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Lecture Luncheon 2019 - 2020

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Price: 350.00 USD
0 Weeks

10 - 18 - 2019, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2019-10-18 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

October 18, 2019, Robert Greenberg: "How to Listen to and Understand Music: Music as a Mirror." Dr. Robert Greenberg is Music Historian-in-Residence with San Francisco Performances. A graduate of Princeton University, Professor Greenberg holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of California, Berkeley. November 15, 2019, David Lampton: "The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds." David Lampton is George and Sadie Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and Chairman of The Asia Foundation. His book, after which this lecture is titled, is the only one to be based on extensive interviews with elite political leaders, diplomats, and others in China, the United States, and countries on China's periphery. January 17, 2020, Denise Budd: "Why Art Matters: Creation and Destruction, from Ancient Times through Today." This lecture will look at selected works of art from antiquity through the 20th Century, examining not only the importance of the works themselves, but the way that their destruction, or attempted destruction, demonstrates the power of images. Dr. Denise Budd received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2002, and she has taught courses over the past two decades that cover the entire history of art at Columbia University and Rutgers University. February 21, 2020, Jonathan Turley: "A Fishbowl Society: The Diminishing Privacy of Americans in the Twenty-first Century."Professor Jonathan Turley will explore the legal and technological changes that have laid the foundation for a fishbowl society in which citizens can be objects of continual surveillance. He is a nationally recognized legal scholar and commentator who has written extensively in areas ranging from constitutional law to legal theory to tort law. A graduate of Tulane Law School, Professor Turley has served as counsel in some of the most notable cases in the last two decades.

AURISCH ON ART

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

01 - 06 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM 2020-01-06 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM

In this class we will explore a wide variety of topics, starting with a discussion of the works by Berthe Morisot, currently on view at the MFAH, followed by an analysis of the complex interdependence of Edouard Manet and Claude Monet, as well as the latter’s relationship with his German counterpart, Max Liebermann. Examining questions of attributions of specific works of art will serve as an introduction into the behind-the -scenes work of art historians and art curators. Further topics will be an analysis of the fascinating interplay of painting and music during the Impressionist era, and of the role of the window in art, whose starting point will be the MFAH’s work by Pablo Picasso “Two Women in Front of a Window,” 1927. 1. Berthe Morisot: Impressionist Original 2. Manet / Monet 3. Painting in My Garden: Max Liebermann vs Claude Monet 4. A Question of Attribution 5. Impressionism and Music 6. The Window in Art Note: this class will skip Monday, January 20.

THE PILGRIMS ARE HERE—THE BRITISH ARE COMING: 1620-1775

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Price: 225.00 USD
10 Weeks

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

In 1620 the Pilgrims arrived in America. In 1775 the American Revolution began at Lexington and Concord. In between these two iconic dates were 155 years of settlement, growth, conflict and regional rivalry, hopes and dreams—a little studied and often overlooked period that laid the foundation for the more publicized events of the Revolution and the subsequent formation of the United States. The year 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims setting foot on Plymouth Rock and the year 2025 is the 250th anniversary of the beginning of our struggle for political independence. In honor of these two major anniversaries, we will consider this period nationally, internationally, socially, politically, culturally, and scientifically. An all-encompassing look at the complex and fascinating origins of America will be provided. (Note: this class will skip Monday, January 20.)

EVEN MORE ROMANTIC COMEDIES

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

01 - 07 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Our three-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 some of these patterns get repeated in similar forms. The movies we will explore will be different from those in previous semesters and will be a surprise to students.

INVESTING IN THE NEW DECADE

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Price: 165.00 USD
5 Weeks

01 - 07 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-01-07 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Some important investment themes over the next decade include low interest rates for longer, reshuffling of global trade alliances, and disruptive technologies such as 5G, 3-D printing, genetic engineering, and autonomous vehicles. In this class we will examine the impact of these themes and devise a plan to both protect your investments and capitalize on these new trends.

MAH JONGG

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Price: 250.00 USD
5 Weeks

01 - 07 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-07 10:00 AM - 12:00 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. The Mah Jongg set will be provided, but each student will need 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)

EMPATHY AND COMPASSION: The Art of Understanding the Other

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Price: 500.00 USD
12 Weeks

01 - 08 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-08 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Human beings strive to connect with others. Sometimes this is an easy and natural process and other times connecting can seem almost impossible. What are the processes of connection? How can we reconnect when we have disconnected from others? We will explore concepts from biological and social sciences such as empathy, compassion, sympathy, and dominance. Equal parts science and self-exploration, we will use discussion, experiments, meditations, and journaling to objectively understand how to connect with others.

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH

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Price: 500.00 USD
12 Weeks

01 - 08 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-01-08 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

This class is a continuation of the beginning level Spanish class. The language materials used are part of a new series authored by Dr. Urrutibéheity titled El Español Actual. 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)

CITIES IN LITERATURE

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

01 - 09 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-01-09 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The modern novel grew up with the modern city. Through literature, we will explore the nature and state of our individuality whilst living among the many thousands of strangers who give a city its two most essential qualities— density and diversity. We will begin with E.B. White’s indispensable essay “Here is New York” and then explore New York City, London, Paris, and even Cairo in the works of Charles Dickens, Walt Whitman, Émile Zola, Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, John Dos Passos, the Egyptian Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz, Italo Calvino, and Frank O’Hara. Two of our guides will be Lewis Mumford and the great Jane Jacobs. We will also draw upon your own experiences as travelers to expand our insights.

