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January 2020

Seeking the Human Spirit in Opera

January 21 @ 7:30 pm - April 22 @ 7:30 pm
$55 – $100

The Seeking the Human Spirit initiative at Houston Grand Opera is the largest-scale multi-year artistic initiative ever undertaken by the company. It links the multifaceted arts of opera with the…

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Strange Bedfellows: Americans in Russia

January 29 @ 6:30 pm - February 19 @ 8:00 pm

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past” —William Faulkner David Rainbow will consider critical moments in U.S.-Russian relations through the experiences of notable travelers: from John Quincy Adams,…

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February 2020

Trouble Here, Trouble There

February 4 @ 6:30 pm - February 25 @ 8:00 pm
$35 – $125

As geopolitical tensions escalate around the world—from Venezuela’s humanitarian and political crisis, to Britain’s Brexit, to Hong Kong’s protests, to Turkey’s battle for northern Syria—the only certainty seems to be…

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Marilynne Robinson’s Trilogy: Redemption, Illumination, Grace

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - March 3 @ 1:30 pm
Northern Trust Bank, 2701 Kirby Drive, TX 77098 United States
$35 – $125

At the center of these three books are two families, the Ameses and the Boughtons. The Rev. John Ames is in his seventies, with a heart condition, and writes Gilead…

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March 2020

We the People: The Early Days of the U.S. Constitution

March 4 @ 6:30 pm - March 25 @ 8:00 pm
Covenant Church classroom, 4949 Caroline
Houston, TX 77004 United States
$35 – $125

The United States Constitution has been our nation’s guiding document, serving to preserve its democracy for over 200 years. John Boles, retired Rice University professor and scholar of early American…

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Houston’s Japanese Garden

March 5 @ 6:30 pm - April 7 @ 3:30 pm
$35 – $90

Entering Houston’s Japanese Garden is entering an extraordinary outdoor realm. The secluded five-acre environment is based on a traditional Japanese daimyo “stroll garden” with a stone gate and lantern, planted…

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Gender 101

March 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

What is gender? Is it something other than male and female? If so, how can that be? Are we comfortable with the possibility of that and if not, why not?…

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April 2020

April in Washington, D.C. – A Study in Contrasts

April 2 - April 5

Spend three days with the Houston Seminar viewing stellar art in unique settings. We will visit Glenstone, the very modern private museum created by collectors Emily and Mitch Rales, located…

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The Many Names of Slavery

April 14 @ 6:30 pm - April 28 @ 8:00 pm
Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St
Houston, TX 77004 United States
$35 – $145

Slavery in the nineteenth century. Convict labor and leasing in the twentieth. Mass incarceration in the twenty-first. Is there a through line? The roots of today’s inequities in Texas can…

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May 2020

Lawther–Deer Park Prairie: Pristine Urban Survivor

May 2 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

In the midst of bustling Deer Park nestles an exceptional example of a coastal prairie, one of the most endangered ecosystems in North America. The 51-acre Lawther–Deer Park Prairie, a…

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September 2020

Crystal Bridges Redux

September 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

In 2013, the Seminar traveled to Bentonville, Arkansas to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the architecture of Moshe Safdie and Fay Jones. In 2020, we will…

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