Tea and Time and Tolerance:  A Conversation with Patsy Cravens

One Sunday, February 6, 4:00–6:00 pm | Private residence; address will be provided to subscribers. Limited Enrollment

Joining us for tea in the beautiful Shadyside home that belonged to her family, native Houstonian Patsy Cravens—photographer, artist, writer, and film producer—will discuss her book, Leavin’ a Testimony: Portraits from Rural Texas (University of Texas Press, 2006), and the photographs from her traveling exhibition Colorado County Memories: Everyone Has a Story to Tell. She will also talk about producing her award-winning, oral history documentary,
Coming Through Hard Times, which has aired on PBS.  In his introduction to Ms. Cravens’s book, John Boles, professor of history at Rice University and editor of the Journal of Southern History, wrote:

This is a shocking, powerful, moving, disturbing, ultimately hopeful book. We all stand in debt to Patsy Cravens for having the imagination, the determination, the skill, and the heart to capture this almost-forgotten portion of the past and preserve those fragile memories that could so easily have been lost. They are now, thanks to her, a permanent part of our state’s history.



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!


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