All Courses

LET'S TALK: Effectively Communicating with Self and Others

▲ REGISTER
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

▲ REGISTER
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.

▲ REGISTER
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.

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

▲ REGISTER
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.

BEYOND THE LOUVRE: Art Museums for the Connoisseur

▲ REGISTER
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.

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

▲ REGISTER
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.

ROMANTIC COMEDIES: Once More

▲ REGISTER
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.

MIDTERM EXAM: The 2018 Congressional Elections and the Trump Presidency

▲ REGISTER
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.

A BOOK GROUP: Reading Critically Acclaimed Literary Works

▲ REGISTER
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

JILL CARROLL EXPLORES

▲ REGISTER
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

▲ REGISTER
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

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

▲ REGISTER
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

▲ REGISTER
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)

THE STORY OF US: A History of Modern America

▲ REGISTER
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

▲ REGISTER
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.

Lecture Luncheon 2018 - 2019

▲ REGISTER
Price: 350.00 USD
0 Weeks

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

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.

THE SILK ROAD: Seven Religions of the East

▲ REGISTER
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

▲ REGISTER
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

▲ REGISTER
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?

▲ REGISTER
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.

ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION: El Español Contemporáneo

▲ REGISTER
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

▲ REGISTER
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)

JIM BLACKBURN

▲ REGISTER
Price: 100.00 USD
0 Weeks

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

▲ REGISTER
Price: 100.00 USD
0 Weeks

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

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

BEGINNING SPANISH

▲ REGISTER
Price: 500.00 USD
12 Weeks

01 - 21 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-01-21 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. The first two classes will be a review of the first four lessons in the textbook—El Español Actual (2016 edition), authored by Dr. Hector Urrutibéheity. The textbook can be purchased at Copy.com, 1201 Westheimer. *Please note that this is the only program in the city that provides students with CDs for each of the lessons introduced in class. (A limited enrollment class)

RUSSIAN CULTURAL HISTORY

▲ REGISTER
Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

02 - 01 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-01 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Russia’s contributions to world culture are vast. From world-renowned music to avant-garde film; from spectacular works of literature to one-of-a-kind architecture—Russia has produced monuments of human creativity that stand among the greatest of the modern world. Not only will students get a taste of Russia’s people, art, music, literature, film, religions, architecture and, of course, food, they will be challenged to consider what Russia’s turbulent social and political history has to do with the development of its culture. How is it that Russia’s best literature emerged from some of its most politically oppressive eras? Why did Stalin love movies so much? Why was Imperial Russia more tolerant of minority religious groups than most Western European empires? What happened to churches under the Soviets? How have Russians viewed cultural fashions from Europe, Asia, and the United States? What impact has Russia’s large non-Slavic population had on the country’s culture? Did Russia have hippies? This course will provide students with a sweeping tour of Russian culture over the past several centuries.

GREAT GAME REDUX: Power Rivalry in the 21st Century

▲ REGISTER
Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 04 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-04 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this class, we will take a comprehensive look at nation-state competition in the new era of multipolar power. As China emerges as a peer superpower and aspirational powers Russia and India struggle for dominance, the traditional role of the United States as the indispensable nation is in question. International institutions skillfully crafted after the Second World War—United Nations, European Union, and the World Trade Organization—appear to fade into irrelevance. In this era of realpolitik, who are the primary actors and the chess masters on this world stage? As nations vie to reorder the global balance of power what does this mean for the U.S.? Will new alliances emerge? What of the ascendancy of regional powers such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Turkey in the Middle East or Japan, North and South Korea in Asia? Can France and Germany maintain the European experiment against the onslaught of populism? Will Brexit bring about the eventual dissolution of the United Kingdom? How will rapidly advancing technologies alter the emerging landscape? What of the outsized forces of migration, the global economy, and climate change? The conversation will begin with the threats we face and the risks to be overcome as we move into the future.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: It's a Wonderful Town

▲ REGISTER
Price: 225.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 04 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-02-04 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Leonard Bernstein loved New York, Frank Sinatra loved New York, and Barry Greenlaw loves New York. Even those who don’t love New York have to admit, it is the ultimate expression of American life and culture. While it may lack the long history of London and Paris, by 1800 New York had become the most important urban area in the nation and by the mid 19th century, one of the largest in the world—defining for generations the essence of this vibrant new land. In a 1910 promotional view book, New York was described as a “city of superlatives.” This course will consider many of the aspects which make New York a special place including: the 19th century frenetic growth of the city as it spread northward; the Brooklyn Bridge; the Statue of Liberty; Robert Fulton and his steamboat; Duncan Phyfe and his furniture; the entrepreneur P.T. Barnum; the political heritage of Boss Tweed; and the cultural legacies left by the Rockefellers, Henry Clay Frick, and J.P. Morgan. We will examine the creation and development of Central Park, the skyscraper, the City Beautiful movement, and the 1939 World’s Fair where the future of America was seen for the first time. We will conclude with a tour of modern day New York and a surprising look at how much of this great heritage has survived for us to appreciate and enjoy.

