Past Shulman Lectures in Science and the Humanities

These Shulman Lectures have been organized in conjunction with the Yale College seminar “Other Minds” taught by Henry Cowles (History) and Laurie Santos (Psychology).

  • Alexandra Horowitz, Barnard College, “What Is It Like to Be a Dog?”
  • Peter Godfrey-Smith, CUNY/University of Sydney, “Paths to the Evolution of Consciousness”
  • Mark Moffett, Doctor Bugs, “Social Identity and Complexity in Ant and Human Societies”
  • Anne Harrington, Harvard University, “Mindful Minds, Different Brains: Historical Reflections on America’s Love Affair with Meditation”

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These Shulman Lectures have been organized in conjunction with the Yale College seminar “The Physics of Dance” taught by Sarah Demers and Emily Coates.

  • Jonathan Butterworth, University College London, “Research at the Energy Frontier: What, Why, and How?”
  • Yvonne Rainer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer, “Innovation in Dance: Back and Forth with Yvonne Rainer”
  • Young-Kee Kim, University of Chicago, “An Atom as an Onion”
  • Liz Lerman, choreographer, performer, writer, educator, and speaker, “Creative Research: Crossing Borders, Disciplines, and Domains”

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These Shulman Lectures have been organized in conjunction with the Yale College seminar “Habits of Mind” taught by Paul Bloom and Tamar Gendler.

  • David Pizarro, Cornell University, “Understanding the Moral Mind”         
  • Susan Goldin-Meadow, University of Chicago, “Gesture as a Mechanism of Change”
  • Angela Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania and James Gross, Stanford University, “Matter Over Mind: Situational Strategies for Self-Control”
  • Andrew Solomon, writer, “Far from the Tree”

These Shulman Lectures have been organized in conjunction with the Yale College seminar taught by Rüdiger Campe, Professor of German Language and Literature.

  • Peter Dear, Cornell University, “Darwin’s Sleepwalkers: Taxonomic Evidence in the Presentation of Darwin’s Species Theory”
  • Ben Kafka, New York University, “The Experience of Evidence (Freud)”
  • Hans-Ulrich Gumbrecht, Stanford University, “All That Matters Is Invisible: How Latency Dominates Our Present”
  • Jonathan Lear, University of Chicago, “Wisdom Won From Illness: Psychoanalysis, Self-Consciousness, and the Peculiarity of Human Entanglement”
  • Linda Mayes and Helena Rutherford, Yale University, “The Psychobiology of Parenting and Attachment”
  • Andrew Gerber, Columbia University, “How the Mind Models the World: New Ideas from fMRI Findings”
  • David Rodowick, Harvard University, “Perfectionism’s Ironic Transport (Reading Now, Voyager after Cavell)”
  • Tamar Gendler, Yale University, “Holding Your Horses: Ancient and Modern Strategies for Regulating Internal Strife”
  • Bernard Lightman, York University, “How the Victorians Learned about Darwin’s Theories: Popularizing Evolution”
  • Taede Smedes, Catholic University, Louvain, “A Universe of One’s Own: Cosmology, Theology, and Atheology”
  • Guy Consolmagno S.J., Astronomer, Vatican Astrophysical Observatory, “Heaven or Heat Death? Christian and Scientific Perspectives on the End of the Universe”
  • Joseph Prabhu, California State University, “Cross-Cultural Reflections on Religion and Science”
  • Edward J Larson, Pepperdine University and University of Georgia, “Dayton to Dover: A Brief History of the Evolution Teaching Controversy in America”
  • Martin J. Sherwin, Tufts University, “Oppenheimer’s Shadow: His Nuclear World and Ours”
  • Cassandra Medley, Sarah Lawrence College, The Science of Dramatizing Science
  • Hugh Nissenson, Novelist and National Book Award finalist, “The Darkness Within: H. G. Wells and The Island of Dr. Moreau”
  • Dava Sobel, Prize-winning author and former New York Times science reporter, “Paper Planets”