The Association of Rice Alumni “Brains in a Bar” series mixes socializing and learning in a fun and casual environment. With a discussion led by an expert in a particular discipline at one of Houston’s hottest venues, join fellow Owls, grab a drink, and experience learning like never before.
Stay tuned for details on the next Brains in a Bar!
CHARLES "CHAZ" LUSK MBA '08
Business plans don't necessarily capture the fragile moments just before and after any new enterprise launch. The ability to anticipate and recognize unexpected challenges and opportunities can mean the difference between success and failure. In "Beyond the Business Plan: Start-up Lessons Learned Through the Unexpected," Chaz Lusk '08 led a discussion covering the essential but frequently overlooked aspects of new enterprise development.
NICOLE VAN DEN HEUVEL '81
Nicole Van Den Heuvel ’81 led an interactive session about the value and importance of branding yourself. Guests learned what this means, best practices to get ahead in the workplace and how to expand your Rice network.
DR. CRAIG CONSIDINE
What does it mean to be Irish? For many people in Ireland and the Irish diaspora, the answers to that question may range from ‘being white and Catholic’ to having ‘Irish roots.’ But what about people and groups that do not fit these rigid categories and racialized identities? This talk explored these issues by presenting interview data of young first- and second-generation Pakistani Muslim and non-Muslim men living in Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Craig Considine, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin with family links in County Clare, Ireland, re-imagined Irish identity by addressing its fluidity throughout history and during the 21st century.
Jamie Padgett, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, talks about the resilience of oil and gas infrastructure in storm events. Learn more about Dr. Padgett here .
RYAN LEVY '97
What’s the secret to finding your perfect bottle of wine? Chef, Certified Sommelier and Winemaker Ryan Levy '97 guided guests through a tasting of his sustainably farmed and naturally produced wines at the Houston outpost of Nice Winery. Guests enjoyed a welcome glass of wine and then enjoyed additional tastes, fruit, and cheese as Ryan guided them on a wine discovery journey.
DAVID KECK '09
Master Sommelier and honky tonk bar owner David Keck '09 spoke about what led him to a career in wine and hospitality, and to passing what has been called the hardest test in the world. Keck became the 149th American to earn the Master Sommelier Diploma and the 244th internationally since its inception.
From Gabriel García Márquez to Thomas Harris, the most handsome drowned man to the most sadistic psychopath, short stories to novelizations, modern fiction covers leaps and bounds. Harris’ work has been translated into movies and TV shows and Márquez is one of the preeminent authors of magical realism. What could they have in common? Learn more about Harter at her Rice faculty page.
As we are ushered into new modern eras characterized by the height of medicine, technology, and increasing capability, what will happen to our human race? Will we continue to develop with the world around us? Join the Association of Rice Alumni and Professor Scott Solomon to explore the scientific research on the continuing evolution of humanity, looking at modernization and its effects on our biological futures.
In today’s world, the majority of the sounds we hear are mediated through technology. Join Kurt Stallman to learn about how technology influences and impacts our daily lives. His talk will discuss how the majority of the sounds we hear are mediated through technology and how technology is integrated into the James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University. Weather permitting, we will take a walk across campus after the talk to see and hear live examples in the Skyspace. Learn more about Kurt Stallman's work here.
Dr. Pollnitz is an early modern historian whose research focuses on the transmission of knowledge and ideas in Europe and the Atlantic. Her first book on Princely education in early modern Britain shows how humanist education transformed political and religious culture by contributing to the growth of royal power and significant opposition to it in Tudor and Stuart Britain. Dr. Pollnitz is currently researching the translation of liberal education to the Americas in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. She is particularly interested in the classical schooling of indigenous elites in New England and New Spain and the contribution of the liberal arts and sciences to discourses of empire and social mobility in the New World. Learn more at her Rice faculty page.