Covering a wide array of topics, this six-week lecture series examines a different subject at every session. Outstanding Rice University faculty and other experts from the arts, humanities and sciences share insights on topics ranging from the evolution of the symphony to space exploration in the 21st century. This series offers a unique opportunity to sample the diverse course content and instructors featured at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.



+ “The History of Travel and Travelers.” Lisa Balabanlilar, Ph.D., associate professor of history, Rice University

+ “Back to the Moon: Space Exploration in the 21st Century.” David Alexander, OBE, Ph.D., professor of physics and astronomy and director, Rice Space Institute, Rice University

+ “A Geologist’s View: Lessons from West Antarctica for the Texas Coast.” Julia Wellner, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Houston

+ “The Evolution of the Symphony.” Carlos Andrés Botero, M.M., musical ambassador of the Houston Symphony and artistic director of Sinfónica ISMEV in Mexico

+ “What Darwin Didn’t Know About Evolution.” Scott Solomon, Ph.D., associate teaching professor, BioSciences, Rice University

+ “Behind the Curtain on Broadway.” Debra Dickinson, M.A., artist-teacher of opera studies, Rice University Shepherd School of Music


Course speakers subject to change


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Section Title
Midweek Medley
Online, self paced
Sep 29, 2020 to Oct 30, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
* non-credit $135.00
Section Notes

This course will be held in an on demand format.  Access information will be sent prior to the course start date. Access will be available Sept.29 through Nov. 30.


Refund Policy

A 10 percent processing fee will be subtracted from all refunds. Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 days prior to the class start date. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu.