The Rice Seminars are designed to promote humanistic research, broadly understood. They bring together a select group of Rice faculty members, visiting scholars, and Rice graduate students to study a common theme from several disciplinary perspectives. The most visible goal of the seminar is a scholarly publication to which all participants will contribute. Equally important but less visible is the creation of international and interdisciplinary scholarly communities that will outlive the seminar itself. The topic of the Rice Seminars changes each year.
Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Research Seminars
These two-semester weekly seminars promote research at the highest level of collaboration between faculty and graduate students. Students are invited to become fellow researchers, challenging and redefining the core project by posing new questions from their own disciplinary perspectives and expanding the project’s horizon into areas of interest to the students. Student selection is competitive, and the faculty should consider students from across different departments.
John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures
The Mellon Foundation's Sawyer Seminars were established in 1994 to provide support for comparative research on the historical and cultural sources of contemporary developments. The seminars, named in honor of the Foundation's long-serving third president, John E. Sawyer, have brought together faculty, foreign visitors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from a variety of fields mainly, but not exclusively, in the humanities and social sciences, for intensive study of subjects chosen by the participants. Foundation support aims to engage productive scholars in comparative inquiry that would (in ordinary university circumstances) be difficult to pursue, while at the same time avoiding the institutionalization of such work in new centers, departments, or programs. Sawyer Seminars are, in effect, temporary research centers.