• Current and Archived Events

    Each semester, the Heyman Center presents, co-sponsors, and provides support to events, conferences, and themed-lecture series in all subject areas of the humanities. Our themed-lecture series include those highlighted below. A full list of our themed-lecture series can be found in the left-hand tool bar on any events page.

  • The Money Series

    In response to the 2008 global financial crisis, the Heyman Center established a series of events featuring leading economists, anthropologists, and historians to foster debate and encourage discussion of how the humanities can contribute to a broader understanding of the causes of the crisis and its implications.

  • The Writing Lives Series

    This series features prominent novelists, poets, memoirists, and others who chronicle their own lives and those of others.

  • The Disciplines Series

    This series is made possible by the generous funding of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Events examine the state of various disciplines throughout academia. Recent topics have included the state of social science during the Cold War, the historiography of modern science, and the origins of Great Books courses.

  • The Lionel Trilling Seminar

    Lionel Trilling (1905-75), one of Columbia's most celebrated faculty members, was among the great humanist scholars and public intellectuals of the 20th century. In his memory, the Heyman Center sponsors a series of intellectual conversations, known as the Lionel Trilling Seminars. The current Lionel Trilling Semimar Executive Committee includes Barry Bergdoll, Chair, Professor of Art History and Archaeology; Patricia Dailey, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature; William Theodore de Bary, John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and Special Services Professor in East Asian Language and Culture; Eileen Gillooly (ex-officio), Associate Faculty English and Comparative Literature; Saskia Hamilton, Associate Professor of English, Barnard College; Matthew Jones, James R. Barker Associate Professor of Contemporary Civilization; Ira Katznelson, President, Social Science Research Council and Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History; Mark Mazower (ex-officio), Ira D. Wallach Professor of History; Samuel Moyn, Professor of History; Emmanuelle Saada, Associate Professor of French and Romance Philology; James Schamus, Professor of Professional Practice, Film Division, School of the Arts; Pamela Smith, Professor of History; and Alexander Stille, San Paolo Professor of International Journalism.

  • The Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture

    The Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture is given once a year in honor of the public intellectual and literary critic, Edward W. Said, who taught in the English & Comparative Literature Department at Columbia from 1963 until 2003. Professor Said was perhaps best known for his books Orientalism, published in 1978, and Cultural Imperialism, published in 1993, both of which made major contributions to the field of cultural and postcolonial studies.  Over the course of his intellectual career, Professor Said became one of the most influential voices on the Arab-Israeli conflict as a spokesperson for the Palestinian people in the West. Along with Daniel Barenboim in 1999, he founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which brings together musicians from Palestine and Israel and surrounding Arab countries. Professor Said was awarded the Bowdoin Prize by Harvard University, the Lannan Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, among other awards. He was the first person to be awarded the Lionel Trilling Book Award two times. The Annual Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture pays tribute to Professor Said by bringing to Columbia speakers who embody his beliefs and the legacy of his work.