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Historian Alain Touwaide speaks at Trinity University on new techniques in researching the health and well-being of ancient societies. Medical archaeology usually deals with the dead and the identification of diseases, causalities and major traumas, or any other event that had an impact on ancient peoples' life and well-being. Rarely does it take into consideration the factors that contributed to populations' health, from diet to medicines. Alain Touwaide, a medical historian, discusses new research on the subject in a presentation titled “The Archaeology of Health in the Ancient Mediterranean World.” In assessing the health of ancient populations, Touwaide uses a broad, trans-disciplinary approach, incorporating philology, history, medicine and pharmacy, pharmacology and ethno-anthropology. His extensive research includes analyzing ancient texts in their original language, preparing critical editions of major works (with translation and scientific analysis), searching in libraries all across the world for unknown ancient manuscripts, and producing reference works on ancient botany, therapeutics and plant representations.
Join David Rodriguez as he introduces Steven Sumrow from Aquaponic Systems USA. This two-hour presentation will teach you how to create your own Home Aquaponics to grow plants and vegetables in a water environment along with aquatic fish. This is part of the Backyard Gardening Series.
Victor Pagona, SSA Photography Department Chair, gives a lecture about the juncture of real and imagined worlds that these artists explore.
In conjunction with the exhibition “Altering Space,” the Southwest School of Art’s Photography Department Chair Victor Pagona discusses an evolution in creating and defining the landscape in contemporary art.
"The Evolution of Irrationality: Insights from Monkeys" is presented by Dr. Laurie Santos, as part of the Mind Science Foundation’s 2014 Distinguished Speakers Series. Over the past few years, Santos has examined the roots of human irrationality by studying the way our primate relatives make decisions. Her experiments in "monkeynomics" have shown that monkeys make some of the same silly financial choices as humans do. But her work has also revealed ways in which human choices are uniquely irrational - with monkeys sometimes making smarter choices than we do.
Distinguished Jewish, Christian, and Muslim presenters offer their understanding of Moses, a larger-than-life personality in the sacred texts of all three faiths. He is the preeminent prophet, emancipator and lawgiver of the Hebrew Bible. He also figures prominently in the New Testament and the Koran.
The signature live event, Women in the World, is coming to the Lone Star State with founder and CEO Tina Brown and several other esteemed women such as Gloria Steinem, Diane von Furstenberg, Eva Longoria, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe from Uganda, and many more. The program will also feature footage from filmmaker Deeyah Khan’s award-winning documentary about honor killings, a girl from her Ugandan orphanage brought by Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, Lydia Cacho, one of Mexico’s most fearless journalists, women who serve on the front lines, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker, activist Rosie Castro, and her son Congressman Joaquin Castro. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go towards the Foundation for Education of Young Women.
From Dia de los Muertos to the ancient Egyptian ritual of the “Opening of the Mouth”, food, drink and ceremony are key ingredients to understanding many works of art in the Museum’s collections. Decorate a sugar skull, study dinnerware from various cultures, enjoy refreshments, and partake in docent-guided tours during this stimulating event designed to deepen students’ understanding of art and world cultures. Register by October 20th.
A pioneer in the field of forensic astronomy, Don Olson, Professor of Physics, Texas State University, traces the footsteps of artists Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch to determine the exact time and location of their well-known masterpieces.
A pioneer in the field of forensic astronomy, Don Olson, Professor of Physics at Texas State University, traces the footsteps of artists Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Edvard Munch to determine the exact time and location of their well-known masterpieces.
Spotlight invites students to make creative responses to a selected work of art in the McNay’s collection. Preview the 2014–15 Spotlight selection Haymakers Resting by Camille Pissarro and consider classroom connections. Brainstorm with other educators and develop the concept for your collaborative project. Student responses are featured at the Spotlight Celebration in May. Teachers receive three hours of continuing professional education credit. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration deadline is October 17.
Erin Pettigrew, current vice president for business development for Gawker Media, will speak on “Women in Technology: A Firsthand Look at How We’re Making It" in Trinity University's Chapman Auditorium.
Join Christopher Kimball in an informative and lively evening exploring PBS TV’s America’s Test Kitchen. The audience will get an insider’s view of the show and find out what it’s really like to work at and host one of the most popular food programs airing today.
David Davidson will tie butterflies to the native plants on his property and talk about how he uses butterflies as botanists. He hopes to heighten awareness of why insects in general, but butterflies in particular, can be used as indicators of biodiversity. He will pick out a few species, show photos, talk about about their interaction with plants, or with a specific plant in some cases, discuss what makes a butterfly a butterfly and not a moth, and give a little history of each butterfly species. He will also describe metamorphosis in butterflies.
