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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


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

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-->




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...



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.


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.


Applications Due
January 5, 2018

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...

Fall 2020 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

VADA | CAAAS | CERCL | more ...

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