Author Archives: Melissa Kean

Another Day, Another Lecture Announcement from the History Department

They are very busy over there. (By the way, if you’re in another department and would like me to investigate the stories behind your lecture series, etc., just put me on your email list. No promises, but you never know.) … Continue reading

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Frederick Kalb Lecture, 2015

The flyer for this year’s Kalb Lecture in History came in my email today. It looks, frankly, pretty interesting and I’m going to try to go: I always like to use this occasion to remember Frederick “Tiny” Kalb as he … Continue reading

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Friday Follies: Down for the Count

Made me laugh: It’s labeled “Shakespeare festival, ’82” and it didn’t take long to discover that our victim is Jeffrey Kurtzman, who taught in the Shepherd School before leaving for Washington University in St. Louis. A musician–who could have seen that … Continue reading

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Curt Michel, 1934-2015

I was very saddened to learn yesterday of the death of Curt Michel, one of the earliest members of the pathbreaking Space Science Department at Rice. Here’s a link to a wonderful article from 2009 by Mike Williams of Public … Continue reading

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Early Film of Campus

This photo from earlier in the week prompted questions in the comments and in my email about the earliest film we have that was shot on campus: Sadly but predictably, we’ve never found the smallest trace of the movies that … Continue reading

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A.P. McDonald

Searching for something in an box of old Public Affairs material, I opened a folder that held two images of the same man. They were labeled–both said “A.P. McDonald, Associate Professor of Engineering Graphics.” This was very lucky because I’d … Continue reading

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Three Images of the Opening

that I’ve never seen before. I found them among some rather miscellaneous slides that Bud Morehead seems to have gotten from William Ward Watkin: I will now begin the process of staring at them until I see something. Actually, I’ve … Continue reading

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