Ussama Makdisi joined the faculty of Rice University in 1997 and became
a professor of history in 2008. He is the first holder of the Arab-American
Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University and is on the
board of directors of the Middle East Studies Association. Dr. Makdisi was
recognized as a Carnegie Scholar for his original scholarship regarding Muslim
societies and communities, both in the United States and abroad. He is the
author of Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East (2008) and Faith Misplaced: The Broken Promise of U.S.-Arab Relations, 1820–2001 (2010). He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and his B.A. from Wesleyan University.
(Fall 2003, Spring 2015)
Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card.
The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.
Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12.
Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course.
Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!
For additional information about any of our courses, to register offline, or to add your name to our mailing and/or email lists, please contact our adminstrator at registrar.houstonseminar.org or phone 713.666.9000.