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Culler Theory Lecture Series

Acknowledging the Society for the Humanities’ legacy of promoting the value of critical theory, the Society sponsors an Annual Culler Lecture in Critical Theory. The inaugural lecture was offered in 2015-16 by Jonathan Culler (Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature), who served as the Director of the Society for the Humanities from 1984 to 1993.
[Culler Theory Lecture video archive]

  • 2018-19: Nahum Chandler, Professor of African American Studies and Comparative Literature, University of California - Irvine
  • 2017-18: Stefanos Geroulanos, Associate Professor of European Intellectual History, New York University
  • 2016-17: Ranjana Khanna, Professor of English, Women's Studies, and the Literature Program, Duke University 
  • 2015-16: Jonathan Culler, Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Cornell University

 

Digital Humanities Lecture Series

In partnership with the Central New York Humanities Corridor, The Society for the Humanities sponsors an annual digital humanities lecture series delivered by invited speakers.

  • 2018-19: Rachel Sagner Buurma, Associate Professor of Department of English Literature, Co-Director of the Aydelotte Foundation, Swarthmore College
  • 2017-18: Patrick Keilty, Assistant Professor of Information, University of Toronto
  • 2015-16: Sharon Daniel, Professor of Film and Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • 2014-15: Hoyt Long, Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature, Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago
  • 2012-13: Cathy Davidson, Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, and Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2011-12: Kevin Franklin, Executive Director, Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts & Social Science [I-CHASS], University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Michael Simeone, Assistant Director, I-CHASS
  • 2009-10: Mary Flanagan, Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities, Dartmouth College, Kent Kleinman, Dean, College of AAP, Cornell University, and Timothy Murray, Director, Society for the Humanities

 

Future of the Humanities Lecture Series

The Society for the Humanities sponsors an annual future of humanities lecture series delivered by invited speakers.
[Future of the Humanities video archive]

  • 2019-20: Sara Guyer, Director, Center for the Humanities, University of Wisconsin, Madison; President, Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI)
  • 2018-20: Christopher Newfield, Professor of Literature and American Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2016-17: Earl Lewis, President, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • 2015-16: William D. Adams, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 2014-15: Philip E. Lewis, Vice President, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • 2012-13: David Marshall, Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, and Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2011-12: Marjorie Garber, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and Visual & Environmental Studies, Harvard University
  • 2010-11: Pauline Yu, President, American Council of Learned Societies
  • 2009-10: Don Randel, President, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

 

Invitational Lecture Series

The Annual Invitational Lecture of the Society for the Humanities is designed to give a Cornell audience a chance to hear one of our distinguished Cornell faculty members, who may frequently speak at other universities but whom we seldom have the privilege of hearing.
[Invitational Lecture video archive]

  • 2018-19: Amy Villarejo, Frederic J. Whiton Professor of Humanities, Department of Performing & Media Arts, Cornell University
  • 2017-18: Jason Frank, Robert J. Katz Chair of Government, Cornell University
  • 2016-17: Tracy McNulty, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Cornell University
  • 2015-16: Gerard Aching, Director, Africana Studies & Research Center; Professor of Africana and Romance Studies, Cornell University
  • 2014-15: Durba Ghosh, Associate Professor of History, Cornell University
  • 2013-14: Eric Cheyfitz, Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters, Department of English, Cornell University
  • 2012-13: Bernadette Meyler, Professor of Law and English, Cornell University
  • 2011-12: Trevor Pinch, Professor of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University
  • 2010-11: Roberto Sierra, Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Department of Music, Cornell University
  • 2009-10: Brett de Bary, Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, Cornell University
  • 2008-09: Salah Hassan, Goldwin Smith Professor and Director of Africana Studies & Research Center, Professor of History of Art, Cornell University