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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

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

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

Time Event
January 22 through February 19 [Hyphen] Americans - Exhibition by Keliy Anderson-Staley
Open to the Public
Speaker: Keliy Anderson-Staley
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
February 03
12:00 PM
Spectral Theory Brown Bag Seminar: Almost-periodicity in Time of Solutions of the Toda Flow III
Open to the Public
Speaker: Tom VandenBoom
Sponsor: Mathematics
February 03
4:00 PM
Dynamics in a Broad Scale: Bioinspired Molecular Electrets, Microfluidics and Biosensing
Open to the Public
Speaker: Val Vullev, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Chemistry
February 03
4:00 PM
Geometry and Analysis seminar: Cusp formation for a nonlocal active scalar equation
Open to the Public
Speaker: Vu Hoang
Sponsor: Mathematics
February 03
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Rebecca Tobin
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 03
6:30 PM
After the Paris Attacks: The Challenge of the Islamic State
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Sponsor: James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
February 03
8:00 PM
Faculty Recital: Schumanniade
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Desmond Hoebig, William VerMeulen, Barbara Paver, Jeanne Kierman Fischer, Jon Kimura Parker, Cho-Liang Lin, James Dunham, Norman Fischer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 04
4:00 PM
Graduate Colloquium Lecture: Suzanna Danuta Walters: "The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Suzanna Danuta Walters
Sponsor: Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
February 04
4:00 PM
ECE Seminar Series: Computational Imaging and Illumination for Three Dimensional Imaging: Research at the NU Comp Photo Lab (698/699)
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ollie Cossairt
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
February 04
4:00 PM
Subjective Decision Making by Machines: When Algorithms Watch, Judge and Nudge Us
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Speaker: Zeynep Tufekci
Sponsor: Humanities Research Center
February 04
4:00 PM
Colloquium: Pseudo-Anosov homeomorphisms and homology
Open to the Public
Speaker: Chris Leininger
Sponsor: Mathematics
February 04
5:00 PM
Opening Reception: Thorsten Brinkmann "New Installation"
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
February 04
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Renaud Boucher-Browning
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 04
8:00 PM
Marimba Concert
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Richard Brown
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 04 through May 15 Thorsten Brinkmann: New Installation
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
February 05
12:00 PM
Gallery Talk and Luncheon: Thorsten Brinkmann "New Installation"
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
February 05
2:00 PM
CEVE Seminar Series: Global Challenges with Innovation of Water Treatment
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jonathan Clement
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental Engineering
February 05
2:30 PM
CHBE Seminar Series:
Reactive Surfaces and Interfaces Utilizing 2-Vinyl-4,4-Dimethylazlactone (VDMA)

