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A World of Displaced People

In this two-part series we will learn about how the worldwide refugee crisis will affect politics, economics, and our lives. January 5—The Global Refugee Crisis: Responding to Forced Migration in...

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Primarily Murray

Despite efforts to standardize and simplify them, the 2016 Presidential primaries are getting interesting! New GOP rules, designed to avoid divisive primary battles through early “winner take all” contests, may...

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A Winter Day on the Island

Architect Ed Eubanks will lead this tour of Galveston Island. He will tell us about the families who were instrumental in the early development of Galveston and those who have...

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Delicious Yucatan

The Yucatan peninsula has engendered one of the world’s most fascinating cuisines. Sharing the pantry and culinary processes of its Mexican neighbors, yet isolated from the great Poblano, Oaxacan and...

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Springtime on Buffalo Bayou REGISTRATION CLOSED

In a reprise of our extremely popular fall course, we will explore the amazing transformation of 160 acres along Buffalo Bayou between Shepherd and Sabine Streets with the planners and...

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Siegfried: Wagner’s Warrior Hero Finds Love

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has passed the half way mark in its first staging of Wagner’s four-opera Ring cycle – a truly historic event for the city of Houston. Join...

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Houston Blues and Women, Past and Present

For over a century, the African American music known as the blues formed the root for the flowering of jazz, R&B, country, rock and other musical genres. It is the...

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Galveston: Our Fragile, Beautiful Coast

This day in Galveston will focus on the coastal environment through a variety of experiences. Bob Stokes, president of the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF), will accompany us and tell us...

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Birds, Bees, Bats, and Wine in the Texas Hill Country

From our base in Johnson City, we will explore the natural wonders and outsize ambitions that characterize Texas from the perspective of the Hill Country of central Texas. Our visit...

Fort Worth

Catch the work of Brooklyn-based artist KAWS at Fort Worth’s Modern Art Museum before the exhibit travels to Shanghai. See the show and much more in Fort Worth in January...

Analyzing the Elections: Prequels and Sequels

To an unprecedented degree, the 2016 elections have placed all three branches of the United States government in play. In this course, three different speakers with expertise on the Presidency,...

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Eat Local at Hunky Dory

It’s hard to believe that the word “locavore” was first coined in 2005 (and surged in popularity to win “Word of the Year” in 2007 in the Oxford American Dictionary’s...

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Coming to Our Senses: The World of Perfume

Smell is thought to be our oldest sense.  While it’s not as dominant today as sight and touch, it is still our most evocative sense: olfactory sensors connect to the...

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Art and Architecture: A Jaunt to Fort Worth

Join us for a two-day “Art and Architecture Jaunt” to Fort Worth covering the afternoon of Tuesday, January 17, and a full day on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Travel to...

Refugees: Are They Really Too Risky for America?

Hearing this year's heated campaign rhetoric about whether to accept Syrian refugees in the United States have you sometimes wondered if refugees really are a security risk we cannot afford?...

$25.00 – $35.00

Encountering Southern Culture: A Journey to Oxford and Memphis

We are headed north to the hills of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County (Oxford, MS) and to Memphis, on the bluffs of the mighty Mississippi just across the state line in Tennessee....

$300.00 – $361.00

Refugees: Are They Really Too Risky for America?

After hearing last year's heated campaign rhetoric about whether to accept Syrian refugees in the United States, have you sometimes wondered if refugees really are a security risk that we...

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Mississippi on Your Mind

March 21: Go Down, Moses and the Southern Psyche Using "Was", the first story of seven in William Faulkner's novel Go Down, Moses, Andy Little will explore the structural inversions...

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Getting Götterdämmerung

Houston Grand Opera’s historic presentation of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle comes to its climactic conclusion this spring. Join HGO dramaturg Paul Hopper for an in-depth study of Götterdämmerung (The Twilight...

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Storms, Power, and Passion: The Tempest

In observance of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Houston Ballet will present the North American premiere of David Bintley’s magical ballet The Tempest, a co-production with Birmingham Royal Ballet....

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Report Card: The First 100 Days

In the American tradition, we often speak of a new president’s “honeymoon” during the first 100 days. Professor Richard Murray brings his keen observations and encyclopedic knowledge of politics to...

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Newport: History Preserved

Join us in Newport, Rhode Island, during the fall high season for a tour of the architecture, arts, and history of one of the most famous summer resorts in America. ...

