Illume Speaker Series

To champion the tradition and future of the artes liberales, the Humanities Center has created the Illume Speaker Series featuring our own renowned faculty scholars, invited thought leaders and prominent public figures to advance the liberal arts on our campus and inspire lifelong learning in our surrounding communities.

2019-20 Schedule

Fall 2019



College Lecture Series

“The Dreaded Air-ball Shot: Fear and Loathing on the Basketball Court”

Nadav Goldschmied, PhD

Monday, September 16 at 6 p.m.


Illume Special Guest

“The Nickel Boys”

Colson Whitehead

Wednesday, September 18 at 7 p.m.


Illume Special Guest

“On Zinedine Zidane, Bill Buckner, Jake LaMotta, and Tiger Woods:  the Shape of an Ending (for Immortals and Mortals)” 

Blakey Vermeule, PhD

Thursday, October 3 at 6 p.m.


Knapp Lecture Series

“Whitman’s Beginnings - Who Was Walt Whitman”

Mark Edmundson, PhD

Monday, October 7 at 6 p.m.


Knapp Lecture Series

“The Great Work, Song of Myself

Mark Edmundson, PhD

Wednesday, October 9 at 6 p.m.


Knapp Lecture Series 

“The Hospitals and Beyond”

Mark Edmundson, PhD

Friday, October 11 at 6 p.m.


Knapp Lecture

“Making Art in the 21st Century”

William Deresiewicz, PhD

Monday, November 11 at 6 p.m.



Full details are listed in the Humanities Center events calendar.


  • 2018-19 Speakers
  • 2017-18 Speakers
  • 2016-17 Speakers