Lecture Series

Here’s a list of active lecture series offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and its departments. To request changes to this page, email video@etech.as.ua.edu.

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Interdisciplinary & Popular Series

Margaret Atwood standing at a podium, smiling
Award-winning author Margaret Atwood speaking as part of the Bankhead Visiting Writers Series

Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution (ALLELE)

Sponsored by the departments of biological sciences, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, history, and geological sciences, ALLELE aims to promote greater knowledge of modern evolutionary science through lectures and performances. For more information, visit facebook.com/ALLELEseries or the ALLELE series home page, evolution.ua.edu.

Bankhead Visiting Writers

The English Department’s Bankhead Visiting Writers Series brings emerging and internationally renowned writers to the UA campus to read from their work. Past visiting writers include Margaret Atwood, Charles Simic, Alice McDermott, Kevin Young, Andre Dubus, Robert Pinsky, Alice Walker, Bei Dao, Neil Gaiman, and George Saunders, among others. Audio podcasts of some past readings can be found on iTunes U. For more information, visit cw.english.ua.edu/visiting-writers/.

Hidden Humanities

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, this interdisciplinary series challenges the widespread notion that the humanities ought to be a low educational priority. The lectures intend to clarify current debates over the importance of the humanities and illuminate why intellectual disciplines once at the heart of the university are now so undervalued. For more information, visit the Hidden Humanities page.

Mills Lecture

The Mills Lecture was established and endowed in UA’s College of Arts and Sciences by Mrs. Helen Mills Pittman and her late husband, Dr. John Mills of Birmingham, to bring successful and distinguished alumni and citizens to campus to motivate and inspire students. For more information, visit the Mills Lecture page.

Philosophy Today

The most frequently played and downloaded videos in the College, the Philosophy Today series reflects a commitment by the department to make contemporary philosophical work accessible to those outside the discipline and to provide public forums for addressing controversial or provocative problems. Every Philosophy Today speaker presents a public talk and also conducts a professional colloquium for UA’s philosophy faculty and majors. Most of these distinguished scholars also teach a class while on campus, giving advanced seminar students the opportunity to address questions and objections to a prominent philosopher whose work they have studied. For more information and links to video recordings of past lectures, visit the Philosophy Today series home page on the philosophy department’s website.

Department-Sponsored Series

American Studies

Rose Gladney Lecture for Justice and Social Change

Sponsored by the Department of American Studies, the annual Rose Gladney Lecture for Justice and Social Change honors Dr. Gladney, who retired in 2003 as UA associate professor of American studies. Gladney spent her career working on issues of social justice and change. She was one of the early professors in UA’s Department of Women’s Studies and helped craft the master’s program in that field. She also helped develop and sustain the African-American studies minor. For more information, visit facebook.com/RoseGladneyLecture.

Art & Art History

Paul Jones Lecture Series

In conjunction with the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, the Paul Jones Lecture Series is designed to bring to campus artists whose work is part of the Jones Collection and leading scholars in the field of American Art.  Guest speakers offer a formal presentation on their artwork or scholarly research as well as meet informally with interested faculty and students during their visit. For more information, visit paulrjonescollection.as.ua.edu.

Biological Sciences

Darden Lecture

Named for Dr. William Darden, professor emeritus and a former chair of UA’s Department of Biological Sciences, the Darden Lecture Series brings prominent biologists to campus to address environmental and humanitarian problems. Mrs. Ilouise Hill of Montgomery established the series to honor Darden, who was on the UA faculty for 31 years. For more information, visit bsc.ua.edu.

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Arduengo Lecture

Sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and established to honor the contributions of Professor Anthony J. Arduengo III, the Arduengo Lecture is given annually by a world-renowned researcher in the area of main group element chemistry or physical organic chemistry. A faculty committee chooses the lecturers in recognition of their seminal contributions to the field. Each speaker gives both a technical talk and a general talk as part of the Arduengo Lecture. For more information, visit chemistry.ua.edu/department/seminars-and-lectures/.

Cava Lecture

The Cava Lectureship, established in memory of Professor Michael P. Cava, recognizes preeminent scientists, primarily in the field of organic chemistry. Cava Lecturers typically present both a technical talk and a general audience talk during their time on campus. For more information, visit chemistry.ua.edu/department/seminars-and-lectures/.

Communicative Disorders

Cooper Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Department of Communicative Disorders, this lecture series has been providing local professionals with an opportunity to learn about current trends in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology for over 25 years.  The symposium also provides graduate students in the department an opportunity to plan and organize a one-day workshop held each July.  For more information, visit cd.ua.edu.


Hudson Strode

Presented by the English department and privately endowed Strode Program, the Strode lectures feature distinguished scholars in the fields of Renaissance literature, film, and literary criticism. The endowment, which also funds graduate fellowships and residencies by prominent scholars, is named after Hudson Strode, a prolific author and celebrated teacher of Shakespeare and creative writing who served on the UA faculty from 1916 to 1963. For more information, visit strode.english.ua.edu/lectures-and-symposia/.

Gender & Race Studies

Feminism Spoken Here Brown Bag Lecture Series

The Department of Gender and Race Studies co-sponsors this monthly series with the UA Women’s Resource Center. Lectures cover various aspects of feminism, including talks on women in sports, feederism, and female entrepreneurs. For more information, visit wrc.ua.edu/.


Summersell Series

Sponsored by the Summersell Center for the Study of the South and the University Libraries, this series explores various aspects of Southern history and culture. For more information, visit summersell.ua.edu.

Phi Beta Kappa

Going Lecture

Established in 1999, the annual Allen Going Lecture is presented by the UA chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Previous speakers include Martin Marty, Robert Putnam, Diane McWhorter, and Mark Edmundson. For more information, visit facebook.com/Phi-Beta-Kappa.


Basowitz Memorial Lecture

Presented by the Department of Psychology, this annual lecture honors Dr. Harold Basowitz. After graduating from UA, serving in the Army, and receiving his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Princeton in 1951, Basowitz had an incredible career, including administrative roles at the National Institute of Mental Health and serving as Professor of Psychology at New York University. Each year, an expert from the field of clinical psychology speaks to UA students in honor of Dr. Basowitz. For more information, visit psychology.ua.edu.

Michael Dinoff Memorial Lecture

Presented by the Department of Psychology, this annual lecture was founded in honor of Dr. Michael Dinoff, a professor and director of the University’s Psychological Clinic from 1963 until his death in 1982. Lectures are given by experts from various parts of the field of psychology. For more information, visit psychology.ua.edu.

Religious Studies

Aronov Lecture

Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, the annual Aronov Lecture Series was founded with the goal of introducing the University community to a nationally recognized scholar of religion who is capable of reflecting on issues of wide relevance to scholars from across the humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit religion.ua.edu.

Day Lecture

Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, this annual series aims to change the way students approach religion by inviting them to adopt a contemporary critical perspective on the subject. The lecture honors Zachary Day, a UA graduate who died in 2011, and is supported by the Zachary Day Memorial Fund. For more information, visit religion.ua.edu.