An "annual lecture on liberal education" was named in 1966 in honor of Elbert Harrington, Professor of Speech and long-time Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (1945-1970). 

Each year a faculty committee in Arts & Sciences recommends to the dean the name of a faculty member to deliver the Harrington Lecture. The faculty member must be a teacher and scholar in the best liberal arts tradition "whose achievement warrants recognition by the entire College." The annual lecture must be non-technical, blending insight into liberal education with the faculty member's work as a scholar.

64th Annual Harrington Lecture

Oct. 18, 2016, 7 p.m. Farber Hall, Old Main

David Swanson, Professor of Biology and Director of Research, Missouri River Institute presents "Metabolism Explains (Almost) Everything."

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Past Lecture

2015 - "Imagining Greece" presented by Professor Clayton Lehmann, Department of History.