Rice’s Boniuk Institute to host Sacred Geometry Lecture and Workshop Series Sept. 13-15

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David Ruth
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Jeff Falk
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Rice’s Boniuk Institute to host Sacred Geometry Lecture and Workshop Series Sept. 13-15

HOUSTON – (Sept. 2, 2015) – Rice University’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance will host a Sacred Geometry Lecture and Workshop Series, an interfaith program designed to build bridges of interfaith and intercultural understanding through the arts, on campus, 6100 Main St., Sept. 13-15.

Hosted by London-based artists Adam Williamson and Richard Henry, the series will explore sacred geometry as a universal language across Christian, Islamic, Vedic, Celtic, Chinese and Native American traditions that inspires art, architecture, urban design and more.

The workshop series is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, registration is required at https://boniuk.rice.edu/IslamicArtRevivalSeries.

The series opens Sept. 13 with a lecture on “Sacred Geometry East and West” from 6:45 to 10:30 p.m. at Sewall Hall, Room 301. On Sept. 14, a workshop on “Sacred Geometry East and West” will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at Mechanical Lab Building, Room 254. Three workshops close out the series Sept. 15: “Geometry of Structure” from 12:45 to 3 p.m. at Sewall Hall, Room 560; “Art of Arabesque” from 3:45 to 6 p.m. at Mechanical Lab Building, Room 254; and “Biomorphic Patterns in World Art” from 7 to 10 p.m. in Mechanical Lab Building, Room 254.

The series is one of several events in Texas this month for which the Boniuk will partner with other religious and community organizations. The events include the Islamic Art Revival Series Experience Sept. 12 in Richardson, in partnership with the Islamic Art Revival Series and the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation; a discussion on “Shi’i Islam: History, Doctrines and Practices” Sept. 13 in Sugar Land, in partnership with the His Highness the Aga Khan Council for the Southwestern United States; and the fourth Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art Sept. 26-Oct. 31 in Dallas.

The Boniuk Institute was founded in 2013 with a gift from Houston philanthropists Dr. Milton and Laurie Boniuk. It is an expansion of the Boniuk Center that was created at Rice in 2004. The Boniuk Center was dedicated to fostering tolerance among people of all and no faiths and to studying the conditions in which tolerance and intolerance flourish. The Boniuk Institute’s expanded mission focuses on research, education and community engagement. For more information about the institute’s activities and events, visit http://boniuk.rice.edu.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.