Since 2015, the Franklin Humanities Institute has sponsored an event series in honor of our namesake, Dr. John Hope Franklin. We take seriously Dr. Franklin's demand to attend to both the untold stories and the familiar ones - “intellectualizing them,” as he put it - and to place those stories in the context of the world.

In Spring 2018, we launched a new annual lecture – the John Hope Franklin Lecture – as the signature event of the broader John Hope Franklin Legacies Series. Featuring prominent writers, thinkers, and artists with bodies of work that resonate within and beyond the university, the John Hope Franklin Lecture pays tribute to Dr. Franklin’s remarkable career as a scholar and in public service, as well as his wide-ranging influence in the study of history, law, African-American life and culture, and global intellectual exchange.