Joseph Fins
The E. William Davis, Jr., M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College
“Severe Brain Injury and Disability Rights: Why the Sciences and the Humanities Must Be in Conversation”
Tuesday, January 14, 5:30pm
1007 Biosciences Building

Giuseppi Mazzotta
Sterling Professor in the Humanities for Italian, Yale University
“Liberty and Grace in Dante’s Divine Comedy”
Tuesday, February 12, 5:30pm
1261 Harrison Hall

Eric Montgomery
Assistant Director, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Wayne State University
“Cross-Currents of Vodu(n) and Orisha: Spirits and Slaves in African Diaspora”
Friday, February 22, 12:30pm
1001 Madison Hall

Pato Hebert
Associate Professor, Department of Art and Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
“What You May Not See: Mobilizing Social Change Through Art and Imagination”
Wednesday, February 27, 2:30pm
1001 Madison Hall

Martin Feely
Professor Emeritus, School of Natural Sciences, National University of Ireland
"The Connemara Marble: the trans-Atlantic significance of this proposed global heritage ornamental stone”
Tuesday, March 19, 4:15pm
4044 Student Success Center

Adam Ockelford and Graham Welch
Professor of Music and Director of Applied Music Research, University of Roehampton, London; University of London Institute of Education Established Chair if Music Education
“How We Make Sense of Music: Evidence from Neurotypical and Neurodiverse Populations”
Wednesday, March 27, 6:30pm
Anthony Seeger Auditorium

Yiyun Li
Author and Professor of Creative Writing, Princeton University
and Amy Leach
Author and Essayist
“Dear Friend, From My Life I Speak to You in Your Life"
Tuesday, April 2, 5:00pm
Memorial Hall Auditorium


About the program

The Visiting Scholars Program aims to enhance intellectual exploration and academic excellence by bringing to campus each semester a number of scholars who represent a wide variety of intellectual disciplines and whose public lectures deal with a diversity of challenging and thought-provoking topics.

Selected scholars visit campus for one or two days and give a public presentation, visit classes in his or her discipline and participate in other activities arranged by the host department. Scholars are nominated by faculty each semester and selected by the Visiting Scholars Committee.

For more information contact Laura Wisman or Melinda Adams in the CAL office.


Nominations for Visiting Scholars are due to the CAL office in mid-September or mid-February for the next semester. Download the nomination form here.


Videos of Visiting Scholar presentation for the 2017-18 academic year are here. Videos of Visiting Scholar presentation for the 2018-19 academic year are here.

For other videos, contact Joe Fitzgerald.


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