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Presidential Lectures

The Presidential Lectures bring the most distinguished scholars, artists, and critics of our time to the Stanford University campus for lectures, seminars, panel discussions, and a variety of related interactions with faculty, students, and the community at large. The Presidential Lecture website contains complete biography information for these speakers.

2012-2013
Michael Ignatieff, Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
"On Partisanship: Enemies and Adversaries in Politics," October 15, 2012


2011-2012
Helen Vendler, A. Kingsley Porter University Professor, Harvard University
"Wallace Stevens as an American Poet", January 17, 2012  

2010-2011
Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra
"Music Between Nature and Architecture," April 26, 2011

Judith Jamison, Choreographer and Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
"An Evening With Judith Jamison," January 10, 2011

Robert Putnam, Malikin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University; Visiting Professor and Director of the Graduate Programme in Social Change, University of Manchester
"American Grace: The Changing Role of Religion in America," November 15, 2010  


2009-2010
Mary Robinson, Founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative; President of Ireland 1990-1997; United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 1997-2002
"Human Rights Strategies in the 21st Century," April 12, 2010

Andre© Aciman, Distinguished Professor & Chair of (the PhD Program in) Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
"Parallax: Exile as Metaphor," October 19, 2009  


2008-2009
James M. McPherson, George Henry Davis '86 Professor of American History Emeritus, Princeton University
"But There Was No Peace: The Aftermath of the Civil War," April 13, 2009

Daniel C. Dennett, Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University
"The Evolution of 'Why' as the Key to Free Will," January 12, 2009

Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Yale University
"Comopolitan Norms, Human Rights, and Democratic Iterations," October 27, 2008

Robert Wilson, Theater Director and Visual Artist
"1. Have You Been Here Before 2. No This Is The First Time, An Evening with Robert Wilson," October 1, 2008  


2007-2008
Marina Warner, Literature, Film & Theatre Studies, University of Essex, UK
"The Voice of the Toy: Writing Magic and Enchanted States," April 14, 2008

Richard TaruskinClass of 1955 Professor of Music, University of California, Berkeley
"Shall We Change the Subject? A Music Historian Reflects," March 3, 2008

Partha Chatterjee, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University; Professor of Political Science, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
"The Black Hole of Empire," November 7, 2007

Simon Schama, University Professor of Art History and History, Columbia University
"The Abolition of the Slave Trade Two Hundred Years On- America and Britain: Two Diverging Destinies?" October 29, 2007  


2006-2007
Joan W. Scott, Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study
"Cover-Up: French Gender Equality and the Islamic Headscarf," April 30, 2007

Talal Asad, University Distinguished Professor in Anthropology, City University of New York Graduate Center
"Thinking About Blasphemy and Secular Criticism," October 9, 2006  


2005-2006
Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania; Professor of Political Science
"Extremism," April 24, 2006

Douglas Hofstadter, College Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science, Indiana University, Bloomington
"Analogy as the Core of Cognition," February 6, 2006

Lani GuinierBennet Boskey Professor of Law, Harvard University
"Wealth, Race, and Merit in Higher Education," October 31, 2005  


2004-2005
Carolyn AbbateMusicologist
"Overlooking the Ephemeral," May, 2005

Merce Cunningham, Dancer/Choreographer
"Merce Cunningham in Conversation with John Rockwell," March 9, 2005

Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and Professor at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
"The Ethics of Identity," November, 2004  


2003-2004
Isabel Allende, Author, Lima, Peru
"A Sense of Place," May, 2004

Wendy Doniger, Author, Translator, Editor
"Self-Imitation in Ancient India, Shakespeare, and Hollywood," February 23, 2004

Hazel Carby, African American Scholar
"Child of Empire: Racializing Subjects in Post World War II Britain," October 27. 2003  


2002-2003
Bruno Latour, Pioneer of Science Studies
"Why has Critical Spirit Run Out of Steam? About Iconoclash and Beyond,"April, 2003

Peter Brown, Philip and Beluah Rollins Professor of History, Princeton University
"Scholarship and Imagination: The Study of Late Antiquity," January 27, 2003
 


2001-2002
Lynn Hunt, Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History, University of California, Los Angeles
"The Novel and the Origins of Human Rights: The Intersection of History, Psychology, and Literature," April 8, 2002

