Humanities Institute

Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series

The 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 seminar. Previous visitors have included well-known humanities scholars as well as civic leaders. The 2009-10 theme was "Intellectual Life at Moments of Crisis."

Endowed China Studies Lecture

The Institute also has received a generous endowment to present an annual China Studies Lecture that explores China's historical, cultural, or social connection or contribution to the series' theme.

Lecturer at Podium


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.

For more information, please contact the Institute at (512) 471-2654 or

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