IWORKSHOP FOR IPHONES, IPADS, AND APPS: Using Your Device with Confidence

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

01 - 09 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-09 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

New iPhones/iPads have just come out, and there are features that are essential to know about in order to make the best decisions—whether we are deciding to purchase a new device or whether we are considering upgrading our device(s) to the new operating system. We will start with the basics and cover 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 learn the essential apps to unleash the power of our devices. (A limited enrollment class)

MAH JONGG

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Price: 250.00 USD
5 Weeks

01 - 09 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-09 10:00 AM - 12:00 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. The Mah Jongg set will be provided, but each student will need 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)

SHAKESPEARE'S GRAND OPENINGS

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Price: 200.00 USD
6 Weeks

01 - 09 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-01-09 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Shakespeare was a master of opening scenes as he came to be master of all other aspects of dramatic construction. In this class we will investigate the many ways Shakespeare catches our attention, introduces his characters, and sets up the worlds he invites us to enter. A feature of the class will be the viewing of films and videos showing how some of the world’s greatest directors have interpreted the ‘grand openings’ of Shakespeare’s plays. (A limited enrollment class)

THE HISTORY OF THE COLD WAR

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Price: 225.00 USD
10 Weeks

01 - 09 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-01-09 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

During the many decades of the Cold War, the United States and its allies “contained” the U.S.S.R., its satellite states, and Communist nations around the world. The threat of nuclear war between the Cold War titans dominated the political, diplomatic, and military activity of most nations after 1949 and traumatized people everywhere. Several near-conflicts developed between these two superpowers, and several difficult “hot wars” erupted in Asia. In this class we will reflect on the legacies of the Cold War as we examine the war from its roots in 1917 to its unanticipated ending in 1991—highlighting Soviet espionage against the United States, the contributions of the U.S. armed forces, major events in Europe, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and five wars in Asia.

A BOOK CLUB

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Price: 175.00 USD
5 Weeks

01 - 14 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-01-14 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

One of the most persistent stories in literature centers upon the individual’s resistance against society’s persisting influence over that individual’s identity. In that struggle the individual must cope with, flee from, capitulate to, or somehow exert a transforming force upon the influence that otherwise would dominate. In this Book Club we will examine as a connecting theme several literary characters’ efforts in the face of that struggle. The problem, of course, is eternal and universal, and as a consequence is forever timely and apropos of the reader’s life—the literary is the personal. We will cover several women through 2,000 years of literature, and come to understand how those women triumph or fail on their own terms. In so doing, we will seek to knit together these various literary conflicts and possibly find some resonating contemporary themes. • January 14 The Samaritan Woman at the Well: John 4: 7 – 30 The Wife of Bath’s Tale – Geoffrey Chaucer • February 11 The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare • March 10 The Scarlett Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne • April 14 The Awakening – Kate Chopin • May 12 On Beauty – Zadie Smith

THE WRITE STUFF: The Art of the Story

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Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

01 - 14 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-14 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whether memoir, fiction, poetry, or essay, a writer’s challenge becomes bringing the reader along the arc of the story into an envisioned or recalled world. The conflicts, triumphs, and defeats that form the backbone of storytelling are richly enhanced when our inborn senses are evoked. Each session will begin with in-class writing centered on vision, sound, touch, taste, or smell—followed by an opportunity for students to share what they have recently written. This class will help advance a current project, stimulate a new idea, or simply bring a strong start to a blank notebook. (A limited enrollment class)

Denise Budd

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Price: 100.00 USD
0 Weeks

01 - 17 - 2020, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2020-01-17 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Denise Budd — "Why Art Matters: Creation and Destruction, from Ancient Times through Today." Recently, all of the country turned its eyes towards the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the removal of a statue became central to an ofttimes violent and polarizing discussion about race and history in America. This lecture will look at selected works of art from antiquity through the 20th Century, examining not only the importance of the works themselves, but the way that their destruction, or attempted destruction, demonstrates the power of images. Dr. Denise Budd received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2002, and she has taught courses over the past two decades that cover the entire history of art at Columbia University and Rutgers University. Dr. Budd lectures throughout the country and internationally, bringing a dynamic style which is aimed at engaging art lovers and not-yet art lovers alike.

BATTLEGROUND 2020

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

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

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

BEGINNING SPANISH

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Price: 500.00 USD
12 Weeks

01 - 27 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-01-27 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 content introduced in class, keeping in mind 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 Copydotcom, 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)

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

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

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

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

BATTLEGROUND 2020

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Price: 250.00 USD
10 Weeks

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

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

JILL CARROLL EXPLORES

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Price: 200.00 USD
4 Weeks

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

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

JILL CARROLL EXPLORES

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Price: 200.00 USD
4 Weeks

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

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

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

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Price: 250.00 USD
12 Weeks

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

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

STORYTELLING: The Best Human Connection

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

02 - 03 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-02-03 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. This class will help students craft the story 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)

BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: The Art of Listening and Effective Expression

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Price: 175.00 USD
4 Weeks

02 - 04 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-02-04 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Numerous studies have identified "lack of communication" as one of the main reasons relationships fail. Experts say that engaged listening and effective expression are the best ways to interact with others, but most of us have no idea how to do this. In this class we will learn powerful techniques for both listening and communicating that can be used even in the most challenging situations. We will explore ways to control our own stress and reactivity when communicating with others. We will learn to bridge even the most difficult and long-standing divides between friends, families, and colleagues. As a result, we will develop better connections with others, generate new trust and respect, initiate effective problem solving, and increase our overall social and emotional health. Dates for this class are as follows: February 4 March 3 April 7 May 5

THE IDEA OF THE FIRST LADY: Truth and Reality

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 04 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-02-04 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

“The office of the first spouse is a rancid barrel of presidential pork that has outlived its usefulness” ~ Jack Shafer, Politico Magazine, 2016 The above commentary implies a criticism of all the public functions Americans have come to expect from first ladies—entertaining foreign and domestic government officials, adopting a political cause, and lobbying on behalf of the president are key examples. First ladies exist in a state of perpetual contradiction—as potentially powerful leaders but also as holders of an uncodified, unofficial position in the federal government subject to criticism for improper activity. With no defined responsibilities, the first lady has become both a symbol of what is best about the country and also a target of criticism, which is often partisan in nature. This tension between activism and reticence dates back to the founding of the Republic. In this course we will explore the idea of the first lady and how that has changed over time. The following ideas of the first lady will be examined: • 18th and 19th Century Southern Activists and Substitutes • First Lady as Entertainers • First Ladies as Diplomats and Political Figures • First Ladies as Policy Activists • First Ladies in the Media • First Ladies as Mothers and Cultural Leaders

