Rice University’s mission statement calls for ”contributions to the betterment of the world.” As we recover from a global pandemic, face a reckoning on racial injustice, and confront tipping points in climate change, income inequality, political polarization, automation, and other challenges, how do we answer this call? What actionable steps are necessary to raise awareness, build consensus, and solve urgent problems? What should it mean for research and education at Rice? Join us as Rice faculty discuss the cutting edge ideas and practical measures they are taking to help create a better world.


Fall 2022 Lecture Schedule

Bochner Lecture | September 20, 2022, 7pm

Merlin Sheldrake, Biologist and author of "Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures"

Title: "Entangled Lives: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures"

**A book signing will follow this lecture**

**This Lecture was not recorded per the request of the speaker.

Lecture 2 | October 18, 2022, 4pm

Hosted By Igor Marjanovic, William Ward Watkin Dean, Rice Architecture

Presenters

Shantel Blakely, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture

Reto Geiser, Associate Professor, School of Architecture

Andrew Colopy, Associate Professor, School of Architecture

Title: "People's Architects"

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Lecture 3 | November 15, 2022, 4pm

Hosted By Kathleen Canning, Dean, School of Humanities

Presenters

Alexander Byrd, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Associate Professor of History, School of Humanities

W. Caleb McDaniel, Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Humanities and Chair, Department of History, School of Humanities

Fay Yarbrough, Associate Dean, Programs and Special Projects, Professor of History, School of Humanities

Title: "Houston, Rice, and Race: A History in the Fourth Ward"

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Spring 2023 Lecture Schedule

Lecture 4 | January 24, 2023, 4pm

Hosted By Dean Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, School of Social Sciences

Lecture Information TBA.

Lecture 5 | February 7, 2023, 4pm

Hosted By Dean Luay Nakhleh, George R. Brown School of Engineering

Lecture Information TBA.

Lecture 6 | February 21, 2023, 4pm

Hosted By Dean Matthew Loden, Shepherd School of Music

Lecture Information TBA.

Lecture 7 | March 21, 2023, 4pm

Hosted By Dean Thomas Killian, Wiess School of Natural Sciences

Lecture Information TBA.

Lecture 8 | April 11, 2023, 4pm

Hosted By Dean Peter Rodriguez, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business

Lecture Information TBA.

**A reception with refreshments will follow each lecture**

Scientia Institute - MS 08

Fondren Library 518
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005

Phone: 713-348-4695
Email: scientia@rice.edu

Location

Duncan Hall

Traveling on Main Street, enter the Rice University campus at Entrance #2. Directly ahead is Lovett Hall (the building with the arch/Sallyport) and Duncan Hall (lecture site) is the first building to the right, across the street.

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