Spring 2019 CLASP Speaker Series

CLASP is an outreach initiative of University of Houston-Clear Lake created to encourage life-long learning through free monthly presentations that involve and engage community members of all ages in a wide variety of topics. These presentations take place on the first Thursday of every month from 5:30 - 7 p.m. and are open to the public. For events at UHCL, free parking is available in the Visitors Lot. Speakers, presentations and locations are subject to change. 

Upcoming Presentation: "Searching for Pilar," A Novel About Human Trafficking

Thursday, Feb. 7
5:30 - 7 p.m. 
STEM and Classroom Building, Room 1203

Join Patricia Hunt Holmes as she discusses her novel, "Searching for Pilar," the story of a young wife and mother who is abducted in Mexico City and forced into sex slavery in Houston. Can she survive long enough for her brother to find her? This action-packed tale of the Bayou City breaks open the world of sex trafficking while exploring human nature, greed, family, love, faith and the law.

Holmes spent 30 years as a public finance attorney, a career which influenced the writing of her novel. She also served as a university faculty member and board member for various social service organizations. 

Spring 2019 Schedule

Date      Presentation Topic Speaker Location
Feb. 7     "Searching for Pilar" (A Novel About Human Trafficking) Patricia Hunt Holmes STEM and Classroom Building, Room 1203
March 7          Women in Space Dr. Estella Gillette Bayou Building, Garden Room
April 4 Women in Health Care Mitali Paul Bayou Building, Garden Room
May 2 Anchor Point Debbie Simmons Bayou Building, Garden Room

Previous Events

  Fall 2018
Date Presentation Topic Speaker
Dec. 6 "The Oxford of the Floodplain": The Saga of UHCL in (Mostly) Light Verse Dr. John Gorman, UHCL Professor Emeritus of Literature
Nov. 1 Exercise and Nutritional Health Institute Grand Opening Dr. William Amonette, Executive Director of Exercise and Nutritional Health Institute
Oct. 4 Robots in the Doctor's Office Dr. Thomas L. Harman, UHCL Chair of College of Science and Engineering 
Sept. 6 The Symbiotic Relationship Between Exercise and Nutrition for Health (view presentation) Dr. William Amonette, Associate Professor of Exercise and Health Sciences