BEGINNING FRENCH

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Price: 500.00 USD
12 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-02-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this class designed for beginners, Dr. Urrutibéheity, a native speaker of French and Spanish, will use the textbook he has co-authored with Paris professor Brigittede Broin, LE FRANÇAIS CONTEMPORAIN, which is available at Copydotcom, 1201-F Westheimer, for $20. The materials in the textbook reflect the everyday speech of Paris. Class time will be exclusively devoted to oral communication and review in order to help students internalize the language materials. CDs of the lessons will be provided for participants at no cost. (A limited enrollment class)

MAKING SENSE OF SCIENCE IN THE NEWS

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 06 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-02-06 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Scientific advances impact our lives in many ways, but sometimes it is hard to make sense of scientific breakthroughs that make the news. Media outlets tend to oversimplify the scientific details, hype up (or downplay) their impact and significance, or get the details completely wrong. In this class, we will discuss current science-related news stories. We will delve into the scientific background and discuss the importance of the news story and its impact on society.

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS!

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

02 - 09 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-02-09 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

In this lecture, we will explore what is knowable from psychology, and what is beyond the realm of science as we struggle to grasp the concept of love in its many forms. We will explore the biological, social, and existential/spiritual motivations for love, as well as the components of love—passion, intimacy, and commitment.

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS!

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

02 - 09 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-02-09 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

In this lecture, we will explore what is knowable from psychology, and what is beyond the realm of science as we struggle to grasp the concept of love in its many forms. We will explore the biological, social, and existential/spiritual motivations for love, as well as the components of love—passion, intimacy, and commitment.

THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS TODAY

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

02 - 09 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-02-09 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the 1940s and 1950s has been hailed as the most important manuscript discovery of the twentieth century. Ancient Jewish documents from the turn of the Common Era, the Dead Sea Scrolls include the oldest biblical manuscripts known to exist, as well as a number of ancient texts that describe the community at Qumran, their history, structure, and beliefs. Over the last seventy years, the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls has become a field of research in itself. This talk will begin with the story of their discovery, go over the most significant historical and theological insights we have gained from the Scrolls, and finally will look at the latest controversies surrounding some of the more recently discovered Scrolls that are thought to be forgeries.

THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS TODAY

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

02 - 09 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-02-09 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the 1940s and 1950s has been hailed as the most important manuscript discovery of the twentieth century. Ancient Jewish documents from the turn of the Common Era, the Dead Sea Scrolls include the oldest biblical manuscripts known to exist, as well as a number of ancient texts that describe the community at Qumran, their history, structure, and beliefs. Over the last seventy years, the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls has become a field of research in itself. This talk will begin with the story of their discovery, go over the most significant historical and theological insights we have gained from the Scrolls, and finally will look at the latest controversies surrounding some of the more recently discovered Scrolls that are thought to be forgeries.

FROM THE LOWER EAST SIDE TO HOLLYWOOD: Jews and American Popular Culture

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 11 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-02-11 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

What would American popular culture be without Al Jolson, Fanny Brice, Irving Berlin, Carole King, Mel Brooks, Barbra Streisand, or Steven Spielberg? In this course we will explore the complex relationship between Jews and popular culture in the United States. We will examine such topics as the Hollywood cinema, popular music from jazz to rock, stand­-up comedy and television, Yiddish theater, and the Broadway musical. We will trace the development of Jewish American identities from the acme of immigration (1881-1924), the shift from margin to mainstream (1924-1945), the era of assimilation and ambivalence (1945-1973), to the cultural and religious revivals since then. At the same time, we will pose broader questions about integration and differentiation in U.S. society—thereby addressing what it ultimately means to be "American."

MORE RELIGIONS IN HOUSTON: The Journey Continues

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Price: 165.00 USD
5 Weeks

02 - 11 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-02-11 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This semester we will be introduced to more faiths and faith communities in the Houston area as we cover religious traditions ranging from Taoism to Orthodox Christianity. While it is no secret that the Houston area is one of the most diverse urban areas in the country, what does that diversity look like in real life, especially when it comes to religion? In this class we will explore a variety of religions in Houston by introducing each religion from an academic point of view—as well as exploring how these religions manifest themselves as vital communities in Houston. We'll not only examine key terms, concepts, and beliefs, but also explore practices, communities, and our future as a city of multiple religions. The class will culminate with a visit to a local faith community making the connection between our classroom learning and lived community. (Note: this class will focus on religions not previously covered in the fall of 2019.)

THE GREAT COMPOSERS OF MUSICAL THEATRE

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

02 - 13 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-02-13 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this class, we will delve into the working minds of some of the greatest composers of musical theatre by studying some of their great works. We will showcase Jerome Kern through Showboat, Frank Loesser through Guys and Dolls, Richard Rodgers through The King and I, Leonard Bernstein through Candide, Stephen Sondheim through A Little Night Music, and Andrew Lloyd Webber through The Phantom of the Opera. Learn about how they create and what each production means in respect to their legacy.

SURREALISM IN HOUSTON

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

02 - 16 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-02-16 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Surrealism originated in Paris in the 1920s as a movement in both literature and the visual arts and was brought to Houston thanks to collectors John and Dominique de Menil and art dealer Alexander Lolas. In this richly illustrated lecture we will examine the origins of the group's shared quest for a higher reality and will discuss a curated selection of artworks from the Menil collection, with a special focus on artists Max Ernst and René Magritte and on the surrealists' use of innovative techniques like automatic drawing, exquisite corpse, collage, frottage, and grattage.

SURREALISM IN HOUSTON

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

02 - 16 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-02-16 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Surrealism originated in Paris in the 1920s as a movement in both literature and the visual arts and was brought to Houston thanks to collectors John and Dominique de Menil and art dealer Alexander Lolas. In this richly illustrated lecture we will examine the origins of the group's shared quest for a higher reality and will discuss a curated selection of artworks from the Menil collection, with a special focus on artists Max Ernst and René Magritte and on the surrealists' use of innovative techniques like automatic drawing, exquisite corpse, collage, frottage, and grattage.

