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  • The Challenges of Religious Tolerance in America and Globally

    The Directors and the Panelists

    The Boniuk Institute’s hallmark spring event on April 10th brought together three prestigious scholars from three distinct disciplinary perspectives to discuss the challenges of religious tolerance. 

  • Houston as a laboratory

    Houston Skyline

    The city of Houston will serve as a local laboratory for much of our research. The demographics of Houston make it an excellent context for examining issues of religious diversity and creating models of religious tolerance that can be implemented more broadly.

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  • A Course for the Houston Community

    Glasscock Course

    The Boniuk Institute will co-sponsor a course in the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.  Boniuk Institute Directors will co-teach the course  Religious Diversity and Understanding in Today’s World.

  • IntraReligious Tolerance and Beyond


    The Boniuk Institute announces a new course for Fall 2014 that will explore religious tolerance within various religious traditions. IntraReligious Tolerance and Beyond (RELI214) will explore different historical religions and the models of inclusivity and pluralism that these religions have promoted.  The course will explore the dialogue of religious tolerance and the need to move to religious pluralism in a global community.

  • Peaceful Coexistence in Africa

    Professor Mbaku

    On March 28th, the Boniuk Institute hosted Professor John Mukum Mbaku from Weber State University to host a lecture on religious conflicts within Africa. His lecture focused on the institutional mechanisms necessary to bring about peaceful coexistence between different religious groups in the African continent.

  • Islam 101: A Student-Taught Course

    After-Class Discussion

    Rice University undergraduate Zaid Bilgrami led an student-taught course during the Spring 2014 semester titled “Islam 101: The American Muslim.” The course explored main tenets and beliefs of Islam, common ways these beliefs and tenets are practiced in the United States, and Islam’s role in prominent global issues.
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  • Engaging Through Service: SSQ4 Media Coverage

    FreemansTownLabyrinth_Credit Alex Barber

    For the 4th annual Sacred Sites Quest, SSQ partnered with the community to create the Freedmen's Town Labyrinth. Read about the recent media coverage that this fruitful collaboration yielded.

  • Enter Faith Workshop Series Breaks New Ground

    Round Table Discussion

    Led by Cristal C. Truscott, the Enter Faith Workshop Series met for six sessions this past spring to use story circles, dialogue, and arts-inspired techniques as tools for deepening interfaith conversations and relationships and developing religious and interfaith literacy.

  • Introducing the Boniuk Council


    The Boniuk Council is composed of undergraduate students at Rice who act as a liaison between the Institute and the student body.

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  • Event Calendar

    October 16, 2014

    Religious Diversity in a Secular Era

    José Casanova

    7pm, Rice University

    October 17, 2014

    Two Historical Roads Leading to the Global Secular System

    José Casanova

    12pm, Rice University

    November 3, 2014

    Recovering a Vision of Gandhi, and his Meaning for the 21st Century

    Reverend James Lawson

    7pm, Riverside United Methodist Church

    December 1, 2014

    Surviving Stalin: Practicing Islam Amidst the Purges

    12pm, Rice University

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