The Pass of the North: El Paso Art, Architecture, and History

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Thursday, November 6–Sunday, November 9

El Paso, Texas comprises a metropolis that grew from an oasis in the midst of the desert. Travelers will experience the extraordinary confluence of cultures—Native American, Spanish-Mexican, Anglo-American—that have shaped the Pass of the North since the end of the sixteenth century. From adobe pueblos and historic missions to vibrant modern art and architecture, El Paso and the surrounding area present a fascinating cultural landscape.  Expect a few rare and wonderful surprises with noted architectural historian and Houston Seminar favorite Stephen Fox as our guide.




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


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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.