HRC and Faculty Council News

The Humanities Research Center, in partnership with universities in Ireland, Estonia, South Africa and Australia, received an award from the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes as part of its Global Humanities Institutes. Joseph Campana, the William Shakespeare Professor of English, director of the Center for Environmental Studies and a member of the HRC’s Faculty Council, is co-principal investigator of the project, “Post-extractivist legacies and landscapes: Humanities, artistic and activist responses.”

The School of Humanities, under the rubric of the HRC’s Civic Humanist Program, hosted a daylong visit for high schoolers from the International School of the Americas in San Antonio, co-organized by Fay Yarbrough ’97, professor of history, associate dean for undergraduate programs and special projects in the School of Humanities, and a HRC Faculty Council member. The group of 117 students, in the company of several teachers, visited Rice to learn about our liberal arts undergraduate education. They were most interested in our robust offerings in Environmental Studies.

Rice’s Diluvial Houston Initiative is a project of the Humanities Research Center funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and under the leadership of Joseph Campana, the William Shakespeare Professor of English and director of the Center for Environmental Studies; Farès el-Dahdah, professor of art history; and Melissa Bailar, director of grants and initiatives in the Humanities Research Center and associate director of the Medical Humanities Program. It brought leading environmental artists and activists together on campus for a four-day workshop as part of a new arts incubator. The workshop coincided with the Rice-hosted Society of Environmental Journalists conference.