The Boniuk Center's Past Events
Below is a listing of some of our recent events. For a full list of past events, click here .
Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri
Light of the Sufis at MFAH
Opens May 2010
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Education Week “World Religions Info-quest”
November 18, 2009
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Rice University, Herring Hall Quadrangle
Rice University Office of
International Students and Scholars
Ata Anzali, Boniuk Center Graduate Fellow,
Religious Studies Doctoral
Candidate, Rice University
November 17, 2009
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
East Side Main Center (Islamic Society of Greater Houston)
Faiths Project Dinner Dialogues
November 12, 2008
NY, Oklahoma City, OK, San Antonio, TX, Austin, TX, Harrisburg , PA,
Greenville, SC, Raleigh-Durham, NC, Chicago, IL Washington, D.C.)
Beverlee Jill Carroll (until Jan. 1, 2010, when Boniuk will assume full
responsibility for the project)
November 12, 2009
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Various Homes around Houston and Nationwide
The Dinner Dialogue is the cornerstone event of the Greater Houston Amazing Faiths Project as
well as the national Amazing
Faiths Project. In this annual event, people gather in groups of 8-10 in
private homes to share a meal and engage in a moderated discussion about the
role of faith or spirituality in their lives.
Rice University Undergraduate
Amazing Faiths Project Dinner Dialogues
November 12, 2009
6:00 – 8:00 PM
College Serveries on the Rice University Campus
Interfaith Dialogue Association (Dr. Lander, faculty advisor)
University International Graduate Students Lunch Dialogue
moderated by Ata Anzali, Boniuk
Center Graduate Fellow,
Religious Studies Doctoral
Candidate, Rice University
November 9, 2009
– 2:00 PM
Rice University Office of
International Students and Scholars
Discussion: David Eagleman on “Sum: Forty Tales of the Afterlife”
November 2, 2009
6:15 – 7:45 PM
Location: Jewish Community Center
Annual Jewish Book & Arts Fair
Thursday, October 8, 2009
7:30 PM Lecture followed by Book Signing
The Wortham Center, Houston, Texas
Karen Armstrong, the British author of numerous works on comparative religion
will stop in Houston as a part of her book tour to promote her latest book, The
Case for God. The Boniuk Center is partnering with The Progressive Forum
Houston to host Ms. Armstrong at the Wortham Center at 7:30 PM on October 8th.
There will be a book signing following the talk. More information and tickets
can be purchased on The Progressive Forum website.
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Herring Hall, Room 126, Rice University
World Religions Class
Tuesdays from Feb. 3rd-Mar. 10, 2009
Boniuk Center Public Scholars
Andrea Jain & Heba Kahn
This series is presented to the public by The Amazing Faiths Project.
Hinduism: The Eternal Way
of the World´s Third Largest Religion
Dr. B. Jill Carroll,
Boniuk Center Executive Director
Houston Museum of Fine Arts
Caroline Wiess Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Street
March 6, 2009 at 1:30 p.m.
March 7, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.
The Boniuk Center Bridge Builder Series Presents
"Hate Speech in the University"
Public Lectures on Islam
Boniuk Center Scholar Heba Khan
Recent Events at The Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance
The Amazing Faiths Project
Cooperated by The Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice University
and Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Annual Tolerance Dinner Dialogue, Thursday, November 13, 2008
Join the Dialogue, Change Your Life, Transform the World
Our traveling scholars
have returned to Houston and to Bishkek to continue their active lives
after attending the International Summer School for Religion and Public
Life in Birmingham, U.K.
Kym King and Zemfira Inagomova with ISSRPL classmates
visit a mosque in Birmingham, U.K.
more on the ISSRPL 2008
The Boniuk Center welcomes its newest Non-Profit Affiliate:
The Emerson Unitarian Universalist
Church has joined the Boniuk Center as an Associate Member. The group
has been a venue for Boniuk Center events since the inception of the
Center in April 2004. We welcome them in this new relationship as the
Center begins its 5th year of the study and advancement of religious
More about Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church
More about the Boniuk Center Affiliates Program
Bering Omega Partnership
Destination: Birmingham, UK
Bering Omega Community Services has joined with the Boniuk Center to send a participant to the International Summer School on Religion & Public Life (ISSRPL) being held in Birmingham, UK.
