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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Solomon Katz Distinguished Lectureship in the Humanities

Fall funding round.

The Simpson Center regularly invites nominations of UW faculty and visiting scholars for the Solomon Katz Distinguished Lectureship and Professorship in the Humanities. Nominees should have excellent scholarly credentials and speaking abilities. 


The Solomon Katz Endowment in the Humanities supports up to three lectures each academic year: one by a member of the UW faculty and two by visiting scholars.

Visiting scholars may be nominated for residencies of one week (Katz Lectureship) or one quarter (Katz Professorship). Visiting scholars give a public Katz lecture as well as seminars for graduate students and faculty.


Nominee should have excellent scholarly credentials and speaking abilities. Katz Lectures should appeal to a broad audience—faculty, students, and the general public. Visiting scholars' amplitude of thought, crossdisciplinary interests, and ability to contribute to ongoing programs and emerging areas at the graduate level are highly desirable. We encourage nominations of distinguished figures from non-western countries.

Responsibilities of Nominating Faculty Members

Those nominating visiting Katz Lecturers or Professors are expected to participate in the Katz visit as faculty hosts and to assist the Simpson Center in planning the visit, including meals with other faculty, class visits, and community connections.

Learn more about the Katz Distinguished Lecture Series.