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arts & Letters

On the Bookshelf West Boulevard Night-Herons by Robert Flatt ’69 introduction by Peter Brown poetry by Jim Blackburn ’74 stories by Larry Larrinaga and Patti Hart (Robert Flatt, 2014)

Excerpt from “Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron” by Jim Blackburn in Robert Flatt’s “West Boulevard Night-Herons.” Reprinted with permission of the publisher.

Flatt follows up his first book of photography, the much-beloved “Rice’s Owls,” with this visually stunning book that combines the crisp photography of Flatt with works by local writers and other bird enthusiasts. For this piece, Flatt’s attention turns to groups of night-herons that migrate every spring from Central and South America to the Gulf Coast, including a neighborhood close to Rice, in order to mate and breed. Flatt is an adjunct professor in management at Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. Brown is an instructor of photography at Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Blackburn is a professor in the practice of environmental law at Rice.

What is a university if not a rookery, A place for rearing the young And teaching them to fly and feed On their own, A place apart from the world, safe, Secure from the coons and coyotes Looking for easy prey. And when the university is right, It is a place for charging young minds With the electricity of invention, of creativity, Of the curiosity to solve the problems that Our generation has created, which are many. So I go to watch the Night-Herons Before my class, before I try to describe The challenge and the opportunities of today, Of the chance to redefine the way economics and Environment and the social systems interact To define a sustainable society, One that protects Night-Herons and our own, One which makes us proud to be humans.


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“The Petropolis of Tomorrow”

edited by Neeraj Bhatia and Mary Casper ’14 (Actar Publishers and Architecture at Rice, 2013) A series of “Petropolises,” or cities formed from the logistics of resource extraction, have sprung up along Brazil’s coast in recent years, spawned by the discovery of large amounts of petroleum offshore. “The Petropolis of Tomorrow,” based on a design and research project of the same name, contains a compilation of articles, photo essays and design proposals by Rice students and faculty members for sustainable floating communities close to oil production platforms that could accommodate oil workers and their families on a long-term basis. The project was originally undertaken at Rice under the leadership of Bhatia, Rice’s former Visiting Wortham Fellow.

“A People’s War on Poverty: Urban Politics and Grassroots Activists in Houston”

by Wesley G. Phelps ’08 (The University of Georgia Press, 2014) Phelps explores how President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty during the 1960s and 1970s affected Houston, where it spawned fierce political battles and galvanized local activists over the meaning of American democracy and the rights of citizenship. Phelps is an assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University.


by Colin Hendricks ’93 (Colin Hendricks, 2014) This novel follows Tom, a lost soul who feels that he lives a fairly conventional and anonymous life in a mass-produced society. When Tom moves from Houston to New York City with his wife, he discovers that a stranger has been following his every move. Understanding why will change his life forever. Hendricks is executive vice president of software development at Enbase.

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