“And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed.”
– Pico Iyer
Explore the world with Rice University faculty and other experts in this new lecture series featuring a different region of the globe each week. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Rice’s Traveling Owls program, this series teams up with the Association of Rice Alumni to share weekly lectures by faculty leaders of 2020 international Traveling Owls trips and other Rice professors and Houston-area experts. This interdisciplinary class opens with a history of travel and travelers and goes on to illuminate the history, nature, art, science and culture of destinations including Antarctica, Borneo, Costa Rica, Italy, and Scotland. Whether you’re planning to take an upcoming Traveling Owls trip or are simply an aspiring or armchair traveler, join us for a transformative intellectual expedition.
Note: Registration in a Rice Traveling Owls trip is not required to participate in this course.
March 25. The History of Travel and Travelers. Lisa Balabanlilar, Ph.D., associate professor and director of undergraduate studies, Department of History, Rice University
April 1. The Villas and Villages of Palladio’s Veneto: An Architect’s Guide to World Heritage Masterpieces. William T. Cannady, M.Arch., professor emeritus, Rice School of Architecture and Brown School of Engineering and adjunct professor of management, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
April 15. From Loch Ness to Culloden Moor: The Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Newell Boyd, Ph.D., semi-retired professor of history, Master of Liberal Studies program, Rice University
April 22. The Nature of Borneo. Cin-Ty Lee, Ph.D., professor and chair, Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Rice University
April 29. What Ants Can Teach Us in Costa Rica. Scott Solomon, Ph.D., associate teaching professor, BioSciences, Rice University
May 6. The Changing Thwaites Glacier, Antarctica: How We Know and Why It Matters. Julia Wellner, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Houston
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- Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Rice University
- Department of History, Rice University
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