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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Past Lectures

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

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.

Paul Chan, Artist

The Bather's Dilemma
Una's Lecture
Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 5:00 pm
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Artist Paul Chan is the winner of the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize, awarded biennially by the Guggenheim Foundation to an artist who has made a visionary contribution to contemporary art.

Maggie Nelson, Writer

Songs of Care and Constraint
Una's Lecture
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 5:00 pm
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
Maggie Nelson, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and poetry, including The Argonauts, an autobiographical account that received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.