Center is an official sponsor of the ISSRPL, which is held in different
locations around the world, and sends two participants each year - one
of the ISSRPL's choosing, and one from the Houston area.
This year the Center is happy to send Kym King to participate in the summer school. More about this story
Also attending the International Summer School for Religion and Public Life,
is a young cultural anthropologist from Kyrgystan. The Boniuk Center
annual sponsors a scholar or activist from another country by providing
a Boniuk Scholarship. This year the recipient of that award is Zemfira Inogamova, a researcher with Aigine Research Center in Bishkek, Kyrgystan, in Central Asia. Boniuk Center Special Project Director Calvin Preece
met Ms. Inogamova by chance on a flight from Bishkek to London recently
when they were seated in the same row. When they began to talk about
who they were and where they were going, Ms. Inogamova indicated she
was going to Birmingham, UK. That led to the discovery that she was
attending the ISSRPL on the Boniuk Award.
Zemfira Inogamova, Bishkek, Kyrgystan
The International Summer School on Religion and Public Life
provides a laboratory for the practical pedagogy of tolerance and
living with difference in a global society. Its goals are to produce
new practices and understandings for living together in a world
populated by people with very different political ideas, moral beliefs
and communal loyalties. Its focus is on religion, as our religious
identities are our most exclusive and our religious communities are
those to which we devote our greatest loyalties. In our diverse but
increasingly interconnected world, we need to find ways to live
together. The school takes these very real, critical and defining
differences, especially communal and religious differences between
people, as the starting point of a publically shared life.
Aigine Research Center ("aigine"
means “clear”, “definitive”) was created in the spring of 2004 for a
comprehensive and thorough study of the Mazar phenomenon in Kyrgyzstan.
The main sponsor of this organization is The Christensen Fund
The mission of Aigine is to study and promulgate little known
aspects of the diverse cultural and natural heritage of Kyrgyzstan,
search for ways to reconcile and integrate esoteric and scientific
approaches to understanding, nature and culture, tradition and
innovation, history and modernity, and west and east; and to emphasize
and utilize inter-ethnic, inter-cultural, inter-religious, and
inter-age phenomena to promote tolerance and mutual understanding among
the ethnicities, cultures, religious groups, and generations of
View the ISSRPL 2008 photos
2nd Holocaust Awareness and Remembrance Event
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
6:00 pm: Art Born of the Horror Opening
Farnsworth Pavilion, Ley Student Center
7:15 pm: Reception, Grand Hall, Opening remarks by
Consuls General of Israel and Germany
7:30 pm: "Hitler, the Allies and the Jews,"
Prof. Shlomo Aronson
Department of Political Science
Hebrew University Jerusalem
NOTE: Special Security Arrangments are in place
for the reception and the presentation by Prof. Aronson in the Grand Hall.
ART BORN OF THE HORROR:
a Holocaust Awareness and Remembrance Event
April 30 thru May 4
outstanding artists bring their works influenced by memories and events
of the Holocaust to Rice University's Farnworth Pavilion in the Ley
Brief Love, Saul Balagura (1998)
Saul Balagura was
born in Cali, Colombia, in 1943. At age seventeen he had his first solo
exhibition. Throughout his life he moved in parallel universes of arts
and sciences. The self-taught artist holds a M.D. from Universidad del
Valle , a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University ,
and a Neurosurgery degree from Albert Einstein Medical Center .
In 1994 he retired from the world of science and opened a studio, first
in Tesuque, New Mexico and since 2006 in Houston, Texas. This exhibit
is accompanied by his poetry for each work.
The Orphan, Avaraham Sapir (1990)
Avraham Sapir lives
and works in Israel and is a survivor of the Holocaust. Born in
Budapest, Hungary, in 1931, he is the only member of his family who
survived the death camps. His paintings are of the abstract, surrealism
and realism styles, and the subjects include the Holocaust, ecology and
futurism. The present exhibition includes 14 Holocaust paintings done
during the 1980s. This artwork has been presented in exhibitions in
Tel-Aviv and in the Yad-Vashem museum in Jerusalem, where one of his
paintings is exhibited as a part of the museumÕs permanent collection.