THEATRE IN THE MODERN WORLD

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Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

02 - 19 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-02-19 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

All the world is indeed a stage, but the performances of the 20th and 21st centuries look very different from those that came before. In this course we will read ten plays that are conscious of their own relationship to the modern—departing gleefully from tradition, celebrating newness, expressing intersectional identities, and boldly experimenting with unconventional form. We’ll explore how and why drama has continued to evolve as a distinct art form in the past 150 years. At the end of our semester, we will take an optional field trip to the Alley Theatre to see Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone. (Note: play selections are subject to change.) • Ibsen, "A Doll’s House" (1879, drama) • Chekhov, "The Cherry Orchard" (1904, drama) Coward, "Blithe Spirit" (1941) & Beckett, Catastrophe (1953) • Neil Simon, "Rumors" (1988, comedy) • Richard Wesley, "Autumn" (2018, drama), playing at Ensemble Theatre • Suzan-Lori Parks, "Venus" (1996, drama) • Maryna Majok, "Cost of Living" (2019, drama) • Sarah Ruhl, "Dead Man’s Cell Phone" (2007), playing at Alley Theatre

MY SPIRITUAL QUEST: Writing for Personal Growth

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Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

02 - 20 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-02-20 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

In this writing workshop, we will employ memoir and reflection as a means of exploring and deepening our spiritual lives. In an ambience of empathy and respect, we will probe how our particular sense of the sacred has been shaped by our own culture, upbringing, religious traditions, and life experiences. Topics will include our early religious formation and our current judgments about that formative tradition; our sense of the meaning of the term “spiritual”; our present religious identity, if any; our experience with spiritual practices and rituals; the influence of mentors, models and teachers; how pivotal life events have affected our religious outlook; and any direct experiences we might have had of realms that seem transcendent. Through writing and discussion, we will become more self-aware about our individual, authentic quests for meaning. (A limited enrollment class)

Jonathan Turley

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Price: 100.00 USD
0 Weeks

02 - 21 - 2020, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM 2020-02-21 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Jonathan Turley — "A Fishbowl Society: The Diminishing Privacy of Americans in the Twenty-first Century." Americans have long been defined by robust views of individual autonomy and privacy. However, in this century, we have suffered massive reductions in privacy due to governmental and private surveillance, data mining, and searches. Professor Jonathan Turley will explore the legal and technological changes that have laid the foundation for a fishbowl society in which citizens can be objects of continual surveillance. He is a nationally recognized legal scholar and commentator who has written extensively in areas ranging from constitutional law to legal theory to tort law. He is a graduate of Tulane Law School and the recipient of the prestigious Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law at George Washington University. In addition to his extensive publications, Professor Turley has served as counsel in some of the most notable cases in the last two decades. His litigation in areas ranging from national security law to constitutional law appears regularly on the pages of the nation’s leading publications.

PERFECT HEALTH AND IMMORTAL LIFE: The Promise and Peril of Stem Cell Therapy

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

02 - 23 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-02-23 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Can we live to be 150, or 200, years old? Is an indefinitely long life-span possible? More importantly, can we lead long lives without debilitating disease and degeneration? In this lecture we will discuss the impact of the fast-moving fields of stem cell therapy and genetic engineering on human longevity and quality of life. We will examine the ethical implications of scientific research on human cloning, designer babies, and immortality, as well as how these explorations will shape the evolution of our species and planet.

PERFECT HEALTH AND IMMORTAL LIFE: The Promise and Peril of Stem Cell Therapy

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

02 - 23 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-02-23 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Can we live to be 150, or 200, years old? Is an indefinitely long life-span possible? More importantly, can we lead long lives without debilitating disease and degeneration? In this lecture we will discuss the impact of the fast-moving fields of stem cell therapy and genetic engineering on human longevity and quality of life. We will examine the ethical implications of scientific research on human cloning, designer babies, and immortality, as well as how these explorations will shape the evolution of our species and planet.

SPRING FASHION REFRESH

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

02 - 23 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-02-23 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Start the new season lighter by “editing” your closet and removing items you never wear and look at the items needed to freshen your look for spring 2020. In this lecture we will be taken through this process of cleaning out and updating for a fresh new look. Spring here we come!

SPRING FASHION REFRESH

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

02 - 23 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-02-23 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Start the new season lighter by “editing” your closet and removing items you never wear and look at the items needed to freshen your look for spring 2020. In this lecture we will be taken through this process of cleaning out and updating for a fresh new look. Spring here we come!

SURREALISM AND ITS AFTERLIVES IN AMERICAN CULTURE

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

02 - 24 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-02-24 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Surrealism is one of the most popular avant-gardes to have emerged in the 20th century. How did the movement gain such a foothold in the cultural imagination? In this class we will explore Surrealism’s exhibition in the United States from the 1930s-1960s and its influence on American popular culture from advertisements and window displays to fashion and Hollywood films. As the American public enjoyed Surrealism, curators and artists wrestled with the movement’s complicated politics, unabashed commercialism, and its refusal to conform to a particular style, ideology, or genre. We will especially consider the uneven legacies of two of the most popular surrealist artists—Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte.

GARDENING WITH NATIVE PLANTS: Attracting Birds and Butterflies

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 01 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-01 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

More and more people around the country are creating gardens to attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. These natural habitat gardens use plants native to their region and can create a thriving natural ecosystem, reducing the need for fertilizers, pesticides, watering, and maintenance. Not only are these gardens attractive to wildlife, they provide an interesting, healthy environment for people. Participants will learn the principles needed to create an oasis for birds and butterflies as well as a personal retreat in an increasingly urbanized world. (Note: This course is approved for advanced training credit by the Texas Master Naturalist program and for State Board for Educator Certification credit for teachers.)

