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Daniel Ferguson, director and co-producer of film, will share the centuries-old traditions of Jerusalem during its most sacred time - Passover and Easter. He will also give a behind-the-scenes account at this extraordinary production, followed by a screening of the Jerusalem 3D.
Tickets $18, Members $12
Trashed confronts the critical global issues of waste and sustainability. Producer Jeromy Irons takes us around the world, confronting mountains of trash in China, an endless tide of plastic waste on Indonesia’s Ciliwung River, and the tons of human detritus floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This award-winning documentary premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. View this special screening of Trashed with Dr. Herb Ward, professor of civil and environmental engineering ecology and evolutionary biology at Rice University.
Delve deep into the unexplored territory of animal emotions in an illuminating account of the relationship between humans, animals and our perception of violence. Explore human emotions through animal behavior-the way dogs love, cats practice independence, and elephants grieve for their dead-and examine the difference between the unchecked aggression and the predatory behavior that separates humans from animals. Following the lecture Dr. Jeffry Moussaiff will be signing copies of his new book Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil.
Tickets $18, Members $12
Magna Carta in 1215 was not created in a vacuum. Instead, it was the product of a line of legal and constitutional thinking and habits that had developed in England in the eleventh century, had passed over the break of the Norman conquest, and was enriched and tested throughout the tumultuous twelfth century. This thinking had to do with the obligations of kings and their subjects, where what a king owed his subjects and what subjects owed their king was a point of negotiation. This process is writ large in pre-conquest Anglo-Saxon laws, in the monuments of the Norman kings, such as Domesday Book (1087) and the coronation charter of Henry I (1100), and in the legal reforms instituted by Henry II (1154–1189), which formed the basis for what came to be known as the Common Law. To understand Magna Carta, one has to understand not just this past, but also the way the barons in 1215 remembered that past. Both the past and the barons’ past will be the subject of this talk.
Bruce R. O’Brien, Ph.D., of the University of Mary Washington is chair of the literary board and intellectual lead for Early English Laws, an international project to re-edit and translate all English legal texts written up to and including Magna Carta 1215.
This lecture is cosponsored by Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
In this behind-the-scenes look into the nursery world, Tony Avent will share the secrets of how and why new plants fit into different market niches. Explore why certain new plants get to market quickly, while other great plants never see the light of day. Avent will track memorable plant introduction successes, explain bad horticultural marketing disasters, and blow up some common plant exploration myths. You will never look at plants the same way again! Tony Avent is owner of Juniper Level Botanic Gardens and Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, North Carolina. (This is the nursery from which HMNS obtained our beloved corpse flower plant, Lois, when she was a tiny tuber.) This lecture is cosponsored with The Mercer Society with additional support from Houston Advanced Research Center and Kava King Products.
Often referred to as “living museums,” over 3,000 botanic gardens are known in 175 countries and territories worldwide, most of which were established since 1950. Botanic gardens’ efforts to rescue plants from extinction through expanded research, conservation programs, and environmental education is leading to their increasingly influential role in the development of international policies in biodiversity conservation. Peter Wyse Jackson will take you on an around-the-world journey that showcases a wide range of some of the most significant successes and contributions by botanic gardens, both individually and collectively.
Peter Wyse Jackson, Ph.D. is director of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis and former Secretary-General of Botanic Gardens Conservation International.
This lecture is cosponsored with The Mercer Society.
Do you have royal lineage? Are you a descendant of a rebellious baron? Genealogy researcher Lynna Kay Shuffield will review tips to help you trace your family to medieval Europe. For those with English roots there is a fair chance you may find a Magna Carta link. Over 3,000 Texans are currently registered as descendants of the Magna Carta Dames and Barons from Runnymede. You do not need to be an avid genealogy researcher to enjoy this class.
When modern humans left Africa about 50,000 years ago and populated the rest of the planet, they were already sophisticated hunters and gatherers, able to adapt to a wide range of habitats. Examine the evidence to better understand this pivotal journey in evolution. John Kappelman, is professor of anthropology at University of Texas, Austin.
This lecture is cosponsored by Archaeology Institute of America – Houston Society.
Easter, a Christian holiday celebrated throughout Russia, is considered a time of rebirth and renewal. In the late 1800s there was no better way to celebrate this holy time than with the gift of Easter eggs. Family members were given eggs with small chocolates or other surprises inside. To maintain this tradition in a more high-end manner, the Russian royal family enlisted the help of the House of Fabergé to begin a tradition that would last for over three decades. Dorothy McFerrin will share the fabled story of Fabergé Easter eggs. Participants will be able to go through the McFerrin Fabergé collection following the program. Participants are also invited to a reception, book signing and Fabergé Trunk Show from 4 to 6 p.m. prior to the lecture, where Dorothy McFerrin will be signing her new book From a Snowflake to an Iceberg with starting at 5 p.m.
China is home to one of the oldest civilizations on Earth and ancestral mother to many of the traditional ornamental plants and fruits that grace our Southern USA landscapes. Despite centuries of botanical exploration, China still holds many new and exciting species that are poised to be among our next wave of garden favorites. Join David Creech for an insider’s look at this emerging horticultural giant, and the people, plans and plants that are driving its growth. This revealing excursion travels through the hot economic engine of eastern China's nursery and landscape industry, from coastal beaches right up into the wild mountains and ancient cultures of the Yunnan, where revered patriarch plants are part of over 17,000 native higher plant species that grow there.
David Creech, Ph.D. is regents professor at Stephen F. Austin University.
This lecture is cosponsored with The Mercer Society with additional support from Houston Advanced Research Center and Kava King Products.
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