Public Programs

Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professors

The Center hosts the Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professors in the Humanities, who are sponsored by individual departments or a consortium of departments; Stanford Professors present lectures, seminars, and workshops for faculty, graduate students, and the general public.

Conferences & Symposia

Research Groups are encouraged to propose and develop symposia, which the Center helps fund and organize. These symposia provide occasions for the Center to host noted scholars from other universities around the country and abroad who engage in scholarly conversations with faculty and students at UM.


The Center for the Humanities sponsors and cosponsors lectures of interest to faculty and students across disciplines. These speakers introduce research projects and explore ideas that energize the intellectual climate of the university community.

Edith Bleich Speaker Series

The Edith Bleich Speaker Series honors Edith Bleich, an alumna of UM who taught for 52 years in Miami-Dade schools, and was a lifelong student of history and the humanities. The Series will bring a notable scholar to the Center annually for public lectures on the topic of history broadly taken — including art history and history of science; as well as literature, religion, political thought, and other humanities topics with an emphasis on the historical understanding of these topics.


BookTalks, an online video and podcast series, introduces our humanities faculty and their research to colleagues at UM and at other universities, as well as the general public, through clips of faculty members discussing their recently published books. Beginning fall 2009, this program has been presented in collaboration with Books and Books, Coral Gables.