STORYTELLING: The Best Human Connection

▲ REGISTER
Price: 100.00 USD
3 Weeks

02 - 04 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-02-04 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Storytelling is taking someone on a journey in the past and then returning him or her to the present. We may not remember a person—we do remember their story. We are taught how to write our stories but what about learning how to tell them? Each of us is born a blank page and leaves life as a full book. Our rich experiences are made up of meaningful episodes that fill those pages. In this class award-winning educator, Houston radio personality, and Moth story slam champion Dr. Hank will help students craft the story that they want to tell. We will explore why humans are natural stoytellers, consider features required to craft a strong story, and examine ways to prepare and learn stories we wish to share. Through interactive exercises and learning to organize our rich experiences into a strong narrative, we can all become immortal through the best human connection—Storytelling. (A limited enrollment class)

TWENTY FUNDAMENTAL IDEAS THAT STRUCTURE OUR LIVES

▲ REGISTER
Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 04 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-04 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Underlying Western Civilization, one does not find a coherent conceptual structure—rather it consists of a set of competing, conflicting, and intermingling systems of thoughts. Within these systems some ideas stand out as having central significance in articulating the lives of millions of people. Such are, for example, the ideas of an immortal soul, objective truth, democracy, fascism, morality, biological evolution, feminism, and artificial intelligence. In this course we will consider twenty fundamental ideas that shaped Western Civilization presented chronologically as they make their first appearance in our history. Since these ideas are well known, our aim is not to explain them in any detail. Instead, after a brief presentation of the main features of each of them, we will attempt to make clear why and how these ideas have had such a profound and long-lasting effect in the intellectual, political, and economic structures we inhabit today. (Note: this is a two-part series. Dr. Casas will be tackling the second set of twenty fundamental ideas in the fall of 2019.)

VINCENT VAN GOGH: His Life in Art

▲ REGISTER
Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 04 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-02-04 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The dramatic and ultimately tragic life of one of the most admired and influential painters will be the focus of this course. It is conceived as an introduction to the upcoming exhibition "Vincent Van Gogh: His Life in Art" on view at the MFAH from March 10 – June 26, 2019. In this class we will examine the different stages of Van Gogh’s life from his youth in the Netherlands and Belgium, to his years in Paris, to his sojourn in the South of France, and to his final months in Auvers. We will consider the philosophical, religious, and literary influences that shaped his art as well as his influence on the artists that followed him. Finally, one class will be devoted to the question of fakes and forgeries that have been a persistent problem in regard to the oeuvre of Van Gogh.

FOLK MUSIC: Music that Tells a Story

▲ REGISTER
Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 05 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-02-05 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Every country has its folk music that reveals a lot about its culture. For some it is dance music, for others it features specific instruments. Folk music has been a part of America since its earliest days. Each wave of immigrants brought their music, blending it with that of previous generations. The melodies are often simple, but the lyrics tell of love, hatred, conflict, injustice, triumphs, and tragedies. The folk music popularity of the 1960s created a rich collection of wonderful music, combining traditional melodies with the social and political concerns of the era and helping to fuel antiwar sentiment as well as the civil rights movement. In this class we will explore a broad spectrum of songs and performers of this musical genre. Join us for a nostalgic look at people and stories that had a profound effect on our history.

HOUSTON AND THE FUTURE: Beyond Our Changing Climate

▲ REGISTER
Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

02 - 05 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-05 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Our climate is changing, and its impacts have been felt dramatically here at home. Recent weather events, increasing population, the impacts of and on the oil and gas industry, and many other factors effect Houstonians on a very personal level. In this class, we will look at our changing climate and its implications for the future of Houston and explore the following questions: How do we shift our economic values to match our ecological principles? What is the future flood plan for Houston? What does it mean to live in a “carbon-neutral” world? How do we live more closely in tune with the natural cycles of the Earth? We will try to build an understanding of climate change and its effects on Houston using a new reality and value set for the 21st century. Houston is at a crossroads, but a vibrant future awaits us if we are just sharp enough to see it and seize upon it.

MAH JONGG

▲ REGISTER
Price: 250.00 USD
5 Weeks

02 - 05 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-02-05 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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

THE CITY OF PARIS: Its Literature and Visual Arts

▲ REGISTER
Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 05 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-05 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For centuries, the “City of Lights” has been a preoccupation and a source of inspiration for French writers and artists. In this multidisciplinary course, we will focus on works devoted to Paris in the 19th and 20th century. By studying the literary works of Hugo, Baudelaire, Balzac, and others and by analyzing artworks in the context of Parisian Museums such as architecture, painting, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, and film, we will trace the history and culture of France through the lens of Paris. Using the city as our unique text, we will walk through its streets (virtually and textually) and immerse ourselves in our shared passions for the arts of Paris.

WRITING YOUR LIFE AND TIMES

▲ REGISTER
Price: 425.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 05 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-05 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 via e-mail from the instructor. (A limited enrollment class)

GREAT GAME REDUX: Power Rivalry in the 21st Century

▲ REGISTER
Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this class, we will take a comprehensive look at nation-state competition in the new era of multipolar power. As China emerges as a peer superpower and aspirational powers Russia and India struggle for dominance, the traditional role of the United States as the indispensable nation is in question. International institutions skillfully crafted after the Second World War—United Nations, European Union, and the World Trade Organization—appear to fade into irrelevance. In this era of realpolitik, who are the primary actors and the chess masters on this world stage? As nations vie to reorder the global balance of power what does this mean for the U.S.? Will new alliances emerge? What of the ascendancy of regional powers such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Turkey in the Middle East or Japan, North and South Korea in Asia? Can France and Germany maintain the European experiment against the onslaught of populism? Will Brexit bring about the eventual dissolution of the United Kingdom? How will rapidly advancing technologies alter the emerging landscape? What of the outsized forces of migration, the global economy, and climate change? The conversation will begin with the threats we face and the risks to be overcome as we move into the future.

