Lecture Luncheon

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. Meeting dates for the remaining events are listed below. These lectures are $100 and are open to all students of WIH.

Place: River Oaks Country Club, 1600 River Oaks Blvd.
Lecture: 11:00 a.m.
Luncheon: 12:00 Noon 


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?

delgadoFebruary 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.