GARDENING WITH NATIVE PLANTS: Attracting Birds and Butterflies

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 01 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-01 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

More and more people around the country are creating gardens to attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. These natural habitat gardens use plants native to their region and can create a thriving natural ecosystem, reducing the need for fertilizers, pesticides, watering, and maintenance. Not only are these gardens attractive to wildlife, they provide an interesting, healthy environment for people. Participants will learn the principles needed to create an oasis for birds and butterflies as well as a personal retreat in an increasingly urbanized world. (Note: This course is approved for advanced training credit by the Texas Master Naturalist program and for State Board for Educator Certification credit for teachers.)

MANY COOKS: The Making of U.S. Foreign Policy in the News

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 01 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-01 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

It isn’t just the President and Secretary of State who create U.S. foreign policy. Many other hands are at work—the National Security Advisor and staff, the Defense Department, the intelligence agencies, other departments and agencies of the Executive Branch, Congress, the courts, the media, and interest groups. Ambassador Chase Untermeyer, who served in the White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department will illustrate how these players interact, and often conflict, with each other in making U.S. foreign policy.

MANY COOKS: The Making of U.S. Foreign Policy in the News

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 01 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-01 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

It isn’t just the President and Secretary of State who create U.S. foreign policy. Many other hands are at work—the National Security Advisor and staff, the Defense Department, the intelligence agencies, other departments and agencies of the Executive Branch, Congress, the courts, the media, and interest groups. Ambassador Chase Untermeyer, who served in the White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department will illustrate how these players interact, and often conflict, with each other in making U.S. foreign policy.

WORDSMITHING 101: A Master Class in Finding Your Creative Voice

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Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

03 - 02 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-03-02 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Do you feel the need to tell your particular story or have the desire to look at words and sentenced differently? Do you want to make your writing as clear as the planning that goes into it? This workshop is for everyone interested in learning how to plan and write more clearly and creatively. The instruction will be geared to good writing in both fiction and nonfiction. Participants will come away with a plethora of helpful handouts. Some topics covered will include good rules for good writers, having something to say, the six senses, dialogue and dialect, showing vs. telling, editing and revision, peer critiquing, and much more.

READING THE SAME BIBLE DIFFERENTLY: Two Stories

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Price: 80.00 USD
2 Weeks

03 - 04 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-03-04 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

In the past, the Bible has been cited on behalf of slavery and emancipation, sexism and equality, violence and nonviolence. Today, it is obvious that different Bible readings are driving the way we behave right now. In this course we will consider two sections of the Bible so well known they are often taken for granted—the Garden of Eden and the Binding of Isaac. While there is no right or wrong in interpretation, we will attempt to read these stories with new eyes and a “second naiveté.” Examining language and archaeology, as well as a bit of reasoning, we will reveal how reading the Bible differently shapes us in a new way.

CHARLES DE GAULLE AND THE GLORY OF FRANCE

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 08 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-08 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Charles de Gaulle, indisputably the most important French military and political leader of the 20th century. In the face of his country's terrible defeat in World War II, he kept alive France's hope, and as its president, he presided over a period of unparalleled prosperity. This class will be an examination of his dynamic and, at times, incredible career. De Gaulle was often on the wrong side of history, and he was not without controversy. Nevertheless, he worked tirelessly and effectively in the service of his country.

CHARLES DE GAULLE AND THE GLORY OF FRANCE

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 08 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-08 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Charles de Gaulle, indisputably the most important French military and political leader of the 20th century. In the face of his country's terrible defeat in World War II, he kept alive France's hope, and as its president, he presided over a period of unparalleled prosperity. This class will be an examination of his dynamic and, at times, incredible career. De Gaulle was often on the wrong side of history, and he was not without controversy. Nevertheless, he worked tirelessly and effectively in the service of his country.

ILLUMINATING THE PSYCHE

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Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

03 - 10 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-03-10 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course will bring together the Arts and Psychology—an exuberantly illuminating and catalyzing pair—in order to create a portal into understanding the conundrums of human behavior. Each class will combine current psychological and neurological theory with the visual and literary arts. Ultimately, group discussions and experiential opportunities will open a space for better understanding the dynamics of our relationships with others and with ourselves. Ultimately, Psych-Arts is designed to provide safe passage—sometimes quiet, sometimes boisterous—to better understand the complexities of our lives, individually and collectively, through combinations that compliment and oppose; distill and topple; shore up and expand.

THE BIG PICTURE: Inside Washington and the Middle East

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 17 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-03-17 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Drawing from his career in public service and foreign affairs, Ambassador Untermeyer will examine various topics in both Washington and the Middle East. • An Electoral College Education • How the White House Works—Or Is Supposed To • Congress and the Lobby: Who’s In Control? • The Nine: The U.S. Supreme Court • Sacred Sands: How Islam and History Shape the Middle East • The Middle East: A Trouble-Free Tour of Trouble Spots

LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT: From the Womb to the Tomb

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Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

03 - 19 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-03-19 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How much do genes affect our development? How does gender identity and sexual orientation develop? How does children’s thinking evolve through childhood, and why are adolescents so out of sorts? What are the stages of adult development, and how do we adjust to new stages in our lives? Studies of the human brain are teaching us more than ever about how we develop over the course of a lifetime, addressing questions like these and much more. In this class we will explore issues in the psychology of lifespan development— considering what science is discovering and presenting current theories— including viewing some fascinating videos that really make this topic come alive.

GERMANY AFTER MERKEL: What Now?

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 22 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-22 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Angela Merkel will end her 4th term as German chancellor in the Fall of 2021. After 16 years at the helm of the German government, she is the longest serving chancellor besides her mentor Helmut Kohl. She kept the European ship on an even keel, in spite of some turbulence, and was valued as a reliable partner by her foreign counterparts. When this era comes to an end, what are the challenges for Germany’s leader to follow her, what are the names floated as possible successors, and what kind of government will they form? In this lecture, we will examine this shifting political landscape and outline potential scenarios for Germany going forward.

GERMANY AFTER MERKEL: What Now?

