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

"In Fall of 2021 we hosted two virtual Distinguished VIsiting Lecturers on the 2020-2022 theme of  "The Humanities in the Environment/The Environment in the Humanities." Scholar and activist Dr. Nick Estes lectured on  "State Repression of Indigenous Movements: From the Red Power Movement to the Pipeline Protests of Dakota Access and Line 3," and activist Vivien Sansour spoke about "Seed Conservation: Creating New Worlds."

The 2021-2022 Ho Lecture Series departs from the usual single lecture format to present a series of readings by Chinese American poets. A reading by Chen Chen opened the series in October 2021, followed by Jennifer Chang in December. There will be two readings in the spring, Jane Wong in March 2022, and Jeffrey Yang in April.

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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