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Rice University 100 Years 1912-2012

Centennial Celebration Events 

All events, dates and venues are subject to change. 

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Saturday, October 6, 2012   

Shepherd School of Music Faculty Replica Concert of Kneisel Quartet 1912 Program  

Saturday, October 06, 2012, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Stude Concert Hall 

The Shepherd School of Music presents a replica concert of the Kneisel String Quartet's performance at The Rice Institute's Formal Opening on October 11, 1912.    

This performance is free and open to the public.  Tickets are not required.  Seating is first come, first served.  Arrive early for best seating. 

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012    

Centennial Walking Tours 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Brochstein Pavilion 

Campus tours highlighting various aspects of Rice University, including its architecture, public art program and sustainability programs.  Tours will be leaving every 15 minutes between 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

 

Centennial Lecture Series: J. Craig Venter, "From Reading to Writing the Genetic Code" 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Tudor Fieldhouse  

Perhaps most famous for being among the first to sequence the human genome, Dr. Venter in 2010 created the first cell with a synthetic genome.  He has been listed as one of the world's most influential people by both Time magazine and the British New Statesman.  Venter also is tackling energy (stating that algae show promise); last year he published a high-profile paper on the first creation of synthetic life that included then-Rice student Thomas Segall-Shapiro as an author. 

 

Rice Faculty & Staff Reception: Celebrating 100 Years 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30p.m., Founder’s Court Tent 

Rice celebrates all faculty and staff at this Centennial Celebration reception. 

 

Centennial Lecture Series – Four Short Talks 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Tudor Fieldhouse 

Four Short Talks: An Evening with Visionary Leaders Esther Dyson, Shirley Ann Jackson, Rem Koolhaas and J. Craig Venter. 

 

Thursday, October 11, 2012 

Centennial Lecture Series: Rem Koolhaas, "Architecture as a Global Practice" 

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Tudor Fieldhouse 

One of the founders of OMA, a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism and cultural analysis, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas worked as a journalist and script writer before becoming an architect.  A graduate of the Architectural Association in London, he summarized the work of OMA in his 1995 book, “S,M,L,XL,” a novel about architecture.  In addition to the Pritzker Prize, Koolhaas received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2010 Venice Biennale of Architecture.  

 

Centennial Lecture Series: Esther Dyson, "Traveling Behind the Scenes" 

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., Tudor Fieldhouse 

A lifelong self-educator, angel investor Dyson supports and advises companies engaged in information technology, private aviation and space travel, health and other areas.  A former journalist with Forbes, Dyson has edited the computer industry newsletter Release 1.0 and written columns for the New York Times and Huffington Post.  In a New York Times op-ed, Paul Krugman noted that Dyson predicted accurately in 1994 “that the ease with which digital content can be copied and disseminated would eventually force businesses to sell the results of creative activity cheaply, or even give it away.” 

  

Centennial Walking Tours 

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Brochstein Pavilion 

Campus tours highlighting various aspects of Rice University, including its architecture, public art program and sustainability programs.  Tours will be leaving every 15 minutes between 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

 

Centennial Lecture Series: Shirley Ann Jackson, "Valuing Science: Exploring our Past, Securing our Future" 

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Tudor Fieldhouse 

Described by Time Magazine as “perhaps the ultimate role model for women in science,” Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President and theoretical physicist Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., chaired the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1995-1999), serves on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and is member of the International Security Advisory Board to the U.S. Department of State.  Her research and policy focus includes energy security, the national capacity for innovation and the “Quiet Crisis” of looming gaps in the science, technology and engineering workforce and reduced support for basic research.   

 

Centennial Gala 

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Founder's Court Tent 

A black-tie invitation only dinner for the university's generous supporters and special guests.  This evening will celebrate Rice on the eve of its Centennial with dinner, entertainment and the world premiere of the "Spectacle."   

Strobe-video and sound-effect are used during this performance.  Guests that may be sensitive to these effects are advised to contact any volunteer prior to entering the quadrangle and leave the quadrangle.

Will take place unless there is a hard, sideways rain. 

