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One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai tells the story of a 16th century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. Filmmaker Akira Kurosawa weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into this tale of courage and hope. The film will be introduced by Mark Kerstein, J.D. of Hokushikan Chiba Dojo. (This film is 3 hours.)
This event is cosponsored by Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
When paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute made one of the world's greatest dinosaur discoveries in 1990, they knew it was the find of a lifetime - the largest, most complete T. rex ever found. The dinosaur quickly became known to the world as 'Sue.' During a ten-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American communities, and competing paleontologists, Larson and his crew found themselves not only fighting to keep Sue, but fighting for their own freedom as well.
Join paleontologists Peter Larson and Dr. Robert T. Bakker for a lecture on this important period in paleontology, followed by a screening of "Dinosaur 13"- the new film from Lionsgate and CNN Films that tells this riveting story, and features Larson and Bakker. Paleo activities for kids of all ages begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Grand Entry Hall. McDonald's open until 6 p.m.
Book signing of "Rex Appeal: The Amazing Story of Sue, the Dinosaur That Changed Science, the Law, and My Life" by Peter Larson and also books by Dr. Robert T. Bakker will follow the lecture.
In order to share the true spirit of the Bushido, the way of the samurai, Sensei Darrell Craig will describe samurai battle preparations and lead a demonstration by his students of traditional samurai techniques and weapons. Keeping in the spirit of Bushido, the session will commence with the sound of Taiko Japanese war drums followed by Batto-Jutsu and Kendo Katat-the way of the sword. Darrell Craig is sensei of classical martial arts of Japan at Houston Budokan.
This lecture is cosponsored by Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Hatshepsut, Egypt's female pharaoh, traveled on made the most famous of the ancient country’s expeditions that sailed to what they considered a magical land - the land of Punt. In her mortuary temple, she recounts her journey and boasts of riches that she acquired such as coveted incense trees, baboons and ebony.
Patricia Remler teaches Egyptology and Egyptian art at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University. She is also an author and photographer who has worked on several projects with her husband, Egyptologist Bob Brier.
This lecture is co-sponsored by Archaeology Institute of America - Houston Society with support by Apache.
Tickets $18, Members $12
Through the OCEARCH collaborative, researchers are now generating previously unattainable data on the movement, biology and health of great white sharks in order to protect the specie’s future while enhancing public safety and education. Unprecedented research on great white sharks and other large apex predators will be presented by shark researcher Greg Stunz, Ph.D. of Harte Institute and Texas A&M Corpus Christi with OCEARCH founder and expedition leader Chris Fischer joining us live via Skype from his current project in Australia.
With stunning, larger-than life photographs on the museum's giant screen, Theodore Gray will explain how molecules and compounds are formed and create everything in the physical world. Gray will introduce you to the most interesting, essential, useful, and beautiful of the millions of chemical structures that make up every material in the world. You will see the beauty in organic and inorganic chemistry, chemical bonds, and molecules in their various states.
Following the presentation, science writer Theodore Gray will sign copies of his new book Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything-the highly anticipated sequel to The Elements.
Gray writes the column "Gray Matter" for Popular Science magazine and develops science apps for tablets.
The discovery of the remains of King Richard III under a parking lot-next to a space marked "R"-has stirred much excitement. Richard's remains speak to us in a way that texts or artifacts do not, reaching out to give us more accurate insights to his life, following years of calumny. Dr. Turi King, geneticists on the Richard II Project at the University of Leicester, will discuss the project's findings and how history, archaeology and genetics were woven together to learn more about Richard III.
After the talk, you're invited to a festival featuring food, drink, dance and music inspired by the Renaissance. Tribute will be paid to William Shakespeare-Richard's most controversial publicist, and a special guest will join the festivities! Renaissance attire is welcome.
This lecture is co-sponsored by Archaeology Institute of America - Houston Society.
Tickets $39, HMNS & AIA Members $29
The samurai's place in the complex structure of state and society, and their interaction with other classes will be presented by David Howell, Ph.D. of Harvard University. In his survey of samurai history, Howell will also look at moments like a peasant's exhortation to his descendants that they never aspire to become samurai and the Ako vendetta, which served for three hundred years as an iconic statement of samurai values.
Marine biologist Glenn R. Parsons, Ph.D., of Ole Miss will share the findings of his 40 years of researching shark behavior, ecology and physiology in the Gulf of Mexico, which harbors about 65 species of sharks. Sharks here are exposed to both natural stressors including changes in water temperature and oxygen availability and anthropognic stressors that are caused by humans, pollutants and fisheries for example.
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