Board of Visitors
ROBERT D. CLARK LECTURE IN THE HUMANITIES
The Clark Lecture in the Humanities, established in 1994 with a gift from the Bowerman family, promotes "public discussion on the natural sciences, the history of Oregon, and the interface between science and social and cultural affairs, as exemplified by Thomas Condon, legendary frontier missionary, geologist, paleontologist, and founding member of the University of Oregon." The Lectureship was named for UO President emeritus Robert D. Clark, author of The Odyssey of Thomas Condon.
LUTHER S. AND DOROTHY CECILIA CRESSMAN LECTURE IN THE HUMANITIES
The Cressman lecture was inaugurated in 1997 with a generous bequest from former UO anthropology professor and archaeologist Luther S. Cressman. As is stated in the bequest, the lectureship's goal is “the presentation and illumination of fundamental humanities issues that confront . . . societies centrally occupied with science, technology, and business.”
The Lorwin Lectureship was created in 2009 with funding from the estate of Val and Madge Lorwin. Lectures by renowned scholars and experts promote greater appreciation for the importance of civil rights. The lectureship, overseen by the College of Arts and Sciences and the UO School of Law, is administered through research centers, including the Oregon Humanities Center, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, and the Center for the Study of Women in Society.
COLIN RUAGH THOMAS O'FALLON MEMORIAL LECTURESHIP
The O'Fallon Lecture was established by a gift from Henry and Betsy Mayer, named in memory of their nephew, son of law professor James O'Fallon and his wife, artist Ellen Thomas. The subject of this lecture alternates each year between law and art and American culture. Past topics have included philosophy, jurisprudence, American political life, architecture, and art theory and criticism.
KRITIKOS PROFESSORSHIP IN THE HUMANITIES
Established in 1993 with a gift from David B. Stern and Nancy Guitteau, the Kritikos Professorship brings to the university and to the state distinguished scholars, critics, and leaders in the humanities. This lectureship was created to foster the education of UO students and faculty, and to promote intelligent, critical, public discourse across Oregon. Kritikos Professors are known for speaking their minds, even if what they have to say is currently unfashionable.
TZEDEK PROFESSORSHIP IN THE HUMANITIES
The Tzedek Professorship was established by a gift from David B. Stern and Nancy Guitteau. The title of this lectureship is a reference to the Hebrew word for “righteousness” or “justice.” The professorship was inspired by the “Ethics After the Holocaust” conference held at the UO in May of 1996, and by the life and work of the Lithuanian-French philosopher, religious thinker, and Nazi prisoner-of-war Emmanuel Levinas (1905-1995). Levinas made personal ethical responsibility to others the primary focus of his philosophy.