JILL CARROLL EXPLORES: Topics in Ethics

▲ REGISTER
Price: 200.00 USD
0 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-02-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

In these individual and unique lectures, Jill Carroll will explore topics in applied ethics. • February 6: An Introduction to ethics, including ethics vs. morals • March 6: Terrorism and the ethics of war • April 10: Economic justice and distributive ethics • May 8: Animal rights and environmental ethics

JILL CARROLL EXPLORES: Topics in Ethics

▲ REGISTER
Price: 200.00 USD
0 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM 2019-02-06 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

In these individual and unique lectures, Jill Carroll will explore topics in applied ethics. • February 6: An Introduction to ethics, including ethics vs. morals • March 6: Terrorism and the ethics of war • April 10: Economic justice and distributive ethics • May 8: Animal rights and environmental ethics

LET'S WRITE: A Creative Writing Workshop

▲ REGISTER
Price: 350.00 USD
8 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-06 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)

LIFE TRANSITIONS

▲ REGISTER
Price: 500.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-02-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Life is a series of transitions. Some transitions we barely notice like moving from adolescence into young adulthood. While other transitions can mark significant change and sometimes difficult adjustments, such as moving from college into the work force or from being single to getting married. The death of a parent often has a profound impact, whether it comes early or late in life. Transitions like divorce and remarriage are common, but not universal. The transition from work to retirement can offer new avenues for one to explore but can also cause one to feel at a loss. Finally, we don’t like to talk about it, but ageing is actually a constant and ever present transition. So, what are the commonalities of these transitions? Can we manage these transitions better if we learn to anticipate them? This course will discuss a variety of transitions and the patterns common to the transition process. Recommended reading: Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes by William Bridges. (A limited enrollment class)

MIDTERM FALLOUT: What Happens Now?

▲ REGISTER
Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Midterms are over. What will be the effect of one of the largest voter turnouts in a midterm? One way or another, new blood will be pumped into Washington. As the political landscape shifts from day to day, students in this class will receive up to date commentary from one of the leading analyst of local and Texas politics.

OUR FAMILIES, OURSELVES: The Family System and its Impact on its Members

▲ REGISTER
Price: 225.00 USD
10 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-02-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Our families profoundly influence who we are as individuals and how we experience life. They provide us with our greatest joys, deepest sorrows, and most intense frustration. How can one group of people hold such sway over us? In this class we will study the dynamic inner world of family life, examining theories about how families work and what causes them to break down. We will explore current ways in which family therapists look at families—as small, human ecosystems, whose whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts. We will consider how one’s family of origin effects one’s personality and lifelong styles of relating. We will examine how families change, resist change, and explore options for changing the dance in our own ecosystem. The format will allow students to apply concepts discussed in class to their own lives. We will cover the material in the book, Inside Family Therapy: A Case Study in Family Healing by Michael P. Nichols. Students have the option of purchasing a copy of the book.

FICTION OF THE SIXTIES

▲ REGISTER
Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-02-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The sixties was not merely a calendar decade—it was a cultural phase, or frame of mind, in the way we now think of the twenties and thirties as cultural phases. Beginning in 1963 with the assassination of President Kennedy and lasting until the end of the Vietnam War and Nixon’s resignation—it contains the Civil Rights movement, the anti-war movement, a wave of feminism, and the 1968 Democratic convention; the assassinations of Robert Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X; the coming of Mohammed Ali, Robert Altman movies, Woodstock, the first Super Bowl, the Beatles, and the landing on the moon—the list goes on and it is impossible to epitomize. Like the twenties, it was also a period in which some important writers emerged and wrote some very important books. We will begin with Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint and follow it with Joseph Heller’s "Catch-22", Joyce Carol Oates’s "Them", John Updike’s "Rabbit Redux", Norman Mailer’s "Armies of the Night", Toni Morrison’s "Sula", and a couple of books still to be decided on. J. D. Salinger, perhaps, Donald Barthelme, Saul Bellow—the sixties offers so many great writers.

FROM GERMANY TO AMERICA: The Immigration of German Jews Prior to World War I

▲ REGISTER
Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

About 250,000 German-speaking Jews left for the United States in the 1800s. This was a very small number compared to their more than two million co-religionists from Eastern Europe who flocked to America at the end of the 19th century. But, it was the Jews from Germany and the Austrian Empire who played a crucial role in the formative period of American Jewry. They laid the foundation on which the later arriving immigrants could build. A great part of what to this day constitutes the social character, the religious life, and institutional framework of American Jewish society was created by German-speaking Jews and their descendants. Their impact on the general American society, especially in the economic field, was equally decisive. Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Levi’s, Goldman & Sachs, and the Lehman Brothers all had one thing in common—their founders were all born on German soil. Proportionately speaking, in no other immigrant group have so many people ever achieved prominence so rapidly. What enticed them to leave their native country and what was behind their success story?

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

▲ REGISTER
Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-02-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

New iPhones/iPads have come out, along with the new iOS operating system, 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. This class covers all versions of the iPhone/iPad, highlights the new features in the new operating system, and allows you to use your device with confidence. The class starts with the basics and covers everything from how to navigate, work with settings, organize your screen, locate hidden features, and use the camera and it's new features. 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)

POST POP TO POST MODERNISM: 1968-1982

▲ REGISTER
Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-02-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

With the late 1960s success of Pop Art it was inevitable that other, sometimes contrary, movements should appear, particularly Minimalism, with its severe geometricism. However, many new movements proliferated such as Photo-Narrative, Body Art, Performance Art, Light works, the first wave of Feminist Art, and the major movement of Earth Works. In other words, by 1970 there were many more ways of making art than had been the case a decade earlier. Among the artists discussed will be Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, Richard Serra, Joseph Kosuth, Michael Heizer, and Robert Smithson. Some of these names may not be familiar but we will examine how they contributed to the new diversity of this period.

