Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities


The Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities Series recognizes scholars in the humanities and emphasizes the role of the humanities in liberal education. The series is named after Solomon Katz, who served for 53 years at the UW, as an instructor, professor, Chair of the Department of History, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. All Katz Lectures are free and open to the public.

You can now listen to full recordings of select Katz Lectures on our Podcasts page over in our redesigned Media + Publications section!


Christof Mauch

How Vulnerable Is Our World? Environmental Sustainability and Lessons from the Past
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Christof Mauch is a distinguished environmental historian and director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society in Munich, Germany, one of the world’s largest research centers for the environmental humanities and social sciences.

Lauren Berlant

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Lauren Berlant is the George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

Alison Wylie

What Knowers Know Well: Why Feminism Matters to Archaeology
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Alison Wylie is Professor of Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Washington. Her abiding interest as a philosopher of science is in questions about how we know what we (think) we know.

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