CLASP Speaker Series

CLASP is an outreach initiative of University of Houston-Clear Lake created to encourage life-long learning through free monthly presentations that involve and engage community members of all ages in a wide variety of topics. These presentations are open to the public. For events at UHCL, free parking is available in the Visitors Lot. Speakers, presentations and locations are subject to change.

Health and Wellness in Diverse Communities

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Bayou Building, Garden Room

Topic of Discussion

As we shine a light on Black History Month, join us as we take time to learn and discuss the various nuances of health and wellness in diverse communities. Join an array of professionals with expertise in the areas of nursing, exercise science and mental health.

Presenters: Karen Alexander, Ph.D., program director and assistant professor of nursing; Juliana Dean, Ph.D., assistant professor of exercise and health sciences and data science research director of the Department of Clinical, Health, and Applied Sciences; and Kevin Isserman, doctoral intern at Counseling Services, University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Women in Business

Thursday, March 5, 2020
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Bayou Building, Garden Room

Topic of Discussion

Spend an intimate evening with two accomplished female entrepreneurs. Be inspired by their triumphs, trials and how they overcame setbacks. Founded in 2004 by former makeup artist Kim Roxie, LAMIK Beauty is a vegan makeup line made with natural and organic ingredients for multicultural women. In 2011 computer scientist and mother of three Ghazal Qureshi desired to provide stimulating and hands-on educational experiences for children. The result? Idea Lab Kids, a Houston-based company with a total of 87 campuses and growing.

Presenters: Kim Roxie, founder and CEO of LAMIK Beauty, and Ghazal Qureshi, founder of Idea Lab Kids

The Lived Experience of Autism

Thursday, April 2, 2020
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Bayou Building, Garden Room

Topic of Discussion

Celebrate Autism Awareness Month with us as two speakers deliver a candid and engaging discussion centered on the experiences of parenting a child along the autism spectrum and living along the autism spectrum. Prepare to learn and be moved by this compelling event.

Presenter: Judy Blake, leadership & advocacy coordinator of Family to Family Network and family faculty and board member of LoneStar LEND; and Andrew Bennett, research assistant at UHCL

The Art of Japanese Ceramics

Thursday, May 14, 2020
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Bayou Building, Garden Room

Topic of Discussion

Enjoy an in-depth discussion about the beauty of imperfections within Japanese ceramics, led by sculptor Karen Fiscus. Immediately following the discussion, have a blast getting messy with a hands-on lesson involving clay.

Presenter: Karen Fiscus, exhibitions coordinator at UHCL 


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