THE WAY TO HARMONY: Finding Balance in a Stressful World

▲ REGISTER
Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

02 - 07 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Dealing with life's stresses from a peaceful, non-reactive place seems more and more difficult in these modern times. Yet, many issues can be effectively addressed by viewing our challenges from a larger perspective. To achieve a life of harmony is to understand the context of how life fits within a greater picture, and finding inner and outer balance therein. In this class using teachings from the world's spiritual traditions—science, psychology, sociology, and other lenses—we will see how we can achieve a life of harmony. We will analyze the specific triggers that move us out of peace and into habitual anxiety and stress. By using techniques that bring us back to the present moment, learning to set boundaries, and dissecting the stories we tell ourselves, we can identify and disarm these triggers. With reactivity gone, we will see situations with newly empowering and insightful perspectives. Through the power of harmony, we can change our consciousness, and our world. (This class is a part of a series of classes in which Liz Weiman explores the continuing journey spanning stress and serenity, dealing with difficult people, and culminating in choosing freedom over fear. A limited enrollment class)

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH

▲ REGISTER
Price: 500.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 08 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-08 10:00 AM - 12:00 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 and will be expected to do written exercises to reinforce the learning of new vocabulary and structures. (A limited enrollment class)

THE CROWN

▲ REGISTER
Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 08 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-08 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Millions of Americans are fascinated by the British Royal Family—from their meticulously arranged public appearances and glamorous fashion to their royal duties and charity work —the British monarchy has never been more popular. Overseeing it all is the longest reigning monarch in history Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, subject of the popular Netflix series, The Crown. Ascending the throne at just 25 years of age, her reign has spanned over six decades, thirteen Prime Ministers, and twelve U.S. Presidents. Born at the height of the British Empire, Queen Elizabeth II has lived to see its glory and power and also witnessed its decline—alongside catastrophic world events, amazing discoveries, and noteworthy inventions. Remarkably, in her long reign, she has never once “put a foot wrong.” Using the Netflix series as our guide, this class will look at major world events and important political and social changes surrounding the monarchy throughout the years. We will also examine the lifestyles of the royals, their traditions, and, of course, the fabulous crown jewels. This is the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II and her crown.

KING SOLOMON: In History and Imagination

▲ REGISTER
Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

02 - 10 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2019-02-10 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

According to the Hebrew Bible, King Solomon presided over the golden age of Israel and built the magnificent temple of Yahweh in Jerusalem. The queen of Sheba came from afar to witness for herself his renowned wisdom, and the Bible credits him with superlative scientific and literary achievements. This lecture will investigate how these biblical accounts gave rise to Solomon’s second, posthumous career, one in which he was reimagined as a great magician and healer, the author of the biblical books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs, and the person who trapped the wish-granting genie in a bottle. We will discover that Solomon stands behind a number of archetypal images, including the pointed-hat wearing wizard, the owner of a magical ring, and St. George astride his horse.

GENETICS: Unlock Your Code!

▲ REGISTER
Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 14 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-02-14 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We live in a time when the genetic instructions (genomes) of organisms are being decoded with increasing speed and accuracy. In this era of “genomics,” we hear about how this genetic data can be used to personalize medical treatment and improve society in general. In the media, we hear scientists tout the discovery of the gene for intelligence, or the gene that predisposes us to a particular disease. But what does all this really mean? In this class, we will examine how genetics work and how your own genetic code makes you unique. The course will focus on how genetic information is interpreted by the cell, how genetic traits are passed on from generation to generation, and how the genetic background of each individual contributes to their health and life history. We will also delve into some current issues of interest to scientists and non-scientists alike. Such topics will include cloning, the use of genetically modified organisms, and how your genome sequence can help predict and prevent disease with the promise of personalized medicine.

JAMES DELGADO

▲ REGISTER
Price: 100.00 USD
0 Weeks

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

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

SPRING FASHION TRENDS

▲ REGISTER
Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

02 - 17 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2019-02-17 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

What are the trends for the spring and how can you wear them? Is there anything from the last few seasons that has gone out of style? Join our fashion guru as she unpacks the season’s hottest fashion trends for the spring and demonstrates how to make something go from the pages of a magazine to a realistic and exciting part of your wardrobe.

IS THERE AN AFTERLIFE? Perspectives from Psychology's Pioneers

▲ REGISTER
Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

02 - 24 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2019-02-24 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Does some element of personality survive bodily death? The idea that there might be life after death has been nearly universal in most cultures throughout history. While mainstream psychology largely dismisses the notion as illusion, some major pioneers of modern psychology were less ready to renounce the possibility. Such towering figures as William James, Frederic Myers, and Theodore Flournoy supported scientific investigation of paranormal phenomena such as mediumship and apparitions, encountering evidence for survival that they found hard to discount. They constructed a model of the psyche and a theory of its relationship to the brain that could make afterlife plausible to scientifically oriented minds. This presentation will review their contributions and explore the relevance of their work to some contemporary discussions about the nature of the psyche and the possibility of life after death.

EXPLORING THE GALLERIES OF HOUSTON

▲ REGISTER
Price: 275.00 USD
5 Weeks

02 - 28 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-02-28 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This course is intended for art enthusiasts and those who are interested in the inner workings of Houston’s extensive fine art scene. Sarah Foltz is an art historian and fine art appraiser. She is the owner of William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art—a gallery in Houston that is dedicated to the promotion of Texas art. With Sarah as a guide, this is a unique opportunity to visit the treasures our city has to offer. For the first class, we will meet at The Women’s Institute for a brief introduction to the course. The remaining four classes will be spent visiting some remarkable galleries of which you may or may not be aware. (A limited enrollment class)

A WORLD OF WINE

▲ REGISTER
Price: 300.00 USD
4 Weeks

03 - 03 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM 2019-03-03 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

