Spencer Trask Lectures

The Spencer Trask Lecture Series was founded in 1891 with a gift of $10,000 from Spencer Trask of the Class of 1866 for the purpose of supporting public lectures at the University on subjects of current philosophical, artistic, or scientific interest.

Notable Lectures

T. S. Eliot, Bertrand Russell, Margaret Mead 

2016-2017 Salman Rushdie | Private Lives - Literature and Politics in the Modern World

Upcoming Lectures

Alexandra Horowitz
Apr 12, 2023, 6:00 pm

Alexandra Horowitz heads the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College, where she also teaches seminars in canine cognition, creative nonfiction writing, and audio storytelling. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know and four other books, most recently …

Past Lectures

Rebecca Solnit
Nov 8, 2022, 5:00 pm

The Story Crisis: Climate Chaos as Narrative Emergency

Margaret Price
Nov 2, 2022, 5:00 pm

Fostering Collective Accountability in Academe: What We Can Learn from Disabled Faculty about Access and Care

Adolph Reed
Nov 17, 2021, 5:00 pm

The Farce this Time: What Contemporary Antiracism Shares with the Ideology of the Solid South