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Harper Lectures

Every year the University of Chicago Alumni Association hosts more than 40 Harper Lectures in cities around the globe, creating a space where intellectual curiosity meets alma mater camaraderie.

Named for the University’s first president, William Rainey Harper, the Harper Lecture series allows alumni and friends to continue learning from UChicago faculty presenting new breakthroughs, unique perspectives, and innovative research applications on a diverse range of topics.

The locations for the spring 2015 lecture season are below. If your city is not listed or you cannot attend, you can watch full-length recorded lectures at your convenience on our YouTube channel.

Live music and lecture—what could be better?
North Carolina Harper Lecture with Michael Dietler, September 11

This was a fantastic lecture—one of the best Harper Lectures I have attended.
Connecticut Harper Lecture with Gil J. Stein, September 28

Presenter was wonderful and I enjoyed meeting the volunteers at the reception.
Chicago Harper Lecture with Virginia Parks, October 8

Jens was an excellent lecturer and is doing such important work—it made me excited/proud to be part of the UChicago community!
New York City Harper Lecture with Jens Ludwig, October 8

Niall was a great lecturer and he really engaged the audience. He did an excellent job at bringing relevance to and creating discussion around a very specific area of study.
Philadelphia Harper Lecture with Niall Atkinson, October 16

Deepened understanding of creative, musical genius and communication skills.
Bay Area Harper Lecture with Augusta Read Thomas, October 23

Spring Lecture Locations

Atlanta, Georgia »

Thursday, April 16
The Federal Council of Churches and Racial Unity
Curtis J. Evans

Beijing, China »

Saturday, May 9
Democracy through Strength in Asia
Dan Slater

Boston, Massachusetts »

Thursday, May 7
Preventing Youth Violence
Jens Ludwig

Chicago, Illinois »

Thursday, April 16
What Difference Do 30 Million Words Make?
Dana Suskind

Denver, Colorado »

Wednesday, February 18
Thwarting Terrorism
Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, AB’96

Evanston, Illinois »

Thursday, May 7
Methane, CO2, and Climate
David Archer

Hong Kong, Hong Kong »

Tuesday, May 12
Democracy through Strength in Asia
Dan Slater

Houston, Texas »

Sunday, March 29
America’s Four Biggest Global Challenges
Charles Lipson

Istanbul, Turkey »

Wednesday, April 15
Turkey's Urban Future
Christopher R. Berry, AM’98, PhD’02

Los Angeles, California »

Sunday, April 12
Brave New Worlds
Edward W. “Rocky” Kolb

Mexico City, Mexico »

Wednesday, April 22
The Promise of Self-Assembling Integrated Circuits
Juan de Pablo

Minneapolis, Minnesota »

Sunday, May 3
Perform Your Best Under Stress
Sian L. Beilock

Morristown, New Jersey »

Sunday, April 26
Finding Your Place
Niall Atkinson

New York, New York »

Wednesday, April 1
The View from Inside the NSA
Geoffrey R. Stone, JD’71

Paris, France »

Thursday, February 12
Inside a Composer’s Studio
Augusta Read Thomas

San Francisco, California »

Thursday, April 23
Adventures in Our Microbial World
Jack Gilbert

Santiago, Chile »

Thursday, March 26
Rendering the Internet’s “Invisible Hand” Visible
Ali Hortaçsu

Shanghai, China »

Thursday, May 7
Democracy through Strength in Asia
Dan Slater

Singapore, Singapore »

Tuesday, May 5
Democracy through Strength in Asia
Dan Slater

Seattle, Washington »

Sunday, May 3
One Nation, Divisible
John Mark Hansen

Tampa, Florida »

Sunday, March 1
The Challenge of Citizenship
Susan Gzesh, AB’72

Tempe, Arizona »

Sunday, March 1
Myth and Politics in the Hollywood Western
Robert B. Pippin

Toronto, Canada »

Thursday, May 7
Researching the Universe in Antarctica
Stephan Meyer, LAB’70

Washington, DC »

Thursday, April 23
Religion and Violence
David Nirenberg

Event Contact

Harper Lectures
harperlectures@uchicago.edu 773.702.7788

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