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 on hot-button issues. In this session, Houston’s political gurus Richard Murray and Bob Stein bring their expertise and keen insights to the current political situation.
Professor Murray holds the Bob Lanier Chair in urban public policy at the University of Houston and is director of the Survey Research Institute at the University’s Center for Public Policy. During his long career, he has consulted for more than 200 political campaigns. His analyses and commentary are frequently carried on radio and television and in the print media.
Professor Stein is the fellow in urban politics at the Baker Institute and the Lena Grohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice University. He also is the faculty director of Rice’s Center for Civic Engagement. Stein’s current research includes a focus on alternative modes of elections and voting procedures in the U.S.
December 5: What is the role of media and the press in today’s 24-hour-news-coverage world, and how do we identify real facts with so many news options to choose from? In this session, Jeff Cohen and Mimi Swartz will give us insight and their perspective on this ever-changing topic.
Jeff Cohen is executive vice president and executive editor of the Houston Chronicle in charge of the opinion pages. He assumed this role in January 2013 after serving for more than 10 years as the Chronicle’s editor. Mr. Cohen grew up in Houston, received his journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and started his career with Hearst Corporation in 1976 as a sportswriter for the San Antonio Light.
Mimi Swartz is an executive editor of Texas Monthly and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author, with Sherron Watkins, of Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron, and her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Slate, National Geographic, and Vogue. Currently, she is at work on a book about heart disease.
Although Harvey has come and gone, many in our community continue to struggle with uncertain physical, temporal, and emotional spaces. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you recover and heal.
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Lois Stark: The Telling Image
Houston Collects: Contemporary Cool in River Oaks
Romantic Rarities with Brian Connelly
Wednesdays, October 18, November 1 and 15, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Private home, check with registrar for availability
Inside the Middle East
October 26, November 2, 9, and 16
The Station Museum of Contemporary Art
1502 Alabama at LaBranch
Fall 2017 Study Tour
Newport: History Preserved
Thursday, October 26–Monday, October 30, 2017
Spring 2018 Study Tour
Mexico City: Past, Present, Future
Tuesday, April 3–Monday, April 9, 2018
Waiting list only, check with registrar
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