Boniuk Institute's Jamal Gives International Women's Day Keynote

Rice University News

Dr. Zahra Jamal

By Jeff Falk, Rice University News

Zahra Jamal ’00, the associate director of Rice’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, was the keynote speaker at the MD Anderson Cancer Center’s International Women’s Day event March 8. She is pictured with MD Anderson President Peter Pisters. Also in attendance were University Representative Y. Ping Sun and Boniuk Institute Director Paula Sanders, a professor of history at Rice.

Jamal, a social anthropologist and Middle Eastern studies expert, also spoke at Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s International Women’s Day event at City Hall. She served on Turner’s Houston Diversity Month planning committee in 2018.

Established by a gift from Houston philanthropists Milton and Laurie Boniuk, the Boniuk Institute is dedicated to nurturing religious tolerance and advancing religious literacy; respect and mutual understanding among people of all and no faiths, especially youth through research efforts; educational initiatives; and community engagement.