Annual Distinguished Lecturer

IHR's Annual Distinguished Lecturer program brings to campus a prominent humanities scholar whose work highlights the importance of humanities research.

A major university and community event, the Annual Distinguished Lecturer program brings to campus a prominent humanities scholar whose work highlights the importance of humanities research. While on campus, speakers discuss humanities trends with the Institute’s advisory board and participate in informal sessions, allowing ASU colleagues to discuss related research interests.

The Institute for Humanities Research has not yet announced the 2020 Distinguished Lecturer. 

Past IHR Distinguished Lecturers

2016

Zadie Smith

The IHR is proud to announce that it is partnering with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing to host award winning author Zadie Smith as the 2016 IHR Distinguished Lecturer/Piper Center Distinguished Visiting Writer. Smith, a tenured professor of creative writing at New York University, has been recognized for her vibrant insights into contemporary multicultural life from the start. She received numerous awards for her first novel, White Teeth (2000) including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award, and the Guardian’s First Book Award.

2015

Alan Lightman

Does science ever intersect with art, language, and literature? Physicist, novelist, essayist, and author of the bestseller Einstein’s Dreams, Alan Lightman, explored this question and investigated the relationship between the sciences and the humanities in the 2015 IHR Distinguished Lecture in February of 2015.

2014

Stephen Greenblatt

To watch the video of the 2014 IHR Annual Distinguished Lecturer, Stephen Greenblatt

This video is password protected and limited to the larger ASU community. Please contact the IHR at ihr@asu.edu or 480.965.3000 to obtain the password.

Reception: 4:30pm
Lecture: 5:30pm