Christmas Past and Christmas Present

One Sunday and One Monday, November 18, 4 p.m. and November 19, 7 p.m

What was Christmas like when Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol? Robert L. Patten, Professor of English at Rice University, will describe the "bleak midwinter" of 1843. How can the Carol be made relevant to the present? Following a rehearsal of the play, members of the staff at the Alley Theater will discuss their interpretations.

November 18, The address of an appropriately Victorian site will be provided to subscribers.

November 19, Alley Theater, 615 Texas Avenue



Fall 2018 brochures are out! Please let us know if you did not receive one and we will be happy to send one to you.

Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course. 


Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!


For additional information about any of our courses, to register offline, or to add your name to our mailing and/or email lists, please contact our adminstrator at  or phone 713.666.9000.