Lectures: Late-February to May

Dean's Lecture Series

Emily Bernard English Professor Emily Bernard's Dean's Lecture "Becoming Black:  A Meditation on Racialization" will take place on Tuesday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman.

Professor Emily Bernard’s daughters weren’t born black; they are Ethiopian by birth. Blackness is the social condition that largely determines their experiences in the United States.  They were five years old when they absorbed the fact that black is an ideological, socio-political category that has little to do with actual skin color.  They are gradually becoming black, even though they were born in a place where the concept of “blackness” does not exist.  In this lecture, Bernard explores the way that blackness is learned and also lived.  

Emily Bernard is Interim Director of the ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies program.  Her first book, Remember Me to Harlem:  The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten (2001), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.  Her essays have been reprinted in Best American Essays, Best African American Essays, and Best of Creative Non-Fiction.  Bernard has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Yale University, and the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.  Her most recent book is Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White.

The Dean’s Lecture Series was established in 1991 as a way to recognize and honor colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences who have consistently demonstrated the ability to translate their professional knowledge and skill into exciting classroom experiences for their students — faculty who meet the challenge of being both excellent teachers and highly respected professionals in their own discipline.The Dean's Lecture Award is a celebration of the unusually high quality of our faculty and has become an important and treasured event each semester.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie poster Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be speaking to the University of Vermont community on Thursday, March 20th, 2014 at 5:00 PM in UVM Ira Allen Chapel.  This lecture is free and open to the public. 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a writer from Nigeria.  A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.  She has been called "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [that] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature."

Sponsored by the English Department and James and Mary Brigham Buckham Scholarship Fund.

Endorsed by: African Studies Program, ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies Program, Center for Cultural Pluralism, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program, Global and Regional Studies Program, History Department and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Political Science Department Upcoming Lectures

Full Professor Lecture

Terence Cuneo Terence Cuneo, Professor of Philosophy, will present his Full Professor Lecture “Noncausal Moral Explanations” on Tuesday, April 8 at 5:00 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman.

Terence Cuneo's research focuses on metaethics and early modern philosophy, especially the work of Thomas Reid. He has, however, strong interests in philosophy of religion, epistemology, and political philosophy. Recently, he has taught introductory and intermediate classes on ethics, philosophy of religion, and history of modern philosophy. He has also offered seminars on metaethics and political philosophy. The former class focuses on the debate between moral realists and antirealists, the latter on the place of religion in liberal democracy. He is presently plugging away at several projects, including a book manuscript on the intersection of speech act theory and metaethics entitled Speech and Morality.


Please note: All lecture speakers, topics, start times, and locations are subject to change.