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Book Signing - Discovering Tutankhamun: From Howard Carter to DNA by Dr. Zahi Hawass

 

 

Discovering Tutankhamun: From Howard Carter to DNA by Dr. Zahi Hawass

 

$49 plus tax

 

Book signing will follow Dr. Hawass' 6:30 p.m lecture .

 

2/28/2015
8:00 PM
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Film Screening - Seven Sumurai with Mark Kerstein

 

 

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.

4/14/2015
6:30 PM
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Lecture - Bushido, The Way of the Samurai by Sensei Darrell Craig

 

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.

4/7/2015
6:30 PM
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Lecture - Egypt and the Lost Land of Punt, Hatshepsut’s Royal Contacts by Patricia Remler

 

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

2/3/2015
6:30 PM
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Lecture - Great White Sharks, Tracking the Ocean's Apex Predator by Greg Stunz

 

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.

 

This lecture is cosponsored by Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

3/4/2015
6:30 PM
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Lecture - Medicine without Evolution is like Engineering without Physics by Randolph M. Nesse

 

Evolutionary medicine uses the basic science of evolutionary biology to improve the understanding, prevention andtreatment of disease. Instead of just asking how the body works and why it goes awry, it also asks why natural selection left us with so many traits like wisdom teeth and the narrow birth canal that leave us vulnerable to disease. The old answer-the limits of natural selection-is important, but there are five other important explanations for vulnerability.

 

Randolph Nesse, a founder of the field evolutionary medicine, will give examples to illustrate all six reasons, with a focus on cancer, infectious diseases and emotional disorders. He will explain why the field is growing so fast, its prospects for providing a deeper understanding of disease, and how scientists and clinicians can join the effort to bring evolutionary biology to bear on the problems of medicine. This lecture is cosponsored by The Leakey Foundation.

 

 

 

Tickets $18, Members $12

3/15/2015
6:30 PM
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Lecture - Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything by Theodore Gray

 

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.

 

 

Tickets $18, Members $12

1/27/2015
6:30 PM
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Lecture - Pyramids, Mummies and Cleopatra: Recent Discoveries in Ancient Egypt by Zahi Hawass

 

Chronicling his adventures in archaeology, legendary Egyptologist and archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass will introduce the mystery of the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. He will discuss the discovery of the tombs of the pyramid builders which tells the story of the workmen who were involved in the massive construction projects, as well as the secret doors found inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu. Dr. Hawass will also share his theory on what may yet be uncovered inside the pyramid.

 

One of Dr. Hawass' recent endeavors has been the Egyptian Mummy Project, which uses modern forensic techniques, including CT scans and DNA analysis, to answer questions about human remains from ancient Egypt. The project has resulted in several crucial findings which he will share with us this evening, including identifications of the mummy of Queen Hatshepsut, new understandings about members of the family of Tutankhamun, and the death of King Tutankhamun.

 

Finally, Dr. Hawass will discuss his current ongoing projects-the search for Queen Nefertiti and the tomb of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Following the lecture, he will sign copies of his latest book "Discovering Tutankhamun: From Howard Carter to DNA."

 

 

Tickets $60, Members $47

2/28/2015
6:30 PM
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Lecture - Richard III Rediscovered by Turi King

 

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

4/21/2015
6:30 PM
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Lecture - Samurai: Men of War in an Age of Peace by David Howell

 

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.

 

This lecture is cosponsored by Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

3/31/2015
6:30 PM
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Lecture - The ABC's of Shark Research: Attacks, Biology and Conservation by Glenn Parsons

 

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.

 

This lecture is cosponsored by Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

 

2/25/2015
6:30 PM
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Lecture - Update in Egyptology With Researchers: Salima Ikram, Joseph Wegner, Kara Cooney

 

Salima Ikram, Ph.D. of the American University in Cairo, Joseph Wegner, Ph.D. of the University of Pennsylvania, Kara Cooney, Ph.D. of UCLA-leading Egyptologists in Houston for the American Research Center in Egypt's Annual Conference-will give updates on their different areas of specialization.

 

This lecture is co-sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt.

 

 

 

 

Tickets $18, Members $12

4/22/2015
6:30 PM
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