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Issue No. 7—Summer 2013
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Road to religious tolerance

Laurie and Dr. Milton Boniuk.
Photo by Jeff Fitlow.

Rice University has received a $28.5 million gift from Houston philanthropists Dr. Milton and Laurie Boniuk to establish an institute that promotes religious tolerance.

The Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance will conduct research, public outreach and educational programming. Its mission is to foster multidisciplinary research that leads to innovative ways to understand and achieve religious tolerance. The institute will draw on Rice University’s strengths in religious studies and other humanities, as well as social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

“Thanks to the vision and generosity of Milton and Laurie, the Boniuk Institute will have the resources, leadership and academic depth to become a leading center for finding positive solutions to religious conflict, especially welcome at a time when misunderstandings and tensions have led to problems around the world,” Rice President David Leebron said. “Drawing from its home in the nation’s most ethnically diverse city, the institute will seek to provide a deeper understanding of the nature of religious tolerance and the pathways that lead to more interreligious understanding.”

More information can be found at http://news.rice.edu/2013/05/16/28-5-million-gift-to-rice-university-will-establish-boniuk-institute-for-the-study-and-advancement-of-religious-tolerance-2/