School of Humanities Dinners
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 withf aculty and recent alumni,
--College masters 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 2016, 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.” 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.”
College Masters and Resident Associates
Humanities faculty are well represented in the ranks of college masters 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 masters at Brown College,
--Gwen Bradford, assistant professor of philosophy, is resident associate at Will Rice College,
--Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history, is master 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 master, Alexander X. Byrd, associate professor of history, at Commencement 2016.
Peer Academic Advisors
Each of Rice’s residential colleges maintains a team of students who offer academic advising to their student peers.
In 2016-2017, the student director of peer academic advising, coordinating all peer academic advisors, is Sydney Vigran, a history and political science double major. Rice’s Office of Academic Advising maintains a list of current peer academic advisors here.