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Ostherr and Koski debut medical humanities film

The 2017 International Health Humanities Consortium conference was held in the Texas Medical Center, where scholars from around the world came to share their research under the theme "Diversity, Cultures, and Health Humanities."

Medical Humanities

Alt-Ac Networking Series: Meetup #1

This semester, the HRC has partnered with the Rice Humanities Graduate Student Association (HGSA) to network Rice graduate students with Houston-area NTT and non-academic professionals with Ph.D.'s.


Practica (Spring '16) Students Featured in Fondren Newsletter

The HRC's practica program enables Rice undergraduates to conduct humanities research in local cultural and medical institutions, and to couple this research with hands-on work that materially benefits the sponsoring institution. In our pilot semester, Spring 2016, two students worked at the Woodson Research Center, at Rice's Fondren Library, to explore projects in cultural heritage and the medical humanities.

Cultural Heritage, Medical Humanities

HRC Alt-Ac Fellows at the MFAH and the TMC McGovern Historical Center

As part of our Mellon-funded Public Humanities initiative at Rice, the HRC promotes alt-ac programming and development for advanced graduate students. The HRC competitively funds two sixth-year Ph. D. students annually, (applications due soon!) to work with local institutions as they complete their degree. This helps graduate students make professional connections in the area while developing their scholarship in a publicly-oriented direction.

Cultural Heritage, Medical Humanities

Cultural Heritage Practica: 2 Installations, Fall 2016

Reagan and Edna debuting their installations

Cultural Heritage

The Cultural Heritage initiative kicks off its fall semester Civic Humanist Program!

The Civic Humanist Program kicked off its 2016 Cultural Heritage fall initiative, which proved to be an exciting semester of learning and insights for everyone involved. Fellow Mark DeYoung, a PhD student in the Department of Religion, teamed up with local Houston artist Robert Hodge to give a series of five events for Houston high school student groups, including: three dynamic field trips at Rice University campus and two lectures at Yates High School and the High School for Performing & Visual Arts (PVA) respectively. 

Civic Humanists Program, Cultural Heritage

Civic Humanist Program launches Medical Humanities event series

The Civic Humanist Program launched a successful 2016 Medical Humanities event series this fall, hosting three field trips for local Houston high schools at Rice and one lecture at Sharpstown High School.

Civic Humanists Program, Medical Humanities

Publication: Student Essays from Marcia Brennan's Humanities of Care (RELI/HURC 361)

Marcia Brennan's Humanities of Care and End of Life (RELI/HURC 361) participates in Rice's new Medical Humanities minor. The course pairs the perspectives of medicine, bioethics, and the medical humanities with thematic case studies in art, literature, cinema, and visual culture. Dr. Brennan's students' final essays for the course have been published in an in-house collection.

Medical Humanities

Video: Melissa Bailar presents “Variations on G[e]orges P[e]r[e]c’s Lipogram" at Écritures déliées, 2016, Rouen

Melissa Bailar, Associate Director of the HRC, presents a paper on Georges Perec's La Disparition (1969). Perec's lipogramatic novel, famously written without the use of the letter "e," provides the formal inspiration for Dr. Bailar's experimental paper, which constrains itself in the same way.

Cultural Heritage

Civic Humanists welcome DeBakey High School for Health Professions to Rice Campus!

On November 16, HRC team members welcomed DeBakey High School to Rice for the school's first ever Civic Humanist field trip to campus. The theme of the event was on the Medical Humanities, where we explored the history of Houston's medical practices, and how laboratory methods and specialized medical knowledge circulate in contemporary culture and have impact on the  human community.  

Civic Humanists Program