Please join the Houston Seminar to celebrate Rice University’s centennial and wish it a happy 100th birthday. We will hear four stimulating lectures and enjoy a campus tour. On these five occasions, well-known historians who know the university intimately will discuss its visionary leaders, its origins and founding, the 100 years during which it has educated thousands of students, and its beautiful campus and well-designed, carefully sited buildings and art.
Wednesday, October 3: Kate S. Kirkland will speak on Captain James A. Baker, the first chairman of the Rice board of trustees and the so-called savior of Rice Institute. She will discuss Baker’s influence on the institute’s origins, founding, and early years. Ms. Kirkland will also touch on Captain Baker’s role among the leaders of Houston, his career as businessman, banker, and lawyer, and their effects on Rice. She is the author of Captain James A. Baker of Houston, 1857–1941 (Texas A&M University Press, 2012), published in conjunction with the university’s centennial, and The Hogg Family and Houston: Philanthropy and the Civic Ideal (University of Texas Press, 2009). Ms. Kirkland holds a Ph.D. in history from Rice.
Thursday, October 18: John B. Boles will discuss Edgar Odell Lovett, the first president of Rice Institute, his vision for the institute, and his presidency, 1908–1946. Mr. Boles is the William Pettus Hobby Professor of American History at Rice, editor of the Journal of Southern History, and the author of University Builder: Edgar Odell Lovett and the Founding of the Rice Institute (Louisiana State University Press, 2007; paperback, updated edition, 2012), published in conjunction with the university’s centennial.
Wednesday, October 24: Melissa F. Kean will delve into the more recent history of Rice and the many changes between the end of World War II and the present. During the 1960s the Rice charter was amended, which resulted in racial desegregation, charging tuition for the first time, and changing the name from Institute to University. Ms. Kean will also discuss more recent developments in governance, administration, and student life. She is Rice’s Centennial Historian and the author of Desegregating Private Higher Education in the South: Duke, Emory, Rice, Tulane, and Vanderbilt (Louisiana State University Press, 2008). Ms. Kean holds a Ph.D. in history from Rice.
Wednesday, October 31: Stephen Fox will present an illustrated architectural history of the Rice campus. He is the author of Rice University: An Architectural Tour (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001), fellow of the Anchorage Foundation of Texas, and lecturer in Rice’s School of Architecture.
Saturday, November 3: Stephen Fox will lead an intensive, fast-paced, two-hour walking tour of the Rice University campus.