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

2012

Coco Fusco

“Migration Interrupted: Rights, Freedom, Opportunism, and the Controversy over U.S. Immigration Policy”

Coco Fusco, an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and the Director of Intermedia Initiatives at Parsons The New School for Design, spoke on the other side of immigration—those who don’t make it to the U.S. because of interference by the U.S. government or their home government.

2011

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, one of Time Magazine’s 2010 list of 100 Most Influential People, is an animal behavioral scientist, a bestselling author and a Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a toddler in 1950, learning to speak at age three-and-a-half with the aid of speech therapy and early intervention. She first spoke in public about autism and her own experiences in the mid-1980s.

2010

Patricia J. Williams

Patricia J. Williams is James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University. A graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, she has served on faculties of the University of Wisconsin School of Law, Harvard University's Women's Studies Program, and the City University of New York Law School at Queen's College. She is the recipient of the Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley, the Graduate Society Medal from Harvard, and the MacArthur foundation “genius” grant.