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The Great Conversation

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The 2017 Great Conversation

Saturday, February 25, 2017
6:30 p.m. - Reception
7:30 pm. - Dinner and Program
Houston Country Club

The Great Conversation host committee invites you to the 25th
Anniversary of the Great Conversation!

Christiana Anderson
Mark Anderson
Becky Arnold
Truman Arnold
Sara Bettencourt
Catherine Campbell Brock
Phyllis Childress
Jane Cizik
Martin Cominsky
Terry Cominsky
Patricia Fitzgerald                 
Ray Garcia
Linda Gray
Chris Knapp
Anne Kinder
Lise Liddell
Grace Pierce
Carey Shuart
Steve Smith
Vicki Smith
Temple Webber

Menu of Conversationalists

Sponsorship and Ticket Information

To submit table preferences and guests' names click here.

For more information, contact Hannah Barker at 713.743.3220 or

About The Great Conversation

Conversation is the foundation of an Honors College education. Each year, more than 300 individuals come together for The Great Conversation, an award-winning fundraising event. It’s also our primary fundraising-event. Proceeds from The Great Conversation provide Honors College scholarships and special support to Honors faculty and programs.

The Great Conversation has the same ideal as the Honors College itself: to foster thoughtfulness about and care for the world by engaging people in disciplined discussion about things that matter. Event topics are drawn from many areas of life, from arts and literature, history, religion, and public policy, to aspects of the city of Houston, just to name a few.

The event format allows all guests to be active participants. The evening begins with a reception and continues with a multi-course dinner paired with fine wine selections. During the meal, guests discuss a topic that has been predetermined for their table; the conversation is facilitated by a University of Houston faculty member or other expert. Guests are encouraged to indicate on their response card their preference for topics. On most occasions, guests can be accommodated at a table offering one of their top three conversation preferences.