Anthony Pinn Is the Founding Director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice University

The Houston Enriches Rice Education (HERE) project has been renamed and will now be known as the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL). The center will be housed in the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.

CERCL sponsors a visiting lecturer program, a high school outreach program, a speakers series, and a scholar-in-residence program. It is also a cosponsor of the Hip Hop Archival Network.

The founding director of the CERCL is Anthony B. Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies at Rice. Dr. Pinn, who holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University is the author of Terror and Triumph: The Nature of Black Religion (Fortress Press, 2003), The African American Religious Experience in America (Greenwood Press,  2005), and The Black Church in the Post-Civil Rights Era (Orbis Books, 2002).

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