Moody Center for the Arts

Music and Conversation: Cultural Diplomacy

Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2018 – Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2018

06:00 PM

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Join us as the Silkroad Ensemble opens a special event highlighting the power of culture and the arts in an often-fragmented world. Following, a discussion on the importance of culture in diplomatic discourse will include Ellen Susman, former Director of the U.S. Department of State’s ART in Embassies program, and musicians from the Silkroad Ensemble. Ambassador Edward Djerejian, Director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy, will introduce the panel which is moderated by Alison Weaver, Executive Director of the Moody Center for the Arts.

Societies have engaged in cultural diplomacy for centuries. The ancient network of trade routes connecting Asia, the Middle East, and Europe known as the Silk Road fostered the exchange of language, religion, art, political structures, and ideas Today, Yo-Yo Ma's Silkroad Ensemble of musicians, currently in residence at Rice University, embodies this concept through their global musical and educational collaborations.

The inaugural year of the Silkroad-Rice collaboration is made possible by the Boniuk Institute’s Arts of Tolerance program, June B. and Bryan J. Zwan Visiting Distinguished Scholar Endowment, the Moody Center for the Arts, and Rice University’s Arts Initiative Fund.


  • Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Hours change based on exhibition.
  • Free Hours: Always free and open to the public. Closed Sundays, Mondays, University Holidays, and during installation periods. Please check our website to confirm an exhibition is on view before planning your visit.

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • The Moody Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Rice University, and is best reached by using Campus Entrance 8 at the intersection of University Boulevard and Stockton Street. As you enter campus, the building is on the right, just past the Media Center. There is a dedicated parking lot adjacent to the building. Payment for the Moody Lot is by credit card only. Maps are available at rice.edu/maps

Special Offers / Dining

Moody Cafe
Enjoy a coffee, beverage, or light bite to eat at the Moody Cafe, operated by Salento. The Cafe is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-2pm; visitors are also invited to use the laptop bar overlooking the Central Gallery (with free wi-fi) during open hours.

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