Field Trip! Getting out of the Classroom with Continuing Studies

Learning at the Glasscock School is about more than just classroom lectures from award-winning faculty. This spring, Continuing Studies participants saw dramatic performances, took guided museum exhibit tours, enjoyed a walking tour of Houston, shot photos on location around the city, and sketched in local art galleries.

A performance of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” by the Actors from the London Stage was just one of those opportunities, for participants in the course “The World and Works of William Shakespeare.” The six-week course also included an introduction to the play from Dr. Dennis Huston of the Rice English Department, who helped break down the cultural and historical context for the action, and explained some of the comedy that did not always translate for a modern audience.

The Actors From The London Stage, 2012 Tour of Twelfth Night. Clockwise from bottom left: Richard Daniel Stacy, Jennifer Higham, Dan Winter, Katherine Heath, and Michael Palmer.

The comedy of Shakespeare wasn’t the only exciting extra available with spring courses. Participants in “The Emancipation Proclamation: A Rare Look at a Monumental Document” enjoyed a private viewing of the Proclamation at the Houston Museum of Natural Science during one of their lectures. Fans of drama were treated to a dress rehearsal of the Tony Award-winning play Red as part of the lecture series, “Rothko and ‘Red’” in addition to tours of Rothko works at the Menil Collection.  And dance enthusiasts in the course “A Case en Pointe: Behind the Scenes with the Houston Ballet” witnessed great performers and choreographers at work during a tour of Houston Ballet’s new Center for Dance and the dress rehearsal for “Rock, Roll, and Tutus” at the Wortham Center.

What does the Glasscock School have in store for participants this fall? Look for a sneak peek of fall courses coming soon.

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