Elaine Scarry, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value, Department of English, Harvard University
"Nine One One: Citizenship in Emergency," February 25, 2002  


2000-2001
Gayatri Spivak, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
"Human Rights and the Humanities," February 13, 2001

Roger Chartier, Directeur d'E‰tudes, E‰cole des Hautes E‰tudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris); Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University
"At the Crossroads Between Textual Criticism and Cultural History: The Return to Literature," October 16, 2000
 


1999-2000
Wolfgang Iser, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Constance
"An Evening with Wolfgang Iser," April 3, 2000

Homi Bhabha, Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities, University of Chicago
March 6, 2000

Marjorie Garber, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English, Director of the Center for Literary and Cultural Studies, Harvard University
January 11, 2000

Bei Dao, Poet
November 29, 1999

Svetlana Alpers, Art Historian
"What Are We Looking For? Expectations in Art History," November 8, 1999

Pina Bausch, Director, Tanztheater Wuppertal, Germany
October 18, 1999
 


1998-1999
Stefan Maul, Assyriologist
"Constructions of Divinity: The Idea of God in Ancient Near East," May 17, 1999

Jacques Derrida, Director of Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris; Professor of Humanities, University of California, Irvine
"The Future of the Profession, or the Unconditional University (Thanks to the 'Humanities': What Could Take Place Tomorrow)" April 15, 1999

Alexander Nehamas, Edmund N. Carpenter Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
"The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters," March 8, 1999

Beatriz Sarlo, Professor, Universidad de Buenos Aires
"No Future? Literature and Cultural Politics," February 22, 1999

Fredric Jameson, William A. Lane Professor of Comparative Literature, Duke University
"Aesthetic Autonomy in the Age of Late Capitalism," January 25, 1999

Wole Soyinka, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of the Arts, Emory University
"Contemporary Literature and the Future of the Humanities and Arts," November 30, 1998

Karl Heinz Bohrer, Professor for Modern German Literary History, University of Bielefeld
"Without Future: The Meaning of Poetic Nihilism for Interpretation, Theater and State," November 9, 1998

Stephen Jay Gould, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Professor of Geology, adjunct member of the Department of the History of Science, Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology in the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology
"Interactions of Art and Science, and the Largely Arbitrary Nature of Academic Boundaries," November 4, 1998

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Humanities, Harvard University
"Race and Class / Race in Class," October 12, 1998  


1997-1998
Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities,Yale University; Berg Professor of English, New York University
May 18, 1998

H©lne Cixous, Professor of Literature at the University of Paris VIII
March 16, 1998

Peter Eisenman, Founding Director, Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, New York
March 9, 1998

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Artistic Team
March 2, 1998

Harry Camp Memorial Lectures

The Harry Camp Memorial Fund was established in 1956 by friends and associates of Harry Camp. A prominent businessman and philanthropist in San Francisco, Camp was described as a "gentle and wise humanitarian." The fund brings outstanding speakers to the University for public lectures and promotes the study of "the concept of the dignity and the worth of the individual." The Camp Lectures are presented every other year.

2011-2012

Svetlana Boym, Writer, Theorist, Media Artist
"Freedom and the Arts of Dissent," March 19, 2012
 


2009-2010

Tzvetan Todorov, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
"The Totalitarian Experience", May 2010
 


2007-2008

Simon Schaffer, Professor of History of Science, University of Cambridge
"Newton on the Beach," January 14, 2008
"Newton on the Ganges," January 15, 2008
 


2005-2006

Anthony Grafton, Historian
"What Was History? The Art of History in Early Modern Europe," January 30, 2006
 


2003-2004

Elaine Pagels, Religious Historian, Princeton University
"Revision Christianity: New Perspectives from the Gospel of Thomas," January 26, 2004
"Politics and Religion: How and When Do They Begin to Separate?" January 28, 2004
 


2001-2002

Anthony Sampson, British Journalist
"Nelson Mandela, Reconciliation, and Shakespeare," January 22, 2002
 


1997-1998

Lawrence Weiskrantz, Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, Oxford University
"The Search for Consciousness: Intersections of Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology," October 13, 1997
 


1994-1995

Robert Darnton, "Censorships: Bourbon France, British India, and Communist East Germany"
 


