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Humanities Lecture Series

Founded in 1947, the Humanities Lecture Series series has consistently been a hallmark for quality, providing a forum for interdisciplinary dialogue between renowned speakers, the university and the surrounding communities. These events are free and open to the public--no tickets are required unless otherwise noted below. Partial funding for the Humanities Lecture Series is provided by The National Endowment for the Humanities’ 2000 Challenge Grant.

Brittney Cooper "Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower"

SEPT 12, 2019 @ 7:30pm, Liberty Hall

*Free tickets available HERE!

Brittney Cooper is a writer, teacher, public speaker, and the author of Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (2018). An Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, Dr. Cooper has published several book chapters and articles on representations of Black women in popular culture, including a piece on the representation of the "baby-mama" figure in Hip-Hop music and film, the feminist implications of Janet Jackson's 2004 Super Bowl mishap, and the importance of Michelle Obama in the tradition of Black female leadership. Cooper’s scholarly research interrogates the manner in which public Black women have theorized racial identity and gender politics, and the methods they used to operationalize those theories for the uplift of Black communities.


Sarah Deer: "Sovereignty of the Soul: Centering the Voices of Native Women"

OCT 1, 2019 @ 7:30pm, The Commons, Spooner Hall

Sarah Deer holds a joint appointment with the School of Public Affairs and Administration and the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and a long-time activist for the rights of indigenous women, Deer was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2014 and is a 2019 inductee to the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims' rights. Professor Deer is the co-author of four textbooks on tribal law, and author of The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America (2015).


Alan Alda: “An Evening with Alan Alda”

NOV 25, 2019 @ 7:30pm, The Lied Center

*Free tickets for this event are officially "SOLD OUT"

Alan Alda is an actor, writer, director, and science advocate. Throughout his career, Alda has won 7 Emmys, 6 Golden Globes, 3 DGA awards for directing, and the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. One of TV Guide’s 50 Greatest Television Stars of All Time, Alda is best known for portraying Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H. A recipient of the National Science Board’s Public Service Award, Alda is a visiting professor at Stony Brook University and a founding member of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, which develops innovative programs that help scientists communicate with the public. Alda is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed—And Other Things I've Learned (2005), Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself (2007), and most recently If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communication (2017).


Nadine Strossen, “HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship”

FEB 27, 2020 @ 7:30pm, Lawrence Public Library

Nadine Strossen is a prominent lawyer and former president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991-2008 and currently a professor at NYU Law School. In her recently published book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship, Strossen explores how speech is protected under the constitution and how free speech can be used to counter hate speech. With her expert knowledge of the Constitution, Strossen offers useful and applicable strategies for achieving positive outcomes without violating Constitutional rights. From government surveillance and decriminalization of drugs, to sexual harassment and more, Strossen makes complex issues accessible through the use of illuminating statistics and true-life stories.


Kwame Anthony Appiah, “The Lies That Bind”

MAR 26, 2020 @ 7:30pm, KU Memorial Union Ballroom

Kwame Anthony Appiah is a world-renowned cultural theorist and philosopher, has taught at Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard. In January of 2014, he took up an appointment as Professor of Philosophy and Law at NYU. Appiah has been named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 public intellectuals, one of the Carnegie Corporation’s “Great Immigrants,” and awarded a National Humanities Medal by The White House. He considers readers’ ethical quandaries in a weekly column as “The Ethicist” for The New York Times Magazine. From 2009 to 2012 he served as President of the PEN American Center, the world’s oldest human rights organization, and is currently chair of The Man Booker Prize. His most recent book, The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity, is an exploration of the nature and history of the identities that define us.

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