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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.


2016-2017

Quentin Skinner, Intellectual historian
"A Geneology of Liberty," October 27, 2016


2013-14

Jill Lepore, American historian
Jane Franklin's Spectacles: Or, the Education of Benjamin Franklin's Sister, October 7, 2013


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

"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"