1993-1994

Eric Kandel, M.D., "Genes, Nerve Cells, and Memory"
 


1991-1992

Edward W. Said, "The Historical Study of Literature and the Intellectual Vocation"
 


1989-1990

Jean Franco, "Fin de si¨cle Latin America"
 


1986-1987

Richard Poirier, "Pragmatism and Poetry"
 


1985-1986

Natalie Zemon Davis, "Fiction in the Archives: Forms of Popular Narrative in Sixteenth Century France"
 


1982-1983

Clifford Geertz, "Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author"
 


1981-1982

Herbert A. Simon, "Grappling With the Hard Problems: The Uses of Reason in Human Affairs"
 


1980-1981

E.P. Thompson, "Journey Across the Frontier: Tracking the Cold War To a Source: The Balkans, 1944"
 


1979-1980

Kenneth J. Arrow, "The Possibility of Economic Policy"
 


1976-1977

J.H. Hexter, "A Lesson of History: The Foundations of Human Freedom"
 


1973-1974

Elie Wiesel, "Biblical Heroes: Our Contemporaries"
 


1971-1972

Mark E. Talisman, "The Federal Congress: The Dying Branch of Government?"
Rene Girard, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Clifford Geertz, "Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture"
Geoffrey Hartman, "Spectral Symbolism: Psychological and Mythical Approaches to a Long Poem"
 


1969-1970

Barbara Ward, "A Human Planet?"
 


1966-1967

Kingman Brewster, Jr., "The Academic Process"
 


1964-1965

John H. Finley, Jr., "Hellenism and the Modern Mind"
 


1963-1964

Frank E. Manuel, "Shapes of Philosophical History"
 


1962-1963

Roger H. Sessions, "Music"
 


1961-1962

H.L.A. Hart, "Law, Liberty, and Morality"
 


1959-1960

Erwin D. Canham, "America's Unfinished Business"

Raymond F. West Memorial Lectures

The Raymond F. West Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1910 by Mr. and Mrs. Frederic West of Seattle in memory of their son, a student at Stanford University. The lectures are to promote the subject of "immortality, human conduct, and human destiny." West Lectures are presented every other year.

2012-2013

Amitav Ghosh, Author
"China and the Making of Modern India: A Story of Fantasy, Abuse, and Recovered Memory," December 3, 2012
 


2010-2011

Tim O'™Brien, Winner of the National Book Award
Writing and War," January 24, 2011
 


2008-2009

Caroline Walker Bynum, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ
"Weeping Statues and Bleeding Bread: Miracles in the Later Middle Ages," February 23, 2009
"Holy Pieces: Attitudes toward Parts and Wholes in Late Medieval Devotion," February 25, 2009
 


2006-2007

Bernice Johnson Reagon, Historian, Composer, Musician, Civil Rights Activist
"Pioneering Gospel Music Performers; Song Culture of the Civil Rights Movement," March 5, 2007
 


2004-2005

Lorraine Daston, Director, Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
"Lives of the Mind," March 2, 2005
 


2002-2003

Peter Galison, Mallinckrodt Professor of the History of Physics, Harvard University
Thinking through Things," November 18, 2002
 


1996-1997

Michael Taussig, Professor of Anthropology, Colombia University
"Defacement: Where Faciality and Sacrilege Merge," November 11, 1996
 


1987-1988

Anthony Giddens, "Living in a Troubled World: The Consequences of Modernity"
 


1983-1984

Bernard M.W. Knox, "Mythinterpretation"
 


1978-1979

John R. Pierce, "Technology and Man's World"
 


1973-1974

Jurgens Moltmann, "Human Identity in Christian Faith"
 


1971-1972

Henry Nash Smith, "Higher Laws: Some Patterns of Transcendence in Nineteenth Century American Fiction"
 


1965-1966

Hans Kung, "Whither the Church?"
J.A.T. Robinson, "Exploration into God"
 


1962-1963

Abraham J. Heschel, "Who is Man?"
 


