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Great universities need — and help to create — great communities, and the reverse is also true. For nearly a century, Rice University has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the Greater Houston community, one that Rice’s University Relations team works to preserve and enhance. Collaborating closely with local organizations and individuals, we communicate Rice’s plans and priorities to our Houston neighbors while also striving to understand what’s most important to them and share that perspective with university leaders. Such efforts play a pivotal role in helping Rice fulfill its own mission, but to us, it’s more than that — it’s being a good neighbor. 

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Community

From construction updates to neighborhood news, get the inside scoop on what’s happening at Rice.

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 Event planning


Event Planning

Planning an event? Our staff has the tools and know-how to assist Rice’s broad community. From providing access to campus facilities to offering displays that work in any setting, University Relations can make your next big event a success.

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 Student ambassadors 

Student Ambassadors

Rice Student Ambassadors serve as hosts to dignitaries and provide campus tours to school children and community organizations visiting Rice University. Find out how these students can help with your next event.

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 Welcome Center 

Welcome Center

Centrally located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, Rice University is recognized as one of the nation’s leading universities. To find out why, to plan a campus visit, or to request permission to film or photograph at Rice, please visit our Welcome Center, either online or in person.

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Public Events Calendar

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Time Event
October 02 through November 23 New Installation: Yusuke Asai
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
October 02 through December 04 Exhibition Opening: CALLING PLANET EARTH: The Graphic Cosmos of Sun Ra and El Saturn Records and performance by Loose Assembly
Open to the Public
Speaker: John Corbett, Terri Kapsalis
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
October 22
4:00 PM
Do Human Rights Have a Future?
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Speaker: William F. Schulz
Sponsor: Program in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities
October 22
4:00 PM
Geometry-Analysis Seminar: New Characterizations of Helicoid in a Cylinder
Open to the Public
Speaker: Eunjoo Lee
Sponsor: Mathematics
October 22
7:00 PM
Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture - "Under Construction: Paving the Road to Space Settlement"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Kelli Gerardi
Sponsor: Dean of Natural Sciences
October 22
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Ben Edquist
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 23 through December 05 Hearts, Hands & Heritage: Art, Enterprise & Preservation
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning
October 23
12:00 PM
ECE Scalable Health Seminar Series: Mobile platform for real-time monitoring of surgical blood loss 698/699 eligible
Open to the Public
Speaker: Siddarth Satish
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
October 23
4:00 PM
Current Research in Earth Science - "Slowdown of Southern Ocean convection and Antarctic Bottom Water over the 21st century: global climate and biogeochemical implications”
Open to the Public
Speaker: Irina Marinov
Sponsor: Earth Science
October 23
4:00 PM
Colloquium: Nonnegative Polynomials and Sums of Squares
Open to the Public
Speaker: Greg Blekherman
Sponsor: Mathematics
October 23
4:00 PM
Profiling Recovery: Boundedness and Metaphor in Alcoholic Identity
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jonas Wittke
Sponsor: Linguistics
October 23
4:00 PM
SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING (IF CLEAR)
Open to the Public
Speakers: Patricia Reiff, Christopher Johns-Krull
Sponsor: Physics & Astronomy
October 23
4:00 PM
What Does It Mean to be Human?: Empirical Findings and Social Effects
Open to the Public
Speaker: John Evans
Sponsor: Sociology
October 23
5:00 PM
Strategic Topic Selection Early In One's Professional Career
Open to the Public
Speaker: John Evans
Sponsor: Sociology
October 23
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Rudy Albach
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 23
6:30 PM
Conversations in the Round: Let's Talk About It - Domestic Violence and Spanking: Are They Connected?
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Public Affairs
October 23
7:00 PM
Iraq N' Roll
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Jewish Studies
October 23
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Juyong You
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 24
8:00 AM
Matter and Meaning: Exploring the Religion and Science Dialogue
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Religion and Public Life Program
October 24
2:00 PM
CEVE Seminar Series: Bioinspired Materials: Fabrications and Characterization
Open to the Public
Speaker: Majid Minary
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental Engineering
October 24
2:00 PM
Graduate Seminar Series
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ray Baughman
Sponsor: Materials Science & NanoEngineering
October 24
4:00 PM
Keck Seminar: Damian Young, PhD "Using Diversity-Oriented Synthesis to Drive Biological Discovery"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Damian Young, PhD
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Consortia
October 24
5:30 PM
Class Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Jeanne Kierman
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 24
8:00 PM
SYZYGY, New Music at Rice
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Christopher Janwong McKiggan, Geoffrey Herd, James Dunham, Leah Gastler, Kevin Downs, Max Geissler
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 25
10:00 AM
Children's Halloween Costume Party
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Public Affairs
October 25
1:00 PM
Words & Art Workshop
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
October 25
5:30 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Desmond Hoebig
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 25
8:00 PM
Senior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Ariana Nelson
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 26
8:00 PM
Faculty Recital
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtists: Kathleen Winkler, Norman Fischer, Robert Moeling