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 22 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-22 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Angela Merkel will end her 4th term as German chancellor in the Fall of 2021. After 16 years at the helm of the German government, she is the longest serving chancellor besides her mentor Helmut Kohl. She kept the European ship on an even keel, in spite of some turbulence, and was valued as a reliable partner by her foreign counterparts. When this era comes to an end, what are the challenges for Germany’s leader to follow her, what are the names floated as possible successors, and what kind of government will they form? In this lecture, we will examine this shifting political landscape and outline potential scenarios for Germany going forward.

THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND TODAY: It's not all Bagpipes and Whisky

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 22 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-22 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

The Highlands of Scotland are a unique place—sparsely populated, isolated, and wild—a place with a bloody past and a questionable future. One of the most rugged and beautiful areas in all of Europe, the Highlands is under threat from over- tourism, ecological changes, and ill-considered threats of land reform which could break up the large estates that have protected the scenic landscape for centuries. In preparation for a projected visit to this scenic wonderland, we will focus on the history and beauty of the Highlands, while also considering the transformations and development that may permanently alter the landscape and lifestyle of this unique part of the British Isles.

THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND TODAY: It's not all Bagpipes and Whisky

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 22 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-22 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

The Highlands of Scotland are a unique place—sparsely populated, isolated, and wild—a place with a bloody past and a questionable future. One of the most rugged and beautiful areas in all of Europe, the Highlands is under threat from over- tourism, ecological changes, and ill-considered threats of land reform which could break up the large estates that have protected the scenic landscape for centuries. In preparation for a projected visit to this scenic wonderland, we will focus on the history and beauty of the Highlands, while also considering the transformations and development that may permanently alter the landscape and lifestyle of this unique part of the British Isles.

FUNDAMENTAL IDEAS THAT STRUCTURE OUR LIVES

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Price: 150.00 USD
3 Weeks

03 - 23 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-03-23 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Underlying Western Civilization, one does not find a coherent conceptual structure—rather, it consists of 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. The exploration of these ideas began in a previous course and will continue in this course by examining nine new ideas that emerged in the period from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. We shall start with one such fundamental notion embodied in Michelangelo’s fresco “The Creation of Adam”, followed by an examination of the “Rise of Modern Political Egoism”. We will end discussing the notions of “The Social Contract” and human tendencies towards “Aggression and/or Benevolence.” (Note: acquaintance with the material of the previous course is not necessary for following and understanding this one.)

IRELAND: Four Weddings and Two Funerals

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 23 - 2020, 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM 2020-03-23 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM

A small country with a relatively large presence on the world stage, Ireland is a country with a rich, complex history and culture. Irish writer and lecturer Robert Cremins will be your guide on a whistle-stop tour of the Emerald Isle through time and space. The Irish, and Irish-Americans, often congregate “At Weddings and Wakes” —to use the title of an Alice McDermott novel. In that spirit, Cremins will conduct the tour each week by using a cultural artifact associated with a milestone in the life of the nation. They include a painting, a poem, a song, a speech, a treaty, and an act of parliament. (Calendar note: Monday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. at Alley Theater, Dr. Cremins will be interviewing Irish author Colum McCann in the Inprint series.)

BEWITCHING BRITTANY

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 24 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-03-24 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Bordered by the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean, Brittany owes its unique identity and culture to the Celtic people who migrated from the British Isles in the 5th, 6th, and 7th centuries. The region’s Celtic heritage survives in legends (tales of King Arthur, the legend of Ys, the Ankou), traditional costumes still worn at religious festivals known as “pardons,” and the Breton language, which seems doomed to extinction despite efforts to teach it in school. Brittany’s ornately decorated churches bear witness to the religious fervor of the Breton people. Villages competed to build the highest bell tower and the finest parish close—a walled churchyard entered through a triumphal arch and enclosing a cemetery, an ossuary, and a monument called a calvary. The most elaborate calvaries consist of a carved crucifixion scene mounted on a base sculpted with scenes from the life of Christ. Brittany is famous for its prehistoric megalithic monuments built between 5000 and 2000 B.C.E. This richly illustrated course will include Brittany’s spectacular natural scenery, as well as towns and villages in picturesque settings perched on hilltops, nestled in river valleys, or overlooking the sea.

FROM ELLA TO ESPERANZA: Great Women of Jazz

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Price: 200.00 USD
8 Weeks

03 - 24 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-03-24 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Almost all of the greatest jazz singers have been women, and for most of jazz’s history, singing has been the only role available to them. Many of these women also wrote songs, led bands and managed their careers, as they struggled against sexism, racism, and economic exploitation. In this course we will focus on the lives and music of some of the most interesting and innovative jazz singers as we study the history of this vibrant art form. We will begin in the 1930s with Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, and continue to the current generation, which includes Esperanza Spalding and Cecile McLorin Salvant, whose performance at the Wortham on April 3 will be an optional part of the course. Other greats whom we will cover include Annie Ross, Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Luciana Souza, and Cassandra Wilson.

IRAN: History, People, Religion, and Politics

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 26 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-03-26 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The achievements of the great Persian Empires live on in the minds of Iranians today—while the realities of being surrounded by a hostile world, economic sanctions, and internal political strife subject the Iranian people to an uncertain future. Iran, a country rich with natural resources and steeped in a proud heritage, moved from a nation governed by a Western-backed Shah to a semi-theocracy determined to champion the oppressed Shi’a masses in a Sunni Muslim world. While casting themselves as heroes on the one hand, Iran’s religious and political leaders have managed to earn the animosity of almost every state in the region. Join us for an in-depth look at what makes Iran tick, its colorful and fascinating history, the foreign influences on the country, and why it presents a vexing problem to its regional neighbors and to today’s world leaders.

OUT OF CONTEXT: Misunderstanding the Bible

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 26 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-03-26 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The Bible is the number one book that Americans like to pretend to have read. In this course we will tackle some common misconceptions about it, from translation errors to thorny interpretive problems. Our primary texts will be excerpts from the Hebrew Bible and Joel Hoffman's book And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible's Original Meaning. Examples of misinterpretations include the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge (it's not an apple), the Ten Commandments (it's not about "killing" or "coveting"), and the virgin birth (it's not about sex).

