 30: "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley - Harper Perennial ISBN 978-0-06-0776091 Note: This will be a Live online webinar in which students will participate via Zoom at the designated day and time. Students will not be seen or heard but will be able to type questions to the professor during the session. Registrants will receive a link for participation.

Aurisch on Art: Great Women Collectors

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07 - 13 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 02:15 PM 2020-07-13 01:00 PM - 02:15 PM

Dr. Helga Aurisch, curator at MFAH, will examine why and how great women assembled some of the greatest collections of all time—from Isabelle d’Este to Catherine the Great, Isabella Stuart Gardener and Peggy Guggenheim. Note: This will be a Live online webinar in which students will participate via Zoom at the designated day and time. Students will not be seen or heard but will be able to type questions to the professor during the session. Registrants will receive a link for participation.

Aurisch on Art: Puzzling Out Pictures

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08 - 17 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 02:15 PM 2020-08-17 01:00 PM - 02:15 PM

Dr. Helga Aurisch, curator at MFAH, will explore iconography, symbols and the hidden meanings that are revealed in various works of art. Note: This will be a Live online webinar in which students will participate via Zoom at the designated day and time. Students will not be seen or heard but will be able to type questions to the professor during the session. Registrants will receive a link for participation.