Rice’s eleven residential colleges are an important site of undergraduate education. The School of Humanities is present there, through our faculty, our alumni, and our majors and minors. Explore below about:
--Humanities dinners with faculty and recent alumni
--College magisters and resident associates
--Peer academic advisors
Humanities Dinners rotate through the colleges using a regular meeting time (Wednesday, 6-7 p.m.). Students get their dinner, look for our table sign, and join the discussion. At these Humanities Dinners,
Fall 2017 Faculty Speakers
Ian Schimmel, lecturer in creative writing in the Department of English and faculty mentor for R2: The Rice Review, presented "Personalizing Politics: When Fiction Feels more Real than Reality," at Brown College. Drawing upon Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's short story, The Arrangements, Schimmel discussed how fiction writers create realistic effects.
Nicolas Shumway, dean of humanities and professor in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies, appeared to discuss "Why Humanities Students Should Sound Smarter than Everyone Else," at Duncan College.
David Worth, senior lecturer and director of forensics, spoke on "Recognizing Fallacies in Argument," at Sid Richardson College.
Lida Oukaderova, assistant professor in the Department of Art History and director of the Cinema and Media Studies minor, offered "The Face of Film," at McMurty College.
Sayuri Guthrie Shimizu, professor in the Department of History spoke on "Global Baseball," at Weiss College.
Diane Wolfthal, professor in the Department of Art History, gave a presentation "Seeing Sex in Medieval Art," at Will Rice College.
College Magisters and Resident Associates
Humanities faculty are well represented in the ranks of college magisters and residential associates (RA’s) Currently, the following Humanities faculty reside in the colleges:
--Jose Aranda and Krista Comer, both associate professors of English are magisters at Brown College
--Gwen Bradford, assistant professor of philosophy, is resident associate at Will Rice College
--Esther Fernandez, assistant professor of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies, is a resident at Weiss College
--Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history, is magister at Duncan College
--Aysha Pollnitz, assistant professor of history, is resident associate at Baker College
--Ian Schimmel, lecturer in creative writing in the Department of English, is resident associate at Jones College
And see this video of a speech by the then-Wiess college magister, Alexander X. Byrd, associate professor of history, at Commencement 2016.
Staff and Graduate Student Resident Associates
--Laura Richardson is Spatial Humanities project manager fellow with the Humanities Research Center. She earned her Ph.D. in Rice's English Department. She is resident associate at Lovett College.
--Emerson Zora Hamsa is a graduate student earning her Ph.D. in the English Department. She is resident associate at Lovett College.
Peer Academic Advisors
Each of Rice’s residential colleges maintains a team of students who offer academic advising to their student peers.
In 2017-2018, the student director of peer academic advising, coordinating all peer academic advisors, is Susannah Wright, a Classical Studies major. Rice’s Office of Academic Advising maintains a list of current peer academic advisors here.