OUT OF THE RUBBLE: Fashion Politics in Cold War Berlin

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 29 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-29 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

“Fashion is like a flower in a vase. It helps you forget the horrors of yesterday and cope with tomorrow.” ~ Raymonde Boutros, Lebanese Civil War Fashion played a major role in the occupiers’ policies and in the personal reconstruction that German women undertook after World War II. If the saying is true that “clothes make the [wo]man,” then in the devastation that characterized postwar Berlin, clothing the naked and defeated became the means to restore human dignity to concentration camp survivors, displaced persons, refugees, and Berliners bereft of food, shelter, and other necessities. Fashion offered the means to peel away former identities and to construct new ones. That such things would matter at all amid questions of life and death may strike many people as absurd. But, in the ravaged city of Berlin, clothing and the fashion it engendered empowered the vulnerable; created a mirage of normality during catastrophe; and nourished hope when there was little to be had. As Berlin’s women sought to wrap a more acceptable external image around their defeated and demoralized bodies, they began to bridge the divide between the occupiers and the occupied.

OUT OF THE RUBBLE: Fashion Politics in Cold War Berlin

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

03 - 29 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-03-29 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

“Fashion is like a flower in a vase. It helps you forget the horrors of yesterday and cope with tomorrow.” ~ Raymonde Boutros, Lebanese Civil War Fashion played a major role in the occupiers’ policies and in the personal reconstruction that German women undertook after World War II. If the saying is true that “clothes make the [wo]man,” then in the devastation that characterized postwar Berlin, clothing the naked and defeated became the means to restore human dignity to concentration camp survivors, displaced persons, refugees, and Berliners bereft of food, shelter, and other necessities. Fashion offered the means to peel away former identities and to construct new ones. That such things would matter at all amid questions of life and death may strike many people as absurd. But, in the ravaged city of Berlin, clothing and the fashion it engendered empowered the vulnerable; created a mirage of normality during catastrophe; and nourished hope when there was little to be had. As Berlin’s women sought to wrap a more acceptable external image around their defeated and demoralized bodies, they began to bridge the divide between the occupiers and the occupied.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROME

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

03 - 31 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-03-31 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course will examine the Age of Augustus, the first Roman emperor (31 BC - AD 14). This period after the assassination of Julius Caesar was essential in Roman history, because it marked the transition from the Roman republic to imperial rule. The Age of Augustus was also remarkable for its literature, art, architecture, and building projects. The course will read important literary works of the period, including Virgil’s Aeneid and Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and ancient historical and biographical sources on the period, including Tacitus’ Annals and Suetonius’ Life of Augustus. In addition, we will look at examples of Augustan material culture, including the forum of Augustus, the Ara Pacis, and Augustus’ mausoleum.

EXPLORING MORE GALLERIES OF HOUSTON

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Price: 275.00 USD
5 Weeks

04 - 01 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-04-01 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. Guided by art historian, appraiser, and owner of Foltz Fine Art Gallery (dedicated to the promotion of Texas art), participants will be given the unique opportunity to visit the treasures our city has to offer. Each gallery will be a new and unique experience. 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 remarkable galleries, some of which may be “off the radar” for class participants. (For former class members of Ms. Foltz, please note that new galleries and artists are included in this class. A limited enrollment class)

INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLOR PAINTING

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Price: 250.00 USD
5 Weeks

04 - 01 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-04-01 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Have you ever wanted to paint with watercolor? Basics and skills are the fundamental building blocks of watercolor painting and confidence will be gained as we learn these. The class will begin by learning to mix and make your own colors along with the various watercolor painting techniques. Small studies will be presented to practice each new skill as they are introduced. This class is for beginners and others who want to "brush" up on their skills. Materials will be furnished. (Note: it is important to attend the first class. A limited enrollment class)

PLAGUES AND PESTILENCE: Humanity, History, and Epidemic Disease

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

04 - 02 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-04-02 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The Black Death that swept Asia, North Africa, and Europe during the mid-14th century marked the beginning of four centuries of recurrent epidemic plague outbreaks. Unlike other kinds of epidemic infectious disease outbreaks that had tended to produce resistant populations over time, these European plague outbreaks were as virulent and deadly at their last appearance as their first. Why was this? While research has uncovered some important biological clues about historical pathogens, it has also revealed the critical importance of social, political, and institutional influences on how and why epidemics become epidemics. Whether in the past or the present, catastrophic outbreaks of epidemic disease defy understanding through biological interpretation alone. What the history of epidemic disease does teach us is that while disease outbreaks are biologically inevitable, catastrophic loss of life seldom is. In this course we examine what the lessons of our past can offer us as a guide towards a healthier future.

CONQUERORS AND CARAVANS: The Western Silk Road

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

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

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

CONQUERORS AND CARAVANS: The Western Silk Road

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

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

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

PRIVACY AND SECURITY 101: Smartphones and Computers

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

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

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

PRIVACY AND SECURITY 101: Smartphones and Computers

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

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

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

MUSIC AND DANCE IN LATIN AMERICA: A History

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

04 - 13 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-04-13 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course explores some of the most important Latin American dance and music traditions from a historical perspective—Argentine tango, Dominican merengue and bachata, the National Ballet of Cuba, and Argentine and Chilean folklore music and protest song. A cultural and social history of performers, audiences, the industry, and the state—we will address questions like: How did tango and bachata, initially marginal, “scandalous,” and lower-class traditions, gain worldwide success? How did Latin American artists and audiences use music and dance to denounce political repression and survive social crises? How did Latin American dictators use music and dance as a means of control? How did Cuba transform the definition of ballet as “high-culture”? The course will familiarize students with renowned artists like tango singers Carlos Gardel and Tita Merello, bandoneon player and composer Astor Piazzolla, prima ballerina Alicia Alonso, ballet dancer Carlos Acosta, poet, composer, and singer Violeta Parra, folklore singer Mercedes Sosa, guitarist and song writer Atahualpa Yupanqui, and bachata singer Juan Luis Guerra, among others.

