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Classroom Connect 2018

The Association of Rice Alumni and the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies welcome you to Classroom Connect 2018 on Saturday, April 21! The event features 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

8:15–8:50 a.m.
Check-in & Continental Breakfast

9:00–10:00 a.m.
Exploring Space: 665 Days in Space - A U.S. Record
Featured Speaker: Peggy A. Whitson '85, NASA Astronaut

10:15–11:00 a.m.:
SSPEED: Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters
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

Comparison of Islamophobia and ISIS Narratives of Islam
Speaker: Craig Considine, lecturer, Department of Sociology

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

The Dynamics of Honor Cultures
Speaker: Ryan Brown, managing director for measurement, Doerr Institute for New Leaders 

Mindfulness in the Workplace
Speaker: Erik Dane, associate professor of management, Jones Graduate School of Business

12:15–1:30 p.m.
Lunch & Learn: An Insider’s Perspective as a Public Official

Keynote Speaker: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett '71

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

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

PLEASE NOTE: This session will last 30 minutes and will be offered from 1:50–2:20 p.m. and 2:30–3:00 p.m. Each of these 30-minute blocks can only accommodate 10 people due to rigorous safety measures that must be adhered to in the laboratory. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

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

PLEASE NOTE: This session will be held at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and attendees who wish to attend will need to walk from the Anderson-Clarke Center to this program. This session is capped at 30 attendees.

Additional choices to be announced soon!

3:15–4:15 p.m.
Afternoon Plenary: Entrepreneurship for the Mind and Body

Keynote speaker: Craig Ceccanti '08, co-founder and CEO, Pinot’s Palette

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


There is no individual registration for specific sessions offered during the day.  At the event, you are welcomed to attend any courses you would like to experience.  Please note that any session which has a capacity maximium will have a sign-up sheet at the check-in table and be available on a first come, first accomodated basis.  This schedule will be updated as additional speakers are confirmed.  The schedule is subject to change, so please refer to this site for the most updated information.

2018 Pricing & Registration

A variety of full- and half-day pricing options are available for alumni and friends, young alumni and youth ages 13–17. To learn more about pricing and to register, click here. If you have questions about the program, please email Dan Stypa, associate director of Alumni Programs, at

Click here to see past Classroom Connect programs. 

Register now

Register today to join fellow knowledge-seekers for a dive into fascinating topics through hands-on learning experiences and interactive presentations. 

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