1957-1958

Joseph Wood Krutch, "Average, Normal and Ideal in Human Behavior"
 


1953-1954

Charleton J.H. Hayes, "Religious Influence on our Historic Civilization"
 


1944-1945

Ernest A. Hooten, "Determinants of Human Conduct"
 


1943-1944

Reinhold Niebuhr, "Foundations for a Democratic Civilization"
 


1940-1941

Rufus Jones, "Implications of Man's Mind"
 


1934-1935

James R. Angell, "The Higher Patriotism"
Carl L. Becker, "Progress and Power"
 


1931-1932

Julian S. Huxley, "Biology and Human Nature"
 


1929-1930

G.A. Johnston Ross, "Behavior and Destiny: Christian View"
 


1923-1924

Hugo Black, "The Adventure of Being Man"
Arthur Twining Hadley, "Conflict Between Liberty and Equality"
 


Early Lectures

Irvin Babbitt, "The Ethical Basis of Democracy"
Henry Osborn Taylor, "Freedom of Human Mind in History"
John Dewey, "Factors in Human Conduct"
Charles Lewis Slattery, "Gift of Immortality, Study of Responsibility"
Hastings Rashdall, "Is Conscience an Emotion?"
Samuel M. Crothers, "Three Lords of Destiny"
Charles Edward Jefferson, "Why We May Believe in Life After Death"

Marta Sutton Weeks Distinguished Visitors

A gift to endowment from Marta Sutton Weeks in 1987 provides funds to bring visiting distinguished lecturers to Stanford University for stays varying in duration from one week up to one quarter. The visitors join the Stanford Community to engage in meaningful discussion on a wide variety of humanities topics.

 

2011-2012

Anthony Bogues, Harmon Family Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University
"And What About the Human? Freedom, Human Emancipation, and the Radical Imagination," February 16, 2012

Helen Whitney, Documentary Film Maker
"A Life in Film," November 9, 2011
 

 


2009-2010

Frederick Cooper, Professor of History, New York University
"Citizenship Between Empire and Nation: France and French Africa 1945-60," February 2, 2010
"Imperial Repertoires and the Myth of Modern Colonialsim," February 3, 2010
 


2007-2008

Elaine Scarry, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value, Harvard University
"Poetry and Deliberation," February 11, 2008
"Seminar: Color," February 13, 2008
 


2005-2006

Linda Williams, Professor in the Departments of Film Studies and Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
"Screening Sex," November 7, 2005
 


2003-2004

Anne Fausto-Sterling, Professor of Biology and Women's Studies, Brown University
"Thinking Systematically About the Emergence of Gender," November 5, 2003
"The Bare Bones of Sex," November 3, 2003
 


2000-2001

Roger Chartier, Directeur d'e‰tudes, E‰cole des Hautes E‰tudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris); Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University
"At the Crossroads Between Textual Criticism and Cultural History: The Return to Literature," October 16, 2000
 


1997-1998

Neil Harris, Preston and Sterling Morton Professor of History, University of Chicago
"Envisioning Authority," April 6, 1998
"Building Ceremonies: Beginnings and Ends," April 7, 1998
 


1995-1996

Joy Harjo, Professor of Creative Writing, University of New Mexico
"Tribal Aesthetics and Contemporary American Indian Literature," January 16, 1996
 


1994-1995

Jurgen Habermas, German Philosopher
"Human Rights and National Sovereignty," January 23, 1995
 


1993-1994

Carlo Ginzburg, Franklin D. Murphy Professor of Italian Renaissance Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; Professor of Modern History at the Instituto de Storia Medioevale, Bologna, Italy
"Alien Voices: The Dialogic Dimension of Early Modern Jesuit Historiography," January 25, 1994
"Aristotle and History Once More," January 26, 1994
 


1991-1992

John Cage, Composer, music theorist, philosopher, artist
"Here Comes Everybody: Overpopulation and Art," January 27, 1992
 


1990-1991

Carl Schorske, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History Emeritus, Princeton University
"Mahler and Ives: Populism and Musical Innovation," January 14, 1991
 


1989-1990

Roy Porter, Senior Lecturer in Social History of Medicine, Wellcome Institute, London
"The Social History of Science and Medicine in the Late Eighteenth Century," October 30, 1989
 


1988-1989

Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, Co-director, Center for Historical Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
"Identity and Gender in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance," April 10, 1989
 


1987-1988

Wolf Lepenis, Rector, Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin
"The Sociology of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century," April 25, 1988

Bliss Carnochan Lectures/Visitors

The Bliss Carnochan Lecture was established in 1992 and is presented annually to honor Bliss Carnochan, the Richard W. Lyman Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, and director of the Humanities Center from 1985 to 1991. The name was changed from "Bliss Carnocan Lectures" to "Bliss Carnochan Visitors" in 2009 to reflect the one-month residency of these individuals at the Humanities Center.

