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

For trip price and further information, please call 713-666-9000 or email at

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.




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!


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.