As a member of the Rice Alumni New York volunteer leadership, I have the privilege of inviting you to join us for Alumni College New York, a daylong celebration of learning at its best. For those who may not be familiar with the Alumni College held annually on the Rice campus, our local event will provide an opportunity to attend classes and engage in discussion with academic experts and fellow alumni. Only a few select cities are able to host their own alumni college "on the road," and we are fortunate that New York is among them.
This year's event, held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in midtown, includes three lectures covering a wide-range of current topics: international politics, global warming, and health in the media. For our fourth session, we'll visit the Museum of Modern Art to enjoy guided tours from their expert lecturers. Attendees receive a continental breakfast, refreshments between sessions, and a casual lunch at the Sheraton. Saturday evening, share your thoughts and experiences with others at a private cocktail reception at chef Bobby Flay's renowned restaurant, Bar Americain. We'll also provide information on local activities if you wish to continue discussion over dinner or enjoy a night on the town in Manhattan.
On behalf of the Association of Rice Alumni and our local leadership committee, I invite you to join us for this educational and enlightening day of fun in New York!
Janice Doty '60 Chair, Alumni College New York
Online registration has closed, but you may still sign up by calling Lauren Linn in the Rice alumni office at 713-348-6093.
For many Americans, our experience in Iraq is
relatively unique. But that is not true. While the scale of the tasks in Iraq may be
unique, the US has undertaken what we now call "nation building" more times
than people realize. This lecture will discuss some of the history of nation building
by the United States. It will also cover what has been associated with cases of successful
nation building. Finally, the situation in Iraq will be viewed in light of these earlier
Richard J. Stoll grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, received his
undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and his doctorate from the
University of Michigan. He came to Rice in 1979 and is now a professor of political
science. His research interests are in the study of international conflict and American
national security policy. He has used computer simulation techniques and statistical
analysis to study topics such as arms competitions, comparative foreign policy, and
political realism. Stoll recently participated in a 10-university effort funded by the
National Science Foundation to collect data on militarized interstate disputes and is
engaged in an effort to create events data from online news sources and to predict the
outbreak of serious international conflict. He has published six books and a number of
articles and book chapters. During his time at Rice, he has won ten teaching awards.
In 1989 Jones College honored him as a longtime faculty associate by naming their TV
room "Stoll's." He has also been a member of the Jones Beer Bike pit
crew since 1988.
This presentation will provide an overview of the
different use of film as an educational tool in public health campaigns in the United States
and abroad, throughout the twentieth century. Focusing on film clips that address the
transnational spread of infectious diseases, Professor Ostherr will concentrate on the
problem of capturing and representing the moment of contagion. The primary challenge of
these films lies in the need to simultaneously explain the vast scale of global disease
migrations and the microscopic scale of bacteria, parasites, and viruses. Addressing
these two competing demands has produced some surprising and unintended results.
Kirsten Ostherr is the author of Cinematic Prophylaxis:
Globalization and Contagion in the Discourse of World Health. She has published
articles on documentary, science fiction, and independent art films. Professor Ostherr
is currently working on two projects: an article that examines the critique of violence
in the mass media in conjunction with the aesthetics of military visual culture, and a
new book that uses public health films to theorize the ethics of sponsorship (corporate,
governmental, NGO, etc.) in the context of global health research. She teaches courses
on U.S. and world cinema, medicine and media, globalization, race and sexuality, and
cultural studies. Professor Ostherr recently was invited to present at the United
Nations in Geneva on global health and the media.
When temperatures rise, is it one hot summer,
or an indication of global warming? Scientists use a four-part method to assess
global climate change. They detect the change, attribute it to a natural or man-made
factor, predict the extent of the trend, and finally respond to mitigate the effect.
This class will show how scientific uncertainty and skepticism increases as we progress
through the assessment of a global climate trend.
Ronald L. Sass is the co-director of the Center for Education
at Rice and is the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Natural Science. A member
of the Rice faculty since 1958 and past chair of the ecology and evolutionary biology
department, Sass received his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Southern
California in 1957 and his BA from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1954.
As a Guggenheim Fellow, he was a member of the Department of Theoretical Chemistry at
Cambridge University. He served as a National Research Council Senior Fellow with NASA
at the Langley Research Center in Virginia in 1988. He was also a member of the ABLE-2A
Global Tropospheric Experiment Research Team in Alaska. As a teacher, Sass has been a
four-time recipient of the Brown Teaching Award and was named Minnie Stevens Piper
Professor in 1999. He also received the Salgo-Noren Distinguished Professor Award.
The Association of Rice Alumni awarded him the university's Meritorious Service
Award in 2001, and the university's highest honor, the Gold Medal, in 2006.
The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan was
founded in 1929 as an educational institution and has become one of the preeminent
modern arts museums in the world. MoMA completed extensive renovations in 2005,
nearly doubling the museumís exhibition space and executing a dramatic architectural
expansion. Alumni College New York participants will experience highlights of the
museumís permanent collections on small group tours led by MoMAís in-house expert
lecturers. Youíll also have the opportunity to explore the museum on your own both
before and after the tour.
5:30 p.m. — Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres reception at Chef Bobby Flay's Bar Americain
6:30 p.m. — Reception ends; participants are encouraged to join fellow alumni for dinner on their own
The Leo S. Shamblin Scholarship Fund offers support to select Alumni College participants with a strong record of volunteer service to Rice or in their local community. Recipients must intend to participate in all of Alumni College New York; young alumni and out-of-town participants are especially encouraged to apply. To apply for scholarship funds, please send a letter to the director of alumni affairs explaining why the funds would assist you in attending Alumni College New York and how you satisfy the criteria regarding volunteer service. The deadline for application is May 2. Letters should be addressed to Mark Davis, Office of Alumni Affairs, Rice University — MS 520, PO Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251-1892.
Below is a list of recommended nearby hotels, provided for your convenience. Participants may explore their options through online travel services, a local travel agent, or their favorite hotel chain.