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Classroom Connect 2018

The Association of Rice Alumni and the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies hosted Classroom Connect 2018 on Saturday, April 21. The event featured lectures by some of Rice's top experts, faculty-led immersive learning experiences, and opportunities to network and connect with fellow attendees. 

2018 Program Schedule

8:30–9:00 a.m.
Check-in & Continental Breakfast

9:10–9:15 a.m.
Welcome Remarks

9:15–10:00 a.m.
Journey to Space
Featured Speaker: Peggy A. Whitson '85, NASA Astronaut

10:15–11:00 a.m.:
Economics, Climate and Flooding Resilience: The Future of Houston
Speaker: Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering  

11:10 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
Concurrent Morning Lectures: Choose 1

Prophet Muhammad's Relations with Christians - Lessons for our Time
Speaker: Craig Considine, lecturer, Department of Sociology
>>CLICK HERE for ar copy of the presentation.

Reflections on Monet: Water and Reflections
Speaker: Leo Costello, associate professor of art history, Department of Art History

Pursuing Mindfulness in a Distracted Work World
Speaker: Erik Dane, associate professor of management, Jones Graduate School of Business

12:15–1:30 p.m.
Lunch & Learn: When Culture Kills: Well-Being and the Cultural Ideology of Honor

Keynote Speaker: Ryan Brown, managing director for measurement, Doerr Institute for New Leaders

1:50–3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Afternoon Experiences: Choose 1

Birds, Bugs and Botany: A Guided Walk Through Rice's Harris Gully
Speaker: Cin-Ty Lee, professor and chair of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

Stephen Sondheim: Broadway Musicals' Foremost Composer/Lyricist
Speaker: Debra Dickinson, Artist Teacher of Opera Studies for Acting and Movement

Green TEA Approach: Modern Feng Shui Practice
Speaker: C.C. Lee, AIA, LEED AP, AMDP; President & CEO of STOA Architects 

Advances in Robotics
Speaker: Lydia Kavraki, Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science, professor of bioengineering, professor of electrical and computer engineering, professor of mechanical Engineering

Thinking Out Loud: Problem Solving with Simple Objects
Speaker: Matthew Wettergreen ’08, Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen lecturer


3:15–4:15 p.m.
Afternoon Plenary: Trials and Tribulations of Entrepreneurship 

Keynote speakers: Craig Ceccanti '08, co-founder and CEO of Pinot’s Palette and Bo Bothe '05, president and CEO of BrandExtract

4:15–5:30 p.m.
Closing Showcase & Networking Reception



Click here to see past Classroom Connect programs. 

View 2017 Classroom Connect Photos on Flickr

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