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Thomas More Lectures on the Humanities

The Thomas More Lectures on the Humanities explore ways the humanities illuminate moral dilemmas, enhance our capacity for understanding and empathy, and help us to imagine more just ways of living.


Emily WilsonCANCELED March 24, 2020, 4:30 p.m., Seelos Theatre
War, Homecoming, Heroism, Truth — Emily Wilson, author of an acclaimed recent translation of the Odyssey, will talk about what we might learn from the Homeric poems about ethics and empathy, and about the moral and poetic challenges of studying, engaging with and translating the distant past. She is a professor of classical studies and graduate chair of the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania.

Past Events

January 31, 2019
The Rise and Fall of the Fact — American historian Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her latest book is "These Truths: A History of the United States" (W.W. Norton & Company, 2018). Her talk at Holy Cross focuses on the origins of our epistemological crisis.

March 1, 2017
What is College For? — Andrew Delbanco, Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University, talks about liberal education — its past, present and future. Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, he is author of "College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be" (Princeton University Press, 2012).
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October 28, 2015
Comics as Documentary: Words, Images, and War — Hillary Chute, associate professor of English at the University of Chicago, discusses why drawing can be an ethical practice of creating images of witness to war, with a focus in particular on the Japanese Hiroshima survivor cartoonist Keiji Nakazawa, and the American Jewish cartoonist Art Spiegelman, son of Holocaust survivors. Her next book, "Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form," is forthcoming in fall 2015 from Harvard University Press.