Planet Houston:  Home to the World

“So this is planet Houston.” (General Zod, arriving on Earth after overhearing NASA astronauts in the movie Superman 2)

Wednesday, October 23 – Panel discussion, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | Edward Rudge Allen III Education Center at Asia Society Texas, 1370 Southmore, 77004

The United States is proud of its founding by immigrants seeking opportunity and religious freedom. At the beginning of the 20th century, New York City was considered the great gateway; at the beginning of the 21st century, Houston, with its cultural, religious and ethnic variety, is statistically the most diverse city in the nation, and Fort Bend County is the most diverse county in the United States. Greater Houston’s immigrant population is among the best educated and wealthiest in the country.  These families, now multi-generational, provide our city with an unparalleled cultural richness and the promise of a dynamic future.

Join The Houston Seminar and Asia Society Texas in exploring this rich diversity, with a stimulating panel discussion highlighting the ethnic diversity of Houston with hard data and personal stories.  The panel will be led by Anne Chao (Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History and co-investigator of Houston Asian American Archive).  Panel members will include Soner Tarim (Ph.D., Texas A&M University and CEO and superintendent of Harmony Schools) and Chitra Divakaruni (award-winning author, poet and professor at the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program).

October 26 – Bus tour, 9:00 A.M – 4:00 P.M. Location to be announced

Stephen Fox (architectural historian) and Pat Jasper (folklorist at the Houston Arts Alliance) will lead our Saturday bus tour, during which we will visit several of the astounding architectural representations of this cultural and ethnic richness. We will have three stops, two for short tours and one for a performance, plus a special lunch.



Welcome to Spring 2018! 

Going Baroque!
Thursday, January 18, 7:30–9:00 p.m. | Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard at Greenbriar. Parking information distributed to subscribers.


An Intimate Concert of Modern and Contemporary Music of Mexico
Tuesday, January 23, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Private home. Address to subscribers.

Comida en la Cuidad
Tuesday, February 6, noon | Caracol Restaurant, 2200 Post Oak Boulevard, 77056


Modern Architecture in Mexico City
Tuesday, February 20, 12:00-1:30 P.M. | Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University


Thomas Jefferson: The Essential Democrat
Three Wednesdays, February 21, 28 and March 7, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | Covenant Church, 4949 Caroline, 77004



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