 

World Premiere Concert by Shepherd School Orchestra 

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Stude Concert Hall 

The Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra presents a concert featuring the world premiere of William Bolcom's Ninth Symphony, commissioned by Rice University in honor of its Centennial Celebration.  The program includes Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 featuring Professor of Piano Jon Kimura Parker as soloist, and Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43.  

 

Friday, October 12, 2012 

Academic Procession and Centennial Address by President David W. Leebron 

Friday, October 12, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Academic Quadrangle (will take place outside unless there is a hard, sideways rain) 

President David W. Leebron's keynote address will hark back to that of Edgar Odell Lovett at the Formal Opening of the Rice Institute in 1912, while addressing the present and future as well.  It will be preceded by an academic procession with representatives of universities from around the world.  (Rain Venue: Autry Court, Tudor Fieldhouse)      

Centennial Picnic  

Friday, October 12, 2012, 11:30  a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Central Quadrangle (Rain Venue: Stadium Concourse) 

A Centennial picnic and celebration for students, faculty, staff, alumni and academic procession delegates. 

 

Luncheon Honoring the Houston Community  

Friday, October 12, 2012, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Founder’s Court Tent 

This invitation-only luncheon honors Rice University's supporters and friends in the Houston and Texas communities.   

 

Student Research Poster Session 

Friday, October 12, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Grand Hall, Rice Memorial Center 

This research poster session highlights amazing undergraduate and graduate student work in virtually all fields of study at Rice University.  

 

Centennial Walking Tours 

Friday, October 12, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Brochstein Pavilion 

Campus tours highlighting various aspects of Rice University, including its architecture, public art program and sustainability programs.  Tours will be leaving every 15 minutes between 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

 

Presidential Panel 

Friday, October 12, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Tudor Fieldhouse  

Rice University President David W. Leebron will be joined by an international panel of visiting university presidents to discuss the future of higher education in a global world. 
Rector Ivano Dionigi, Università di Bologna  
President Li Jiajun, Tianjin University  
President Umran İnan, Koç University 
President Shirley Tilghman, Princeton University
 

President Joachim Treusch, Jacobs University Bremen   

 

Faculty Mini-Lectures: "The Power of Ideas" 

Friday, October 12, 2012, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Brochstein Pavilion Garden 

Ideas - and the various processes of inventing, developing, critiquing, testing, transforming, rebutting, transmitting, and implementing them - are the heart and soul of the university. Each of this year's Scientia colloquia will present a set of 5-minute talks by faculty on the ideas that have most powerfully influenced and engaged them in their career and intellectual life. 

 

Alumni Evening on the Central Quad 

Friday, October 12, 2012, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ray Courtyard behind Rice Memorial Center 

Casual Reception for all alumni and friends. 

 

Three Decades of Rice University Executive Leadership  

Friday, October 12, 2012, 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Tudor Fieldhouse  

This panel discussion includes President David W. Leebron, former Rice presidents S. Malcolm Gillis and George Rupp, Rice Board of Trustees Chairman James W. Crownover and former Rice Board chairs E. William Barnett and Charles Duncan, moderated by Professor of History Allen Matusow. 

 

Centennial Book Signing 

Friday, October 12, 2012, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 pm., Brochstein Pavillion  

Authors of nine commemorative Centennial publications will be available for signing their works and answering questions. 

 

"Raid the Archives: The de Menil Years at Rice" 

Friday, October 12, 2012, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Rice Media Center 

Organized in conjunction with the "Raid the Archives: The de Menil Years at Rice" exhibition are two panel discussions; one related to the rich history of the Rice Museum, and the other t oMenil era Media Center experimentation, production, and presentation. 

 

World Premiere Concert by Shepherd School Orchestra 

Friday, October 12, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Stude Concert Hall 

The Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra presents a concert featuring the world premiere of William Bolcom's Ninth Symphony, commissioned by Rice University in honor of its Centennial Celebration.  The program includes Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 featuring Professor of Piano Jon Kimura Parker as soloist, and Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43. 

 

Esperanza 

Friday, October 12, 2012, 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m., Founder's Court Tent  

This year’s semi-formal homecoming dance, Esperanza 2012 – Night of the Century, will be held in Rice’s Centennial Tent at Founder’s Court. With a live DJ, delicious food, and a downtown club ambience, the Centennial Esperanza will be an event you (and your date) will not want to miss! 

