Programs

November Programs

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Olga Campos Benz is one of the most honored anchor/reporters to grace the Texas airwaves. A University of Texas graduate, Olga spent more than 30 years covering the biggest news stories in Houston, Corpus Christi and Austin. Follower her retirement as a broadcast journalist, Olga enjoyed a smooth transition into an arena she knows well thanks to her active role as a volunteer and community supporter. She is now the Community Relations Director for businessman philanthropist, Milton Verret. She will join us to discuss her recently completed first novel, It’s News to Me which takes readers behind the scenes of the often unbelievable world of television news. She and her husband, Kevin Benz, are proud parents of 26 year old twin daughters.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 

General Meeting – Members only, please

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

Holiday Hoopla and Howard Hughes. There will be a silent auction with wonderful items to bid on and do a little holiday shopping. The program will be a presentation on “The Hijacking of Howard Hughes” by attorney Rick Harrison.

Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017
Club closed – Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Erika Herndon, Executive Director of Friends of the Governor’s Mansion, will discuss the Texas Governor’s Mansion. As the oldest, continuously occupied Governor’s Mansion west of the Mississippi, the Texas Governor’s Mansion is the most historic house in Texas and an important national landmark. The Mansion has a rich history, with each occupant making a unique contribution. In June 2008, a devastating fire threatening to end the long tradition of the Mansion. After extensive restoration, the Mansion reopened in 2012 for future generations of Texans.

October Programs

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Mark Pryor will join us to discuss his recently published book, The Sorbonne Affair. Mark is the author of the Hugo Marston novels The Bookseller, The Crypt Thief, The Blood Promise, The Button Man, The Reluctant Matador, and The Paris Librarian. His latest mystery is again set in Paris and is the seventh in the Hugo Marston series. Mark grew up in Hertfordshire, England, and his first career was as a newspaper reporter in Essex. Subsequently he received an undergraduate degree in journalism, followed by a law degree from Duke University. After practicing civil law in Dallas, he moved to Austin in 2006 and began practicing with the Travis County District Attorney’s office. Mark lives in Austin with his wife and three children.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Heather Kruger is the founder/owner, and executive director of the Austin School of Mosaic Art. Come find peace in the pieces! Did you know mosaics are an ancient form of art and communication? Like all art, the viewer receives communication and the art maker experiences satisfaction in the communication and meaning of the art as well. Heather Kruger, mosaics teacher and artist will bring us mosaic demonstration, show some of her pieces and share information about mosaics in general. Come and join us for her “pieced” program! Heather has been practicing mosaics since 2000, and has exhibited her artwork in several art shows over the past 17 years. She is one of the founding members of the Austin Mosaic Guild, established in 2008. Over the past 9 years, AMG membership has grown to over 200 members. During this time, the interest in education and community projects has steadily grown, which prompted her to open the school. She enjoys providing a space where people can come and commence their own personal discovery of this ancient and beautiful art form. www.austinmosaicschool. com.

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Martha Carapetyan, Viola and Karen White, Pianist Martha Carapetyan is a passionate advocate for the viola. She began playing the viola at age 12, and includes among her remarkable teachers David Holland, Rivka Golani, George Papich, Yizhak Schotten and Kim Kashkashian. Currently a member of the Austin Symphony, Martha also plays with the Austin Chamber Ensemble and the Austin Opera. She co-founded both the Central Texas Viola Society and the Austin Viola Workshop and directs those as well as other viola-centric efforts. Karen White studied with Mme. Lili Kraus at Texas Christian University for both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Piano Performance. She moved to New York City where she continued her studies, began her teaching career, and had a blast in The Big Apple! Then on to Madrid, Spain where she taught in a private music academy and made incredible, enduring friends. In Austin, she is on the piano faculty of the Armstrong Community Music School. Karen and Martha began their musical collaboration in 1994, finding great delight in their mutual love of chamber music. Since then, they have performed frequently together in venues as varied as formal recital hall settings and microbreweries. They absolutely love every part of the process: discovering new music together, designing specific programs and preparing for performance. They have played standard repertoire for viola and piano as well as their own arrangements of music for other instruments including voice.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University’s Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Professor Suri is the author and editor of seven books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. Professor Suri’s research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007 Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America’s “Top Young Innovators” in the Arts and Sciences. His writings appear widely in blogs and print media. Professor Suri is also a frequent public lecturer and guest on radio and television programs. He will be talking to us about his latest book, The Impossible Presidency, which charts the rise and fall of the American presidency, from its limited role envisaged by the Founding Fathers to its current status as the most powerful job in the world.

September Programs

September 11

Past Presidents’ Luncheon
This year the annual luncheon honoring our past presidents will include Junior Austin Woman’s Club past presidents as well. To recognize our past presidents and to accommodate a program/speaker, our start time will be earlier than usual.

S. C. Gwynne, New York Times bestselling author, journalist and historian, will discuss his latest book, The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football. The book examines how two underdog coaches, Hal Mumme and Mike Leach, influenced the game of football and in the process helped increase the popularity of the game. The topic is timely with the kickoff of football season and the book has been named to several “top ten” sports book lists. Sam is the author of two acclaimed books on American history: Empire of the Summer Moon which spent 82 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson. It was also a New York Times bestseller and was a finalist for both the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pen Literary Award for Biography. Sam has also written extensively for Texas Monthly, where he was Executive Editor from 2000-2008. Sam lives in Austin with his wife, the artist Katie Maratta.

September 14
General Meeting.  Members only, please

September 21
Dr. Matthew Hinsley. In addition to performing beautiful classical guitar music, Dr. Matthew Hinsley will describe how Austin Classical Guitar reaches about 4,000 diverse young people in Austin each day in 60 rigorous school programs including the Travis County Juvenile Justice System and Texas School for the Blind. He’ll speak about ACG’s Lullaby Project in collaboration with Carnegie Hall, about the international reach of ACG’s education curriculum and training program, as well as the artists from around the globe that perform on ACG’s seven concert series.

September 28
Autumn Fundraiser – Fashion Show

October 5

Mark Pryor will join us to discuss his recently published book, The Sorbonne Affair. Mark is the author of the Hugo Marston novels The Bookseller, The Crypt Thief, The Blood Promise, The Button Man, The Reluctant Matador, and The Paris Librarian. His latest mystery is again set in Paris and is the seventh in the Hugo Marston series. Mark grew up in Hertfordshire, England, and his first career was as a newspaper reporter in Essex. Subsequently he received an undergraduate degree in journalism, followed by a law degree from Duke University. After practicing civil law in Dallas, he moved to Austin in 2006 and began practicing