Covering a wide range 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 life of Van Gogh to life on Mars. This series offers a unique opportunity to sample the diverse course content and instructors featured at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Course Schedule

Oct. 16. “The Best of Movie Musicals.” Debra Dickinson, M.A., artist-teacher of opera studies, Rice University Shepherd School of Music

Oct. 23. “The Art of Opera: How Music Illuminates the Human Spirit.” Patrick Summers, artistic and music director, Houston Grand Opera

Oct. 30. “The Life and Legacy of Vincent van Gogh.” Leo Costello, Ph.D., associate professor of art history, Rice University

Nov. 6. “Life on Mars.” Kirsten Siebach, Ph.D., assistant professor of earth, environmental and planetary sciences, Rice University

Nov. 13. “Creativity Up Close: How Human Creativity Remakes the World.” Anthony Brandt, Ph.D., composer and professor of composition, Rice University Shepherd School of Music

Nov. 20. “Archaeology of the Americas.” Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Ph.D., curator of anthropology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

A short reception immediately follows the last class on Nov. 20.


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Section Title
Midweek Medley
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Oct 16, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Rice Campus
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
* non-credit $135.00
Section Notes

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.