The San Antonio Area Foundation’s Talk About It program will host its fourth Community Conversation on the topic of making San Antonio a no-kill city, in partnership with District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran. The Area Foundation is bringing the event to the southside, which has a great need for affordable spay/neuter services. Two dynamic and inspiring speakers who are helping other cities reduce their populations of homeless pets will share their experiences of how spaying and neutering can make a difference for an entire city. There is a great deal of interest in this topic in San Antonio: more than 200 people attended the Community Conversation in 2013. This event is free and open to the public. Spanish translation services will be available.
Join one of America’s most beloved radio hosts and humorists for an evening of wryly thoughtful whimsical conversation and a few old-timey songs. Garrison Keillor has won over the hearts of radio listeners with his homespun charm, reassuring voice and clever skits.
The life of Vincent van Gogh has inspired filmmakers from Akira Kurosawa to Vincente Minnelli. Steven G. Kellman, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Texas at San Antonio, discusses the artists as imagined through several film adaptations.
Virgil C. Johnson, professor emeritus at Northwestern University, to discuss costume history as part of Trinity University’s Stieren Arts Series. A professional costume designer whose career in theater spanned more than 45 years will speak on the craft as part of Trinity University’s Stieren Arts Enrichment Series. Virgil C. Johnson, professor emeritus at Northwestern University, will present “Creating Illusion on the Stage: Re-imagining Costume History without using Wikipedia,” in Trinity’s Stieren Theater.
Johnson has built a professional career as a costume designer for numerous regional and Chicago-area theaters. He has designed more than 100 productions in both the classical and modern canons. Johnson's designs have won considerable recognition, including: Joseph Jefferson Awards for his work on The Government Inspector (Goodman Theatre, 1985), A Little Night Music (Goodman Theatre, 1994), and Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 (Chicago Shakespeare Repertory, 1998); and the Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Collaboration and Design in 2001.
Jana and Greg Gibbons, Master Naturalists and avid birders, provide various hands-on activities to identify local bird calls and habitats. Great for the whole family. Kid friendly craft is included.
Before joining Google, Amy McDonald Sanjideh managed the animation technology pipeline at DreamWorks Animation with credits on 18 films including the Shrek series and How to Train Your Dragon. A long-time advocate for women working in technology, she was a founding member of Tulane University’s Women in Science club. Her lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Trinity University's Fiesta Room.
Now the resident theatre company at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, AtticRep continues to provoke dialogue by engaging visual artists as production designers. Jody Blake, Curator, Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, discusses theatre art collaboration with company directors Roberto Prestigiacomo and Rick Frederick and artists Chris Sauter, Hills Snyder and Jeremiah Teutsch. Reception precedes the conversation at 6:00 pm.
The Briscoe Western Art Museum proudly announces its Distinguished Lecture Series: Voices of the West, which showcases unique perspectives on the history and future of the American West with experts—scholars, writers, artists, activists, policy makers—that shape our collective heritage and culture. The inaugural series will commence on November 6 with S.C. Gwynne, whose novel, Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, spent four months on the New York Times Top 10 Bestseller List and was later a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
The multi-faceted Jean Cocteau wrote, designed and directed for the stage and screen. See clips from Cocteau classics such as Orpheus, The Blood of a Poet, and Beauty and the Beast with commentary by Steven G. Kellman, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Texas at San Antonio.
The holidays can be a particularly difficult time after the loss of a loved one. Many memories are associated with the different holidays we celebrate with family and friends. It often helps to talk with others and learn how they were able to work their grief while “celebrating” the holidays. Christus VNA Hospice and Palliative Care invites you to a Grief and the Holidays Workshop.
Lyle Williams, Curator of Prints and Drawings, discusses prints in the McNay Collection that complement the impressionist paintings on view.
The land that is now Hardberger Park was once a dairy farm. The Southwest Dairy Farmers bring their mobile dairy classroom to the old farm to demonstrate how milk gets from the farm to your table.
Mary Martha McNeel and visiting teachers lead this weekly Qigong class in the Angelique Garden Room at the Village at Incarnate Word. For more information call (210) 829-7561.
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Igudesman & Joo market themselves as a cross between West Side Story and The Simpsons, but to my ears, classical music’s Weird Al Yankovic more directly hits the mark. What if Mozart had arranged “I Will Survive?” Or if you turned “La Cucaracha” into a sonata? Sure it takes a bit of classical training to be in on the joke, but Igudesman & Joo’s brilliance lies in the execution, particularly the duo’s incredible musicianship and fine comic timing. Lord knows classical music deserves to have a little fun poked at it and arguably nobody does it with more humor and dedication to the music than these guys.
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