Humanities Institute

Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series

K StewartThe 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 2017 theme is "Health, Well-Being, and Healing."

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

The first speaker in the field of the Medical Humanities for this fall is Dr. Arthur Frank, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Calgary. Dr. Frank will deliver a lecture titled "Hamlet in the Hospital: An Arts-based Reponse to Suffering Among the Ill and Those Who Care for Them" on September 27th. Dr. Alondra Nelson, an award-winning author and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, is our second speaker this fall in the Medical Humanities, and will deliever a lecture titled "The Social Life of DNA" on October 11. Dr. Frank's and Dr. Nelson's lectures follow from Rita Charon's visit as the Cline Visiting Professor in September 2016, and Dr. Priscilla Wald's and Dr. Joseph Gone's visit as Distinguished Visiting Lecturers in Spring 2017. For more information on these lectures, please visit our events page. 

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

Fall 2017 Lectures

Arthur Frank, “Hamlet in the Hospital: An Arts-based Response to Suffering Among the Ill and Those Who Care for Them”

Wednesday, September 27 • 7P
POB 2.302 (Avaya Auditorium)

Alondra Nelson, "The Social Life of DNA"

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 • 7:00 PM
POB 2.302 (Avaya Auditorium)