Golo Mann Lecturer

The Golo Mann Lectureship is made possible through the generosity of CMC alumnus Eugene Wolver '51 and recognizes Golo Mann, noted German historian, essayist, and writer and former professor of history at the College. He was the author of several books, including German History of the 19th and 20th CenturyWallenstein, and Vom Geist Amerikas (translated in English as The American Mind).

2019-2020 Golo Mann Lecturer: Nikole Hannah-Jones

M.M.C. Athenaeum, 2.10.20


Ricardo J. Quinones Distinguished Lecturer

This lectureship was established in honor of Ricardo J. Quinones, the founding director of the Gould Center and Josephine Olp Weeks Professor of Comparative Literature Emeritus.

2019-202o QUinONES LECTURER: Saidiya Hartman

M.M.C. Athenaeum, 4.07.20


Lerner Lecture in the 1960’s in our time

The Lerner Lecture is made possible through the generosity of CMC alumnus Perry Lerner '65 P'89 GP'19 GP'20.

2019-2020 LERNER Lecturer: Thomas Cahill

M.M.C. Athenaeum, 4.22.20


Visiting Speakers

Tara Westover spent her childhood and teen years preparing for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches, stewing herbs during the summer for her mother—a midwife and healer— and in the winter, salvaging in her father’s junkyard.

Self-motivated and driven, she then taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. Without a primary education—without even a birth certificate or exact birth date—she was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. After that first encounter with education—which was both uplifting and devastating—she pursued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an M.Phil. from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a Ph.D. in history in 2014.

Educated was long listed for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence and had spent 32 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Former President Barack Obama named Educated as one of the books on his summer reading list of 2018.

Westover is speaking about her book Educated at the Athenaeum on September 16th, 2019. Her talk is co-sponsored by the Gould Center, the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, and the President’s Leadership fund.

Michele M. Moody-Adams is Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory at Columbia University, where she has also served as dean of Columbia College and vice president for undergraduate education. She holds degrees from Wellesley College, the University of Oxford (where she was a Marshall Scholar), and Harvard University, where she earned her Ph.D. under the direction of John Rawls. She has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and she is a lifetime Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford. She is the author of Fieldwork in Familiar Places: Morality, Culture and Philosophy and is currently at work on a book entitled Renewing Democracy. She has also published numerous articles on moral psychology, justice, gender and race, academic freedom, and democratic disagreement.

Moody-Adams is speaking at the Athenaeum on the topic of “How Imagination Creates Space for Social Progress” on September 26th, 2019. Her talk is one of two keynote addresses for the Imagination and Social Justice Conference organized and sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.

Kiese Laymon is a southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University. Laymon is currently the Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. He served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Nonfiction at the University of Iowa in Fall 2017.  

Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Heavy: An American Memoir. Heavy, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal, the LA Times Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose and Audible’s Audiobook of the Year, was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The Undefeated, New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Library Journal, The Washington Post, Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times Critics.

Laymon has written essays, stories and reviews for numerous publications including Esquire, McSweeneys, New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, ESPN the Magazine, Granta, Colorlines, NPR, LitHub, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, PEN Journal, Fader, Oxford American, Vanity Fair, The Best American Series, Ebony, Travel and Leisure, Paris Review, Guernica and more. 

Laymon is speaking about his book Heavy at the Athenaeum on November 4th, 2019.

Allyson Hobbs, author of A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, is speaking at the Athenaeum on January 28th, 2020.

Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here and An American Summer, is speaking at the Athenaeum on March 4th, 2020.