Sunday Lectures

SHATTERING THE GLASS CEILING FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING

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09 - 17 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2017-09-17 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

As we age, we can easily imagine a better quality of life but we can also feel as if we are bumping up against something that makes it harder than ever to get there. In the past thirty years, there has been a dramatic spike in lifestyle-related diseases that are alarming in scope and staggering in cost. Many people, even some scientists and health researchers, remain deeply skeptical that we’ll find a solution to the problems of chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, some cancers, and cognitive decline. This is because they have been looking in the wrong places, and may not appreciate that historically, science often leads to unexpected breakthroughs that can radically change everything. People talk about how they are stuck with slow metabolism, bad genes, and that it is too late to change for the better. However, in many ways, our future health and well-being probably depends much more on what we do in the next year than in the past. For example, current research shows anyone (regardless of weight and age) can significantly accelerate fat and glucose metabolism with low effort. Even the activity of key genes for healthy aging can be switched on after living a sedentary life. What if we could work together to find and deliver real-world solutions, which would improve our quality of life and help those we love? Our research team at the new center at the University of Houston is more optimistic than ever solutions are close at hand. Learn about the latest research and breakthrough discoveries and what they can mean for your health. Learn some important ways you can participate in the pioneering changes in Houston and beyond, so that together we can shatter the presumptive barriers preventing us from achieving better health.

RUSSIAN BECOMES EXOTIC

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10 - 22 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2017-10-22 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Chaikovsky’s ballet, "The Sleeping Beauty", was a not so subtle tribute to the Russian court by comparing it to Louis XIV’s Versailles. Twenty years later, when Sergei Diaghilev brought Russian ballet to Paris, the productions that he intended as tributes to French ballet were overshadowed by the Parisians’ fascination with Russian exoticism, such as that found in "The Firebird".

THE SEPHARDIC (Spanish) JEWS: From Spain to the Ottoman Empire

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10 - 29 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2017-10-29 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

The legendary settlement of the Jews in Spain after the destruction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem in the year 70 C.E. is the point of departure for a socio-cultural account of their life in the Iberian Peninsula. Sephardic [Spanish] Jews under Islamic and Christian Spain emerge as an influential force in the economic, political, and intellectual life of the Peninsula. Following their Expulsion from Spain in 1492, most of the Sephardic Jews begin what they view as their own exile to the Ottoman Empire, where they remain for almost five centuries. Their profound identification with their Spanish origin and experiences shape their significant contributions to the new Ottoman environment. At the same time, their attachment to the Spanish language leads to the preservation of their linguistic heritage as a true “museum” of the language, known as Judeo-Spanish or Ladino, and it is still spoken today.

REIMS, VILLE DU SACRE: Coronation City

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11 - 05 - 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM 2017-11-05 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

For over a thousand years, French kings were crowned and anointed in Reims cathedral. In 816 Louis the Pious, Charlemagne’s son, chose the cathedral as a place of coronation in memory of the baptism in 498 A.D. of the Frankish king, Clovis, by the bishop of Reims. It took another couple of hundred years for the custom of coronations in Reims to be established. From 1027 on, all French kings were crowned at Reims, except for Louis VI and Henry IV. According to legend, at the baptism of Clovis a dove brought a glass vial containing holy oil from heaven, symbolizing the bond between royalty and the divine. The myth of the anointing of Clovis with oil sent from heaven established Reims as the place where the sacredness of monarchy was periodically renewed. This richly illustrated lecture will spotlight the cathedral, the archbishop’s palace, and the abbey church of Saint-Rémi, all on UNESCO’S World Heritage list. The lecture will also feature an extraordinary underground facet of the city’s heritage—former Gallo-Roman chalk quarries used by Champagne houses to store and mature the wine of kings.