Town Hall

By | July 16, 2015

This series of classes features speakers who will keep you informed about a myriad of things happening in our world community. The scope of the topics will interest and amaze you—from government leaders to astronomy; from travel opportunities to how to cope with Medicare; from performers from the Houston Grand Opera to DNA; from religious tolerance to healthy aging.

Yes…you will find these speakers truly spellbinding. 

This class meets from 11:15 am until 12:15 pm on designated Thursdays
(when LEOH is in session)

Please see the speakers and their topics below for the 2023 Spring Session.


March 23       Recycling:  Everything Old is New Again                                            

Ian Bishop, President, Elemental Recycling, discusses this Greentown Labs startup, and how plastics and old tires are recycled from landfills and converted into graphene and hydrogen.

March 30       Houston Zoo – Past, Present, and Exciting Future  

Mardi Turner, Volunteer, Houston Zoo, gives an overview of the Zoo’s history.  Its exciting new exhibits include Cypress Circle, the Texas Wetlands, the Pantanal, and the Galapagos.

April 6            The Energy System – Past, Present and Future

Elizabeth Schwarze, VP, Global Exploration, Chevron Corporation, asks what is the source of energy, how has it evolved, what is the future for energy, and how do we create an energy system that delivers reliability, affordability, and sustainability.

April 13           Exploring Houston’s History

Allison Bell, Executive Director, Houston Heritage Society, notes that the Heritage Society was and is dedicated to the preservation of the history of Houston.  It operates ten historic buildings that date from 1823 to 1905 and are located in Sam Houston Park, an outdoor interactive museum and park.

April 20            Refugee Resettlement and Services in Houston

Praveena Lakshmanan and Darenda Dorsey, Managers, Community Engagement Program, Refugee Services (Interfaith Ministries), explain how the program works, and present opportunities for volunteers to participate.  Resettlement is in conjunction with the US State Dept and Episcopal Migration Ministries for legal refugees.

April 27            Volunteering Opportunities and You

Justin Bryant, Member Services Coordinator, Volunteer Houston (Interfaith Ministries), explains how Volunteer Houston works to connect individuals, groups, and companies with non-profit agencies across Houston.

May 4               A Career in Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Rashid Mosavin, PhD, MBA, Dean, Lafleur College of Pharmacy, Texas Southern University, presents a seminar on his career in pharmacy education and practice, and provides strategies for success as an immigrant.