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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Pinn
Photo by David M. Russell

NEW DATE - JUNE 15

Meet the Author presented by Friends of Fondren Library and the Association of Rice Alumni

In this fifth program of the Meet the Author, Anthony B. Pinn will discuss his book “Humanism: Essays on Race, Religion and
Popular Culture."

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
6 p.m. Book Review, 7 p.m. Reception

Fondren Library, Kyle Morrow Room, 3rd Floor

Event Liaison - John Stallcup

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pinn is the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, Professor of Religion, and founding director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) at Rice University.
 
ABOUT THE BOOK: Who are the "Nones"? What does humanism say about race, religion and popular culture? How do race, religion and popular culture inform and affect humanism? The demographics of the United States are changing, marked most profoundly by the religiously unaffiliated, or what we have to come to call the "Nones". Spread across generations in the United States, this group encompasses a wide range of philosophical and ideological perspectives, from some in line with various forms of theism to those who are atheistic, and all sorts of combinations in between. Similar changes to demographics are taking place in Europe and elsewhere.
Humanism: Essays on Race, Religion and Popular Culture provides a much-needed humanities-based analysis and description of humanism in relation to these cultural markers. Whereas most existing analysis attempts to explain humanism through the natural and social sciences (the "what" of life), Anthony B. Pinn explores humanism in relation to "how" life is arranged, socialized, ritualized, and framed. This ground-breaking publication brings together old and new essays on a wide range of topics and themes, from the African-American experience, to the development of humanist churches, and the lyrics of Jay Z.
 
 
2016-17 EVENTS EVENTS FOR FALL AND SPRING 2016-17 WILL BE POSTED OVER THE SUMMER MONTHS. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.

Weaver

Friends of Fondren Library - Annual Meeting & Membership Kick-Off Dinner

The 2016 Friends of Fondren Library Annual Meeting and Membership Kick-Off will feature Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Director of Rice University's new Moody Center for the Arts. The Center's new $30 million, 50,000-square-foot building scheduled to open in January 2017. The Moody Center for the Arts is envisioned to be an interdisciplinary center with space for arts education, performances, gallery exhibitions, material fabrication and digital media art production, as well as a site for collaborations with local and international arts institutions. Weaver, an art historian and former director of affiliates for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, received her undergraduate degree from Princeton, attended graduate school at Yale and Williams, where she earned her Master of Arts degree, and received her Ph.D. in art history from City University in New York.

August 25, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Cohen House

Event Chairs - Catherine and Brian James

Brinkley

The Books That Shaped My World with Doug Brinkley

Brinkley, who is a professor of history at Rice University and a fellow in history at Rice’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is a prolific writer who is perhaps best known as the author of four biographies, “Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years” (1992), “Driven Patriot: The Life and Times of James Forrestal,” with Townsend Hoopes (1992), “The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Journey Beyond the White House” (1998) and “Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company and a Century of Progress” (2003), as well as the best-selling histories “The Boys of Pointe du Hoc; Ronald Reagan, D-Day and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion” (2005), “Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War” (2004) and “Parish Priest: Father McGivney and American Catholicism” (2006).

Brinkley’s “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast” (2006) won the prestigious 2007 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He edited “The Reagan Diaries,” which was released in 2007. And last year’s “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America” chronicles how the 26th president transformed his interest in the outdoors into edicts that preserved such sites as the Grand Canyon, Devil’s Tower and the Petrified Forest.

 
September 28, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library
 

Event Chairs - Katherine Cabaniss and Jeff Ross

Books

Families Weekend - Fondren Library Tours

Bring your family and join us for a tour of Fondren Library, led by Fondren librarians. See the study rooms, reading rooms, Digital Media Center, Geographical Information Systems/Data Center, and other resources available to your student. Tours are led by Fondren Library librarians. Cookies and bottled water are provided!

Friday, October 14, 2016
9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Fondren Library, 1st Floor

Event Chairs - Stephen Wallace and Martiel Luther

Reading Room

Homecoming Weekend - Fondren Library Tours

Come see the new technologies and spaces available to Rice students at the Fondren Library. Take a tour with a Rice University librarian and see the new Digital Media Commons, the Geographical Information Systems/Data Center, the newly remodeled reading room on the first floor and study rooms - and much, much more!

Friday, October 21, 2016
9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Fondren Library, 1st Floor

Event Chairs - Stephen Wallace and Martiel Luther

Homecoming & Alumni Reunion Hospitality Tent

Join us as we cheer on the Rice Owls against Prairie View A&M. Before the game, come by the Friends of Fondren Library Hospitality Tent for conversation, coffee or lemonade and cookies.

October 22, 2016, (game time to be announced at a later date)
Rice Stadium

Event Chair - Barbara Gibbs

 

Meet the Author presented by Friends of Fondren Library and the Association of Rice Alumni

November, 2016

More information about the speaker and date will be posted at a later date.

Event Chair - Michelle Cash

Stein

The Books That Shaped My World with Professor Robert Stein

Professor Stein is an expert on urban politics and public policy. He is co-author of Perpetuating the Pork Barrel: Policy Subsystems and American Democracy (1995, Cambridge University Press), and author of Urban Alternatives: Public and Private Markets in the Provision of Local Services (1990, Pittsburgh Press). His work has also appeared in a wide range of scholarly journals. Dr. Stein’s current research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and examines the impact of the federal aid system on the electoral trajectories of office holders at both the subnational and congressional levels. Other research examines collective action among metropolitan area governments and voting behavior.
 
February 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library
 

Event Chairs - Katherine Cabaniss and Jeff Ross

2017 Friends of Fondren Library Gala Honoring the Linda and D. Kent Anderson Family

Please join us in honoring the Linda and D. Kent Anderson Family for their many contributions to Fondren Library and to Rice University.
 
Thursday, March 2, 2017
7 p.m.

River Oaks Country Club
Blacktie
 
Underwriting Opportunities
Fondren Circle (table of 10) - $15,000
Benefactor (table of 10) - $10,000
Sponsor (table of 10) - $5,000
Patron (table of 10) - $3,000
 
Individual Tickets
$1,000, $500, $300
 
The fair market value for tables of 10 is $1250 and $125 for individual ticket purchases.
 
Event Chair - Liz Howard Crowell
 

Reception to Honor Rice Authors, Editors, Artists & Composers

This annual event sponsored by the Friends of Fondren Library honors Rice faculty, staff, alumni and members of the Friends of Fondren Library who authored a book, edited a journal, composed a major musical work or mounted a one-person art show in calendar year 2016. A panel discussion with selected honorees and a question and answer session will follow the presentation. A list of honorees and their published works for 2016 will be available at the event. For more information, please go to:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

5:30 p.m.
Rice Memorial Center, Farnsworth Pavilion

Guests welcome

Event Chairs - Bess Wareing and Claude Wynn

For a list of 2016 honorees and their accomplishments, click here.

 

Meet the Author presented by Friends of Fondren Library and the Association of Rice Alumni

April, 2017

More information about the speaker and date will be posted at a later date.

Event Chair - Michelle Cash