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Poetry Reading and Conversation: Willis Barnstone, Aliki Barnstone, and Tony Barnstone

Presented in partnership with Saint Julian Press

 Poetry offers a window to the Holy that dialogue cannot, reflecting essential human truths in artful form. Join a unique opportunity to engage with three acclaimed and evocative poets from the Barnstone family in a sacred place that is also rich with family history. The Rothko Chapel was designed, in part, by the architect Howard Barnstone, Willis’ brother. Each of the poets will read from their collections, examining their concepts of the Divine and challenging our own, as well as engage in conversation with each other and the audience. A reception and book signing follow the program.

About the poets:

Willis Barnstone is a poet, memoirist, translator, Hispanist and comparatist, who has written more than 70 books of scholarship and poetry. A New Testament and Gnostic scholar, he published “The Restored New Testament,” including the Gnostic gospels of Thomas, Mary and Judas. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, the distinguished professor of Comparative Literature Emeritus and senior scholar in the Institute of Biblical and Literary Studies at Indiana University. He has also received the Emily Dickinson Award, the W.H. Auden Award and a special citation for translation from the Pen/Book of the Month Club.

Aliki Barnstone is a poet, translator, critic, editor and visual artist. She is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently “Dwelling.” Her first book of poems, “The Real Tin Flower,” was published when she was 12 years old with a forward by Anne Sexton. She has been awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship, the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry and a residency at the Anderson Center at Tower View. She serves as Poet Laureate of Missouri and is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri.

Tony Barnstone is a poet, author, essayist and literary translator. In addition to his 18 published books, his work has appeared in dozens of American literary journals. His latest work, “Pulp Sonnets,” is a book of illustrated poetry based on 20 years of research into classic pulp fiction, Gothic literature, B movies and comic books, illustrated by Iranian artist Amin Mansouri. He is the Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 7 PM

Rothko Chapel

3900 Yupon St.

Houston, TX 77006



 Inside Reagan’s Navy: Presented by Chase Untermeyer

 Join Chase Untermeyer as he discusses his book Inside Reagan’s Navy for an engaging, up-close narrative of Untermeyer’s experiences in the Pentagon. The work is interwoven with descriptions of events and people, humorous anecdotes, and telling quotations. In March 1983, President Reagan offered Untermeyer an appointment as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy. In the following year, the President named Untermeyer Assistant Secretary for Manpower & Reserve Affairs. In this position, Untermeyer took charge of all personnel issues affecting nearly one million sailors and Marines and a third of a million civilian workers. Inside Reagan’s Navy paints a portrait of official Washington during the Reagan years, with its politics, and personalities. Untermeyer offers a unique view into the period of naval expansion and the end of the Cold War era.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 7 PM

 Houston Maritime Museum

2204 Dorrington Boulevard

Houston, TX 77030




Lecture: Mapping the Heavens – Black Holes and Dark Matter by Priyamvada Natarajan

 Radical ideas--dark matter and black holes--which were just until recently contested within the scientific community, have transformed our cosmic view. Our Universe is expanding at an accelerating pace, propelled by dark energy and structured by dark matter. Dr. Priya Natarajan will discuss how she is now able to map these invisible entities by observing how light bends around them while en route to Earth from distant galaxies. This advancement has led to the discovery of gravitational waves from colliding black holes.

Theoretical astrophysicist Dr. Priya Natarajan is professor of astronomy and physics at Yale University and has been elected into the Explorers Club. Book signing of "Mapping the Heavens, The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos" with River Oaks Bookstore will follow the lecture.

 Members $12, Tickets $18

 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Drive

 Houston, TX 77030



 John Simpson Lecture and Book Signing

 Simpson had considerable influence in making the public aware of the New Classicism. In 2008 he was given the Arthur Ross Award by the Institute of Classical Architecture in New York. More recently he has worked on the new public facilities at Kensington Palace, which were opened for Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. In 2014 John Simpson won the competition to design the new School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, the world's leading institution teaching architects in the Classical tradition. Much of his work has involved working with new buildings designed within sensitive historic settings.

 $20 for Members, $40 for Non-Members, $10 for Students

 Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 6 to 9 PM

 The Historic Magnolia Ballroom

715 Franklin Ave.

 Houston, TX. 77002



 Writefest: A Festival for Emerging Writers

 Writefest is a week-long writers festival taking place March 6-12th, 2017 in Houston, TX. It is hosted by Writespace, Houston's grassroots nonprofit literary arts center. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Friday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by local and national writers and literary journal editors of all genres, a Literary Journal Fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors.

*River Oaks Bookstore will have books available for purchase, authored by attendees of the festival, on Saturday, March 11th, from 9 – 5 PM

 March 6 – 12th, 2017

 Silver Street Studios

2000 Edwards Street

Houston, TX 77007




 Lecture - Mission to Mars - Steps toward the First Human Journey to the Red Planet by Pascal Lee

The first human mission to Mars will be humanity's greatest adventure in space exploration in the 21st century. As with all expeditions, its success will depend on planning. The first steps are already under way, as we achieve longer spaceflight missions, plan for deep space journeys, and work in extreme environments on Earth viewed as Mars "analogs." Leading planetary scientist Dr. Pascal Lee will share the progress made around the world, from the Arctic to Antarctica, from basement labs to the International Space Station, to achieve the first human voyage to Mars. In turn, he will examine the what, why, how, when, and who of the first human mission to Mars. Internationally recognized for his research on water on Mars, the origin of Mars' moons, and planning the future human exploration of Mars, Dr. Pascal Lee holds positions at the Mars Institute, the SETI Institute, and NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Following the lecture, copies of his book "Mission: Mars" will be available for signing by River Oaks Bookstore. "Mission: Mars" was the winner of the 2015 Prize for Excellence in children's science.

 Members $12, Tickets $18

 Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 6:30PM 

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Drive

 Houston, TX 77030