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Posts By David W. Leebron

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Of Capabilities and Possibilities
4 weeks ago

Of Capabilities and Possibilities

While I write this at a difficult and dangerous time with 17 million diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and over 300,000 deaths, we are beginning to see …
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The Vital Role of Student Leadership

As I write this, the Rice campus has been open to students for the fall semester for a month, plus a week of orientation. We are in hybrid mode, giving …
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A Painful and Necessary Reckoning
8 months ago

A Painful and Necessary Reckoning

“I can’t breathe.”

These painful words have rocketed across America, and indeed the world, in response to the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It isn’t the first time …
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A Changed World
10 months ago

A Changed World

It seems a world ago, not just three months, that I wrote my last column in this magazine about Kraft Hall and how new buildings reflect the ever-increasing scope and …
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Building and Rebuilding Rice
1 year ago

Building and Rebuilding Rice

Just after the holiday break, faculty and staff moved into the new Patricia Lipoma Kraft ’87 and Jonathan A. Kraft Hall for Social Sciences, and in a few weeks we’ll …
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Inventing the Future, Assessing the Past
1 year ago

Inventing the Future, Assessing the Past

Illustration by Paddy Mills

In 1963, Dennis Gabor, a Hungarian who had fled the Nazis and immigrated to Britain, published “Inventing the Future,” a book that contained his most famous …
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Moonshots and Curiosity
2 years ago

Moonshots and Curiosity

Illustration by Paddy Mills

Farragut State Park, Idaho, at the 1969 Boy Scout Jamboree. Like so many people, I remember exactly where I was when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the …
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Creativity: The Foundation of Human Progress
2 years ago

Creativity: The Foundation of Human Progress

Illustration by Paddy Mills

Much of this issue is dedicated to creativity. What may be striking to some readers, but not surprising to those of us inside the university, …
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What Happens at Rice … Doesn’t Stay at Rice
2 years ago

What Happens at Rice … Doesn’t Stay at Rice

Just after Thanksgiving, we hosted a gala celebration of the 25th anniversary of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The celebratory evening was capped off by a conversation between former …
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The Rice Investment
2 years ago

The Rice Investment

Six years ago, we celebrated the centennial of the opening of Rice University. There was a great deal to celebrate. This included not only all we had achieved over …
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