Our Luncheon Lecture program, which meets four times a year at River Oaks Country Club, brings nationally recognized commentators to discuss issues and topics of current interest in a variety of fields. The lecture begins at 11:00 a.m., luncheon at noon, and Q and A follows. The season’s membership fee of $350 includes the lecture, luncheon, and valet parking.
Place: River Oaks Country Club, 1600 River Oaks Blvd.
Lecture: 11:00 a.m.
Luncheon: 12:00 Noon
Below is is list of upcoming lecture luncheons. To register, click here.
October 19, 2018 — JOSEPH LUZZI — The Presidential Library: Books that Shaped Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and others. Award-winning author, teacher and scholar Joseph Luzzi is Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College. His awards include a Yale College Teaching Prize, NEH Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Dante Society of America Essay Prize. In this lecture, Professor Luzzi will explore the books that shaped six of the most powerful men ever to sit in the Oval Office and detail how presidential action and presidential reading are intimately linked.
November 16, 2018 — JIM BLACKBURN — Making Houston a Resilient City: Flooding, Carbon and Food. The future of Houston as a serious competitor in the global marketplace lies in many of the choices that will be made in the next few years. Professor in the Practice in the Civil and Environmental Department at Rice University, co-Director of Rice University’s Severe Storm Center, Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute, environmental lawyer and planner Jim Blackburn will focus on the challenges and opportunities that lie before Houston, a key city in the global response to changing weather patterns, emerging economies, and changing consumer preferences and needs.
January 18, 2019 — KARA COONEY — When Empires Collapse: What Can Americans Learn from Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome? Historians are obsessed with the rise and fall of great civilizations of the past. Those same historians like to instruct us to learn from the past lest we repeat past mistakes. Dr. Kara Cooney is a professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA. Specializing in craft production, coffin studies, and economies in the ancient world, Cooney received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Can Americans learn anything from the fall of Egypt, Greece, and Rome that we can apply to the modern world?
February 15, 2019 — JAMES DELGADO — Digging the Past: The Ocean as a Museum. Dedicated to understanding humanity’s seafaring history through the excavation and scientific study of shipwrecks, Dr. James Delgado has led or participated in shipwreck expeditions around the world. From surveys of the USS Arizona, scientific mapping of the Titanic, discovery of the Carpathia and the notorious “ghost ship” the Mary Celeste, the sunken fleet of atomic-bombed warships at Bikini Atoll, the lost fleet of Mongol emperor Kublai Khan in Japan, and the 1846 wreck of the United States naval brig Somers, whose tragic story inspired Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, James Delgado is a dedicated oceanographer who will take us on a underwater journey through history.