President’s Lecture Series to present educational innovator Salman Khan

Editor’s note: The event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Salman Khan, educational innovator and entrepreneur, will be the featured speaker at the next President’s Lecture at Rice Oct. 9 at 3:30 p.m. at McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium.

Salman Khan

Salman Khan

Khan, one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, will present “Education Reimagined,” the story of how he founded Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization that is educating millions of people. He will also discuss his plans to provide a free, world-class education for all.

Khan began making online tutorials for a young cousin over a decade ago, eventually gaining a wider audience. Khan Academy’s YouTube account has grown to more than 4.2 million subscribers and its videos have been viewed more than 1.5 billion times.

This will be Khan’s second time to speak at Rice. In 2012 he gave the 99th commencement speech, in which he urged students to do everything they can to “increase the net happiness in the world.”

The President’s Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Office of the President and supported by the J. Newton Rayzor Lecture Fund, was created to enrich the intellectual life of the Houston community by bringing “celebrities of substance” to the Rice campus.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please register at For more information, email


About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is editor of Rice New.