Exhibition Hours at Farnsworth Pavilion
April 30 6 pm Opening
May 1 9 am to 12 noon
May 2 9 am to 12 noon
May 4 9 am to 12 noon
The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University
The Graduate Student Association of Rice UniversityThe Consulate General of Israel
The Israeli House
The Office of Judicial Affairs of Rice University
The Holocaust Museum of Houston
The Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice University
Oded Hod, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Resarch Associate, Department of Chemistry
Katherine Gomer, Undergraduate, Department of Political Science
Christopher Schmidt, Undergraduate, Department of Linguistics
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Community Lecture with Dr. Ian Straughn
'Transforming the Sacred: Archaeology and Monuments of Early Islamic Syria'
Archaeology of the Sacred, Series I - Islam
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Great Hall, Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue
Houston, Texas, USA
Ian Straughn, Brown University, offers a glimpse of the Islamic life in Early Syria, through archaeological discoveries.
Professor Straughn's research
and teaching focus is the emerging subfield of Islamic archaeology His
research emphasizes the intersection of material and textual evidence,
and the production of space and landscape in the early Islamic period
Levant. His current project “Materializing Islam: An Archaeology of
Landscape in Early Islamic Period Syria” stems from his dissertation
research undertaken in the Anthropology Department at The University of
Chicago. His work also looks to develop the theoretical intersections
of archaeology and religion through an understanding of how materiality
becomes a key vector in ritual practice and spiritual relationships.
Lecture followed by reception on Grand Hall. This event is cosponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-Houston Chapter, the Christ Church Cathedral, and the Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance.
Saturday December 8, 2007
Tour of the Daw'ah Mosque
Tour starts at 10:00 AM
Islamic Daw'ah Center
202 Main Center
Houston, TX 77002
Tour one of Houston's most beautiful mosques, converted from
the former Franklin Bank building into a mosque by Hakeem Olajuwan. The
mosque is located on the MetroRail line.
For more information contact the Daw'ah Center at 713-223-3311
Appropriate dress is required, there is some parking at the mosque from the
Travis Street side. More about the Islamic Daw'ah Center
Quaker Peace Festival
November 10, 2007
Learn more about it at Quaker Peace Festival
the Boniuk Center at the Quaker Peace Festival Saturday, Nov 10th, 11
am to Sundown. We will distribute Boniuk Center Lapel Pins and our new
Internationally Renowned Photojournalist Ricki Rosen Presents
Transformations, from Ethiopia to Israel
Ricki Rosen brings her stirring photojournalism fromTransformations, from Ethiopia to Israel
to Rice. Her presentation will include her photography documenting
Ethiopian Jews who came to Israel in Operation Soloman in 1991. Join
us for this visually inspiring presentation.
Learn more about Operation Soloman at Wickipedia
Monday, November 5, 2007
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
117 Humainities Building
6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005
Inaugural Boniuk Center Bridge Builder Lecture Series
Bishop Carlton Pearson
" The Gospel of Inclusion "
An Audio Podcast of Bishop Carlton Pearson's
Bridge Builder Presentation is now available from our Podcast Site
More information about Bishop Pearson is available here.
Read the Houston Press article about Carlton Pearson
AL ANDALUS! THE LEGEND
8 pm ~ Saturday, August 11, 2007 ~ Barnvelder Movement/Arts Complex
"Al Andalus! The Legend" is a family-oriented dance epic that takes place in the 10th century, a time when the Moors governed the southern Iberian
peninsula, and Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in relative
harmony. Dancepaththeater's performance will feature a cast of 21
singers and dancers.
The Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex is located at 2201 Preston, 3 blocks east of Highway 59 and Minute Maid Park. For tickets and more information, please call at 713-522-6000 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Visual & Dramatic Arts and the Boniuk Centerfor the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance at Rice Universityare partnering with The Station Museum of Contemporary Artto produce an art exhibition addressing the issue of war in the 21st century.
exhibition, curated by James Harithas, director of The Station Museum
of Contemporary Art and Karin Broker, professor and chair of the
Department of Visual & Dramatic Arts at Rice University, will be held in the main exhibition gallery in the Department of Visual & Dramatic Arts, Rice Media Center, October 21-November 22, 2007.
The exhibition will begin with a three-day opening celebration that will include talks by distinguished artists, a panel symposium, and film screenings. Nominations of artists to be included in this exhibition may be submitted to the Department of Visual & Dramatic Arts, Rice University, P.O. Box 1892, MS-549, Houston, Texas, 77251-1892 or by email at email@example.com. Artistic medium is open.