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 2020-2022 lecture series theme, "The Humanities in the Environment/The Environment in the Humanities provides an opportunity to expand upon the theme of the current Faculty Fellows Seminar.

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

November 10: Vivien Sansour, "Seed Conservation: Creating New Worlds"

Past Lectures 

Wednesday, September 29. 2021 (Virtual) – Nick EstesPhD, author, and one of the founders of The Red Nation. "State Representation of Indigenous Movements: From the Red Power Movement to the Pipeline Protests of Dakota Access and Line 3"

Wednesday, March 13. 2019 (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, 2019 (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, 2019 (Avaya Auditorium) – Robin Lakoff, PhD, Professor of Linguistics (Emerita), The University of California, Berkeley. "Narrative Control and the Human Project"

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 (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. 

For more information, please contact the Institute at (512) 471-9056 or

Upcoming Lectures

Vivien Sansour, "Seed Conservation: Creating New Worlds," Writer, founder of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library

Date: November 10

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