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Announcing the Fall 2019 Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series

Mon, October 7, 2019
Announcing the Fall 2019 Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series
Dr. Robin Lakoff, Dr. Jason De León, and Dr. Tiya Miles

In 2019, the Humanities Institute will host the Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series, “Narrative and Social Justice." 

Every two years, the Humanities Institute sponsors the Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series, a series of free public lectures delivered by distinguished visitors to the University. The lectures are centered on a biennially selected theme or issue of broad intellectual and social importance — the same theme chosen for the Institute's Faculty Fellows Seminar. Read more about the 2018-2020 class of Faculty Fellows here. Please visit the Humanities Institute's blog, Thinking in Community, to keep up with our weekly posts on research presented in the Faculty Fellows Seminar.

The Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series is free and open to the public. 

Upcoming Lectures in the Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series: 

Date TBD - Tiya Miles, PhD, Professor of History and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at 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 in the 2019 Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series: 

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

Wednesday, April 3 (Blanton Museum of Art's Auditorium) – Doris Sommer, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies, and Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University. Dr. Sommer presented the second lecture, "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. Dr. Lakoff's presented the third lecture, "Narrative Control and the Human Project."

Wednesday, October 23 (Avaya Auditorium) – Jason De León, PhD, Professor of Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies, The University of California, Los Angeles (starting July 2019) and Director of the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP). Dr. De León's presented the fourth lecture, “Soldiers and Kings: A Photoethnography of Human Smuggling Across Mexico.”

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