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Upcoming Lectures and Conversations


Our public outreach programs bring a broad constituency of campus and community members together for shared humanities experiences. We host artists, writers, scholars, filmmakers, public figures, community experts, and world leaders to investigate how humans relate to the self, to others, and to the world we share. Our speakers are diverse, renowned or emerging, and have include Nobel Laureates, National Book Award winners, Pulitzer Prize recipients, and MacArthur Foundation “Geniuses,” among others.

In the past five years alone, we have lead public conversations about antiracist practices, creativity and wellness, fiction and empathy, bias and discrimination in innovative technologies, environmental art, monuments and memory, women in leadership, the pressures and rewards of public service, and constitutional democracy and voting rights. Recent speakers have included Margaret Atwood, Ruha Benjamin, John Brennan, Sandra Cisneros, Michael Chabon, Anita Hill, Ibram X. Kendi, Martha Jones, Tony Kushner, Maya Lin, Safiya Noble, Stanley Nelson, Reshma Saujani, Andrew Solomon, Anna Deavere Smith, and Zadie Smith.

Author Meets Readers Session with Britt Wray
March 2, 2023

Author of, "Generation Dread" - Britt Wray is an author and leading researcher at the intersection of mental health and climate change.

Registration information coming soon

Tanner Talk with Kyle Whyte
April 4, 2023

Kyle Whyte is a philosopher and scholar whose work focuses on the problems and possibilities Indigenous peoples face regarding climate change, environmental justice, and food sovereignty.

Registration information coming soon

Last Updated: 12/5/22