The Altman Fellows Program, named for John W. Altman, is the signature program of the Miami University Humanities Center. Its goal is to foster collaboration, pedagogical innovation, and new research across the humanities. The program features a faculty seminar, undergraduate courses, an undergraduate fellows program, and a series of distinguished lectures and works-in-progress talks.
This lecture series, endowed in honor of Arthur C. Wickenden, former Miami University Professor of Religion, features distinguished scholars of comparative religion.
Named for Linda Singer, a member of the Miami University philosophy department until her death in 1990, the annual Singer lectures bring distinguished scholars to address feminist theory, political theory, aesthetics, and social activism. Previous speakers include Judith Butler, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Marilyn Frye, Elizabeth Spelman, Susan Bordo, Nancy Fraser, Joan Scott, Jane Gallop, Ewa Plonowska Ziarek, and Robyn Wiegman.
The Robert T. Harris lectures emphasize social and political theory. They honor Robert T. Harris, chair of the Miami University philosophy department from 1958 to 1969. Past speakers include Onora O'Neill, Christine Korsgaard, Joseph Margolis, Henry Shue, Jim Nickel, Charles Mills, Linda Alcoff, and Ann Ferguson.
The Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture Series in International Studies was endowed by the Tinker Foundation in honor of Dr. Grayson Kirk, Miami University class of 1924. After graduating, Dr. Kirk went on to become one of the pioneers in developing international relations as a field of political science and served as president of Columbia University for many years. This lecture series brings in public figures and recognized scholars to address international issues.
The L. P. Irvin fund supports regular colloquia and lectures in the Department of French and Italian. Made possible by gifts in memory of the former Department Chair, L. P. Irvin, they have brought together many internationally respected scholars in the humanities, including Tom Conley, Françoise Gaillard, Jane Gallop, Mitchell Greenberg, Felix Guattari, Denis Hollier, Dalia Judovitz, Jean-François Lyotard, Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, Jean-Luc Nancy, Avital Ronell, Michael Sheringham, Paul Virilio, and many others. Conference proceedings have been published by Minnesota University Press in the U.S. and by FaraEditore in Italy.
The Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies was established through an endowment from the late Walter Havighurst, a longtime Miami University English professor and author. The center is interdisciplinary, with faculty associates in many departments throughout the University.
The Center for American and World Cultures serves as an interdisciplinary focal point for the study of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, religious difference, and abilities both here and abroad, today, and in the past. The center offers a range of classes, international study experiences, and programs, including regular lectures.
The Critical Inquiry: Penny Lecture Series originated in Black World Studies (BWS) at Miami University 20 years ago as a means of providing a space highlight the multiple academic areas associated with the program. For the first decade, each year a theme was identified and scholars and activist from around the campus and the country were invited to present. The content of these lectures consisted of various issues associated with the black diaspora (writ large). The original name, Penny Lecture Series, made reference to the reality that often these talented academicians were frequently available to students for mere pennies. And from the start, featured lecturers receive a penny in recognition of their willingness to serve. Since its inception the Penny Lecture series expanded to include social justice, sociology, and gerontology. Still retaining its themed approach, now scholars were asked to speak on a central issue that spanned the multiple disciplines. These themes, all with a social justice focus, also featured scholars from both within Miami and Nationally. Scholars and activists that participate still receive the penny as a token of our esteem and recognition priceless commitment to social justice. The theme of this year's series is Crossing Borders.