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  • Communities of the Qur'an

    Quran Conference Snipit

    The Communities of the Qur’an conference brings together eminent scholars and practitioners of various Islamic traditions to discuss and deliberate each traditions' respective interpretations of Qur'anic verses.

  • Judeo-Christian Morality?

    Creation of Adam

    On February 12th, 2016, the Rice History department and the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance hosted a talk with Joel Sebban, a PhD student of Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and a Visiting Scholar and Arthur Sachs Fellow at Harvard University. Sebban is writing a dissertation on the concept of a “Judeo-Christian morality” in European and American thought.

  • Toleration and Democracy


    Famed philosopher Rainer Forst, a professor in political theory at the Goethe University of Frankfurt in Germany, visited Rice to give a talk on November 5th concerning problems of toleration. Forst differentiated between several conceptions of tolerance, and made suggestions on how best to move forward to achieve a tolerant society.

  • Students Engage Rainer Forst on Issues of Toleration

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    On November 5th, a diverse group of Rice undergraduates participated in an interactive discussion with Professor Rainer Forst, famed Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. The group included two students from the Boniuk Council, six students from the new Politics, Law, and Social Thought program, Dr. Christian J. Emden, and Dr. Zahra N. Jamal. 

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  • Passion, Reason, and Religion

    Rimm Snipit

    Psychologist and author Dr. Sylvia Rimm shares parenting advice around issues of identity formation.

  • A Conversation with Dr. Larycia Hawkins

    Larycia Hawkins

    Rice alumna Larycia Hawkins ‘94, associate professor of political science at Wheaton College, visited campus on January 26 to speak during a private gathering with members of the Boniuk Council.

  • Religion and Sexuality: An Undergraduate Discussion on Intersectionality


    The Boniuk Council, a student-led organization at Rice University that seeks to foster interfaith dialogue and understanding on campus, held a panel event on November 16 entitled “Religion and Sexuality.” Rice undergraduates came together to hear their peers speak about their experiences reconciling sexuality and religious identity.

  • Hooray for Havurahs: Seniors Study Sundays

    Mr. and Mrs. Sklar

    On November 22, 2015, eighteen senior havurah members of Congregation Brith Shalom met at the home of Fred Sklar for a presentation by Associate Director Dr. Zahra Jamal about the history and activities of the Boniuk Institute. 

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  • Faith and Grief

    Faith and Grief Snipit

    On Sunday, February 7th, the Boniuk Institute and St. Phillip’s Presbyterian Church co-hosted a talk entitled “Faith and Grief” with Reverend Dr. Fran Shelton, who spoke on the intersection of faith and grief in Christian life.

  • Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Promotes Restoration Around the World

    Dr. William Recant

    Will Recant, the Assistant Vice President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee-International Development Program, spoke at an event on January 14th co-hosted by the Boniuk Institute at Congregation Emanu El. Recant discussed the work he and his organization are doing around the world to respond not only to the needs of the world Jewish community, but those of the larger global community as well.

  • Rice Boniuk Council Hosts Vigil for Victims of Terror

    Vigil Snipit

    On November 15, the student-led Boniuk Council organized a candlelight vigil in the wake of horrific attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad. Student organizers invited peers and other campus personnel to stand in solidarity with the victims of these attacks, sending thoughts, prayers, love, and hope to all those around the world affected by violence at home and abroad in recent weeks.
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  • Announcements & Events

    September 15, 2016
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    Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home

    September 18, 2016
    9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    (Church & Society Series) A Science and Religion Potpourri: Mini-Myths in Science Books

    September 25, 2016
    9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    (Church & Society Series) A Science and Religion Potpourri: Can Nature Be a Guide to Goodness?

    October 16, 2016
    9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    (Church & Society Series) Living the Legacy: The Family of Leo and Marie Sprinz Schlamme

    October 30, 2016
    9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    (Church & Society Series) English Reformation: The "Book of Martyrs"

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