1891 Lectures in the Humanities

Emily Levine

In 1891, thirty-five scholars gathered to form a community in a new university. In that spirit, this series, now in its fifth year, welcomes new humanities senior faculty to the Stanford community to present their work.

Pictured: Emily Levine, 2022

I’m a great fan of the 1891 Lectures in the Humanities. Not only does the event provide an opportunity to learn about and welcome a new colleague, but it also jump starts the new appointment’s finding a community at Stanford.

Wanda M. Corn                                   
Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History
Anthony P. Meier Director, Stanford Humanities Center 1992-95


Kirstin Valdez Quade, Associate Professor of English
"Saints by Half: Retelling Saints' Lives"

March 14, 2024

Patricia Blessing, Associate Professor of Art and Art History
"Spaces of Artifice: Interiors and the Environment in Islamic Architecture"

February 29, 2024



Lerone A. Martin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Chair, and Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute
"The Gospel of J. Edgar Hoover: How the FBI Aided and Abetted the Rise of White Christian Nationalism,"

February 13, 2023

Emily J. Levine, Associate Professor of Education
"A Genealogy of the University," 

November 3, 2022


Leif Wenar, Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities and Professor of Philosophy
"The Value of Unity," 

March 17, 2022


Anna Bigelow, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
"Thinking With Islamic Things," 

November 10, 2020


Ato Quayson, Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor of English
"Interdisciplinarity and Interpretation," 

January 30, 2020
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