Una's Lectures

The Una’s Lectures were endowed in 1969 as part of the Una’s Gift by Mr. Edward Hunter Ross in honor of his wife, Una Smith Ross. In keeping with her wishes, the Una’s Gift is an endowment  for inviting distinguished scholars in the field of the humanities to Berkeley for the purpose of delivering one or more lectures, meeting with faculty and students in their fields of study, and conducting or participating in seminars and colloquia. The gift also supports graduate student fellowships, awarded to female students working on historical projects.

The Una’s Lectures have been administered by the Townsend Center since 1987. 

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Alexander Nemerov, Art Historian

"Love: Art as Awakening, as Breath"
Una's Lecture
Monday, Oct 21, 2024 5:00 pm

Art historian Alexander Nemerov is the author of many books, including Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography and named by Vogue one of the best books of the year.

Past Lectures

Bonnie Honig, Political Theorist

Fatal Forgiveness: Euripides, Austin, Arendt, Cavell
Una's Lecture
Monday, Nov 13, 2023 5:00 pm
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Political theorist Bonnie Honig is Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture & Media and Political Science at Brown University.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Filmmaker

In Conversation with Hilton Als
Una's Lecture
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2023 5:10 pm
| BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street

Filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the 2022-23 Una’s Lecturer, is joined in conversation by writer and UC Berkeley teaching professor Hilton Als.

Amanda Anderson

Injury, Dignity, and the Literary History of Rumination
Una's Lecture
Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 4:00 pm
| 315 Wheeler Hall and Online

Amanda Anderson is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and English and director of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities at Brown University.

Jeannie Suk Gersen

Una's Lecture
Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020 4:00 pm
| Online

Jeannie Suk Gersen is a feminist legal scholar and contributing writer at the New Yorker. She is joined in conversation by political theorist Wendy Brown.