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S.T. Lee Lectures

Images (left to right from top): Teju Cole, Zadie Smith, David Harvey, Lorraine Daston, Tariq Ali, Jenny Holzer, Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Desiree Akhavan, Caryl Phillips, Mary Sweeney, Immanuel Wallerstein, Michelle Alexander, Amy Bloom, Jack Miles, Elaine Pagels.

Dr. S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture Series in the Humanities

The Dr. S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture Series in the Humanities brings to the Penn Humanities Forum scholars and artists whose work has advanced our understanding of issues central to the humanities. The series is named for Seng Tee Lee, a business executive and noted philanthropist. Dr. Lee is director of the Lee group of companies in Singapore and of the Lee Foundation.

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Dr. S.T. Lee Distinguished Lectures 


20162017 Forum on Translation (September 14, 2016)

Known and Strange Things
Teju Cole, Distinguished Writer in Residence, Bard College; Photography Critic, The New York Times Magazine
in conversation with Amardeep Singh, Associate Professor of English, Lehigh University

20152016 Forum on Sex (September 16, 2015)

What is Appropriate Behavior?
Desiree Akhavan, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Actor
in conversation with Patricia White, Swarthmore Film & Media Studies

20142015 Forum on Color (September 17, 2014)

The Writer's Palette
Zadie Smith, Fiction Writer
in conversation with Jed Esty, Penn English

20132014 Forum on Violence (September 25, 2013)

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander, Associate Professor of Law, Ohio State University

20122013 Forum on Peripheries (October 10, 2012)

Cores and Peripheries in the 21st Century
Immanuel Wallerstein, Senior Research Scholar, Sociology, NYU

20112012 Forum on Adaptations (November 30, 2011)

The End of Capitalism?
David Harvey, Distinguished Professor, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center

20102011 Forum on Virtuality (April 6, 2011)

Nature's Revenge
Lorraine Daston, Executive Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

20082009 Forum on Change (February 11, 2009)

Tragedy is Easy, Comedy is Hard, and Love is Damn Near Impossible
Amy Bloom, Author

20072008 Forum on Origins (April 2, 2008)

Original Sin
Elaine Pagels, Historian of Religion, Princeton University

20062007 Forum on Travel (October 25, 2006)

Border Crossings
Caryl Phillips, Author

20052006 Forum on Word & Image (November 16, 2005)

Public Art
Jenny Holzer, Artist

20042005 Forum on Sleep and Dreams (March 15, 2005)

Cutting Cinematic Dreams
Mary Sweeney, Writer, Editor, and Producer

20032004 Forum on Belief (February 18, 2004)

Fanaticism, Belief, Empires
Tariq Ali, Writer and Filmmaker

2002–2003 Forum on The Book (March 19, 2003)

How Many Scriptures Became One Bible (and Why the Change Matters)
Jack Miles, Author

2001–2002 Forum on Time (November 28, 2001)

What is History Now?
Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Professor of History, Oxford