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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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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

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

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

openSign up for Welcome, an email listing of public events at Rice

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 23 through December 05 Hearts, Hands & Heritage: Art, Enterprise & Preservation
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning
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
12:30 PM
Micromechanical Studies of DNA-protein Interactions and Chromosome Organization
Open to the Public
Speaker: John F. Marko
Sponsor: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
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: Introduction to Shimura varieties
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: Kent 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: Tara Faircloth, Richard Bado
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
November 03
12:15 PM
Freshman Class Recital
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 03
3:00 PM
ECE Seminar Series - Next Generation Wi-Fi: Carlos Cordeiro - 698/699 Eligible
Open to the Public
Speaker: Carlos Cordeiro
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
November 03
4:00 PM
Topology Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Bena Tshishiku
Sponsor: Mathematics
November 03
5:00 PM
Music from Fondren
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Luri Lee, Jaewon Bang, Hezekiah Leung, Jonathan Lo
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 03
5:30 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Yurie Farnsworth
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 03
7:00 PM
Reverend James Lawson "Recovering a Vision of Gandhi and His Meaning for the 21st Century"
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
November 03
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 03
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Alison Lee
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 04
9:00 AM
Nonlinear dynamics in Atomic Force Microscopy for various excitation conditions
Open to the Public
Speaker: Wei Huang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 04
2:00 PM
Nanostructure Investigations of Nonlinear Differential Conductance in NdNiO3 Thin Films
Open to the Public
Speaker: Will Hardy
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 04
4:00 PM
Anecdote and Insurrection: The Poetics of Knowledge and Persuasion in Benjamin and Adorno
Open to the Public
Speaker: Paul Fleming
Sponsor: Humanities Research Center
November 04
4:00 PM
Regenerative Medicine Strategies: Local Cell and Drug Delivery
Open to the Public
Speaker: Molly Shoichet, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Bioengineering
November 04
4:00 PM
Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar: TBA
Open to the Public
Speaker: Daniel Halpern-Leistner
Sponsor: Mathematics
November 04
5:30 PM
AIA Women in Architecture Leadership Panel
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
November 04
5:30 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Zachary Spontak
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 04
6:30 PM
Rice Science Café: "Past, Present and Future of the Higgs boson and the Fate of the Universe"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Paul Padley
Sponsor: Dean of Natural Sciences
November 04
7:30 PM
Senior Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Thomas Sturm
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 04
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Cho-Liang Lin
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 05
9:00 AM
21st Century Learning Series: Teaching Diverse Learners
Open to the Public/Registration Required/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Continuing Studies, Glasscock School of
November 05
12:00 PM
Spectral Theory Brown Bag Seminar: Positive Lyapunov Exponents for Quasiperiodic Schrödinger Operators I
Open to the Public
Speaker: Zhenghe Zhang
Sponsor: Mathematics
November 05
12:15 PM
Class Recital Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Leone Buyse
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 05
2:00 PM
Specters of Genocide: From Mass Graves to Spanish Horror Film
Open to the Public
Speaker: Scott Boehm
Sponsor: Spanish and Portuguese
November 05
4:00 PM
Geometry-Analysis: Spectra of the Weil-Petersson Curvature Operator on Moduli Spaces of Curves
Open to the Public
Speaker: Yunhui Wu
Sponsor: Mathematics
November 05
5:30 PM
Lucia Allais Lecture
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
November 05
7:00 PM
Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians
Open to the Public
Speaker: Hernán Vilchez
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
November 05
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 05
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Robert Roux
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 06
9:00 AM
Seismic Array Study of the Western Mediterranean and the United States Great Plains: Insight into the Modification and Evolution of Continental Lithosphere
Open to the Public
Speaker: Sally Thurner
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 06
2:30 PM
CHBE Seminar Series:
Mega-Supramolecules for Safer, Cleaner Fuel

Open to the Public
Speaker: Dr. Julia Kornfield
Sponsor: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
November 06
4:00 PM
Current Research in Earth Science - Thursday Seminar Series, " Landscapes on the edge: Why the threshold of sediment motion is everything, and defining it is impossible"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Douglas J. Jerolmack
Sponsor: Earth Science
November 06
4:00 PM
Colloquium: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Søren Galatius
Sponsor: Mathematics
November 06
4:00 PM
TBA
Open to the Public
Speaker: Fangfang Li
Sponsor: Linguistics
November 06
7:00 PM
Breaking the Curse of Forgotten Places: The Politics of Criminalizing Communities
Open to the Public
Speaker: Simon Sedillo
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
November 06
8:00 PM
Electric SYZYGY
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtists: Hui Shan Chin, Amanda Galick, Evan Hulbert, Allen Blustine
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 07
10:00 AM
Temperature and Heat Flux Dependence of Thermal Resistance of Water/Metal Nanoparticle Interfaces
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jesus Vera
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 07
10:00 AM
A Spectrum-based Regularization Approach to Linear Inverse Problems: Models, Learned Parameters and Algorithms
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jorge Castanon
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 07
2:00 PM
Graduate Seminar Series
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ghaithan Al-Muntasheri
Sponsor: Materials Science & NanoEngineering
November 07
2:00 PM
Effect of crust-mantle hybridization on melting in the Earth’s shallow upper mantle
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ananya Mallik
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
November 07
4:00 PM
Social Sciences Homecoming Reception
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Dean of Social Sciences
November 07
5:00 PM
102nd Homecoming Reception
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
November 07
5:30 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of James Dunham
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 07
8:00 PM
Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra
Open to the Public
ArtistArtists: Larry Rachleff, Jerry Hou
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 07 through November 09 Rice Homecoming & Reunion 2014
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: University Events
November 08
1:30 PM
Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 08
2:00 PM
International Literature Festival - Houston 2014
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Public Affairs
November 08
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Leah Craft
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 08
8:00 PM
Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra
Open to the Public
Artist: Larry Rachleff
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 08
Friends of Fondren Library Homecoming Hospitality Tent
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Friends of Fondren
November 09
12:30 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Thomas Dougherty
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 09
3:00 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Jorie Butler-Geyer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 09
5:30 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Ivo-Jan van der Werff
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 09
7:30 PM
Guest Artist Chamber Music Master Class
Open to the Public
Speaker: Nicholas Mann
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
November 09
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Gina Alice Ford
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music