Marta Sutton Weeks Lectures

Sara Ahmed

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.

Pictured: Sara Ahmed, 2023


Sara Ahmed, Philosophy, independent scholar
"Losing Your Hand: Complaint, Common Sense, and Other Institutional Legacies"

April 4, 2023


Yuval Noah Harari, Author and Historian
"The Coming AI Upheaval,"

April 22, 2019


Elaine Pagels, Princeton University
"Satan: How a fictional being still shadows our views of gender, race, and politics," 

February 16, 2017


Dave Eggers, Writer
"In Conversation with Tobias Wolff,"

October 2, 2014

Rachel Donadio, Journalist
"Italy After Berlusconi,"

February 14, 2014


Anthony Bogues, 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, 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, Harvard University
"Poetry and Deliberation," 

February 11, 2008

"Seminar: Color," 

February 13, 2008


Linda Williams, University of California, Berkeley
"Screening Sex," 

November 7, 2005


Anne Fausto-Sterling, Brown University
"Thinking Systematically About the Emergence of Gender," 

November 5, 2003

"The Bare Bones of Sex," 

November 3, 2003


Roger Chartier, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris)
"At the Crossroads Between Textual Criticism and Cultural History: The Return to Literature," 

October 16, 2000


Neil Harris, University of Chicago
"Envisioning Authority," 

April 6, 1998

"Building Ceremonies: Beginnings and Ends," 

April 7, 1998


Joy Harjo, 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, University of California, Los Angeles; 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, Princeton University
"Mahler and Ives: Populism and Musical Innovation," 

January 14, 1991


Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute, London
"The Social History of Science and Medicine in the Late Eighteenth Century," 

October 30, 1989


Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, École des Hautes Études 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