The world of wine has changed dramatically over the last 25 years. Today, wonderful wines come from previously unknown sources. Competition and technology have led to unparalleled quality and superb values. Each class will begin with 30 minutes of background and continue with 60 minutes of tasting and discussion of eight to ten wines. Join us as we discover wine gems from around the world. In this series we will extend our knowledge of wine grapes and wine regions. As we look at how wines of these grapes reflect the geography and technology of their regions, Mr. Keating will continue to demonstrate that quality and value are compatible. (A limited enrollment class)

VINCENT VAN GOGH

▲ REGISTER
Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

03 - 03 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2019-03-03 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

This Sunday lecture is offered in conjunction with the temporary exhibition Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art, on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from March 10 to June 27, 2019. The exhibition brings to Houston more than 50 masterpieces drawn primarily from the collections of the Van Gogh Museum in Amesterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands. Dr. Anna Tahinci will highlight the four key stages of the artist's career that are also the themes of the exhibition, from his early years in the Netherlands, his luminous period in Paris, his search for light and color in the South of France, and his inspiration from nature in Saint-Rémy and Auvers. Current scholarship and conversations around the exhibition will help reassess van Gogh's unique vision and his legacy to the art world.

MY FAVORITE ARTIST

▲ REGISTER
Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

03 - 10 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2019-03-10 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Is it possible for David Brauer, who has knowledge of just about every aspect of art, to have an artist that he would deem to be his favorite? You will have to attend this lecture to find out.

THE PHYSIOLOGY OF SALVATION IN ANTIQUITY: A Thesis

▲ REGISTER
Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

03 - 17 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2019-03-17 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

This lecture will consist of the main tenants of Professor Charles Schmidt’s Rice University doctoral dissertation, “Total Care: Transformations in Medical and Religious Authority in Late Antiquity.” He will discuss the conceptions of health and medicine in antiquity and how they informed religious experts’ theories of religious ritual, salvation, and identity.

“THE MOST AMAZING GENIUS:" Wolfgang Amade Mozart

▲ REGISTER
Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

03 - 18 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-03-18 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wolfgang Amadè Mozart, as he usually spelled his name, was probably the most famous child prodigy in history. He was advertised in London as the “the most amazing genius, that has appeared in any Age.” He was a virtuoso pianist, a celebrated composer, and a very entertaining letter writer. He invented the modern piano concerto and wrote some of the most poignant, insightful, and comic operas in the repertory. In this course, we will listen to his instrumental music and watch scenes from his operas. We will also hear excerpts from his correspondence with his father, Leopold, who fought bitterly against Mozart as he settled in Vienna to establish an independent career and start a family. We will deftly explore the music of the world’s most famous composer, Wolfgang Mozart, within the context of his life and career.

THE MIDDLE EAST: Paths to Conflict

▲ REGISTER
Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 19 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-03-19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this class we will examine selected events in Middle Eastern history from ancient times to the present, focusing on the individuals responsible and the specific motivations behind their actions. Our topics will include the advent of Islam, wars and elections, the founding of Israel, the atrocities of ISIS, and more. In each case we will see who was involved, what they did, and how their actions have contributed to the many conflicts in the region today. Students will learn about religious movements, political movements, emirs, sultans, dictators, terrorists, the intrigues of European and American diplomats and companies, and the wide variety of people who populate Middle Eastern countries.

MIRACULOUS MIGRATIONS

▲ REGISTER
Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 21 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-03-21 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

They’re coming! Scientists tell us there will be three billion or more of them. They will journey north from Central and South America to various destinations throughout the United States and Canada. The migrants making these intercontinental flights are birds. Some, like the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, are so small that it is inconceivable that they could fly the 600 miles across the Gulf and beyond to Canada. Other tiny birds make epic journeys filled with life threatening dangers—not just once but twice they undertake these flights. These pilgrimage flights are truly miraculous migrations. Come learn about the migrations of a variety of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and other animals that can be observed in and near Texas as well as throughout North America. Find out when and where to experience these amazing events and join us for an eye-opening and mind-boggling inquiry into the world of phenomenal migrations of North America.

KISS THE COD AND DOWN THE SCREECH: Visiting Newfoundland and Labrador

▲ REGISTER
Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

03 - 24 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2019-03-24 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

The Canadian Province of Newfoundland & Labrador is one of extremes. It is the easternmost land in North America, where the rays of the sun first touch. It has the only proven pre-Columbian settlement, the site at Lanse aux Meadows. In 1497, John Cabot became the first recorded European to touch land in North America. Newfoundland’s capital, St. John, is the continent’s oldest city, while the province itself, is the newest & youngest part of Canada. This is a province of towering cliffs accenting 18,000 miles of coastline— the home of millions of seabirds which feed on one of the greatest fishing grounds in the world and compete with whales and icebergs for the attention of visitors. The vibrant capitol city is a “foodie” haven and also features one of the most innovative and surprising museums in the world. “Come from Away” and visit this fascinating country.

MASTERPIECES OF ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME

▲ REGISTER
Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 25 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-03-25 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Ancient Greece and Rome are foundational to western civilization. One area of lasting influence is literature; books from Greco-Roman antiquity have been read for millennia and have shaped countless authors and books. This course will examine some of the outstanding works of ancient literature. Our interest will be to understand what makes these books classics and why they are relevant today. We will approach the issue from aesthetic and thematic perspectives; we will also consider how the works were transmitted over time and became canonical. Authors will include Homer, Sophocles, Plato, Cicero, and Virgil.

