Planet Houston:  Home to the World

Saturday, October 26, bus tour, 9 a.m.-4 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.



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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 on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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