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National Endowment for the Humanities chairman takes part in panel at Rice
At a time when the number of humanities majors nationwide is declining, a Dec. 8 panel at Rice highlighted the growing opportunities for critical engagement among the humanities, medicine and the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The panel featured the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), William Adams. »
What is the story that you have to tell?
Amber Dermont, whose 2012 debut novel, "The Starboard Sea," was hailed by the New York Times as "engrossing," "captivating" and "inspired," began teaching at the university in fall 2013 as an associate professor of English. »
New book by Rice art historian explores artists and World War I
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, one of the deadliest conflicts in history and one that paved the way for major political changes. A new anthology co-edited by Gordon Hughes, the Mellon Assistant Professor of Art History at Rice, and German historian Philipp Blom examines how the physical and psychological devastation of that war altered the course of 20th-century artistic modernism. »
The power of 'fangs, feathers and fins'
A new exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) takes the visitor deep into the spiritual world of the ancient Americas, where animal deities ruled the heavens, Earth and underworld. "Fangs, Feathers and Fins: Sacred Creatures in Ancient American Art" was curated by Chelsea Dacus, an assistant curator at the MFAH who is currently in her first year of pursuing a Ph.D. in art history at Rice. »
Language tables help rice students learn foreign languages beyond the classroom
Learning a foreign language is a must in today's interconnected world. However, acquiring the mechanics of a foreign language - grammar, conjugations and sentence structure - can be daunting to many. At Rice, so-called "language tables" at the residential colleges give students a chance to hone and flex their developing language skills over informal lunches with other students and faculty. »
Summer digs
Travel far and dig deep. That was the special assignment over the summer for a group of five students who are majors in the university's B.A. Program in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations (AMC). »
Ryang named new director of Chao Center for Asian Studies
Noted social anthropologist Sonia Ryang has been appointed the new director of the T.T. and W.F. Chao Center for Asian Studies in the School of Humanities. Hired after an international search, Ryang will also serve as the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Asian Studies. The appointments are effective July 1.  »
Honoring a trailblazer
When Leonora Montgomery earned her doctorate in religious studies from Rice University in 1984, the one thing that may have seemed unusual was her age, 62. Little did she know at the time that she was a trailblazer in her own right. The Indiana-born mother of four had become the first woman to graduate from the Religious Studies Department's Ph.D. program. »
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