Mexico City

Though it is one of the largest cities in the world, Mexico City remains a city of distinct neighborhoods. Guided by Dr. Lois Zamora, this tour will engage the multiple...

U.S.-Mexico Relations: The Age of Trump

U.S. news coverage of Mexico increased exponentially as Donald Trump’s presidential campaign gained traction, and since he took office.  Almost daily, print and electronic media have addressed Mexico’s reaction to...

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Romantic Rarities: Brian Connelly

Few periods in history offer such captivating complexity as Europe in the 19th century, when a continental awakening emphasized national identity and propagated a romantic view of cultural self-expression through...

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Inside the Middle East

The Middle East looms large in the world with violence, displacement, terror, destruction, and human rights violations making headlines. Four renowned international scholars will go behind the scenes to bring...

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Houston Collects: Contemporary Cool in River Oaks

Our fall art tours include four homes, each lovingly renovated over time to showcase growing and dynamic collections of contemporary art.  All four homeowners have multiple children, are actively involved...

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Lois Stark: The Telling Image

Documentary filmmaker Lois Stark notes that history is often told as a story of rulers and wars; she prefers to tell the story of human history through the lens of...

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Hot Button Issues: Where Are We Now?

November 28: The word unprecedented has been applied to the Trump presidency over and over again.  Both style and substance have upended presidential traditions and brought reversals and radical actions...

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Mexico City: Past, Present, Future

Though it is one of the largest cities in the world, Mexico City remains a city of distinct neighborhoods.  Guided by Dr. Lois Zamora, this tour will engage the multiple...

Going Baroque

January 11–Recording Bach: The Composer, the Organist, and the Countertenor Johann Sebastian Bach composed or refined many song settings for Christian Schemelli’s 1736 Gesangbuch.  Rick Erickson, director of Bach Society Houston,...

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Comida en la Ciudad

NOTE: THIS COURSE IS FULLY SUBSCRIBED.  Chilangos (residents of Mexico City) use the word comida –“food”—to mean “lunch.” The midday meal is the largest of the day and often a...

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Modern Architecture in Mexico City

FULLY SUBSCRIBED Beginning in the 1920s a new generation of architects in Mexico City created modern buildings intended to convey Mexico’s unique cultural character. By midcentury these architects and their...

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Thomas Jefferson: The Essential Democrat

Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty (Basic Books, 2017) is widely praised as the best one-volume biography of Thomas Jefferson. Its author, John B. Boles, the William Pettus Hobby Professor of...

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West Side Story: Leonard Bernstein at 100

2018 marks the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein.  Organizations throughout the world are celebrating his impact on classical music in America, including Houston Grand Opera’s spring production of West Side...

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Farming Wonders in Richmond, Texas

THIS COURSE IS FULLY SUBSCRIBED How do young farmers bring their experience, self-education and dreams to Texas to build a large organic farm in an urban area? Scott Snodgrass has...

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What’s on Lisa Falkenberg’s Mind?

When we open the Houston Chronicle, we expect to get the news, but with Lisa Falkenberg’s column, we are drawn into a narrative whose path leads through a fact-based perspective...

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Gorbachev: His Life and Times

William Taubman, noted scholar of Soviet Russia and author of Gorbachev: His Life and Times (Norton, 2017), will discuss Mikhail Gorbachev as the last leader of the Soviet Union and...

$10.00

Behind the Pages: A Conversation with William Middleton

THIS COURSE IS FULLY SUBSCRIBED Double Vision, the long-awaited biography of John and Dominique de Menil, will be published by Knopf in March.  The Houston Seminar will sponsor a unique...

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Jefferson’s Virginia: The Cradle of Democracy

We will stay on an estate in Charlottesville that predates 1780. From this stately mansion we will explore Jefferson’s Virginia and Jefferson the man: political thinker, architect, scientist, bibliophile, paleontologist,...

It’s All about the Brews

Two of America’s favorite libations—coffee and beer—are yours for the tasting!  We’ll visit two of Houston’s successful custom brewing companies, Katz Coffee and Karbach Brewery, to tour their premises, hear...

$75.00

On the Ground: Art at Hobby Airport

Friday, October 26–Monday, October 29, 2018
For trip price and further information, please call 713-666-9000 or email registrar@houstonseminar.org. Please review the travel interest list policy under Terms and Conditions at the bottom of each screen following the Houston Seminar contact information.

