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Donor Events

The Kinder Institute offers two invitation-only series a year for contributors.

Kinder Insiders is a breakfast series featuring research scholars and leading Rice faculty members. Held four times a year at the Rice University Faculty Club, these engagements are open to contributors at the Legacy Circle ($2,500) level and above.

Held twice a year, our Urban Salon series featuring prominent local experts in conversation with Kinder Institute leadership. Hosted in private residences, the Salons are open to contributors at the Leadership Circle ($5,000) level and above.

For more information, please contact Director of Development John Bradshaw Jr. (713-348-8068 or or Associate Director of Development Evan Wildstein (713-348-4171 or

Upcoming Events 

Kinder Insiders on Spring Primary Elections
with Mark P. Jones, Ph.D.
Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, Rice University
Location: Rice University Faculty Club (Cohen House)
February 13, 2018
For information on Kinder Insiders, please contact Evan Wildstein (713-348-4171,

Urban Salon on Education Policy and Reform
with HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza and Ruth López Turley, Ph.D.
Director, Houston Education Research Consortium, Rice University
Location: Residence of Nancy and Rich Kinder
March 22, 2018
For information on Urban Salon, please contact John Bradshaw Jr. (713-348-8068,

Kinder Institute Underwriters Reception
Recognizing contributors to the 2018 Kinder Institute Luncheon
Location: Residence of Laura and John Arnold
April 10, 2018
For information on becoming an underwriter, please click here.

Kinder Insiders on Houston's Food Deserts
with Doug Schuler, Ph.D.
Professor of Business and Public Policy, Rice University
Location: Rice University Faculty Club (Cohen House)
May 8, 2018 (tentative)
For information on Kinder Insiders, please contact Evan Wildstein (713-348-4171,


Past Events 

State of the Institute (Kinder Institute Annual Meeting)
January 31, 2018

Kinder Insiders: on Hurricane Harvey Research Initiatives
with Bill Fulton, Ruth López Turley, Ph.D., and Kyle Shelton, Ph.D.
November 7, 2017

Urban Salon on Houston's Future: Transportation & Mobility
with METRO Chair Carrin Patman, Christof Spieler, and Kyle Shelton, Ph.D.
Location: Residence of Anne and Charles Duncan
October 10, 2017

Kinder Insiders: Rachel Kimbro, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
Director, Urban Health Program
September 19, 2017

Kinder Insiders: Melissa Marschall, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Director, Center for Local Elections in American Politics (LEAP)
April 4, 2017

Urban Salon: Beth White
Beth White, President and CEO, Houston Parks Board
Bill Fulton, Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
March 23, 2017

Kinder Insiders: Ruth López Turley, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology 
Associate Director of Research, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Director, Houston Education Research Consortium
January 31, 2017

Kinder Insiders: Kyle Shelton, Ph.D.
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
November 1, 2016