School of Humanities

The Humanities at Rice pursue the big questions in our classrooms and beyond. Our study of human capacities, culture and creativity develop our students into thinkers and leaders — in their careers and through their contributions to society. Drawing upon the humanistic skills of analysis, comparison and critical interpretation, we foster humanities engagement with medicine and law, science and technology in our study of medical humanities, environmental and social justice, global cultures and inequities, religion, ethics and values in historical and contemporary perspective. Our commitment to the arts recognizes that artists have a vital role in shaping our changing world and how we experience it. Susan and Fayez Sarofim Hall, currently under construction, will provide a new and vibrant home for the student arts at Rice, with flexible spaces that will change as art itself reaches into new realms of technology and performance in the coming years.

It is our responsibility to widen opportunities for Rice students and provide them with cutting-edge faculty, spaces for learning and collaboration, transformative courses and internships that inspire and prepare them for meaningful lives. There is no location where we are better poised to do so than in the Gulf Coast metropole of Houston, the fourth largest and most diverse city in the United States, a city shaped by the arts and a dynamic urbanism, by migrations and diversity, by medical innovation and climate disasters, by the capacity for change and innovation. Growing our resources will allow us to expand our most promising programs and foster our students’ pathways to careers that change the world.

To explore how your generosity can have a transformative impact, please contact Emily Stein, Senior Director of Development, at or 713-348-3424.

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The Future of the Visual Arts

The visual arts at Rice have grown significantly since the late 1960s, when Houston arts icons Dominique and John de Menil made an extraordinary gift to bring a team of art historians, an art library, and a photography and film program to Rice University. With a lead gift from Susan and Fayez Sarofim and continued support from the Rice community, the new facility will build on this tradition by opening exciting avenues for creative experimentation and collaboration. Designed by the internationally acclaimed firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, this 83,000-square-foot home for student arts will allow for an expanded arts curriculum and complete a fully integrated and connected arts campus.

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Sarofim Hall

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Partner with us to elevate the humanities at Rice. To discuss gift options, please contact a member of our development team:

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Emily Stein
Senior Director of Development for Humanities


Giving to Rice

Development & Alumni Relations
P.O. BOX 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892

Phone: 713-348-4991


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