- Fall 2019 Schedule
Oct. 4, a.m.
Get in Touch with Your Inner Viking!
No, getting in touch with your inner Viking does not mean pillaging the closest monastery. It means finding out about the history, culture and achievements of a remarkable people who were the ancestors of very many people living today.
Speaker: Keith Parsons
Oct. 4, 11 a.m.
Citizen and Police Interaction: Traffic Stop Safety and the "Color of Law"
The events of 2012-2017 mark a turbulent time in citizen and police relations in Texas as well as the United States. Join Everette Penn, along with an FBI agent to discuss the Color of Law and the FBI's role when conducting a civil rights investigation. You will gain new insight on cases such as Ferguson as well as the procedures to follow during a traffic stop.
Speaker: Everette Penn
Oct. 11, 9 a.m.
Mathematics as Your Wingman
For most people, direct applications of mathematics may not go much beyond addition, subtraction and multiplication. However, a strong sense of mathematical and statistical thinking can be a powerful tool to understand and manage biases, fakeness, emotions, decision-makings, etc. This practical talk discusses how one may use mathematics as a wingman to navigate through life adventures, including shopping. High school algebra will be sufficient to understand the talk thoroughly.
Speaker: Bun Yue
Oct. 11, 11 a.m.
Journey to Oman, Without the Jetlag!
Oman is a dynamic and fascinating nation located in the Arabian Peninsula that pays homage to its ancient civilization while optimistically looking to the future. This talk focuses on Omani tolerance, often referred to as the Switzerland of the Arab world; it maintains a balanced economic development plan and serves in a mediator position in some of today’s most urgent diplomatic crises.
Speaker: Maria Curtis
Oct. 18, 9 a.m.
Amazing Adaptations of Amazon Plants
From the most gigantic trees to the tiniest orchids, Amazon rainforest plants display an amazing array of adaptations for finding sunlight, collecting nutrients, dispersing their seeds, defending against predators, and more. Join us as we explore some of these incredible specializations that lead to the highest biodiversity on earth.
Speaker: Cindy Howard
Oct. 18, 11 a.m.
The Life and Ideas of Aspasia — Pericles’ Lover, Socrates’ Teacher
Aspasia is probably the most important Greek philosopher you’ve never heard of. Learn about her important contributions, her remarkable life and why she has faded into history.
Speaker: Mary Hedengren
Oct. 25, 9 a.m.
Reel Middle East
This talk will examine how the Western media has (mis)represented citizens of the Middle East. Films in particular arguably capture the perception of the largest portion of Americans. While early American films were rampant with fantastical and exotic orientalist tropes, an entirely different mode of representation came about during the American entanglement in the region, beginning with the First Gulf War and increasing exponentially with the Iraq Invasion in 2000. Let’s find out more and see where the truth is to be found.
Speaker: Cengiz Sisman
Oct. 25, 11 a.m.
The Magic of Coiling with Clay
Coil building with clay involves using coils of clay to build a pot. The coils are formed by rolling the clay on the tabletop. You can build small intimate vases or colossal urns that are as tall as you are. The artists are only limited by the size of their kiln and how much they can lift. We will be making small forms to learn the technique.
Speaker: Karen Fiscus
Nov. 1, 9 a.m.
How Are Robots and Immigration Policy Connected?
In the early 2000s, four high school students teamed up to enter a national underwater robotics competition. The only problem? As undocumented Mexican immigrants living in landlocked Phoenix, gathering the resources to fund and test their robot seemed impossible. Yet their dedication to collaboration, innovation, and pursuing the American Dream would propel the teenagers in surprising directions.
Join the Common Reader Program’s student panel, which will lead a discussion of the overarching themes of Joshua Davis’s Spare Parts, as well as the major implications of immigration reform in our society more broadly. Make sure to read the book so you can participate in our conversation!
Speaker: Anne Gessler and Panel
Nov 1, 11 a.m.
Eyewitness to History: Civil Right Movement in Mississippi
Join us for a fascinating eyewitness account of the turbulent 1960s in the state of Mississippi as we hear from Anita Parrot-George, who was on the front lines working for social change. Come and be prepared to be inspired by her courage!
Speaker: Anita Parrot-George
Nov. 8, 9 a.m.
Beautiful as Jade and Silk: Confucian Political Philosophy and Korean Palaces
In the Confucian political tradition, a royal palace is not just a monarch’s residence, but a reflection of Confucian political philosophy. Discussing the brief history and the architecture of the five royal palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Empire (1392-1910), this session examines how the Korean Confucian scholars perceived the political dynamics of medieval and modern East Asia and how they realized the ideal political system in Korea.
Speaker: Se-Hyoung Yi
Nov. 8, 11 a.m.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
UH-Clear Lake has offered classes at Texas Department of Criminal Justice facilities, such as the Ramsey Unit, since the university's founding in 1974. To date, more than 600 students have graduated from the TDCJ program. These graduates have gone on to take jobs with such varied state organizations, as well as at various halfway houses and substance abuse treatment facilities across the state. Others have furthered their education, completing degrees at the UHCL campus or enrolling in other graduate programs. Come and learn more about this inspiring program that is changing the lives of many.
Speaker: Bill Powers
- Write on Women Fall 2019 (Wednesdays)
Oct. 16 - Nov. 27, 10 a.m.Women have been the keepers of stories throughout the centuries. We are powerful storytellers, but sometimes our voices get lost, or stories passed down from generation to generation, forgotten. Stories that have shaped and defined us sometimes are suppressed and stay locked away. Come release your voice and learn to write your story! This two-hour, six-week class will help shape and create a moment of impact or memory you would like to release from your soul. Spend six weeks with Deborah Nowinski, playwright and winning author of the Barbara Jordan Award for Your Role in Inclusion Theatre.