 

Saturday, October 13, 2012 

Centennial Walking Tours 

Saturday, October 13, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Brochstein Pavilion 

Campus tours highlighting various aspects of Rice University, including its architecture, public art program and sustainability programs.  Tours will be leaving every 15 minutes between 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

 

Edgar Odell Lovett Statue Dedication  

Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Keck Hall lawn 

Sculptor Bruce Wolfe’s statue of Rice’s founding president, Edgar Odell Lovett, is unveiled in its permanent home on the Rice campus, in front of the tower of Keck Hall (formerly the Chemistry building).  Rain Venue: Keck Hall Auditorium.

FOR VIDEO OF THE EDGAR ODELL LOVETT STATUE DEDICATION, PLEASE CLICK HERE. 

 

Centennial & Homecoming Football Game 

Saturday, October 13, 2012, 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Rice Stadium 

The Rice Owls take on the UT-San Antonio Roadrunners in this Centennial Celebration/Homecoming football game. 

  

Centennial Finale: Celebrating the Past, Present and Future 

Saturday, October 13, 2012, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Founder’s Court Tent 

This celebration will bring together Rice alumni for a grand celebration of the past 100 years, the present, and a look to the next 100 years. 

 

Spectacle, 1st showing  

Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Academic Quadrangle  

A sound and light show under the stars on the Academic Quadrangle.  

Strobe-video and sound-effect are used during this performance.  Guests that may be sensitive to these effects are advised to contact any volunteer prior to entering the quadrangle and leave the quadrangle. 

Will take place unless there is a hard, sideways rain.   

  

Spectacle, 2nd showing  

Saturday, October 13, 2012, 9:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Academic Quadrangle 

A sound and light show under the stars on the Academic Quadrangle.  

Strobe-video and sound-effect are used during this performance.  Guests that may be sensitive to these effects are advised to contact any volunteer prior to entering the quadrangle and leave the quadrangle. 

Will take place unless there is a hard, sideways rain.  

     

Spectacle, 3rd showing  

Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10:45 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Academic Quadrangle 

A sound and light show under the stars on the Academic Quadrangle.  

Strobe-video and sound-effect are used during this performance.  Guests that may be sensitive to these effects are advised to contact any volunteer prior to entering the quadrangle and leave the quadrangle. 

Will take place unless there is a hard, sideways rain.  

  

Sunday, October 14, 2012 

Centennial Volunteer Brunch 

Sunday, October 14, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., River Oaks Country Club 

An invitation-only brunch to thank Rice University Centennial and Homecoming & Reunion volunteers. 

 

Shepherd School of Music Faculty Recital by the Fischer Duo 

Sunday, October 14, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Alice Pratt Brown Hall 

Norman Fischer, Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello, and Jeanne Kierman Fischer, Artist Teacher of Piano, present a recital of works written by current and former Shepherd School Faculty composers.     

 

World Premiere Concert by Shepherd School Orchestra 

Sunday, October 14, 2012, 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Stude Concert Hall 

The Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra presents a concert featuring the world premiere of William Bolcom's Ninth Symphony, commissioned by Rice University in honor of its Centennial Celebration.  The program includes Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 featuring Professor of Piano Jon Kimura Parker as soloist, and Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43. 

 

Rice Design Alliance Gala  

Sunday, October 14, 2012, 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Founder's Court tent 

The Rice Design Alliance will hold its annual gala in the Founder's Court tent. 

 

Spectacle, RDA Command Performance 

Sunday, October 14, 2012, 9:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m., Academic Quadrangle 

A sound and light show under the stars on the Academic Quadrangle.  

Strobe-video and sound-effect are used during this performance.  Guests that may be sensitive to these effects are advised to contact any volunteer prior to entering the quadrangle and leave the quadrangle.  Will take place unless there is a hard, sideways rain.  

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 

Centennial Lecture Series: Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr., "A Conversation With the Chief Justice" 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tudor Fieldhouse  

Roberts received his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was editor of Harvard Law Review.  He has served as special assistant to the attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice, as associate counsel to President Ronald Reagan and as principal deputy solicitor general for the U.S. Department of Justice.  Roberts was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2003. President George W. Bush nominated him as Chief Justice, and Roberts took his seat on the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005.