Humanities Lecture Series


Founded in 1947, the Humanities Lecture Series is the oldest continuing program of its kind at KU. Previous speakers have included authors Jesmyn Ward and Neil Gaiman, actor and author Alan Alda, poets Natalie Diaz and Terrance Hayes, sociologist Matthew Desmond, and many many more.

All events in this year's series will be held in-person and also live-streamed via The Hall Center's Crowdcast Page. Please follow the Hall Center on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or check the calendar on our website to stay up-to-date on all Hall Center events.

Upcoming Events in the Series

Jonathan Lamb

WED MAR 1, 7:30 PM
"How the World Became a Book in Shakespeare's England"
Hall Center Conference Hall
(and live-streamed via Hall Center Crowdcast)
Jon Lamb event poster

Susan Wolf

WED APR 19, 7:30 PM
"Meaning in Life and Why It Matters"
Lied Center Pavilion
(and live-streamed via Hall Center Crowdcast)
Author Susan Wolf alongside cover of her book Meaning in Life and Why it Matters

Previous Events in the 2022-23 Series

Alice Wong

WED FEB 22, 7:30 PM
KU Common Book
"Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century"
Virtual Event via Hall Center Crowdcast
Alice Wong alongside cover of Disability Visibility

Daniel Wildcat

WED FEB 1, 7:30 PM
"Exercises of Indigenuity in an Age of Global Crises"
Haskell University Auditorium
(and live-streamed via Hall Center Crowdcast)
Dan WIldcat headshot with his two book covers on either side

Victoria Chang

THU SEP 15, 2022, 7:30 PM
"Dear Memory: Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief"
The Commons
(and live-streamed via Hall Center Crowdcast)
Author Victoria Chang alongside the cover of her book

Scott Reynolds Nelson

TUE SEP 27, 7:30 PM
"Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World"
Hall Center Conference Hall
(and live-streamed via Hall Center Crowdcast)
Author Scott Reynolds Nelson

Lee McIntyre

THU OCT 13, 2022, 7:30 PM
"Post-Truth"
Woodruff Auditorium
(and live-streamed via Hall Center Crowdcast)
Author Lee McIntyre alongside Post-Truth book cover

Cynthia Prescott

THU NOV 3, 2022, 7:30 PM
"Pioneer Mother Monuments: Constructing Cultural Memory"
Woodruff Auditorium
(and live-streamed via Hall Center Crowdcast)
Author Cynthia Prescott alongside book cover for Pioneer Mother Monuments