Baylor University
Beall-Russell Lectures in the Humanities
College of Arts and Sciences


Beall-Russell Lectures in Humanities

  • 2013: Timothy Egan, writer: "The Worst Hard Times"
  • 2012: Anne Fadiman, writer and teacher: "Bacon as Bookmarks: Engrossed in the Love of Reading"
  • 2011: John Patrick Shanley, writer and director: "The Art of the Playwright"
  • 2010: Dana Gioia, Poet and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts: "Why Culture Matters"
  • 2009: Dr. Anthony Grafton, Princeton University: "Worlds Made By Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern West"
  • 2008: Robert M. Sapolsky, Stanford University: "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers"
  • 2007: Taylor Branch, Author and Historian: "Myth and Miracles from the King Years"
  • 2006: Azar Nafisi, Author, Visiting Professor, Johns Hopkins University: "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books"
  • 2005: Alexander McCall Smith, University of Edinburgh: "An Afternoon with Alexander McCall Smith"
  • 2004: Robert Fagles, Princeton University: "An Afternoon's Odyssey with Robert Fagles"
  • 2003: Eleonore Stump, Saint Louis University: "Faith and the Problem of Evil"
  • 2002: Shelby Foote, Novelist and Historian: "The Novelist as Historian"
  • 2001: Fred Crosson, Notre Dame: "Seeing and Believing: Education and Faith"
  • 2000: Czeslaw Milosz, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980 Robert Hass, Poet: "A Conversation with Milosz & Hass"
  • 1999: David N. Cannadine, Institute of Historical Research, University of London: "The Palace of Westminster as the Palace of Varieties"
  • Linda J. Colley, London School of Economics: "Britain and Europe: Past and Future"
  • 1998: Bill Moyers, CBS and Public Affairs Television Journalist: "Genesis and the Millennium"
  • The Very Rev. Michael Mayne, Dean Emeritus of Westminster Abbey: "The Idea of a University" Dr. Edward W. Said, Columbia University: "Invention, Memory and Place"
  • 1997: Harry Sieber, Johns Hopkins University: "Don Quixote and the Art of Reading"
  • 1996: Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago: "Compassion in Public Life"
  • 1995: Robert Rosenblum, New York University: "David and Goya: Royal Portraiture in the Age of Revolution"
  • 1994: Ronald Blythe, Novelist and Critic: "Writing in War: 1914-18, 1939-45"
  • 1993: A.S. Byatt, Novelist and Critic: "The Writer as Reader, The Reader as Writer: The Writing of Possession"
  • 1992: William H. McNeill, University of Chicago: "Columbus' World and Ours"
  • 1991: James Burke, Science Commentator, BBC-TV: "Mechanisms of Change: Do Lemons Whistle?"
  • 1990: Maya Angelou, Poet: "An Afternoon with Maya Angelou"
  • 1989: Bryce Lyon, Brown University: "Past and Present: The Loss of Historical Memory"
  • 1988: Carlos Fuentes, Novelist and Critic: "Novel, History, and Language in Latin America"
  • 1987: Robert Hughes, Time Magazine: "Modern Art and the Critic's Task"
  • 1986: Richard C. Marius, Harvard University: "A Rumination on the Causes of the Protestant Reformation of the Sixteenth Century"
  • 1985: Mortimer J. Adler, Chairman of the Board of Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica: "The Paideia Proposal"
  • 1984: Richard M. Rorty, University of Virginia: "Rationality"
  • 1983: James MacGregor Burns, Williams College: "The Crisis of Political Leadership"
  • 1982: Helen Hennessy Vendler, Boston University: "Keats' Autumn Ode"