Best Speakers And Lectures Coming To Houston This Fall

August 6, 2012 1:00 PM

Don’t miss these great lectures and exciting speakers coming to Houston this fall.

Houston is a thriving city, full of diverse organizations and some of the most interesting people you’ll ever have the chance to see. Many groups in Houston host lecture series and out-of-town speakers, bringing the world to you in your own backyard. From science to religion to comedy, there is no topic that won’t be touched on at least somewhat this fall. Make sure to take note of these great upcoming lectures Houston will present in the coming months.
“For the Inquisitive Naturalist”
Nature Discovery Center

7112 Newcastle St
Bellaire, TX 77401
(713) 667-6550

Date: First Wednesday of every month

On the first Wednesday of every month, the Nature Discovery Center hosts the free lecture series “For the Inquisitive Naturalist,” which focuses on a variety of natural wonders for both amateur and professionals. Past lectures have involved astronomy, local wildlife and weather patterns. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments are served to attendees. The August 8 lecture will be given by Clint and Michelle Pustojevsky and is entitled “Texas Snakes.” All nature lovers, big and small, will be sure to enjoy this lecture series.

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“Eye of the Beholder: How to See the World Like a Romantic Poet”
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Artful Thursday

1001 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 639-7300

Date: August 16

Part of its Artful Thursday series, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Louis A. Markos, professor in English and scholar-in-residence on Thursday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. to give a talk entitled “Eye of the Beholder: How to See the World Like a Romantic Poet.” British Romantic poetry celebrates the tenet that the objects and realities of our world can be transformed by the eye of the poet, best seen in William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience” and the “Lyrical Ballads” of Wordsworth and Coleridge. Following the lecture, a reception will be held to meet the speaker with light refreshments provided. This event is free to the public.

“The Future of Textbooks: From Printed to Personalized Learning”
Rice University – Fondren Library
6100 Main St
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 348-5698

Date: September 12

The Dean of Humanities is hosting a lecture on Wednesday, September 12 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the future of textbooks and technology in education. Given by Troy Williams, member of the School of Humanities Advisory Board and vice president and general manager of Macmillan New Ventures, the talk will cover the various advances in educational technologies over the past few years and the expected trajectory of how students will be learning in the future. Open to the public, the lecture is free and will be followed by a brief reception. The lecture is located in the Kyle Morrow Room at Fondren Library on Rice’s campus.

“Glass Encapsulated Miniatures: The Art of Ships in Bottles”
Houston Maritime Museum
2240 Dorrington St
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 666-1910

Date: September 13

Ever wondered how those tiny ships get into those glass bottles? Come out to the Houston Maritime Museum on Thursday, September 13 at 7 p.m. for “Glass Encapsulated Miniatures: The Art of Ships in Bottles,” presented by Burt Reckles, recognized maritime miniaturist. All lectures are free and open to the public and include a reception with light refreshments and admission to the museum exhibits.

Betty White – Brilliant Lecture Series
Wortham Center – Cullen Theater
500 Texas Ave
Houston, TX 77204
(713) 974-1335

Date: September 22

The incomparable Betty White is coming to Houston for a weekend to talk about her life, work and everything in between. Hosted by the Brilliant Lecture Series, she will give two presentations on Saturday, September 22 at the Wortham Theater Center – one at 2:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and VIP opportunities start at $1,000. This is a conversation you won’t want to miss out on.

“Orangutans, Pygmy Elephants and Palm Oil in Borneo”
Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 533-6500

Date: October 8

Part of the 2012 Call of the Wild Speaker Series, the Houston Zoo presents Mark Ancrenaz to speak about his work in Borneo to save endangered animals. Focused on wildlife conservation, the Call of the Wild series features wildlife workers from around the world to raise awareness for their work and the animals they love. Mark’s talk, “Orangutans, Pygmy Elephants and Palm Oil in Borneo,” will be held October on October 8.

“Holocaust: An End to Innocence”
The Women’s Institute of Houston
2202 Avalon Place
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 529-7123

Date: October 21

In this lecture, presented by the Women’s Institute of Houston, Rabbi Seymour Rossel discusses his recent book “The Holocaust: An End to Innocence,” and analyzes how simple prejudice can develop into much more violent and destructive behaviors. Encouraging people to learn from the past so that nothing similar ever happens again, he teaches that to succeed in humanity, we must value all lives as precious and break down valuations based on race, creed, religion, gender or other labels. Tickets are $30 each and the lecture begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 21.

David Sedaris – Society for the Performing Arts
Wortham Center – Cullen Theater
500 Texas Ave
Houston, TX 77204
(713) 227-4772

Date: November 2

One of America’s most famous and beloved humorists, David Sedaris will read published and new works during his evening on stage at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater on November 2 at 8 p.m. Well known for his appearances on NPR’s “This American Life,” his stage show “The Santaland Diaries” as well as through his bestselling books “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” and “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,” he will skewer pop culture and current events with his specific brand of humor. This show will feature adult content, so leave the kids at home. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting September 4.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at

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