Humanities Institute

Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series

Dr. Emily Greenwood, Yale University
Dr. Jason De León, University of California, Los Angeles

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 Fellows Seminar. Previous visitors have included well-known humanities scholars as well as civic leaders. The 2018-2020 lecture series theme "Narrative and Social Justice" was chosen by the current Faculty Fellows as an extension of the seminar's theme, "Narrative Across the Disciplines."

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

Date TBD - Tiya Miles, PhD, Professor of History and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor, Harvard University. Please note that due to an unexpected scheduling conflict, Dr. Miles' December 11 lecture, "The Materiality of Slavery: Narrating Enslaved Women's Lives Through Things" at the Humanities Institute has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible. 

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Past Lectures 

Wednesday, March 13 (Avaya Auditorium) – Emily Greenwood, PhD, Professor and Chair of Classics at Yale University. “Philology and Reparation: Resisting Anti-Human Errors in ‘Great’ Books”

Wednesday, April 3 (Blanton Museum) – Doris Sommer, PhD, Ira Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, and Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard University. "Pre-Texts in a Dublin Prison: StoryDads Tell Tall Tales"

Wednesday, September 11 (Avaya Auditorium) – Robin Lakoff, PhD, Professor of Linguistics (Emerita), The University of California, Berkeley. "Narrative Control and the Human Project"

Wednesday, October 23 (Avaya Auditorium) – Jason De León, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, The University of California, Los Angeles. “Soldiers and Kings: A Photoethnography of Human Smuggling Across Mexico.”


For more information on these lectures, please visit our events page. 

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