ENCHANTING NORMANDY

▲ REGISTER
Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 26 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-03-26 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Normandy’s charming villages with half-timbered houses and thatch-roofed cottages recall the tie with England which began in 1066 when William the Conqueror, a descendant of the Viking chief Rollo, defeated the Saxon Harold at Hastings. The battle is depicted in scenes embroidered on a 900-year-old strip of linen on display in a museum in Bayeux. Monasticism took root early in Normandy and produced a multitude of abbeys, including the island monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel. The Gothic cathedrals of Rouen, Bayeux, and Coutances bear witness to the prosperity of this rich agricultural region. After the Hundred Years’ War many churches were rebuilt in the late Gothic style with intricate stone carvings and magnificent, stained glass windows. The course will also spotlight the picturesque fishing village of Honfleur, the historic center of Rouen, eye-catching manor houses and châteaux, including a stronghold built by Richard the Lionheart on a cliff above the Seine. As monuments are entwined with history, the narrative of Normandy’s past will accompany the presentation of the region’s rich architectural heritage.

OUR FAVORITE NOVELS: Our Favorite Films

▲ REGISTER
Price: 225.00 USD
10 Weeks

03 - 26 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-03-26 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Since the advent of film, we’ve been turning novels into movies—often repeatedly and obsessively. There are, for example, at least seventeen screen versions of Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice" (we will be focusing on a modern day, romantic comedy that focuses on characters obsessed with Jane Austen). Why are we fascinated with filming and refilming stories we’ve read? There’s no doubt that we love seeing our favorite novels “come alive” on the screen, represented by the imaginations and talents of others. But what gets lost in translation from the page to the silver screen? How do different types of media often represent the same story so differently? In this course, we’ll pair novels with films they inspired, spending one week on a text and the next on its adaptation. In the process, we’ll consider how and why movie producers make certain changes to novels and what this says about the different forms of storytelling. (Note: Since there are so many great novel to film adaptations, Dr. Richardson is ruminating on the selections and thus they might change. You will not be disappointed with the selection!) • "Far from the Madding Crowd", Thomas Hardy, 1874 Movie with Carrie Mullins, 2015 • "The Big Sleep", Raymond Chandler, 1939 Movie with Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart, 1946 • "The Color Purple", Alice Walker, 1982 Movie with Whoopi Goldberg, 1985 • "Austenland", Shannon Hale, 2007 Movie with Keri Russell, 2013 • "Where’d You Go Bernadette", Maria Semple, 2012 Movie with Cate Blanchett, 2019

THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOK OF THE 21ST CENTURY

▲ REGISTER
Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

03 - 31 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2019-03-31 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Is there a book that epitomizes the first two decades of the 21st century? Is there one that provides a glimpse into the future or is that too much to ask so soon? We will explore this question and the books that may set a standard or offer a hint. This will be done in the full knowledge that American literature, in particular, does not try to follow in its own footsteps, but tries, as Ezra Pound has ordered to “make it new."

BREAKTHROUGH TO CREATIVITY: A Writing Workshop

▲ REGISTER
Price: 350.00 USD
8 Weeks

04 - 01 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-04-01 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

An innate element in human nature compels us to tell stories. And yet, every writer has experienced the wall—the overwhelming details of life, the fear of not having the precise words, and the fear that the precise words will alter one’s life in unexpected ways—these are the unwanted barriers that prevent us from sharing our stories. This class is designed to break through these barriers by providing the impetus for writers to pursue their thoughts, ideas, experiences, and imagination. By exploring the characteristics of a variety of genres, students will have the opportunity to perfect their unique voice and style. Each week participants will engage in reading and writing exercises designed to hone their skills. In addition, students will have the opportunity to share their stories in a receptive environment designed to produce writing confidence. Students will also receive written critiques from the instructor. (If available, please bring an example of your writing to the first session. A limited enrollment class)

HOW MUSIC MAKES THE MUSICAL: More Musicals!

▲ REGISTER
Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

04 - 02 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-04-02 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Musical Theatre is a true American art form—no other theatrical presentation can boast the same pedigree. Through extravagant singing and dancing, they capture our hearts and minds anew each season. The magic of the musical happens in the music—we are able to understand and empathize with the protagonists in a way that is deep, complex, and effortless. We will delve into your favorite musicals and learn how the composers and the playwrights crafted the shows that you love, why opinions differ so widely in the appreciation of this art form, and listen to some great music. The musicals we will cover in this session include: Oklahoma, Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, On the Town, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Chicago, and Sweeney Todd. You will be humming a tune after each class!

A SHAKESPEARE TREASURY: Finding the Meaning in His Greatest Speeches

▲ REGISTER
Price: 200.00 USD
6 Weeks

04 - 03 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-04-03 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course on Shakespeare will focus on great speeches from the Comedies, Histories, Romances and Tragedies. Shakespeare’s deepest insights and most challenging thoughts appear as his characters search their minds, working out the answers to profound questions in extended monologues and soliloquies. As we untangle his language we will be rewarded with often breathtaking depths of meaning encoded in his metaphors, similes, and images. At the end of the course we will have succeeded in understanding some of the finest expressions of thought in the English language and assembled our own anthology of Shakespeare’s greatest work. (A limited enrollment class)

THE JERUSALEM TEMPLE: In the Time of Jesus

▲ REGISTER
Price: 40.00 USD
0 Weeks

04 - 03 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-04-03 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Herod the Great, king of Judea, began the reconstruction of the Jerusalem temple between the years 18 and 20 BCE. By the time of Jesus’ ministry the elaborate temple complex had been under construction for 46 years (John 2:20). It would not be completed until around 63 CE and just seven years later in 70, the temple and its courts would be virtually destroyed as a result of the first Jewish Revolt. Why was the Temple so important to the Jews? Was there a Jewish “religion” at the time of the Temple? How did the Temple serve the people, the priests, and the king? What did it mean for Jesus to be educated and raised as a Jew? Why did King Herod strive to create a Temple to rival (and possibly even surpass) the finest temples in Egypt, Greece, and Rome? What future did Herod—one of history’s finest builders and most insecure kings—envision? What forces were building up around Herod’s Temple that would soon cause its destruction? And what forces were converging that would result in the crucifixion of Jesus? Together, we will discuss some truly extraordinary results of archaeology and scholarship.

