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, our annual Paul and Mary Ho Distinguished Lecture in China Studies, and occasional special lectures, such as those delivered by our Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute

In 2019, we hosted Doris Sommer as our Cline Centennial Visiting Professor. Dr. Sommer delivered her lecture, Pre-Texts in a Dublin Prison: StoryDads Tell Tall Tales

The four Distinguished Visiting Lecturers of our two-year inquiry into Narrative and Social Justice include Dr. Jason De León in fall 2020, Dr. Emily Greenwood, and Dr. Doris Sommer, who visited the Humanities Institute in spring 2021, and Dr. Tiya Miles, who will be visiting us in fall 2021. 

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 May 2018, our Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute featured individual public lectures from scholars and include a public symposium with a keynote lecture. 

In addition, HI co-sponsors and helps to support a number of other lectures on campus each year. In 2021, we co-sponsored lectures by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and the Climate in Context Conference.


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