Open to the Public
Speaker: Bradley Lokitz
Sponsor: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
February 05
4:00 PM
Keck Seminar, Alexander Bukreyev, UT Medical Branch at Galveston
Open to the Public
Speaker: Alexander Bukreyev
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Consortia
February 05
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Catherine Chen
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 05 through February 06 Rice Cinema to co-host the Iranian Film Festival, 2016
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
February 05
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: John Romero
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 05 through February 06 Atlantic Environments and the American South
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Sponsor: History
February 06
5:00 AM
CAMPUS OBSERVATORY OPEN HOUSE
Open to the Public
Speaker: Patricia H Reiff
Sponsor: Rice Space Institute
February 06
8:30 AM
Third Annual Houston High School Ethics Bowl
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Philosophy
February 06
5:30 PM
Class Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Paula Page
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 06
8:00 PM
Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra
Open to the Public
Artist: Larry Rachleff
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 07
3:00 PM
Doctoral Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Boson Mo
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 07
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: June Kim
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 08
12:00 PM
Lunch & Learn: Emmanuel Navon
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Jewish Studies
February 08
4:00 PM
Predictive Structure-based Guidelines for Identifying Optimal Protein PEGylation Sites
Open to the Public
Speaker: Joshua L. Price, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Chemistry
February 08
5:30 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Laura Casarez
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 08
7:30 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Kenneth Cowan
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 08
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Kenneth Goldsmith
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 09
10:30 AM
Low Reynolds Number Gaseous Mixing with Applications to Carbon Nanotube Production
Open to the Public
Speaker: Matthew Roode
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
February 09
4:00 PM
Bioengineering Colloquia: Nanoscale Construction and Imaging with DNA
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dr. Peng Yin
Sponsor: Bioengineering
February 09
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Lucinda Chiu
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 09
6:30 PM
Enfleshing Love: Another Reading of Toni Morrison's Beloved
Open to the Public
Speaker: M. Shawn Copeland
Sponsor: Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning
February 09
7:30 PM
Fauré Quartett
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 09
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Meghan Kasanders
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 10
12:00 PM
Junior Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: August Ramos
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 10
12:00 PM
Guest Artist Master Class
Open to the Public
Artist: David Ross
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 10
4:00 PM
Metal-Organic Frameworks for Energy Applications
Open to the Public
Speaker: Joseph T. Hupp
Sponsor: Chemistry
February 10
4:00 PM
Geometry-Analysis Seminar: Time Almost-Periodicity of Solutions of the Toda Flow
Open to the Public
Speaker: Tom VandemBoom
Sponsor: Mathematics
February 10
5:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Natalie Fritz
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 10
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Leah Craft
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 10
6:00 PM
RSA/RDA Lecture: Christoph Girot
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
February 10
6:00 PM
Beyond Exceptionalism: Institution Building and Political Organization in Early Independence Lebanon with Ziad Abu Rish
Open to the Public
Sponsor: History
February 10
6:30 PM
Campaign 2016: Analyzing Where the Candidates Stand on the Issues (International Affairs)
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Sponsor: James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
February 10
7:30 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Natalie Fritz
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 10
8:00 PM
Chamber Music for Winds
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 11
8:00 AM
The Rule of Law and Mexico's Energy Reform
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Sponsor: James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
February 11
4:00 PM
Neuroengineering Seminar Series: Using Neural Codes to Develop New Kinds of Prosthetic Devices, Sheila Nirenberg
Open to the Public
Speaker: Sheila Nirenberg
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
February 11 through February 12 13th Annual GCC Conference on Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Training Program
February 11
4:00 PM
Colloquium: Minimal Energy and Maximal Polarization
Open to the Public
Speaker: Edward Staff
Sponsor: Mathematics
February 11
4:00 PM
Feudal Remnants and the Idea of Class in Japan with Louise Young
Open to the Public
Sponsor: History
February 11
4:00 PM
Operations Policy for Google Maps [why rules rule!]
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Speaker: Genevieve Schaad
Sponsor: Humanities Research Center
February 11
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Tonya Burton
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 11
7:30 PM
Artist Diploma Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Naomi Hoffmeyer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 11
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Kathleen Winkler
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 12
9:00 AM
Graduate English Fellows Lecture Series
Open to the Public
Sponsor: English
February 12
11:30 AM
Microbial Fuel Cells under Extreme Salinity
Open to the Public
Speaker: Oihane Monzon
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
February 12
12:00 PM
Josh Decter in conversation with Rick Lowe - An Arts in the Humanities Lecture Series, 2016
Open to the Public
Speakers: Joshua Decter, Rick Lowe
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
February 12
12:00 PM
"Judeo-Christian Morality": Reflections on a Modern Concept in Euro-America with Joel Sebban
Open to the Public
Speaker: Joel Sebban
Sponsor: History
February 12
12:00 PM
Google Geo Crowd-Sourcing
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Speaker: Genevieve Schaad
Sponsor: Humanities Research Center
February 12 through February 13 Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender
Open to the Public
Speaker: David J. Getsy
Sponsor: Art History
February 12
4:00 PM
Louise Young: Rethinking Empire in the Twentieth Century: Lessons from Imperial and Post-Imperial Japan
Open to the Public
Speaker: Louise Young
Sponsor: Chao Center for Asian Studies
February 12
4:00 PM
Keck Seminar, Catherine Carr, University of Maryland, College Park, Listening With Two Ears
Open to the Public
Speaker: Catherine Carr
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Consortia
February 12
5:30 PM
Doctoral Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Richard Marshall
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 12
8:00 PM
Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra
Open to the Public
ArtistArtists: Jerry Hou, Larry Rachleff
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 12 through February 13 Rice Theatre to perform EURYDICE
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
February 13
8:00 AM
Classroom Connect 2016
Open to the Public / Registration Required / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Alumni Affairs
February 13
12:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Hannah Hammel
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 13
3:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Ivo-Jan van der Werff
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 13
7:00 PM
Sharing the Spotlight
Open to the Public
Speaker/Artists: Alexandra Smither, Richie Hawley, Brian Connelly, Geoffrey Hahn
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 14
12:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Katherine Hart
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 14
3:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Thomas Jaber
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 14
3:00 PM
Rice Theatre to Perform EURYDICE
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
February 14
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Joanna Latini
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 14
6:00 PM
Campanile Orchestra
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Jerry Hou, Nathan Watts, Jebat Kee, Jorie Butler-Geyer, Mary Box-Brabant, Mark Teplitsky
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 14
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of James Dunham
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music