Ruha Benjamin speaking on 2/4/20

Lecture videos

Archive of Oregon Humanities Center lectures in streaming video.

2019–20 “Convergence: intersections between the sciences and humanities”

Leonard Mlodinow: “Elastic: Flexible Thinking for our Time of Change” on May 21, 2020

Elizabeth Rush: “On Rising Together: Creative and Collective Responses to the Climate Crisis” on March 5, 2020

Ruha Benjamin: “Beyond Buzzwords: Reimagining the Default Settings of Technology and Society” on February 4, 2020

2018–19 “The Common Good” lectures

Danielle Allen: “The Ethics of Public Participation in a Digital Age” on May 21, 2019

Chuck Collins: “Reversing Wealth Inequality: The Case for Progressive Taxation and Bringing Wealth Home” on April 17, 2019

Alisa Roth: “America’s Hidden Mental Health Crisis” on March 12, 2019

Nalini Nadkarni: “Tapestry Thinking: Weaving the Threads of Humans and Nature” on January 30, 2019

Dianna Cohen: “Plastic Pollution: Art to Action” on October 17, 2018

2017–18 “We the People” lectures

Margo Jefferson: “From ‘I’ to ‘We’: The Role of the Citizen-Critic on May 30, 2018

Robin Wall Kimmerer: “We the People”: Expanding the Circle of Citizenship on March 13, 2018

George Packer: “American Identity in the Age of Trump” on January 24, 2018

Maria Hinojosa: “From the Frontlines: A Conversation with Maria Hinojosa” on October 5, 2017

2016–17 “Humanities” lectures

Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf: “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs” Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination on April 21, 2017

Lucy Jones: “The Fault Lies Not in Our Stars: Why Natural Disasters Become Human Catastrophes” on March 9, 2017

Vijay Gupta: “The Citizen-Artist as Healer” on February 9, 2017

Deborah Willis: “Visualizing the Black Body in Photography and Popular Culture” on January 12, 2017

Reza Aslan: “An Evening with Reza Aslaon: Religion, Identity, and the Future of America” on October 18, 2016

2015–16 “Justice” lectures

Ben Fountain: “An Evening with Ben Fountain” on May 10, 2016 in Eugene

Hendrik Hartog: “Justice and Dilemmas of Gradual Emancipation: A Case of Arson in 1815” on April 21, 2016

Lori Gruen: “Justice and Empathy Beyond the Human” on March 10, 2016

Naomi Klein: “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate” on February 16, 2016

Curt Tofteland: “The Villainy You Teach Me: Mercy Seasoned with Justice or Mercy Seasoned with Revenge?” on January 20, 2016 in Portland

Curt Tofteland: “We Know Who We Are But Not Who We May Be” on January 19, 2016 in Eugene

Shakespeare Behind Bars documentary panel discussion with Lara Bovilsky, English; Steve Shankman, English; and Shaul Cohen, Geography. January 10, 2016

2014-15 “connection” lectures

William Deresiewicz: “Education in a Neoliberal Age” on May 14, 2015 in Portland

William Deresiewicz: “What is College For? A Defense of the Liberal Arts” on May 13, 2015 in Eugene.

Frans de Waal: “The Evolution of Connectivity: Empathy, Altruism, and Primate Social Skills” on March 10, 2015. (podcast only)

Susannah Heschel: “Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: The Life and Legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel” on January 29, 2015 in Portland.

Susannah Heschel: “Ethical Challenges of Scholarship” on January 28, 2015 in Eugene.

Maya Lin on November 20, 2014.

2013-14 “vulnerable” lectures

Bruce Schneier: “Internet, Security, and Power” on May 28, 2014.

Victoria Sweet: “God”s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine” on March 5, 2014.

Craig Childs: “Apocalyptic Planet: A Field Guide to the Future of the Earth” on January 28, 2014.

Jeff Duncan-Andrade: “Note to Educators: Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete” on November 25, 2013.

2012-13 “being human | human being” lectures

Jonathan Haidt: “What on Earth is Happening to Us? Polarization, Demonization and Paralysis in American Politics” on May 30, 2013 in Portland.

Jonathan Haidt: “How Human Beings Got Morality, Religion, Civilization, and Humanity” on May 29, 2013 in Eugene.

Wade Davis: “The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in a Modern World” on February 12, 2013.

Ira Byock, M.D.: “Mortality, Morality, and the Meaning of Life” on January 24, 2013 in Eugene.

Ira Byock, M.D: “The Best Care Possible Through the End of Life: What It Is and How to Get It” on January 25, 2013 in Portland.

Michelle Alexander: “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” on November 13, 2012.

2011-12 “Conflict” lectures

Andrew Bacevich: “A Decade of War” on May 15, 2012.