2011-2012

Mario Carretero, Professor of Psychology, Autonoma University of Madrid/Buenos Aires
"Historical Narratives and the Construction of National Identities," January 24, 2012
 


2010-2011

Jean-Michel Frodon, Institute of Political Studies, Paris
"Filming or Not Filming the War: An International Panel on Strategies of War Remembrance in Cinema," April 7, 2011
 


2009-2010

Julian Stallabrass, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
"The Artist as Critic/The Critic as Mouthpiece: The Peculiar Case of Jeff Wall," April 7, 2010
 


2007-2008

David Lieberman, Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley
"Shaping and Breaking the Politics of Legal History," April 4, 2008
 


2006-2007

Max Byrd, Novelist
"The Historical Novel," April 20, 2007
 


2005-2006

Emma Rothschild, Director of the Centre for History and Economics, King's College, Cambridge; Visiting Professor of History, Harvard University
"Children and Childishness Revisited," April 7, 2006
 


2004-2005

Nicolas Barker, Author
"Literary Forgery as Fine Art," April 8, 2005
 


2003-2004

Eric Sundquist, UCLA Foundation Professor of Literature, University of California, Los Angeles
"The Wounding Past: Diaspora, Slavery, Holocaust," April 2, 2004
 


2002-2003

Thomas Crow, Professor of Art History, Yale University; Director, Getty Institute
"The Scandals of Allegory: How Do Warhols Mean?," April 25, 2003
 


2001-2002

Drew Gilpin Faust, Historian, Harvard University
"Missing in Action: Naming the Dead in the American Civil War," April 19, 2001
 


2000-2001

David Cannadine, Director, Institute of Historical Research, England
"Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire," April 19, 2001
 


1999-2000

Bernard Bailyn, Adams University Professor and James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, Emeritus, Harvard University
"Politics & The Creative Imagination: The Founding Generation," April 7, 2000
 


1998-1999

Arnold RampersadSara Hart Kimball Professor, Stanford University
"Biography & African-American Culture," April 16, 1999
 


1997-1998

Linda ColleyRichard M. Colgate Professor of History, Yale University
"Going Native, Telling Tales: Captivities and Collaborations in an Age of Empire," April 17, 1998
 


1996-1997

W. Robert ConnorDirector, National Humanities Center
"Festival and Democracy: The Athenian Panathenaea," April 18, 1997
 


1995-1996

Marshall SahlinsCharles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago
"Sentimental Pessimism and Ethnographic Experience: Modern forms of Culture and History," April 19, 1996
 


1994-1995

Lawrence LevineMargaret Byrne Professor of History, Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley; Professor of Cultural Studies and History, George Mason University
"'All the Nations in the World': The Search for an American Identity," February 28, 1995
 


1993-1994

Linda NochlinLila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
"The Body in Pieces: The Fragment as Metaphor of Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Art," April 15, 1994
 


1992-1993

Tony JudtRemarque Professor of European Studies, New York University
"After Dissent: The Intellectual Condition in Contemporary Europe," April 16, 1993

Arts and International Events

The Humanities Center sponsors International Visitors and Bliss Carnochan Visitors, who give public lectures during their residency. The arts events include events featuring the Arts Critics in Residence and Arts Writers/Practitioners in Residence, both jointly sponsored by SiCa.

Nuray MertAssociate Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Istanbul University
"Democratization and Freedom of Speech: A Focus on Turkey, Arab World, and Ukraine," October 30, 2012
"Nuray Mert ile Söyleşi," October 16, 2012

 


2011-12

Mario CarreteroProfessor of Psychology, Autonoma University of Madrid/Buenos Aires
"Historical Narratives and the Construction of National Identities," January 24, 2012

Alastair MacaulayDance Critic, The New York Times
"Life, Art, Dance, and Criticism," November 2, 2011

Adams BodomoAfrican Studies Programme Director at the School of Humanities, University of Hong Kong
"What is it Like to be an African in China?" October 13, 2011

