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Marta Sutton Weeks Lectures

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.


Noah Yuval Harari, Author and Historian
Yuval Noah Harari in Conversation with Fei-Fei Li, April 22, 2019


Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Foundatiion Professor of Religion, Princeton University
"Satan: How a fictional being still shadows our views of gender, race, and politics," February 16, 2017


Dave Eggers, Writer
Dave Eggers In Conversation with Tobias Wolff, October 2, 2014

Rachel Donadio, Journalist
"Italy After Berlusconi," February 14, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


Roger Chartier, Directeur d'études, École des Hautes Études 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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