Barlow Lecture in the Humanities

A thought-provoking talk about the human experience

The John D. Barlow Lecture in the Humanities brings experts from around the world to IUPUI to discuss interesting and important topics in the humanities.

Held every other fall, the lecture is free and open to the public.

2018 lecture

The next Barlow Lecture will be in fall 2018.

Past lectures

Previous Barlow Lectures have addressed topics like the humanities and democracy, how to create good and fair communities, the future history of the book, and reinventing Shakespeare for the twenty-first century.

  • 2016

    Spirit and Place Festival’s Twenty-First Annual Public Conversation, in conjunction with the John D. Barlow Lecture in the Humanities, on the theme of “Home”

    • Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
    • Timothy Schmalz, sculptor
    • Allison Luthe, executive director, Martin Luther King Community Center
    • Terri Jett, associate professor of political science and special assistant to the provost for diversity and inclusivity, Butler University
  • 2014

    The Future History of the Book: Time, Attention, Convention

    Kathleen Fitzpatrick, director of scholarly communication, Modern Language Association

    Watch the 2014 lecture
  • 2012

    “Cry the Cosmos”: Ray Bradbury and the American Imagination

    Jonathan R. Eller, professor of English and director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, IUPUI

    Watch the 2012 lecture
  • 2010

    Imagining Slaves as Loyal Confederates: A Dangerous and Enduring Fantasy

    Peter S. Carmichael, Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and director of the Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College

    Watch the 2010 lecture
  • 2009

    Reinventing Shakespeare for the Twenty-First Century: Keeping the Bard Relevant on Stage, on Page, and in Film

    Tim Hardy, London Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

  • 2006

    The Evolution of Public History in America

    Joseph Brent, professor emeritus at the University of the District of Columbia and president of the Semiotics Society of America and the Charles S. Peirce Society

  • 2004

    Scholarship and Citizenship: The Humanities and Democracy

    Bruce Cole, chair, National Endowment for the Humanities

  • 2002

    September 11 and the Four Modern Waves of Terror

    David Rapoport, professor emeritus of political science, UCLA

  • 1999

    Frost: A Personal Reminiscence

    Robert W. Hill Jr., Henry Norman Hudson Professor of English, Middlebury College

About John Barlow

John Barlow was a faculty member and administrator at Indiana University for more than 30 years. He was among the founding faculty of IUPUI and the School of Liberal Arts, and later served the school as associate dean and dean. He is a professor emeritus of English and German, and he had appointments in philanthropic studies, women’s studies, and communication studies.

Colleagues, friends, family, and students of Barlow founded the lecture to honor him when he retired.

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