Another fine day at Rice with Scarborough High School and the HRC's Civic Humanist Program

On a beautiful sunny autumn day, a cohort of students from Scarborough High School came to Rice for the HRC’s sixth Civic Humanists field trip of the 2015 fall semester at Rice.  It was a wonderful occasion for Scarborough students and HRC fellows alike!  The trip started off with a warm welcome fom Amanda Focke to Fondren Library, followed by another informative and stimulating talk by HRC Fellow Jessica Davenport and local artist Whitney Sparks in Fondren’s Collaboration Space.

*Jessica Davenport commenting on the Intersections exhibit at Rice's Art Gallery

Students proceeded to an art tour guided by Whiteny and Jessica to see some of Rice’s beautiful public pieces. This included a visit to Jaume Plensa’s ‘Mirror’ sculpture and James Turrell's Twilight Epiphany skyspace. Click here to view information on this amazing skyspace. Students also got to experience the Anila Quayyum Agha Intersections exhibit at Rice’s Art Gallery, an installation reflecting the artist's own exploration and struggle with her identity and religious and cultural background of “her childhood in Lahore, Pakistan where culture dictated that women were excluded from the mosque, a place of creativity and community, and instead prayed at home.”  Click here to read about Intersections.


Students wrapped up their field trip with some lunch and got into groups to work on a creative writing assignment.  You can view some of these here.   Rice undergraduate Hai-Uyen Nguyen along with HRC Fellow Mark Schmanko were also in attendance for this awesome field trip experience.

*HRC Fellow Mark Schmanko (foreground) and Rice undergraduate Hai-Uyen Nguyen (background) causing a bit of 'selfie mischief' during Scarborough's student tour of the Intersections exhibit