MK RainaArts Writer/Practitioner in Residence 2011-12
"Salon Featuring MK Raina," October 11, 2011
 


2010-11

Anies BaswedanPresident, Paramadina University, Jakarta, Indonesia
"Does Democratization Imply Islamization? Lessons from Democratic Indonesia, the World's Largest Majority-Muslim Country," May 18, 2011
"Lunch Seminar with Anies Baswedan," May 10, 2011

Jean-Michel FrodonInstitute of Political Studies, Paris
"The Critic's Response and Responsibility," April 28, 2011
"Filming or Not Filming the War," April 7, 2011

Ruth ReichlAuthor, restaurant critic, former editor-in-chief, Gourmet Magazine
"The Intersection of Food, Culture, and History," March 29, 2011

Milica TomicArts Writer/Practitioner in Residence 2010-11
"Art and Right to Public Space," March 9, 2011
"Delegated Performance Mini-Conference," February 18, 2011

Stephane DudoignonRussian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies, EHESS, Paris
"Jihad as a Lifestyle: The Baloch, Islam, and the State in Iran (since 1917)," January 25, 2011

Victor GamaArts Writer/Practitioner in Residence 2010-11
"A Concert with Victor Gama," October 27, 2010
"A Discussion with Victor Gama," October 14, 2010

Cathy HorynFashion Critic, The New York Times
"Open Discussion with Cathy Horyn," October 20, 2010
"Fashion, Writing, and the Arts," October 19, 2010
 


2009-10

Diego GambettaSociology, Nuffield College, Oxford
"Engineers of Jihad Part 1: The Facts," April 2, 2010
"Engineers of Jihad Part 2: The Interpretation," April 22, 2010

Julian StallabrassCourtauld Institute of Art, University of London
"The Artist as Critic/The Critic as Mouthpiece: The Peculiar Case of Jeff Wall," April 7, 2010

Thitinan PongsudhirakChulalongkorn University, Thailand
"Thailand, A Nation in the Making," March 4, 2010

Steven RobinsDepartment of Sociology and Social Anthropology, University of Stellenbosch
"From Revolution to Rights in South Africa?" February 26, 2010

Laurent Cohen-TanugiInternational lawyer, policy adviser, public intellectual, Paris
"Bridge over Troubled Water: The Union for the Mediterranean?" February 22, 2010

Anne SimoninIRICE Lab, CNRS, Paris I and IV
"What's Really Good about 'Infamous Sanctions'? The Case of France 1791-1951," January 29, 2010
 


2008-2009

Adam GopnikStaff Writer, The New Yorker
"Why Write About Writing? or, How Dr. Johnson Can Save Your Life," May 13, 2009

Felicity NussbaumProfessor of English, University of California, Los Angeles
"The Invention of Celebrity," April 3, 2009

Julian BellPainter and Critic
"Verbal Bubble Wrap; or The Contradictions of Art Writing," March 5, 2009
 


2007-2008

Anthony TommasiniChief Classical Music Critic, The New York Times
"The Art of Judging Music: An Update," May 14, 2008

David LiebermanJefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley
"Shaping and Breaking the Politics of Legal History," April 1, 2008

Joan AcocellaStaff Writer, The New Yorker
"Reviewing: Is it an Art or a Craft?" February 6, 2008

David ThompsonAuthor and contributor, The Guardian, The New York Times, Film Comment, Movieline, Salon.com
"What Do Film Critics Do?" November 14, 2007
 


2006-2007

Max ByrdNovelist
"The Historical Novel," April 20, 2007

OrlanPerformance Artist
"This Is My Body… This Is My Software Between Western Culture and Non-Western Culture," April 4, 2007
 


2005-2006

Emma RothschildDirector of the Centre for History and Economics, King's College, Cambridge; Visiting Professor of History, Harvard University
"Children and Childishness Revisited," April 7, 2006
 


2004-2005

Nicolas BarkerAuthor
"Literary Forgery as a Fine Art," April 8, 2005
 


2003-2004

Eric SundquistUCLA Foundation Professor of Literature, University of California, Los Angeles
"The Wounding Past: Diaspora, Slavery, Holocaust," April 2, 2004
 


2002-2003

Thomas CrowProfessor of Art History, Yale University
"The Scandal of Allegory: How do Warhols Mean?" April 25, 2003
 


