Lectures in the Humanities

In order to foster the dissemination of humanistic scholarship and to bring a wide range of NYU faculty and students to its space in 20 Cooper Square, the Humanities Initiative co-sponsors lectures with individual departments and schools (who have already arranged for a distinguished speaker to give a talk). The Initiative offers the use of its conference room (theater-style seating for up to 70) without charge and contributes up to $350 toward a small reception following the talk. For consideration, a brief application by the department or school must be submitted by the deadline below.


All departments and schools at NYU are encouraged to apply, especially those outside “traditional” humanities arenas. The Initiative is especially interested in hosting speakers who can address audiences not limited to a single area or specialization.

Application format

For consideration, a brief application by the department or school must be submitted, including:

  1. Name and brief c.v. (no more than two pages) of the proposed speaker
  2. Sponsors and likely audience
  3. Paragraph with the proposed title of the talk and a description of the topic
  4. Likely dates for the talk (it would be helpful to propose more than one date in case of conflict)

Further information

Questions regarding applications should be addressed to Chris Alexander, Media and Communications Coordinator of the Humanities Initiative, by email at chris.alexander@nyu.edu.

Please check back for 2014-2015 application guidelines and deadlines.