Annual Distinguished Lecture

The FHI's Annual Distinguished Lecture brings internationally renown scholars, artists, and other intellectual and civic leaders to campus. In addition to the featured lecture, each visit typically includes a panel discussion, roundtable, or other public event designed to engage a broad range of Duke faculty and students.

Previous FHI Annual Distinguished Lectures:

2013: Rob Nixon, "Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor"

2012: Joan Wallach Scott, "The Vexed Relationship of Emancipation and Equality"

2011: Salman Rushdie, "Public Events/Private Lives: Literature and Politics in the Modern World"

2010: Pauline Yu, "'An Opportunity to Teach and to Lead': The Humanities Today"

2009: Homi Bhabha, "Also, I Know That a Man Can Become of an Incredible Wickedness Very Suddenly": Time, Agency, and the Banality of Evil"

2008: Roger Chartier, "Cardenio between the Sierra Morena, Whitehall and Parisian Stages"

2007: Anthony Appiah, "West of What?"

2006: Isaac Julien, "Somewhere Else: Theorizing the Making of True North, Fantôme Afrique, and Baltimore"

2005: Mieke Bal, "Making and Understanding: Video and Migration"

2004: Romila Thapar, "Cultural Pasts: History and Beyond"

2003: Emory Elliott, "National Dreams and Rude Awakenings: The American Myths of Isolation and Innocence"

Between 2003 and 2008, the FHI Annual Lecture was supported by the Mellon Foundation.