Humanities Institute

Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series

K StewartThe Humanities Institute sponsors a series of free public lectures delivered by distinguished visitors to the University. The lectures are centered on an annually selected theme or issue of broad intellectual and social importance — the same theme chosen for the Institute's Faculty Fellows Seminar. Previous visitors have included well-known humanities scholars as well as civic leaders. The 2017 theme is "Health, Well-Being, and Healing."

Series lectures are directed toward a broad audience, especially for the purpose of expanding dialogue between university scholars of every discipline and community members of every background. Lecture audiences regularly include participants in other Humanities Institute programs and members of the general public, as well as students, faculty, and staff from UT and other area schools.

Upcoming Lectures

Following from Rita Charon's visit as the Cline Visiting Professor in September 2016, the Humanities Institute has invited two Distinguished Visiting Lecturers to deliver public talks on campus in the Spring 2017 academic term. The first speaker in the field of the Medical Humanities for this spring is Dr. Priscilla Wald, Chair of the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and Professor of English at Duke University. Dr. Wald, whose visit we are co-sponsoring with the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies, will deliver a lecture titled "Cells, Genes, and Stories: HeLa's Journey from Labs to Literature" on March 1st. Dr. Joseph Gone, Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, is our second speaker this spring in the Medical Humanities, and will deliever a lecture titled "Rethinking Mental Health Services for American Indian Communities: Postcolonial Perspectives and Possibilities" on March 22nd. For more information on these lectures, please visit our events page. 

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