Doug Peacock: “The Greatest Adventure: A Survivor’s Guide to a Melting Century” on March 6, 2012.

Paul Gilding: “The Mother of All Conflicts: Infinite Economic Growth vs. a Finite Planet” on November 15, 2011.

Stacy Bannerman: “The War at Home: What America’s Longest War Has Shown Us About Who We Are, and Who We Can Become” on October 18, 2011.

2010-11 “Sustenance” lectures

Kathleen Dean Moore: “Ethics and Climate Change: What Do We Owe the Future?” on May 9, 2011.

James E. McWilliams: “Beyond the Food Movement: Four Big Ideas About Food and Sustainability” on April 26, 2011.

William Forbath: “Human Rights: The Socialism of the 21st Century?” on April 7, 2011.

Richard Louv: “Beyond Nature-Deficit Disorder: The Restorative Power of the Natural World” on March 7, 2011.

Van Jones: “Beyond Green Jobs: The Next American Economy” on January 24, 2011 in Eugene, OR.


Kwame Anthony Appiah: “A Life of Honor” on May 27, 2010 in Portland, OR.

Kwame Anthony Appiah: “Defending Freedom of Expression in the Written Word” on May 26, 2010 in Eugene, OR.

Peter Kornbluh: “Information is Power: Access to Archives and Human Rights in Latin America” on May 5, 2010

Donald Etherington: “A Sixty-Year Odyssey in Bookbinding and Conservation” on April 13, 2010.

Frances Moore Lappé: “Getting a Grip—Gaining Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want” on April 5, 2010.

Denis Hayes: “Is Prosperity Incompatible With Posterity?” on February 24, 2010.

Suzanne Moore: “Manuscript: The Historical Roots of the Modern Manuscript Book” on Thursday, February 4, 2010.

Temple Grandin: “My Experiences with Animals and Autism” on Tuesday, February 9, 2010.

Paul Courant: “The Book—Not Just Another Gadget” on Thursday, January 21, 2010.

Robert Darnton: “Digitize, Democratize: Google, Libraries, and the Future of Books” on November 12, 2009.


Kenneth Miller: “Time to Abandon Darwin? Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul” on May 27, 2009.

Kenneth Miller: “Darwin, God, and Design: America’s Continuing Problem with Evolution” on May 28, 2009. (Portland)

Mary Evelyn Tucker: “The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology” on May 9, 2009.

Sean B. Carroll: “Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species” on May 4, 2009.

Lawrence Joseph: “Being in the Language of Poetry, Being in the Language of Law” on April 16, 2009.

Frances White: “Make Love, Not War: What Chimpanzees Can Tell Us About the Evolution of Human Behavior” on April 14, 2009.

Joe Thornton: “The Evolution of Complexity: Inside Darwin’s Black Box” on March, 10, 2009.

Dr. Edward Tick: “War and the Soul: Healing our Veterans, Families, and Communities from the Wounds of War” on February 18, 2009.

Warren Holmes: “The Evolution of Cooperation and the Paradox of Altruism” on February 10, 2009.

Peter Galison: “The Assassin of Relativity” on January 21, 2009.

Henry Jenkins: “Talking Snowmen, Moose Stew, and the 3 a.m. Girl: New Media, Popular Culture, and American Politics 2008” on November 3, 2008.


Richard Taruskin: “Did Somebody Say Censorship?” on May 13, 2008.

George Lakoff, linguistics, UC Berkeley and co-founder/senior fellow, Rockridge Institute, spoke on “The Brain and Its Politics” on April 25, 2008.

Stephen Schneider, biology, Stanford Univesity, spoke on “Global Warming: How Do We Manage the Risks?” on March 4, 2008 as the 2007-08 Robert D. Clark Lecturer in the Humanities.


Witnessing Genocide Symposium: Samantha Power, James Young, April 28-30, 2007.


Bishop John Shelby Spong, the 2005-06 Kritikos Professor in the Humanities, spoke on “Who is the Popular God in Public Life in the 21st Century?” on May 24, 2006.

Richard Thompson Ford, the George Osborne Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, discussed his book Racial Culture: A Critique as the 2005-06 Colin Ruagh Thomas O’Fallon Lecturer in Law and American Culture on April 11, 2006.


Loretta Napoleoni, economist and journalist, spoke on her book Terror Inc.: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Network on May 16, 2005.

Louis Menand, critic and author of The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America, spoke about Andy Warhol’s 1962 exhibit of paintings of Campbell’s soup cans and the role it played the intellectual history of the Cold War era on May 12, 2005.

Gary Moulton, the 2004-05 Luther S. and Dorothy Cecilia Cressman Lecturer in the Humanities and Thomas C. Sorenson Professor of American History Emeritus at the University of Nebraska and editor of The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, spoke on “Lewis and Clark’s New Look” on November 4, 2004.