The September 25th East End Rising Study Tour is currently at capacity. We have started a waitlist, please visit the course page to add your name to be notified if space becomes available.
Tipping the Balance: Women Legislators, Reporters, and Voters
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 5:00-6:30P.M.
Observers of the 2020 U.S. elections can’t help but have noticed the increased visibility of women in all aspects of our political process, particularly as office holders, voters, and news pundits. What effect might this visibility have on legislation and...read more
East End Rising
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 5:00–6:30 P.M. AND SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M.
The East End Study Tour is currently full! You may sign up below to put your name on the waitlist. The East End, lying east of downtown, south of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel, and north of the...read more
A House and a Home: Reckoning with Racial Disparity in Property Ownership
THREE THURSDAYS, SEPTEMBER 23, 30, AND OCTOBER 7, 5:30–7:00 P.M.
The notion of home is powerful. We are ever more aware of this during pandemic quarantines, natural disasters, and times when people are excluded, displaced, or erased by the forces of capital. What happens when large and unfairly structured systems...read more
Gardens and Bees
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 9:30A.M.-5:30P.M.
Enjoy a day out of the city and experience the delights of the John Fairey Garden, previously known as Peckerwood Garden, in Hempstead, and the BeeWeaver Honey Farm in Navasota, an hour away from Houston. Our day begins with a...read more
TEXAS: Myth vs. Reality
THREE WEDNESDAYS, OCTOBER 13, 20, AND 27, 5:30-7:00P.M.
Most Texans, when asked where they are from while traveling abroad, respond with “Texas,” not “the United States.” We love our state, our swagger, our larger-than-life persona, our “anything goes” attitude, our self-styled myths, and perhaps, most of all, we...read more
Under the Radar: Tracing Houston’s Music History
THREE FRIDAYS, OCTOBER 15 AND 29, AND NOVEMBER 12, 10:00-11:30A.M.
Houston’s music scene tends to fly under the radar, which may be why a unique “Houston sound” has emerged over and over, across multiple genres, to influence national and international musicians. Over time, memory of these pivotal home-grown moments has...read more
The Art of Translation
TWO MONDAYS, NOVEMBER 1 AND 15, 6:30-8:00P.M.
Translation of literary texts is a subtle and exacting art requiring a broad command of vocabulary in both languages, an appreciation for nuances of style and character, familiarity with the culture from which the book arose, and a “feel” for...read more
Politics Report Card: The U.S. Congress, the Biden Presidency, and the Lone Star State
THREE THURSDAYS, NOVEMBER 4,11, AND 18, 5:00–6:30 P.M.
November 4: The U.S. Congress Democrats were handed the Congressional levers of government in January, though by the slimmest of margins. Sean Theriault will discuss how Democrats have risen—or not—to that challenge. What path has the Republican Party pursued in...read more
From Poverty to Prosperity: The Real Energy Transition
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 5:00–6:30 P.M.
The coming decade will bring profound change to the world’s energy industry. For the past 20 years, Scott W. Tinker has studied the framework, challenges, timing, and scale of the energy transition, which he defines as “lifting the world from...read more
Houston’s Newest Opera Venue
DATE AND TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED. PARKING INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED TO SUBSCRIBERS.
Houston's Newest Opera Venue is currently full! You may sign up below to put your name on the waitlist. Robert Yekovich, dean of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music for 18 years until his retirement in June 2021, and Miah...read more
Spring 2022 Study Tours
INTEREST LISTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR SPRING 2022 STUDY TOURS TO SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, AND BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS.
¡Vamos! San Antonio, February 10-13, 2022 Texas's oldest city, San Antonio is steeped in history and culture. Join the Houston Seminar as we learn how this three-hundred-year-old community is transforming in the twenty-first century. New greenspaces, restoration efforts, and cultural...read more