APPS GALORE: Harnessing the Power of Your Smartphone or Tablet

▲ REGISTER
Price: 225.00 USD
4 Weeks

04 - 04 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-04-04 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

In this hands-on class students will explore must-have smartphone/tablet apps in every area, including travel, fitness, health care, personal productivity, finance, home management, and many other areas. Participants in this class are encouraged to bring their devices to class where they will have hands-on sessions downloading and exploring the latest and greatest tips, tricks, and apps for our mobile devices. Both Android and iPhone systems are welcome. (A limited enrollment class)

BE HERE NOW II: A Continuing Mindfulness Workshop

▲ REGISTER
Price: 250.00 USD
4 Weeks

04 - 04 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-04-04 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 continue to rediscover the wisdom of contemporary and ancient sages and learn to open our eyes to the miraculous quality of each moment. (This course is a standalone course that can be attended without attending the previous courses. A limited enrollment class)

THE CRUSADES

▲ REGISTER
Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

04 - 04 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-04-04 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The phenomenon we now know as the Crusades has to serve as a, possibly the, watershed moment in the history of relations between the European West and the Muslim East. We will talk about how and why they started as well as the 200-year history of the Latin Kingdoms in the Levant. The story does not end there and we will examine that legacy through a closer look at the military orders, particularly the Knights Hospitaller of St. John of Jerusalem, who later became known as the Knights of Malta. The Hospitallers first came to light in the 11th century, offering medical care in Jerusalem to all, regardless of religion or place of origin. To further serve those who came to the Holy Land, however, they developed into a military organization, contemporaneous with the Templars and the Teutonic Knights, and they played a similar role in protecting pilgrims. We will trace their activities during the period of the Latin Kingdoms, then follow them as they retreat, first to Cyprus and then to Rhodes and Malta, after the Mamluks forced the remnants of Christian rule out of Palestine. The Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, the last military order founded during the Crusades, survive even today.

iPHONE and iPAD TIPS AND TRICKS

▲ REGISTER
Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

04 - 14 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2019-04-14 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Technology guru Liz Weiman, author of the bestseller "100+ iPhone/iPad Tricks You Can Do Right Now!" introduces you to the essential tricks you should know about the latest iPhone/iPad updates. From life-saving and health-oriented tricks of setting up emergency SOS; to the time-saving tips of turning the phone into a magnifying glass or measuring tape; to the fun texting, photo, and camera tricks of sending confetti texts or annotating photos; to the absolute essentials of finding your lost iPhone or undoing accidental deletions, this class is a must for all!

U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN THE NEWS

▲ REGISTER
Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

04 - 15 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-04-15 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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

STOCKS AND BONDS: Are the Good Times Over?

▲ REGISTER
Price: 165.00 USD
5 Weeks

04 - 16 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-04-16 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With the Federal Reserve continuing to raise interest rates, a major slowdown in the Chinese economy, and tariffs threatening to negatively disrupt global trade, are the good times over for stocks and bonds? Wall Street analysts are very concerned since some of the worst periods for stocks and bonds have occurred when the Federal Reserve continued to raise interest rates. In addition, the last time the global economies entered a trade war, financial assets did not fair well. In this class we will focus on how to survive in a rising interest rate environment, learn ways to help control risk, and examine the strategies of some of the best minds on Wall Street and in the academic community. (A limited enrollment class)

BRIDGES OF THE WORLD: Networks that Connect

▲ REGISTER
Price: 125.00 USD
4 Weeks

04 - 17 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-04-17 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Building bridges not walls is seemingly a modern cry, but building bridges is one of the oldest creations of civilized man and often, an artistic one as well. Bridges often define a particular place. Who can think of San Francisco, London, Sydney, Florence, Venice, Prague, or Brooklyn without the image of their famous bridge? In this class we will look at the history, art, architecture, and engineering of bridges, as well as explore how bridges unite communities and commerce. We will consider a plethora of famous bridges and their builders —Gustave Eiffel, Thomas Telford, John Roebling, Santiago Calatrava, and perhaps the greatest of them all, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

DO IT YOURSELF: Interior Design Tips on a Dime

▲ REGISTER
Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

04 - 17 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-04-17 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Do you want to update the interior of your home but don’t want to spend a fortune in the process? Featured in the 2014 Houston Chronicle, Margaret Shilstone was described as “a heck of a do-it-yourselfer.” In this class learn money saving tips on simple, cost-effective ways to refresh your look—DIY tricks for both the inside of your home and your outdoor spaces. See creative and unique ways to decorate for a party, develop an eye for finding treasures in a consignment shop, and learn how to “flip” your unwanted decorative items and make money in the process. The first lecture will be at the WI, followed by three weeks of exploring the areas most popular consignment shops. (A limited enrollment class)

ADVANCED SPANISH

▲ REGISTER
Price: 315.00 USD
5 Weeks

04 - 22 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-04-22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

BEHIND THE SCENES AT HOUSTON BALLET

▲ REGISTER
Price: 200.00 USD
4 Weeks

04 - 23 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-04-23 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Participants in this class will have the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and witness the creation of a classic ballet, "Coppélia", from studio to stage. Tuesday, April 23, 10:00 – 12:00 at The Women’s Institute A background on Houston Ballet with an introduction to "Coppélia" and its history with the company given by Director of Education and Community Jennifer Sommers. Tuesday, April 30, 10:00 – 12:00 at Houston Ballet’s Center for Dance Visit Houston Ballet’s Costume Shop and receive an in-depth look at "Coppélia" costumes with Head of Costumes Laura Lynch. (601 Preston Street) Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 – 8:00 at Houston Ballet Center for Dance Conversation with Houston Ballet Artistic Staff on the history and importance of character dancing featured in "Coppélia" and "The Merry Widow" productions, moderated by Jennifer Sommers. Participants are invited to attend a special wine and cheese reception before the conversation. (601 Preston Street) Friday, May 17, 2:00 – 4:30 at the Wortham Theater Center View a full company dress rehearsal of "Coppélia" with an intermission discussion with Jennifer Sommers. (Meeting at 601 Preston Street and walking to the Wortham via skybridge.) (A limited enrollment class)

