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.
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."