Distinguished Speaker in the Humanities

Recent Speakers

2012
Anne Fadiman, author
Francis Writer in Residence,Yale University
“Using Bacon as Bookmarks: How Readers Treat Their Books”

2011
Tony Kushner, playwright
Recipient of, among others, the Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards
“A Conversation with Claire Gleitman, Professor and Chair, Department of English”

2010
Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics
The Law School, University of Chicago
“Same-sex Marriage and Constitutional Law: Beyond the Politics of Disgust”

2008
David Zarefsky, Owen L. Coon Professor of Communication Studies,
Northwestern University
“Abraham Lincoln and the House Divided: A Study in Public Argument and Politics”

2007
Peter Singer, philosopher
“The Ethics of What We Eat”

2004–06
Various speakers
“Celebration of the Humanities”

2003
Salman Rushdie, author
“Step across This Line: An Evening with Salman Rushdie”

2002
Karen Armstrong, renowned scholar and author
“The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam”

2001
Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and artist
“Comix 101: A Tour of the Evolution of Comics”

2000
Robert Pinsky, poet laureate of the United States
“The Sounds of Poetry”

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