The End of the Affair: The Book, The Film, The Opera

Two Sundays, February 15 and 22 at 6:30 – 8 P.M. | Private Home; Address to be given to subscribers One Sunday, February 29 at 4:30 P.M. Cullen Theater, Wortham Center

Graham Greene's haunting novel, The End of the Affair, set against the backdrop of wartime London, examines the three-way collision between love of self, love of another and love of God. On February 15, Terrence Doody, professor of English at Rice University, will discuss the novel. On February 22, Dennis Huston, professor of English at Rice University, will explore writer-director Neil Jordan's 1999 adaptation of Greene's novel to film. And on February 29, composer Jake Heggie, who burst onto the opera scene with Dead Man Walking, will discuss the creative process behind his new opera, The End of the Affair, and describe the transformation of a novel to the stage. Following Mr. Heggie's lecture and a light supper, the class will have the unique opportunity to observe an orchestral staging rehearsal of The End of the Affair, the penultimate practice before the opera has its world premier on March 4 at the Wortham Center.



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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