JERUSALEM: Holy City in Time and Imagination

▲ REGISTER
Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

04 - 28 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2019-04-28 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Jerusalem, a city that is holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims, continues to be at the center of our religious imagination. It is also the source of much strife and contention. Using a few specific sites in Jerusalem as examples, Dr. Henze will look at the significance of Jerusalem in antiquity and discuss the role the same sites play today in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

MEN WITH THE YELLOW HATS: Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lamas

▲ REGISTER
Price: 165.00 USD
5 Weeks

04 - 29 - 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2019-04-29 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

On December 10, 1989 the Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in “the struggle of liberation of Tibet and the efforts for a peaceful resolution instead of using violence.” Most people around the world recognize the title His Holiness the Dalai Lama and associate it with Buddhism. But who is the Dalai Lama? Is there more than one Dalai Lama? Why is he so popular? How did he manage to have such political power and impact? In this class, we will explore the progression of Buddhism, different Buddhist schools, Tibetan Buddhism, reincarnation, and the lives of historic and present Dalai Lama.

EXPAND YOUR CREATIVITY: Continuing with Watercolor Painting

▲ REGISTER
Price: 300.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 01 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-05-01 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Challenge yourself to explore new ideas and ways to enjoy watercolor painting. In this class we will delve deeper into the usage of color as well as introduce other mediums that can be used along with watercolor paints. This is a great time to pick up your paints and brushes and continue to explore many more aspects of watercolor painting.

THE SEPHARDIC [SPANISH] JEWS: Cultural Impact and Contributions

▲ REGISTER
Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

05 - 05 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2019-05-05 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

The Sephardic [Spanish] Jews spent one thousand years in Spain before their Expulsion in 1492. Luminaries such as Judah Halevi, Maimonides, and Rabi Sem Tob de Carrión belong in both the Jewish world and in the Arts and Letters of Spain. Most of the Sephardic Jews settled in the Ottoman Empire, where they introduced the printing press in 1493. In 1563 Josef Caro published the Schulchan Aruch, a fundamental compendium of Jewish law. During the ensuing centuries they produced Biblical translations, commentaries, and secular writing, while preserving their language in proverbs, ballads, and other poetic forms. In this lecture, we will examine the cultural impact of their contributions over almost five hundred years.

THE TITANTIC: History’s Lessons on the Paradox of Disaster

▲ REGISTER
Price: 35.00 USD
0 Weeks

05 - 12 - 2019, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2019-05-12 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

The sinking of the Titanic – probably the most famous ship of all time – in 1912 continues to attract incredible interest. Though the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage – indeed the term “Titanic” is synonymous with disaster – plans are underway for a launching of an exact replica, and recently a group of hedge funds paid $19.5 million for relics rescued from the doomed liner. The Titanic also inspired one of the top grossing motion pictures of all time. At 52,000 tons, it was considered the best ship ever built, but it sank because it ran into an iceberg. Passengers included members of some of the wealthiest families ever, the new industrial capitalists, as well as hundreds of lesser-known individuals, especially immigrants. Whether rich or poor, many perished in a debacle in which almost everything went wrong. Join Dr. Wil McCorquodale in an afternoon lecture to explore this disaster and its paradoxes.

FROM SATURDAY TO SUNDAY: How the Sabbath Jumped from Day 7 to Day 1

▲ REGISTER
Price: 40.00 USD
0 Weeks

05 - 15 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-05-15 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Many theories have been put forward to account for why the vast majority of Christians observe Sunday as the Sabbath. The causes for this momentous change lie in a complex period of religious transitions involving wars, historical coincidences, colorful characters, politics, and, of course, deep-seated religious differences that were ironically greater among Christians than between Christians and Jews. Solving this mystery requires an elaborate investigation into the complicated history of ancient Rome and Jerusalem over a period of three to four centuries. More to the point, the answers provided by scholars today do not resemble the answers you heard growing up. As I like to remind all my classes, “Nothing changes as quickly as ancient history.” The story of the jumping Sabbath Day is a great example.

THE APOSTLE PAUL: Life, Letters, and Legacy

▲ REGISTER
Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

05 - 21 - 2019, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2019-05-21 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

As a Jew from Asia Minor deeply influenced by his Greco-Roman environment and a zealous apostle to fledgling Christianity, Paul remains a source of fascination to scholars today for the complexity—and paradoxically, the simplicity—of his thought. Christianity began as an apocalyptic, messianic movement within Judaism during the first century of the Common Era. The focus of this class will be on our earliest evidence for this nascent movement: the apostle Paul and his letters. Together, we will explore Paul’s construction of his own sense of authority as a religious leader and expert, a founder of church communities, and how his legacy developed through those who sought to appropriate his authority over the years. We will approach the study of Paul chronologically—that is, according to the order in which the letters were written and how they help us (re)construct his biography. Together, we will examine some of the major themes in Pauline Studies (e.g., Paul’s biography; his relationship to Judaism; his attitude toward the Jewish Law/Torah; his understanding of the Resurrection; what he means by “body,” “flesh,” “soul,” and “spirit;” and questions of authorship/forgery). 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.