Lecture on February 11 and 18, 2018. Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
How Science and Art Interweave
Fernando Casas PhD
February 11th: Perspective: the Art and the Science of the Renaissance
February 18th: Realism in Western Art: the Role of Science in Western art
The European Renaissance is distinguished by two extraordinary events: the sudden emergence of vividly realistic visual art and the emergence of modern science. Recent scholarship has shown that these two events are very closely connected and in fact, mutually dependent.
In our first lecture we will examine how the the science of perspective ( the geometry of visual space of Piero della Francesca and Albrecht Durer) which first appeared in the early 15th c. played a key and indispensable role that followed the creation of modern science by Galileo Galilei.
In our second lecture we will see how during the ensuing decades and centuries, now conversely, it is science and technology that influence painting. Part of this lecture will be dedicated to the explanation of David Hockney’s now famous thesis VIZ that show that many of the great masters of Western Art used optical devices to construct their painting such as mirrors, lenses. the camera lucida and the camera obscura.
Philosopher and artist Fernando Casas was born in Bolivia, where he won, as young man in his 20’s, the First National Awards in Painting and Drawing in 1964 and 1968 respectively. In 1968 he left for the USA with a LASPAU scholarship to study philosophy at Colorado College, graduating Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
While at Colorado College, in 1970 he was awarded the Hastings Prize for the best paper in philosophy. He continued his studies at Rice University graduating with an MA in 1972 and a PhD in Philosophy in 1978.
Since the 1980s Casas has been a professor of philosophy at several universities in South and North America, but his closest association continues to be with Rice University where he has taught the Humanities and Philosophy as Distinguished Lecturer for about 20 years. For the last 15 years Casas has also lectured mainly on Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art at the Women’s Institute of Houston.
Casas has exhibited his artwork in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the USA, South America, Europe and Japan. In 2003 he was awarded The Premio alla Carriera at the Florence Biennale. His work is in the collections of museums in South America, the USA as well as numerous important private collections. In the Houston area his work is represented by Gremillion Fine Arts & Co. Gallery.
Luncheon on March 2, 2018. Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Life in the Fast Lane: FBI Tales
Former Special Agent Shelton will be speaking about several key cases that he worked while performing his duties as a FBI Agent in the Chicago Office and the Beaumont, TX office. He will also update the information that he gave Lifetime Learning at his last engagement with the group concerning his investigation into the John F. Kennedy assassination. Shelton will speak about his involvement in the case that was depicted in the movie “Casino” starring Joe Pesci as Anthony Spilotro
and Robert De Niro as Frankie Rosenthal. This case involved the Chicago Mob along with the Kansas City mafia placing their own people in key casinos in Las Vegas. This enabled the mob to skim millions of dollars from these casinos.
Shelton will also speak about the events that surrounded the dragging death of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas. This case was in 1998 just before Shelton’s retirement from the FBI. Shelton has recently returned from a JFK Conference in Dallas, TX and will update the group on the important facts that he learned at the conference.
Zack Shelton has a BA in Criminal Justice from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana that he received in 1973 while working in a clerical capacity with the FBI. In the same year he became a Special Agent and spent time in the Kansas City Division, the Chicago Division and the Houston Division. He retired in the end of 1998. Zack is currently the President and Owner of Z. Shelton & Associates, a private investigative firm in Texas. Additionally, he has been investigating the assassination of JFK since his retirement in 1998, assisted by approximately eight other retired FBI Agents
Luncheon on April 6, 2018. Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Iraq and Back
Kim Olson (Rtd. Colonel)
Colonel Olson will describe her introduction to Iraq, the environment the team was dropped into, and the responsibilities they undertook to rebuild a country that was devastated and struggling.
Just after the Iraq War had been declared successful, a team led by U.S. Army Lt. General Jay Garner was sent to Iraq to rebuild the country. Garner's executive officer, Colonel Kim Olson, now retired, was part of the senior leadership charged with rebuilding Iraq. They were to reconstruct Iraq's infrastructure, provide humanitarian assistance, and lay the foundation for a democratic process, no small endeavor.
With the amazing narrative in her book, Iraq and Back: Inside the War to Win the Peace, Air Force retired Colonel Kim Olson tells how and why that mission was hit by roadblocks at almost every step. Always at risk for finding themselves in the middle of a new uprising, Colonel Olson will discuss her observations and the obstacles presented, sometimes terrible, often insurmountable. As one of the first wave of female jet pilots, Colonel Olson’s perspective is unique and a blend of consternation, pride, and determination to charge forward in her role as a Senior Adviser in Iraq. Her views combine the strength and duty of an officer and the empathy of a woman.
Now Kim is devoted to promoting the agricultural industry of Texas. Kim is a fourth generation farmer, serving as a steward of our land, air, and water and sharing those lessons with others. On her own family farm in Palo Pinto County, Kim raises vegetables, keeps bees, and cultivates native grasses. She utilizes sustainable, generative practices that ensure that the farm’s resources will also be available for future generations of farmers.
Kim Olsen's book will be available for purchase at the luncheon.
Luncheon on May 4, 2018
Trauma Care Today
Catherine A. Musemeche, MD. JD
From the eyes and experience of a trauma surgeon, come listen to Dr. Kate Musemeche describe the origins of trauma care which did not exist 40 years ago. Her talk, “The Medical Lessons of War: Spurring Innovation and Driving the Development of Modern Trauma Care” will vividly bring home to us the changes that have come in treating trauma in a short span of time. Dr. Musemeche is a former surgery professor at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute and the University of New Mexico where she was the Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Trauma. She currently works in the field of regulatory medicine and is employed by the Texas Medical Board.
We take for granted that if we are hurt, someone will come and take us away for treatment. It was not always like this. Our soldiers and doctors in the war zones have brought to us, through heroic experience, the ability to treat trauma today with an expertise unheard of in the 1970’s and before. In her most recent book, Hurt: The Inspiring, Untold Story of Trauma Care, Dr. Kate describes how we have taken this journey, how the military has helped advance trauma care, will no doubt give us bone chilling examples of how we got where we are today.
Dr. Catherine Musemeche is a pediatric surgeon, attorney and author who lives in Austin, Texas. She was born and raised in Orange, Texas and attended Lutcher Stark High School. She is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, The University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston, The Anderson School of Management in Albuquerque, New Mexico and The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Musemeche's book will be available for purchase at the luncheon.
May 4, 2018,
Janis Sneed Banquet Room
Blinn College Student Center Brenham
Luncheon/Lecture Fee: $20
Register by April 27, 2018