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.



Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


If you are interested in traveling to 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 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


Register today!


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.