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 27
10:00 AM
Superfluorescence from a Two-Dimensional Electron-Hole System: Magnetic Field, Temperature, and Density Dependence
Open to the Public
Speaker: Kankan Cong
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
October 27
3:45 PM
CEVE Specialty Seminar:WAVE PROPAGATION IN STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS
Open to the Public
Speaker: S. Gopalakrishnan
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental Engineering
October 27
4:00 PM
EEB Seminar Series: Resources of hosts provide three major insights into the ecology of infectious disease
Open to the Public
Speaker: Spencer Hall
Sponsor: BioSciences-Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
October 27
4:00 PM
Topology Seminar: Normal systolic growth of linear groups
Open to the Public
Speaker: Khalid Bou-Rabee
Sponsor: Mathematics
October 27
5:30 PM
Doctoral Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Andre Dyachenko
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 27
7:30 PM
Collegium
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 27
8:00 PM
Faculty and Guest Artist Recital
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Frank Huang, Kathleen Winkler, Brinton Averil Smith, Timothy Pitts, Evelyn Chen
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 28
10:00 AM
Linkify: A Web-Based Collaborative Content Tagging System for Machine Learning Algorithms
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dante Soares
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
October 28
1:00 PM
Magnetic nanomaterials for applications in magnetic resonance imaging and cancer stem cell biology
Open to the Public
Speaker: Meghan Jebb
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
October 28
4:00 PM
Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar: To Be Shimuraed
Open to the Public
Speaker: Richard Shadrach
Sponsor: Mathematics
October 28
4:00 PM
Engineering Multicellular Systems from the Ground Up
Open to the Public
Speaker: Matthew R. Bennett, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Bioengineering
October 28
5:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Jon Kimura Parker
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 28
8:00 PM
Faculty and Guest Artist Recital
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Barbara Butler, Charlie Geyer, Robert Atherholt, Benjamin Kamins, She-e Wu, Kyung-A Yoo
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 29
8:00 AM
How Sustainable is the Texas Coast? Are we living in a "state of denial"?
Open to the Public/Registration Required/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Shell Center for Sustainability
October 29
10:00 AM
High fidelity numerical study of nonlinear impact wave propagation: methods, analysis, and applications
Open to the Public
Speaker: Yu Liu
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
October 29
12:00 PM
Special Geometry-Analysis Seminar: Asymptotics of Chebyshev Polynomials for General Subsets of the Real Line
Open to the Public
Speaker: Barry Simon
Sponsor: Mathematics
October 29
12:15 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Leone Buyse
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 29
4:00 PM
The Emerging Research Environment & the Digital Public Library of America
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dan Cohen
Sponsor: Humanities Research Center
October 29
4:00 PM
Geometry-Analysis: Cubic Differentials and Limits of Convex $RP^2$ Strucures under Neck Pinches
Open to the Public
Speaker: John Loftin
Sponsor: Mathematics
October 29
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Sean Gordon
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 29
7:00 PM
Opening Reception - Hearts, Hands & Heritage: Art, Enterprise & Preservation
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning
October 29
7:30 PM
Guest Artist Master Class
Open to the Public
Artist: Claire Chase
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 29
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Kathleen Winkler
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 30
Rice Business Network: StandOut - Know Strengths, No Limits
Open to the Public/Registration Required/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Alumni Relations
October 30
2:00 PM
Microstructure and Interfacial Properties of Aqueous Mixtures
Open to the Public
Speaker: Deepti Ballal
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
October 30
4:00 PM
Current Research in Earth Science - Thursday Seminar Series, "Supercontinents, Episodic Ages and Continental Growth"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Keith C. Condie
Sponsor: Earth Science
October 30
4:00 PM
Colloquium: Tales of Our Forefathers
Open to the Public
Speaker: Barry Simon
Sponsor: Mathematics
October 30
5:30 PM
Poetry Reading: Jericho Brown & David Tomas Martinez
Open to the Public
Sponsor: English
October 30
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Mary Edge
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 30
5:30 PM
Towards a New Theory of Exploitation
Open to the Public
Speaker: Derrick Gray
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
October 31
2:00 PM
Graduate Seminar Series
Open to the Public
Speaker: George John
Sponsor: Materials Science & NanoEngineering
October 31
2:30 PM
Sensitivity of Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds to Variation in Climatological Factors Affected by Drought
Open to the Public
Speaker: Erin Chavez-Figueroa
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
October 31
5:30 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of David Kirk
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
October 31 through November 09 Rice Cinema to host 3rd Annual Mediterranean Film Festival
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
November 01
1:30 PM
Guest Artist Master Class
Open to the Public
Artist: Elizabeth Adkins
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 01
5:30 PM
Junior Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Rhea Chung
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 01
7:30 PM
Shepherd School Opera
The Return of Ulysses

Open to the Public/Admission Charge
ArtistArtists: Richard Bado, Tara Faircloth
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 02
3:00 PM
Faculty and Guest Artist Recital
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtists: David Kirk, Phillip Freeman, Neal Kurz
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 02
4:30 PM
Guest Artist Master Class
Members of the Gewandhaus Orchestra

Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 02
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Jill Valentine
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music