Sunday Lectures

KING SOLOMON: In History and Imagination

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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.

SPRING FASHION TRENDS

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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

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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.

VINCENT VAN GOGH

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOK OF THE 21ST CENTURY

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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."

iPHONE and iPAD TIPS AND TRICKS

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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!

JERUSALEM: Holy City in Time and Imagination

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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.

THE SEPHARDIC [SPANISH] JEWS: Cultural Impact and Contributions

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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

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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.