The Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Family Lectures

Bringing leading scholars, writers, and creative artists from around the world to the University of Chicago

Spring 2020: Danielle Allen

Political theorist discusses “Democracy in the Time of Coronavirus”

Spring 2019: Teju Cole

Award-wining author offers a three-lecture series on “Coming to Our Senses”

The Humanities in Practice

The Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Family Lectures bring to campus individuals who are making fundamental contributions to the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences. Each visitor offers an extended series of 3–5 lectures and develops a book for publication with the University of Chicago Press.

Upcoming Events

Videos for Virtual Berlin Family Lectures by Danielle Allen on May 12 and 13 will be available on May 18. Still to come: Danielle Allen continues the Virtual Berlin Family Lectures about “Democracy in the Time of Coronavirus” on May 19 & 20.


Related Links

  • UChicago News: Mario Vargas Llosa delivers Berlin Family Lectures (5/2017)
  • The Guardian: Amitav Ghosh interviewed about The Great Derangement (9/2016)
  • UChicago Press: Press release for Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement, the first publication from the Berlin Family Lecture Series (10/2016)
  • UChicago Magazine: Art and politics: a conversation with 2015 Berlin Family Lecturer Amitav Ghosh (9/2015)
  • UChicago News: Indian writer Amitav Ghosh to deliver the 2015 Berlin Family Lectures (9/2015)
  • UChicago News: Gift from Randy and Melvin Berlin to bring leading public intellectuals to campus (5/2014)