REVOLUTION AND ROMANTICISM: 18th Century European Art

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

04 - 15 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-04-15 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course will look at European painting during the age of revolutions, from about 1700-1850. We will look closely at the artistic movements of the Rococo, Neo-Classical and Romanticism in France, Britain, Spain, and Germany. This was a period of extraordinary changes and we will track the effects of sweeping economic, industrial, social, philosophical, religious, and cultural changes on art and artists. We will see not only how these seismic shifts are reflected in works of art but also how art itself could be a driving factor in creating or resisting change. Close examination of works of art by Jacques Louis-David, Francisco Goya, J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, Caspar David Friedrich, Theodore Gericault, and Eugene Delacroix will be combined with study of contemporary philosophical, literary, and political texts.

ONE POEM AT A TIME

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

04 - 16 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-04-16 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Poems have conventions that define them and rules they follow. Most of these rules become clear the more poems we read—the key is to read slowly, four or five times, reading out loud in order to feel the language. Then, you ask the questions: How is this one different than that? Why does this one but not the other affect me? Why does the line break here rather than there? Do the vowels or the consonants most determine the poem’s sounds? Ninety percent of what a poem means is available at the literal level. Remember—we aren’t reading POETRY, just one poem at a time which is easier! We will use Joel Conarroe’s Six American Poets (Vintage Books) and read selections from a wide array of poets. (A limited enrollment class)

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

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

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

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

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

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

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

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

ADVANCED SPANISH

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Price: 250.00 USD
5 Weeks

04 - 20 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-04-20 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)

GUIDES OF HINDUISM: Gods, Goddesses, Gurus

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Price: 165.00 USD
5 Weeks

04 - 20 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-04-20 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

From Kailashnath to Krishna to Kali, Hinduism has a rich tradition of gods and goddesses. Gurus, or spiritual guides who embody gods and goddesses on earth, are also an important part of Hinduism. These varied representations of the divine mirror the religious diversity of Indian society. In this class we will learn how Hindu religion is reflected in its ritual and how different individuals, families, and communities practice it on the ground. Examining folklore, historical accounts, and even social media, this course explores the spiritual, philosophical, political, economic, social, and mythical dimensions of Hindu gods, goddesses, and gurus. (Note: the class will take an optional field trip to Meenakshi Temple on Saturday, May 16.)

PROTECTING THE SHORE: Lighthouses—Alexandria to Muckle Flugga

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Price: 125.00 USD
4 Weeks

04 - 20 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-04-20 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

The original intention of a lighthouse was to guide and protect the mariner from disaster on a hostile shore. Originating in ancient Egypt, lighthouses reached the peak of their usefulness in the 18th & 19th centuries, before modern technological developments marked their practical demise in the past century and a half. Today most of the almost 20,000 lighthouses that survive around the world are viewed more as romantic, unmanned remainders of the past—though many still flash their familiar cadence to guide and warn of dangers still present in these far safer times due to developments in navigation and other technologies. In this course, we will focus on the lighthouses of Europe and the United States, with particular emphasis on the structure of these beacons of romantic evocation.

BREAKTHROUGH TO CREATIVITY: A Writing Workshop

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Price: 300.00 USD
8 Weeks

04 - 22 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-04-22 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)

MORE GREAT SHORT STORIES: Modern and Contemporary

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

04 - 22 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-04-22 01:00 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. What techniques help authors achieve these effects? And what, beyond word count, defines the unique, dynamic genre of the short story? How exactly does the length of a piece of writing connect to its expression as a work of art and our interpretation of it? In this course we will consider “shortness” as a challenge authors undertake, investigating the ways they weave complex tales into brief, often pithy, masterpieces. (Note: the selected readings in this semester will be new to students of the previous semester.)

HOUSTON LIVES AND LEGENDS: Business Leaders

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

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

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

HOUSTON LIVES AND LEGENDS: Business Leaders

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

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

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

AL-ANDALUS: The Cultural Legacy of the Moors in Spain

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Price: 175.00 USD
6 Weeks

04 - 28 - 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2020-04-28 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For almost eight centuries Moors ruled some or most of the Iberian Peninsula. They left a cultural legacy that permeates Spanish society even today—the Alhambra in Granada and the Great Mosque in Cordoba are the most obvious examples of that legacy. Beginning in the 8th century, and over the course of the next several hundred years, the population of Al-Andalus increased and the economy grew—new agricultural products and techniques increased both the quantity and quality of foods available for internal use and export, cities grew, and cultural contacts extended well beyond the confines of the peninsula. Al-Andalus became a cultural center and mecca for scholars, regardless of religion. In this class we will consider the history of the Muslim conquest and the rise of Al-Andalus as part of the greater Islamic network of trade and cultural exchange.

MARKET PULSE WITH BILL FRISCO

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Price: 35.00 USD
1 Weeks

05 - 03 - 2020, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2020-05-03 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Join Portfolio Management Director and Certified Financial Planner Bill Frisco as he unpacks the current market trends and examines some of the best strategies for controlling risk while generating competitive returns on your investments.

U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN THE NEWS: Round Three

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Price: 150.00 USD
4 Weeks

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

This course will focus on 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; or any 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.

JERUSALEM REVEALED

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Price: 80.00 USD
2 Weeks

05 - 06 - 2020, 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM 2020-05-06 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Jerusalem has been the site of many new discoveries in the past few years and they give us new glimpses into the back-stories of this singular city of destiny. In Jerusalem, ancient history is everywhere you walk, but the way we understand our ancestors changes every year. Just in the last two years, we have found evidence of household idols, such as Egyptian gods, in the homes of ancient Jerusalemites. In addition, we had thought that the notorious King Herod constructed the roads made to attract pilgrims to Jerusalem in the time of Jesus. A new discovery reveals that Pontius Pilate, the very man who would sentence Jesus to crucifixion, provided the roads that Jesus walked on. In this class we will examine what these new discoveries have to teach us and come to understand that nothing changes as fast as ancient history.