Humanities Institute

About Our Lectures

Evan Osnos delivers the 2017 Ho Lecture

Evan Osnos delivers the 2017 Ho Lecture in China Studies

The Humanities Institute hosts several lectures, which are free and open to the public, across campus throughout the academic year. These include an annual lecture delivered by the Cline Centennial Visiting Professor, four Distinguished Visiting Lectures over the course of a two-year inquiry into a theme or issue of broad intellectual importance, and our annual Paul and Mary Ho Distinguished Lecture in China Studies.

In 2016, we hosted Rita Charon as our Cline Centennial Visiting Professor. Dr. Charon delivered her lecture, "The Shock of Attention: Bodies, Stories, Healing."

The four Distinguished Visiting Lectures of our two-year inquiry into Health, Well-Being, Healing include Dr. Priscilla Wald and Dr. Joseph Gone, who visited the Humanities Institute in spring 2017, and Dr. Arthur Frank and Dr. Alondra Nelson, who will be visiting us in fall 2017. 

HI hosted Evan Osnos, the New Yorker China correspondent and a fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. Mr. Osnos delivered a lecture on "The Age of Ambition: Truth, Faith, and Fortune in the New China."

In addition, HI co-sponsors and helps to support a number of other lectures on campus each year. In 2017, we co-sponsored lectures by Dr. Rafael Campo, Dr. Terrence Cave, and Dr. David Roediger, as well as the 16th Annual Sequels Symposium on "Security, Precarity, Surveillance."