ASL and Rice University Intensify Cooperation

American Studies Leipzig and the elite Rice University are in the process of intensifying cooperation. The ties between Leipzig and Rice were initiated through two Study Tours organized by Professor Hartmut Keil to Houston (home of Rice University) in 2003 and 2006 to explore diversity and civil society.

American Studies now has a close relationship with Rice, including the stay at ASL by Professor John Boles as Fulbright-Leipzig Distinguished Chair in 2006. Professor Boles is one of the leading historians worldwide of the American South, reflected in part in his being the Senior Editor of the Journal of Southern History since 1983. Professor Boles has expressed his wish to come back to ASL in the near future (ideally during 2009 and the 600 Year Anniversary of the University of Leipzig). ASL and Rice hope to cooperate on a variety of fronts: research, student exchange, and faculty exchange.

Professor Hartmut Keil was also part of an official University of Leipzig delegation to Rice University during 1-4 March 2007 that will lead to broad cooperation between the two universities.

The University of Leipzig’s official news magazine covered the Leipzig Delegation’s trip to Rice University in its April 2007 edition. The article can be read here.