China, the Swahili Coast, and Arabia: Contact in a Golden Age of Diplomacy
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Houston Society - AIA
Start Date: 
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:30pm

Location:
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77005
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no
Lecturer: 

Lost ships, ceramics strewn on the seabed and seemingly fantastic tales of ostriches, zebras, and giraffes...oh my!  The great Chinese explorer Zheng He, with his impressive armada, traveled to the Swahili Coast and brought back courtiers and trade goods from the Coast and Arabia along with African animals believed to possess magical powers.  Chinese curiosity about the world and fascination with Africa and Arabia, drove contact between the courts, initiating the first shuttle diplomacy.  Who knew that a 'celestial horse' or a 'unicorn' could move ships?  

Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
713.364.6344

Location

Richard III Rediscovered
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Houston Society, AIA
Start Date: 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 6:30pm

Location:
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no

The discovery of the remains of King Richard III under a parking lot (next to a space marked "R") has stirred much excitement.  Hear the geneticist who helped identify Richard - Dr. Turi King.  Richard's remains speak to us in a way that texts or artifacts do not, reaching out to give us more accurate insights, following years of mystery.  

Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
713.364.6344

Location

The Confluence of the Middle East and Medieval Europe: Culinary and Medical Contact
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Houston Society of AIA
Start Date: 
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 6:30pm

Location:
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77005
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no

Jacques Pepin, Julia Child and company have no idea of the debt they owe Richard teh Lionheart!  Imagine the shock of the Crusaders when they discovered the cuisine, comforts, and luxuries of the Middle East:  sanitation, baths with rosewater, and foods enhanced with spices.  Of course, they all wanted some of this goodness for themselves!  European kitchens, bedrooms, and apothecaries were never the same again.  Talk given by Dr. Michael Fuller

Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
713.364.6344

Location

Egypt and the Lost Kingdom of Punt: Hatshepsut's Royal Contacts
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Houston Society
Start Date: 
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 6:30pm

Location:
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no

And you thought your vacation was exotic!  Egypt's female pharoah, Hatshepsut, sent one of the most famous of the ancient country's expeditions that sailed to what they considered a maagical place - the land of Punt.  Scenes in Hatshepsut's mortuary temple recount the journey and boast of riches that she acquired such as incense trees, baboons, and ebony, giving a whole new meaning to 'vacation souvenirs."  Talk given by Pat Remler, Egyptologist

Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
713.364.6344

Location

Ice Age Yucatan: Human Contact with a New Land?
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Houston Society
Start Date: 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 6:30pm

Location:
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no

Meet "Princess Naiaa," America's oldest teenager.  The complete, well-preserved skeleton of a young girl from over 12,000 years ago was found in an underwater cave on Yucatan Peninsula.  Naia's remains are among the oldest yet found in the Americas and her discovery is reshaping our understanding of human migration into the Western Hemisphere.  Lecture given by Dr. Dominique Rissolo, Waitt Foundation

Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
713.364.6344

Location

The Converges in Constantinople: Contact in a Byzantine Port
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Houston Society
Start Date: 
Thursday, October 16, 2014 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location:
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no

Imagine pulling into a port with ships from lands near and far, familiar and unknown.  This was the glory of Constantinople.  Not only did ships bring spectacular wealth to the Byantine Empire, they brought ideas as well.  Recently, construction workers digging a subway tunnel in modern Istanbul stumbled across such a port - the forgotten 4th century port of Theodosius.  Hear the director of excavations, Dr. Ufuk Kocabas, as he reveals the vibrant hub of commercial activity that brought the world to the Byzantine Empire

Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
713.364.6344

Location

Ancient Encounters Houston
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by AIA-Houston Society
Start Date: 
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 10:00am

Location:
Sabine Street Bridge, Buffalo Bayou
150 Sabine Street
Houston, TX 77007
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
nad
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no
Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
281.497.7382

Location

China, the Swahili Coast, and Arabia: Contact in a Golden Age of Diplomacy
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Start Date: 
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:30pm

Location:
Brown Auditorium Theater, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, TX
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no
Lecturer: 

The Houston Society's Arthur and Annette Bracey Lecture

Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
281-497-7382

Location

On (Hair)pins and Needles – Roman Hairstyles
Sponsoring Institution/Organization: 
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America
Start Date: 
Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 3:00pm

Location:
Brown Auditorium Theater, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no

Von Blanckenhagen Lecture

Co-sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
281-497-7382

Location

Ride Like the Wind: Horses and Nomads
Start Date: 
Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 2:00pm

Location:
Brown Auditorium Theater, Museum of Fine Arts
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, TX
United States

Event Type (you may select more than one): 
lecture
CFP
Call for Papers: 
no

Family talk by Carolyn Willekes.

Do you remember the first time you saw—or rode—a horse? Horses made people stronger and freer than they’d ever been. First, we’ll learn about how horses and people work together in the world of the desert Bedouins and you’ll see a display of weapons and objects from Bedouin tents.  Then you’ll gallop off on your own adventure through the museum to explore horses in art.

Free admission, however tickets are required and are available online, by phone at 713-639-7771 or at any MFAH admission desk.

Contact Information
Name: 
Becky Lao
Telephone: 
281-497-7382

Location

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