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Spring 2021 - News from Fondren Available Now

Fondren Library Undergraduate Creative Writing Prize Winners' Reading

Congratulations to Jenny Li-Wang, Shreyas Karki and Sophia Peng, the winners of the fifth annual Fondren Library Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards!

Please join us for a Prize Winners’ Reading on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM, via Zoom. Students will read their recognized works! To attend the reading, register at https://tinyurl.com/fondrenwinners.

Winners of the fifth annual Fondren Library Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards

Congratulations to Jenny Li-Wang, Shreyas Karki and Sophia Peng, the winners of the fifth annual Fondren Library Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards!

Please join us for a Prize Winners’ Reading on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM, via Zoom. Students will read their recognized works! To attend the reading, register at https://tinyurl.com/fondrenwinners.

Each winner will receive a $1000 prize sponsored by Fondren Library’s Hobby Family Fund.

 

The Max Apple Prize in Nonfiction is awarded to Jenny Li-Wang, with “In Praise of Unresolved Emotion.” Matthew Salesses writes, “It's a complex look at emotion told with clear-eyed critical understanding. An essay that takes on big questions and makes the ever-urgent case that emotion is intelligent.”

 

The Larry McMurtry Prize in Fiction is awarded to Shreyas Karki, with “To Eat a Sunflower.” Matthew Salesses writes, “This story is about a murderer being killed by the same toxic masculinity that fuels his rage. The prose shimmers with energy and fear, as it explores how violence directed at the self cannot be contained.”

 

The Susan Wood Prize in Poetry is awarded to Sophia Peng with her poem, “yiyang, hunan.” Carrie Fountain writes, “What I most admire about ‘yiyang, hunan’—and there is so much here to admire--is the way the syntax unwinds so skillfully it feels effortless and the way the poem accrues power by way of specific and surprising imagery. This poet knows how to end a poem, and because this poem is in sections, we get to experience that skill again and again. The place we get to in the end is far from where we begin. It's such a pleasure to take this poem's journey that I read again and again, each time finding something new to praise.”

Fondren Library Presents Earth Week

Join us for events all week long celebrating Earth Week

Fondren Library Presents Earth Week

Getting Ready for Extreme Weather: Community Preparedness for Climate Disasters

Please join us to discuss how to prepare and respond to extreme weather events, primarily hurricanes, flooding, extreme heat and extreme cold. Jim Blackburn, co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, will join us to talk about Houston and flooding.

As the climate changes, extreme weather events will become more common, making preparation key to responding to these emergencies. In 2020, Rice University’s Fondren Library became a designated Communities Respond to Extreme Weather (CREW) Climate Resilience Hub for the Houston area.  Hubs like Fondren equip community members with the tools needed to help stay safe during extreme weather.  Please join us for this timely discussion, during which we will share information, resources and tips so you can be prepared when the next weather emergency strikes.

This event is made possible through the American Library Association “Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change” pilot grant program that Rice University’s Fondren Library won last fall.

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Virtual Discussion: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change

Join us on April 1 at 7 pm for an exciting virtual panel discussion about the documentary “Fire & Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change.” The panel will feature Vanessa Raditz, director of the documentary; Kennedy Loftin, chief development officer at the Montrose Center; and Rice anthropology graduate student Kristin Gupta.

How to watch: Fondren Library will provide registrants information to watch the film in advance.

Register Online

Panelists

Vanessa Raditz , director

Vanessa Ratiz (they/them) is a queer cultural geographer, educator, and culture-shifter dedicated to community healing, opening access to land and resources, and fostering a thriving local economy based on human and ecological resilience. Vanessa is currently the director of the collaborative documentary film Fire & Flood: Queer Resilience in the era of Climate Change, rooted in their lived experience of the 2017 fires in Northern California and relationships with queer and trans folks in Puerto Rico. Vanessa received their Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley, and currently studies in the Geography PhD program at University of Georgia. Vanessa is part of the founding collective of the Queer Ecojustice Project, educating and organizing at the intersection of ecological justice and queer liberation.

Kennedy Loftin, chief development officer, Montrose Center

Kennedy Loftin was born in Houston, grew up in East Texas, and after experiencing housing insecurity following coming out to his family decided to channel his activism into nonprofit development impacting underserved communities. Kennedy began his career at Best Buddies Texas, an organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities, and became the Director of Special Events for Miami-based Best Buddies International. In 2006, Kennedy returned home to Houston to serve as executive director for Best Buddies Texas, and was the youngest executive director in the history of the organization. Kennedy became the Chief Development Officer for Interfaith Ministries in 2008. During his tenure, he led a $15 million capital campaign for the new Interfaith Conference Center and for the construction of the Meals on Wheels building which serves 4,500 seniors daily.
Kennedy now works at his dream job as Chief Development Officer at the Montrose Center, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ resource centers and leads the $26M campaign that broke ground on the first affordable and second-largest, LGBTQ affirming senior housing center in the South. In response to Hurricane Harvey, Kennedy launched the LGBTQ Hurricane Harvey Relief fund which raised $2.3 million to help the LGBTQ+ community recover from the disaster. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Center launched a fund that has currently raised $2.1 million in funds focused on providing direct financial assistance to vulnerable members of the LGBTQ+ community. Kennedy is a founding member of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, has served on several boards, and is a sought-after development educator and leader in the industry, with guest teaching at Rice University, Glasscock School Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and the University of Houston.   

Kristin Gupta, Rice anthropology graduate student

Kristin Gupta is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Her dissertation research focuses on shifting notions of life, death, and decay in American culture through her fieldwork with end-of-life doulas and alternative funeral directors in Seattle, Washington. She is a Contributing Editor with the Society of Cultural Anthropology and the graduate representative for the Association for Queer Anthropology.

 

Fire Flood Poster

Climate Resilience Hub

Fondren Library is a Climate Resilience Hub

In 2020, Rice University’s Fondren Library became a designated Communities Respond to Extreme Weather (CREW) Climate Resilience Hub for the Houston area.  Hubs like Fondren equip community members with the tools needed to help stay safe during extreme weather. 

Library Hours and Virtual Hours - Spring 2021

Spring 2021 Rice ID Holders Hours - Please check the holiday hours calendar below for exceptions.

 
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