- Fall 2018 Schedule
Friday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m.
Monkey Business in the Amazon!
Join us in an exploration of the diversity and ecology of tamarins, marmosets, howlers and other New World monkeys that call the Amazon home. We'll look at where and how they live, why some make better neighbors than others, the conservation issues they face, and some recently discovered new species.
Instructor: Cindy Howard
Friday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m.
Eating Culture: Food and Anthropology
Everyone eats, but food contains multiple meanings. It contains cultural symbols, it's linked to our memories and identity, it can unite people in communities, and it can divide people by race, class and ethnicity. This presentation will address some connections between food and culture with examples from the U.S., Mexico and elsewhere. We will explore the ways the production and consumption of food can create inequalities as well as build bridges across differences.
Instructor: Christine Kovic
Friday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m.
Interest was recently renewed in the topic of art stolen by the Nazis before and during WWII. This renewal occurred after the George Clooney film "The Monuments Men" and the publicity surrounding the discovery of some 1,500 works of art in the Munich apartment of an elderly recluse son of a prominent Nazi era art dealer. What happened to the some 650,000 objects the Nazis confiscated? We will explore the significance as well as efforts at discovery, identification, and repatriation of these works.
Instructor: Marchita Mauck
Friday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m.
Your Personal Security in 2018
Please join our chief of police at UHCL as he guides us through the issues surrounding personal security in the 21st century. Be prepared to learn about how the brain reacts to danger and how to make a personal plan to defend yourself. Your life may depend upon it!
Instructor: Chief Allen Hill
Friday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m.
See the Universe from Your Back Yard: Introduction to Amateur Astronomy
The universe is open for viewing on every clear night. This course tells you where to look, what you can see, how you can see it, and what equipment you will need.
Instructor: Keith Parsons
Friday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m.
Bitcoin: What the Heck Is It?
This discussion will provide under-the-hood introduction to Bitcoin, and the technology behind it, Blockchain, which is regarded as the backbone of the next big thing: the Internet of Value. All Greek to you? Come to this class and find out everything you've always wanted to know!
Instructor: Bun Yue
Friday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.
Watch Your Word: Secure Your Devices with Common Sense!
When we hear of “cybersecurity” and “cyberattacks,” it is easy to fall into a trap of thinking computer and smartphone security is “too technical” and way over our heads. But with nearly 90 percent of all security breaches being caused by simple human error, even a non-technical person can significantly reduce the risk to his or her information by understanding a few simple technology basics and applying common sense.
Instructor: Anthony Scaturra
Friday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m.
Hiding in Plain Sight: The Clandestine World of JMW Turner in London
This talk will look at the hidden life of the artist JMW Turner. While Turner was early recognized as one of the greatest artists of his time, we will explore the clandestine existence he lived as a very public figure in turn of the 19th century London.
Instructor: Leo Costello
Friday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m.
Necrogeography: Understanding the Cultural Geography of Cemeteries
With a basic understanding of necrogeography, a trip to a cemetery may be able to give hints about the life of the person and the community. Without delving into history books, the casual visitor can unlock mysteries to a city's growth and development, prominent citizens, economic turns and tragedies. Using the Broadway Cemetery in Galveston as a backdrop, the course will take an educational stroll and let the secrets of the graves unfold.
Instructor: Mickey Shannon
Friday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.
Victorians and Vampires
Prepare yourself for Halloween and learn more about the Victorian period and its connection with vampires.
Instructor: Sarah Costello and Samuel Gladden
Friday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m.
1968: The Worst Year in American History - Presidential Election
This is the final class of a four-part series about 1968: Between the Tet Offensive in January 1968 and the riots and the Democratic Convention in August, we lost a civil rights icon, a human rights icon, a president mired in a quagmire, and our innocence. WORST.YEAR.EVER. come and see if you agree!
Instructor: Bill Powers
Friday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m.
Facebook: Setup & Security
An in-depth look into the most popular social media platform including a rundown of the newly implemented features. Bring your devices to set up your accounts and make sure your settings are protecting your privacy.
Instructor: Ana Guzman