Humanity is being confronted as never before by both natural and human-made challenges, from climate and health to social justice and artificial intelligence. In this year's lectures, distinguished faculty around campus address the courage, fortitude and imagination necessary to meet these challenge and, we hope, overcome them.

Fall 2023 Lecture Schedule

Lecture 1 | September 26, 2023, 4pm | Duncan Hall McMurtry Auditorium


Nancy Niedzielski, Associate Professor, Department Chair, Linguistics

Title: "The Strange and Amazing Resilience of Spoken Soul: A Linguistic Account of Dialect Persistence through Time"

Jim Elliott, Professor, Department Chair, Sociology

Title: "Why Social Inequality Matters to Resilience"

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Lecture 2 | November 14, 2023, 4pm | Duncan Hall McMurtry Auditorium


Moshe Vardi, Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering, University Professor, Computer Science

Title: "Lessons from COVID-19: Efficiency vs Resilience"

Thomas Miller, Associate Professor, BioSciences

Title: TBA

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Spring 2024 Lecture Schedule

Lecture 3 | TBA



Lecture 4 | TBA



Lecture 5 | 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


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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