$35.00

It’s Wild Out There

Houstonians, like all humans, are happier, healthier, and smarter when they have daily contact with nature—but fewer Houstonians seem to be venturing outdoors, which can cause lasting, negative effects on...

$35.00 – $75.00

Encore! Leonard Bernstein at 100

Leonard Bernstein, conductor, composer, songwriter, pianist, theatrical to the core, was the ultimate Renaissance man and musical chameleon.  Our speakers showcase three different aspects of the man and his music....

$55.00 – $150.00

Mid-Term Elections: Polls, Prognostications, and Prospects

October 29:  Sean Theriault In just over a week, we’ll know the results of the hard-fought mid-term Congressional elections.  What is the likely outcome?  Will Republicans hold control of both...

$35.00 – $90.00

On Campus: Public Art at the University of Houston

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In 1969, by a vote of the Texas legislature, the University of Houston adopted a “Percent for Art” program, becoming the first state university in Texas to dedicate funds from...

$35.00

Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern

PLEASE NOTE: THIS SESSION HAS BEEN ADDED TO ACCOMODATE INTEREST IN THIS COURSE Visitors to Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Spatial Chromointerference will enter an unearthly realm.  Using 26 projectors the artist has...

$35.00

Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENING SESSION IS FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A DAYTIME SESSION IS AVAILABLE ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2:00-3:30 P.M.  Visitors to Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Spatial Chromointerference will enter an unearthly realm. ...

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Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?

The right to vote is the bedrock of a healthy democracy and it must be protected. But before the 2018 mid-terms, legislators and officials in several states acted to deprive...

$25.00

Lovesick Heroines: The Literature of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the Opera He Inspired

One Thursday, January 10, and three Tuesdays, January 15, 22, and 29, 6:30–8:00 P.M. Sessions will take place at a private residence; the address will be given to subscribers. Registrants for course are invited to attend the dress rehearsal of Florencia en el Amazonas on Tuesday, January 15.

$35 – $120

Pope Francis’ Catholic Church

Zoom Webinar event links will be mailed to attendees two days in advance. Please note: Zoom sessions will be recorded for our archives and made available to course registrants for a limited time after the talk. By registering, you are understood to be giving your permission to be recorded.

Three Mondays, January 14, 21, and 28, 6:30–8:00 P.M. Covenant Church, 4949 Caroline, 77004, in the museum district. Parking available behind the church and on adjacent side streets.

$35 – $90

The Founding Five: Washington, Henry, Jefferson, Mason, Madison

Zoom Webinar event links will be mailed to attendees two days in advance. Please note: Zoom sessions will be recorded for our archives and made available to course registrants for a limited time after the talk. By registering, you are understood to be giving your permission to be recorded.

Three Wednesdays, February 13, 20, and 27, 6:30–8:00 P.M. Covenant Church classroom, 4949 Caroline, 77004, in the museum district. Parking available behind the church and on adjacent side streets.

$35 – $90

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Philip’s Complaints—Four Novels by Philip Roth

Northern Trust Bank 2701 Kirby Drive,, TX

Four Mondays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 12:00–1:30 P.M. Northern Trust Bank, Third-Floor Conference Room, 2701 Kirby Drive, 77098.

$35 – $125

Transforming Memorial Park

Memorial Park Club House 1001 East Memorial Loop Drive, Houston

Wednesday, March 20, 4:00–6:00 P.M. Subscribers will meet at the Club House located at 1001 E. Memorial Loop Drive, 77007.

$35

Behind the Scenes: The New Conservation Lab at the Museum of Fine Arts

Conversation Lab at MFAH 1144 Binz Street, Houston

Friday, March 22,10:00–11:30 A.M. Paid parking is available in the above-ground garage at 1144 Binz Street, 77004; additional parking is available in the underground garage at 5101 Montrose Blvd., 77006. Limited Enrollment.

$35

Brooklyn Art and Urban Insights

Three Wednesdays, September 18, 25 and October 2, 6:30–8:00 P.M., Aurora Picture Show, 2442 Bartlett Street, 70098.

$35 – $90

Three by Three on Three: Bringing the Page to Life

Four sessions: Thursday, September 26, 6:30–8:00 P.M., and three Sunday matinees, September 29, October 6 and October 20. Instructions will be provided to subscribers.

$40 – $145

Politics—Again!

Three Tuesdays, October 15, 22, 29, and Thursday, November 7, 6:30–8:00 P.M., Covenant Church Fellowship Hall, 4949 Caroline, in the Museum District, 77004. Parking available behind the church and on adjacent side streets.

