Are you intrigued by historical, literary, philosophical and other insights on the human condition? Do you appreciate the power of critical thinking, dialogue and the written word to enhance and shape our lives? Explore timely and timeless issues, guided by Rice University faculty and other community experts. Our lively intellectual community awaits you!


Spring 2020 Courses

Early Modern European History: From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

This course provides a survey of early modern European history from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment and considers how this era shaped the European Union and world today.

Houston History in the 1920s–1970s: Opportunity and Upheaval

From the labor movement through the civil rights struggle to the Vietnam era, learn about Houston’s dramatic social transformation from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Seeking India: A Cultural Journey

Gain insight on the vibrant, multifaceted culture, history, religion, landscape and people of India with religion scholar Sravana Borkataky-Varma.

The Vietnam War: A Military History

U.S. military historian John Bradley sheds light on the campaigns, strategy and legacies of the Vietnam War.


Creative Writing Courses

Memoir Writing

Whether writing as a gift to yourself or for future generations, create a memoir that is uniquely yours through writing exercises and discussion.

Reading and Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Join speculative fiction novelist Cassandra Rose Clarke to craft and share your own works of science fiction and fantasy. Writers of all levels are welcome.


Interested in exploring our diverse course offerings? Consider our Midweek Medley sampler series class.