2017 People and Nature Speaker Series @ Museum of Fine Arts - Brown Auditorium
Oct 24 @ 6:00 am – 8:30 am

The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) is a nonprofit research hub that works with partners to find solutions to problems by balancing environmental protection, economic well- being, and social equity. HARC’s People & Nature Speaker Series brings nationally recognized experts and the public together to talk openly from multiple viewpoints about issues facing our growing region. The primary goal of such a program is to stimulate discussion and understanding, and inspire action and cooperation among our region’s leaders and community members.

On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts (Brown Auditorium), HARC will continue its People & Nature Speaker Series featuring an evening with Bill Ritter, Jr., 41st Governor of Colorado and the founder of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University. Governor Ritter will discuss his book, Powering Forward – What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution, examining the future of fossil fuels and renewable energy. Make sure to join HARC and Governor Ritter for a thought-provoking and engaging discussion of climate change and the future of the energy industry in the Houston region. For more on the presentation and to purchase tickets, please RSVP online.

Pliable: Rice Design Alliance and Rice Architecture Fall 2017 Lecture Series @ The MATCH
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm
Pliable: Rice Design Alliance and Rice Architecture Fall 2017 Lecture Series @ The MATCH | Houston | Texas | United States

The Pliable series features three internationally renowned practitioners who advocate for the immediacy of material investigations and fabrication in architecture, whether low-tech or high-tech, analog or digital. Through their research and design, all three offer up nimble responses to unforeseen material and fabrication challenges and opportunities. On the surface, these three designers are linked by their innovative work with textiles. Upon closer examination, they are reshaping contemporary practice in compelling, provocative ways through material-based research and with repercussions for all design fields.

Rice Architecture and Rice Design Alliance presents Pliable, the Fall 2017 Lecture Series. Curated by Dawn Finley, Associate Professor at Rice Architecture.

Wednesday, October 4
Jenny Sabin
Principal, Jenny Sabin Studio
Associate Professor, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Reception Sponsors: McCoy – Rockford, Inc.

Wednesday, October 11
Yeohlee Teng

Founder, Fashion Designer, YEOHLEE
Parsons The New School
New York, New York
Reception Sponsor: Leslie Elkins Architecture

Wednesday, October 25
Sheila Kennedy, FAIA

Principal: Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.
Professor of Architecture, MIT
Boston, Massachusetts
Reception Sponsor: The Woodlands Development Company and Luceco

Click here to purchase tickets in advance!

Series Tickets:
$20 – RDA members
$15 – Seniors 65 years and older
$10 – Students with ID
$35 – Others

Single Tickets (as available, sold 30 minutes before the lecture)$10

For additional information, please call 713-348-4876.  Find RDA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @RDAHouston.

No guaranteed seating for ticket holders after 7 p.m. Tickets are non-refundable.

All lectures will begin at 7 p.m. in Match Box 4 at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH) at 3400 Main Street. Pre-lecture reception begins at 6:15 p.m. at the MATCH breezeway. MATCH is located at the Ensemble/HCC stop on the METRORail Red Line. Alternatively, parking is available in the new Mid Main garage directly across Holman from MATCH. The garage can be entered from Holman or Travis. Parking is $4 per hour with a maximum rate of $7.50 per evening. Street parking is also available and is free after 6 p.m.

Prairie Seed Collecting @ Cherie Flores Pavilion in Hermann Park
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Houston Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas, or HNPAT, meets monthly on 4th Thursdays of the month, most months (check calendar), at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion in the McGovern Centennial Gardens @ Hermann Park! (1500 Hermann Drive, Houston 77004. Parking lot entrance is directly across the street from the Health Museum); 6:30 p.m. Refreshments; 7:00 p.m. Meeting Starts. Meetings are free and open to the public. Come and learn with us about our native prairies!


Progressive Forum: ACLU’s Anthony Romero    @ Congregation Emanuel El
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm

After a three-year hiatus, The Progressive Forum is back! Join the resistance at this important event on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. located at Congregation Emanuel El, 1500 Sunset Blvd., Houston, TX 77005. Anthony Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the nation’s premier defender of civil liberties. Warning that President Trump’s proposals would amount to a “one-man constitutional crisis,” Romero and the ACLU have led the resistance, achieving the first legal victory by winning a nationwide stay of Trump’s Muslim ban just over 24 hours after it was issued. Romero has served as executive director for 16 years, and is the first Latino and openly gay person in this position. Time magazine named him among the 25 most influential Hispanics in America. He has led the most successful growth in ACLU history, enabling him to expand the ACLU’s national litigation, lobbying, and public education efforts. Since the Trump election, membership has more than doubled to over one million. Born in New York City, Romero was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs. He is co-author of In Defense of Our America: The Fight for Civil Liberties in the Age of Terror (2007). He will sign books and greet fans at the end of the evening. To purchase tickets, please visit

Houston Audubon November Speaker Event: The Genius of Birds @ Matchbox 4
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For decades, people have written off birds as largely witless, driven solely by instinct, and their brains as primitive, capable of only the simplest mental processes.  But it is not so. Jennifer Ackerman, and her book “The Genius of Birds” explores the new view of birds as “thinkers”—cunning, playful, witty, greedy, cranky, joyful, competitive.  She looks at the intelligence of birds within the context of easily observed behavior in our own surroundings and brings to it the latest science from lab and field. Join the Houston Audubon for an interesting presentation from Jennifer Ackerman about birds and their amazing intelligence.

Houston Audubon has partnered with Blue Willow Bookshop for this event. Pre-order your copy of the Genius of Birds with Blue Willow though this link:… or purchase your book at the event. 15% of all book sales will be donated to Houston Audubon and there will be a book signing after the presentation. Although this is a free event, seating is limited so get your tickets online.

Audubon Bird Survey at Baytown @ Baytown Nature Center
Nov 16 @ 3:00 am
Audubon Bird Survey at Baytown @ Baytown Nature Center | Baytown | Texas | United States

Houston Audubon in partnership with the Baytown Nature Center is leading a monthly count at the Baytown Nature Center. David Hanson is the leader. The survey is usually conducted on the third Thursday of each month, September through May, and results are posted on eBird. The survey normally begins at 8 AM. Fore more information, visit

Bird Banding at GCBO @ Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Nov 18 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bird Banding at GCBO @ Gulf Coast Bird Observatory | Lake Jackson | Texas | United States
Bird Banding at GCBO 8:00am-noon
Event Date: Saturday, 09/19/15  8:00 AM
Bird Banding at the Lake Jackson Sanctuary and offices. The public is invited to join us as we work to collect baseline data on bird populations at our sanctuary. Banding will run from 8:00 am to noon. The banding station is operated by Robert and Kay Lookingbill and is conducted the 3rd Saturday of every month. Please put this on your calendar and do join us when you can. Free of charge and no reservations are necessary. The GCBO Nature Store will be open till noon each banding day.