$35 – $120

Bob Dylan’s Landscapes of Time

Two Tuesdays, November 5 and 12, 6:30–8:00 P.M. Location will be given to subscribers.

$35 – $60

Victorian Angels and Rebels

Two Wednesdays, November 13 and 20, 6:30–8:00 P.M. Location will be given to subscribers.

$35 – $60

A Primer on Public Education in Harris County

Collaboration Capital 3131 Eastside Street, Houston

Are our public PreK–12 schools preparing students for college, career, and a productive and satisfying life? Are we truly invested in public education? Civic institutions, city leaders, and private philanthropy...

$35

Seeking the Human Spirit in Opera

This course is fully subscribed. 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...

$55 – $100

Strange Bedfellows: Americans in Russia

“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,...

$35

Trouble Here, Trouble There

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...

$35 – $125

Marilynne Robinson’s Trilogy: Redemption, Illumination, Grace

Northern Trust Bank 2701 Kirby Drive,, TX

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...

$35 – $125

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

Zoom Webinar event links will be mailed to attendees two days in advance. Please note: Zoom sessions will be recorded for our archives and made available to course registrants for a limited time after the talk. By registering, you are understood to be giving your permission to be recorded.

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...

$35 – $125

Houston’s Japanese Garden

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...

$35 – $90

Gender 101

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?...

$35

The Many Names of Slavery

Holocaust Museum Houston 5401 Caroline St, Houston

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...

$35 – $145

Lawther–Deer Park Prairie: Pristine Urban Survivor

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...

$70

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

Zoom Webinar event links will be mailed to attendees two days in advance. Please note: Zoom sessions will be recorded for our archives and made available to course registrants for a limited time after the talk. By registering, you are understood to be giving your permission to be recorded.

June 3: Getting the New Nation Underway George Washington was elected president and the first Congress was seated in 1789. Their task was to take the recently ratified Constitution, a...

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces She Is…

Zoom Webinar event links will be mailed to attendees two days in advance. Please note: Zoom sessions will be recorded for our archives and made available to course registrants for a limited time after the talk. By registering, you are understood to be giving your permission to be recorded.

Three Wednesdays, September 16, 23, and 30, 12:00–1:30 P.M.

$20

Look Again: Craft Examined and Explored

Zoom Webinar event links will be mailed to attendees two days in advance. Please note: Zoom sessions will be recorded for our archives and made available to course registrants for a limited time after the talk. By registering, you are understood to be giving your permission to be recorded.

Two Tuesdays, October 6 and 13, 5:00–6:30 P.M.

$20

Israel, The Arab States And Palestine: Where Are We Now?

Zoom Webinar event links will be mailed to attendees two days in advance. Please note: Zoom sessions will be recorded for our archives and made available to course registrants for a limited time after the talk. By registering, you are understood to be giving your permission to be recorded.

Thursday, October 8, 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

$20

Elections: The Before and The After

Zoom Webinar event links will be mailed to attendees two days in advance. Please note: Zoom sessions will be recorded for our archives and made available to course registrants for a limited time after the talk. By registering, you are understood to be giving your permission to be recorded.

Four Thursdays, October 15 and 29, and November 5, 6:30–8:00 P.M., and October 22, 5:00–6:30 (Please note changed time for October 22)

$20

Jack: The Fourth Gilead Novel

Zoom Webinar event links will be mailed to attendees two days in advance. Please note: Zoom sessions will be recorded for our archives and made available to course registrants for a limited time after the talk. By registering, you are understood to be giving your permission to be recorded.

Tuesday, October 20, 12:00–1:30 P.M.

$20

Emissaries from the Tower of Song: The Timeless Songs of Leonard Cohen

Zoom Webinar event links will be mailed to attendees two days in advance. Please note: Zoom sessions will be recorded for our archives and made available to course registrants for a limited time after the talk. By registering, you are understood to be giving your permission to be recorded.

Two Mondays, November 2 and 9, 6:30–8:00 P.M.

$20

The Supreme Court: Where It’s Been and Where It’s Going

Zoom Webinar event links will be mailed to attendees two days in advance. Please note: Zoom sessions will be recorded for our archives and made available to course registrants for a limited time after the talk. By registering, you are understood to be giving your permission to be recorded.

Tuesday, November 17, 11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M.

$20