HRC Events Calendar

  • Humanities Research Center

    Speaker: Keith Sawyer
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    7:00 PM


    Shepherd School | Stude Concert Hall
    Rice University
    6100 Main St
    Houston,Texas,USA


    Please complete your registration. All lectures are free and open to the public but sitting is limited. This presentation is part of the Creativity Up Close Lecture Series.
  • Humanities Research Center

    Speaker: Alen Carroll
    Thursday, March 2, 2017
    4:00 PM to 5:00 PM


    115 Humanities Building
    Rice University
    6100 Main St
    Houston,Texas,USA


    The early days of the digital revolution saw the conversion of analog city maps to multi-layered digital geodatabases which, powered by geographic information systems (GIS), enabled cadres of networked professionals to manage urban infrastructures. A new revolution is distributing urban data to vastly wider audiences, enabling citizens as active mappers, expanding the language of urban discourse, and making possible a new urban nervous system. Two related phenomena are fueling this revolution: Story Maps enable GIS professionals to interpret their data for non-specialists and empower non-specialists to use maps to tell stories. An open data movement is evolving into “Hubs”, where “smart cities” not only emancipate their data but encourage and support a sprawling neural network of developers, entrepreneurs, community activists, and citizens. Please complete your registration. All lectures are free and open to the public but sitting is limited.
  • Humanities Research Center

    Speaker: Tacey Rosolowski, PhD
    Thursday, March 2, 2017
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


    Room 119 Humanities Building
    Rice University
    6100 Main St
    Houston,Texas,USA



  • Humanities Research Center

    Speaker: Linda Nash
    Monday, March 6, 2017
    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM


    Room 119 Humanities Building
    Rice University
    6100 Main St
    Houston,Texas,USA


    This talk is presented in conjunction with the Mellon Seminar, "Environment, Culture, Limits: Thinking through the Long Anthropocene in the United States".
  • Humanities Research Center

    Speaker: Saskia Sassen
    Thursday, March 9, 2017
    4:00 PM to 5:00 PM


    115 Humanities Building
    Rice University
    6100 Main St
    Houston,Texas,USA


    This presentation engages some of the commonly used markers to identify the city and its transformations. I argue that the familiar terms of gentrification and density are not quite useful in capturing what is happening today in a growing number of cities worldwide. To take just this past year, from mid-2014 to mid 2015, over a trillion US dollars was invested in buying (not building) properties in 100 major cities across the world; these numbers include only properties priced at over $5million and exclude investments in urban development/new construction. Gentrification does not quite capture this new phase, nor does it quite capture the fact that, for example, the Qatari Royals now own more of central London than does the British Queen. Nor does density quite work today as the identifier of cities it once was. The massive corporate buying and build up of pieces of our cities threatens the urbanity of a city: a vast concentration of high-rise buildings used to be a strong marker of a city. But today it may actually be signaling a vast privately controlled megaproject in the heart of a city. Thus density of this sort may actually have the effect of de-urbanizing cities even as it raises their density. Density by itself is no longer a good indicator of urbanity. The corporate buying of vast stretches of city centers along with the expanded footprint of privately controlled mega projects brings with it a de-urbanizing of the center of these cities. My concern is not with the issue of foreign versus national investments, nor is it with high-rise buildings per se, including a significant concentration of them. It is with something I call “cityness.” And one key element of cityness is precisely the sense that nobody can own it, that no matter hos much private ownership of buildings and housing, the city is a complex but open system. The city as cityness belongs to all and to no one. In that sense then also, a second key marker for cityness in my work is that the city is a place where even those without power get to make a history, an economy, a culture.
  • Humanities Research Center

    Speaker: Tacey Rosolowski, PhD
    Thursday, March 9, 2017
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


    Room 119 Humanities Building
    Rice University
    6100 Main St
    Houston,Texas,USA



  • Humanities Research Center

    Speaker: Matthew Taylor
    Monday, March 20, 2017
    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM


    Room 119 Humanities Building
    Rice University
    6100 Main St
    Houston,Texas,USA


    This talk is presented in conjunction with the Mellon Graduate Seminar, "Environment, Culture, Limits: Thinking through the Long Anthropocene in the United States".
  • Humanities Research Center

    Speaker: Colson Whitehead
    Tuesday, March 21, 2017
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


    St. Paul's United Methodist Church
    5501 Main St
    Houston,Texas



  • Humanities Research Center

    Speaker: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    Tuesday, March 21, 2017
    7:00 PM to 8:00 PM


    Shepherd School | Stude Concert Hall
    Rice University
    6100 Main St
    Houston,Texas,USA


    Please complete your registration. All lectures are free and open to the public but sitting is limited. This presentation is part of the Creativity Up Close Lecture Series.