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The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Chinatown, and Casablanca: The Hero in Film

FOUR THURSDAYS, NOON – 1:30 P.M. FEBRUARY 13, 20, 27 AND MARCH 6 | COMPASS BANK, SECOND FLOOR, 2001 KIRBY AT SAN FELIPE

In his discussion of each of these films, Dennis Huston, professor of English at Rice University, will focus on the nature of the hero, the problems the hero faces, the complexity of the world in which he operates and the ultimate solution he chooses. What does this solution tell us about his world, himself and his degree of power in that world? Professor Huston will also be concerned with the nature of the important woman in each film, how she is defined, how powerful she is, how she affects the hero, and what happens to her. How, too, does what happens to the woman affect and further define the hero? The films will be discussed, using video excerpts, in the order they appear above; those wishing to watch the entire movie may rent them. Participants may bring lunch; drinks will be provided.

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

 

The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is 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 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.

 

AND WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A FALL POP-UP COURSE!
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

 

Fall is just around the corner. Register today!

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