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RELI 216 - Religion & Black Live Matter

Each year CERCL sponsors and event created by the students of Religion and BLM  to highlight what they have learned during the course. Join us for a panel discussion on Nov 20 and learn ways to fight for racial justice, liberation and social change

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Young scholars from HISD attended a Princeton Review SAT Prep course at Rice this summer. The course was one of the prizes for the winners of our annual High School essay contest. Students met with Dr. Pinn to discuss college admissions. Congrats to all our winners! more...

We are proud to have Mathew Knowles, GRAMMY® Award-winning record-label executive, executive producer of top-selling female R&B group Destiny’s Child and father of superstar entertainers Beyoncé and Solange Knowles as the 2016 CERCL Distinguished Visiting Lecturer! more...

November 2
@ 6 PM

A Better Life: An Exploration of Joy & Meaning in a World Without God

Join us at the Moody Center for the Arts for a film screening and Q&A with Author/Filmmaker Chris Johnson & CERCL, Founding Director, Dr. Anthony Pinn. Free and open to the public  more...

10th Annual High School Essay Contest
Students from participating High Schools shared their ideas and solutions on the effects of Global Warming in Houston and abroad. The winners visited Rice in the summer for the Princeton Review SAT Prep Course and met with Dr. Pinn. more...

Embodymen and Black Religion
CERCL
WRITING
COLLECTIVE
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Course Development Grant Applications Due
November 13, 2017

Course Development Grants

Each year CERCL accepts proposals for grants not to exceed $2000 to encourage new courses or the update of existing courses in line with the goals of the Center.

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Scholar-in-Residence
Applications Due
January 5, 2018

Embodiment and Black Religion

Rethinking the Body in African American Religious Experience

This volume builds on scholarship by scholars of African American religion that emphasizes the centrality of the body in religion and religious experience. more-->

Podcast Series: What's the Thesis?

An ongoing conversation series with scholars in black religion and related fields. During these conversations we talk with guests about their recent publications, their current research and other critical issues in our contemporary world. more-->

Scholar-in-Residence Program

CERCL in partnership with the African American Library at the Gregory School offers residential fellowships for scholars whose research would benefit from the Houston Public Library special collections (particularly the Gregory School archives) and Rice University's Woodson Research Center. more...

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FEB
19

A CERCL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE EVENT

Bodies in White Spaces: A Performance Ritual

A performance, with concept and choreography by Harrison Guy, Artistic Director of Urban Souls Dance Company (USDC), an award winning company that’s treading new ground and making its voice heard throughout the community and nationally. more...

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FEB
21

Black Girl Church

Join us for the an intimate portrayal of black beauty, the dynamics of the black beauty industry, and some of the realities of black women. This film screening will include a reception and a panel with the creators: Audrey Williams, Marissa Pina, Joe Schaefer, and cast member and former editor of Nylon Mag and Refinery29, Sesali Bowen.

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Fall 2020 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

VADA | CAAAS | CERCL | more ...

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Curriculum Vitae

SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE AT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN LIBRARY AT THE GREGORY SCHOOL

Dr. Willie J. Wright will give two online lectures, open to the public.

March 23 | ‘Right Beyond the Site’: Otabenga Jones & the Social Practice of Belonging
 

March 31 | Social Sculpture: A Neighborhood Tradition

 

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CERCL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES 

View grant opportunities for Rice faculty, students, departments and clubs to support courses and programming on and off campus.

 

Residency opportunities are available for independent scholars. more -->

HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST
Deadline | November 11

Our annual high school essay contest is on this fall for sophomores and juniors in the Houston Independent School District.

 

Visit the High School Essay contest page for entry details! more -->

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NEW POSITION ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS THROUGH MARCH 4 CERCL FELLOW IN THE HUMANITIES AND THE

THE 24-HOUR CHALLENGE IS HERE! 

Your gift of any size will support CERCLs Fund for Racial Justice Teaching and Programming and assist with Rice’s continuing effort to counter anti-black racism and push for a more just society as central elements of its teaching, research, and leadership strategies!

 

Make your gift today April 7
at https://bit.ly/24HC22CERCL!
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CERCL FELLOW IN THE HUMANITIES AND THE ARTS |  

Application Deadline Extended to April 29

We are seeking a Fellow to serve as a key member of Rice University’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA) for one-year renewable for a second year.

We are excited to review a wide range of cultural practitioners for this fellowship.
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DEVIN T. MAYS

CERCL Fellow in the Humanities & Arts   

will serve as a key member of both Rice University’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA) and CERCL. We look forward to his contribution to our arts & community engagement within Rice and in the Houston community.

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NOV
27

A CERCL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE EVENT

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DEBORAH D.E.E.P MOUTON
2021-22 CERCL Artist-in Residence

Writer, Educator, Activist, former Poet Laureate, and the owner of Deep Ink LLC, D.E.E.P.’s work includes a range of work including poems, plays, libretti, short stories, essays, teaching, public speaking, and curriculum design. more -->

______ AS MYTH
Opening Reception for Moody Project Wall: Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton

A community writing workshop centered on personal mythology and an art-based project that interprets local mythologies into visual art culminate in this exhibit celebrating community-based artmaking with local artists. more -->

BLACK LEADERSHIP ACROSS CAMPUSES (BLAC) FALL 2022 SYMPOSIUM

The first in a series of conferences addressing a range of themes that explore the mission and cultural world(s) framed by HBCUs.

October 28 | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

October 29 | 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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MAR
23 & 24

BLACK HOUSTON(S) SYMPOSIUM Research, Policy & Activism
Past & Future

 

Symposium contributors will explore the ways in which Afro-Diasporic communities have impacted Houston’s history and culture as well as examine the emerging and ongoing issues Afro-Diasporic Houstonians face in the 21st century. more -->

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(DIS)BELIEF: REIMAGINING THE RELIGIOUS LANDSCAPE OF BLACK AMERICA | A FREE ZOOM WEBINAR

Key questions in conversation with Black nontheists and Black Church leaders & special screening of Smithsonian’s
National Museum of African American History & Culture
's film gOD-Talk. The Religious Freedom Mobile Institute is a virtual symposium, hosted jointly by the BJC Center for Faith, Justice and Reconciliation and CERCL. registration and more info -->

October 26 & 27 | 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

BLACK HOUSTON(S) SYMPOSIUM 2024 PLACE & MEMORY | March 21 & 22

What opportunities have Black people negotiated and redefined, created and maintained in response to life lived in the Bayou City? How do residents establish their sense of place in the city, and in what ways might Houstonian cultural productions continue to influence Black artists, activists, and scholars in the 21st century? Houston certainly provides an ideal landscape to reflect on the rich contributions of shifting and dynamic Afro-Diasporic communities as key to a fuller picture of Black southern histories in the United States. more information and registration -->

HIP-HOP HARMONY: KRS-ONE EVENT CULMINATES IN PRESTIGIOUS VOLUNTEER AWARD FOR CERCL PIONEERS

Billed as “One-on-one with the Teacha,” a March 7 event hosted by CERCL featured an intimate conversation with hip-hop legend KRS-One and quite the surprise for several of its organizers. The dialogue was another installment in CERCL’s Hip Hop Archival Collection’s Oral History Series held by Fondren Library’s Woodson Research Center, which aims to highlight and appreciate hip-hop’s cultural and social impact on local and global communities. Read the Rice News Article more-->

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