Distinguished Speaker in the Humanities

Recent Speakers

Bart D. Ehrman
James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Misquoting Jesus: Scribes Who Changed the Scriptures and Readers Who May Never Know”

Stephen J. Greenblatt, renowned scholar and author
Cogan University Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University
“The Humanities and the Toleration of Intolerable Ideas”

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

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”

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”

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

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

Various speakers
“Celebration of the Humanities”

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

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

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

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

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