2001-2002

Drew Gilpin FaustDean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
"Missing in Action: Naming the Dead in the American Civil War," April 19, 2002
 


2000-2001

David CannadineDirector, Institute of Historical Research, England
"Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire," April 19, 2001
 


1999-2000

Bernard BailynAdams University Professor and James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, Emeritus, Harvard University
"Politics and the Creative Imagination: The Founding Generation," April 6, 2000
 


1998-1999

Arnold RampersadSara Hart Kimball Professor, Stanford University
"Biography & African-American Culture," April 16, 1999
 


1997-1998

Linda ColleyRichard M. Colgate Professor of History, Yale University
"Going Native, Telling Tales: Captivities and Collaborations in an Age of Empire," April 17, 1998
 


1996-1997

W. Robert ConnorDirector, National Humanities Center
"Festival and Democracy: The Athenian Panathenaea," April 18, 1997
 


1995-1996

Marshall SahlinsCharles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago
"Sentimental Pessimism and Ethnographic Experience: Modern forms of Culture and History," April 19, 1996
 


1994-1995

Lawrence LevineMargaret Byrne Professor of History, Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley; Professor of Cultural Studies and History, George Mason University
"'All the Nations in the World': The Search for an American Identity," February 28, 1995
 


1993-1994

Linda NochlinLila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
"The Body in Pieces: The Fragment as Metaphor of Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Art," April 15, 1994
 


1992-1993

Tony JudtRemarque Professor of European Studies, New York University
"After Dissent: The Intellectual Condition in Contemporary Europe," April 16, 1993

Other Events

In addition to the endowed lectures, the Humanities Center occasionally sponsors other distinguished visitors to the Stanford campus. The Humanities Center also hosts the Annual Celebration of Publications, which honors the Stanford Humanities faculty who have published a book in the previous calendar year.

2011-2012
Tom HareMarta Sutton Weeks Fellow 2011-12
"How I Write" May 14, 2012

Leah DeVunExternal Faculty Fellow 2011-12
"Humanities Circle: What Does it Mean to Work in the Humanities?" May 7, 2012
 


2010-2011

Marjorie GarberWilliam R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University
"The Use and Abuse of Literature," April 4, 2011

Scott SaulExternal Faculty Fellow 2010-11
"How I Write... About Comedy and Popular Culture," March 1, 2011

Geoffrey HarphamPresident, National Humanities Center
"Melancholy in the Midst of Abundance: How America Invented the Humanities," February 1, 2011
 


2008-2009

"Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hitchock's Vertigo" October 17, 2008
 


2007-2008

Stefan Collini, FBAAuthor
"Critics, Historians, and 'Modernity' in Interwar Britain," October 15, 2007

Marjorie GarberWilliam R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University
"After the Humanities," October 8, 2007
 


2006-2007

Troy JollimoreExternal Faculty Fellow 2006-2007
"How I Write," April 25, 2007
 


2001-2002

Sir Frank KermodeRhoda and Elliott Levinthal Distinguished Visitor 2001-2002
"Wholeness," November 14, 2001
 


1998-1999

Francine Winddance TwineAssociate Professor of International Studies and Women's Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, 
"Is Transracial Motherhood Transformative? Racial Consciousness Among the White Mothers of Black Children in Britain," February 18, 1999
 


1997-1998

JM CoetzeeRhoda and Elliott Levinthal Distinguished Visitor 1997-1998
"The Lives of the Animals," October 20, 1997
 


1995-1996

Susan SontagWriter, director, human rights activist
"Cruelty and Apathy," April 16, 1996
"Rethinking the Novel," April 9, 1996

Sara Batesmember of the Cherokee Tribe
"Spirit as Source: Contemporary Native American Art," October 23, 1995
 


1994-1995

Andy GoldsworthyEarth Artist
"Breath of Earth," February 3, 1995

Mieke BalProfessor of Theory and Literature, University of Amsterdam
"Reading the Handwriting on the Wall: Making Meaning in Museums," December 2, 1994
 


1993-1994

Spalding GrayMonologuist, Writer, Actor
"Gray's Anatomy," May 2, 1994

William CrononFrederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, University of Wisconsin
"Telling Tales on Canvas: Landscapes of Frontier Change," April 28, 1994