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Distinguished Visiting Lecturer

This program brings to campus accomplished Houston citizens – leaders with respect to thought and action – to teach courses related to their expertise and participate in the life of the University through interactions with students and faculty.

Mathew Knowles


Consistent with CERCL’s mission to enhance critical thinking skills and effective communications through engagement with Houston, this seminar with Professor Mathew Knowles provided an opportunity for the Rice community to enhance their talents and skills and develop ways to use them in a professional environment.

Seminar Title - Entrepreneurship the DNA of Acheivers

Bernard "Bun B" Freeman

2011, 2013, 2015

Bernard Freeman, professionally known as Bun B, a two time Grammy nominated Hip Hop Artist joined us as Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Religious Studies to co-teach the popular Religion and Hip Hop Culture course at Rice University with Dr. Anthony Pinn.

Course Titles - Religion and Hip Hop Culture

Emily Ballew Neff


Emily Ballew Neff, Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Art in Houston joined us as Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Art History.

Course Title - Copley, Sargent and the Museum   


Sponsored by the Humanities Research Center 

Reverend William Lawson


Founder and Pastor Emeritus of the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, and significant Figure in the Civil Rights Movement, Reverend William Lawson was CERCL's first Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Religious Studies.

Course Title: Religion and Social Transformation in Houston

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