Initially known as the “College Lecture,” the faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences established the annual talk in 1952. In 1967, the title was changed to honor Dean Elbert W. Harrington upon his retirement.

Since its founding, 68 college faculty members have given the Harrington Lecture, each with at least 15 years of service to the university in accordance with the lecture’s charter. Lecturers must also be one whose record as a scholar and teacher is in the best liberal arts tradition and whose achievement warrants recognition by the entire college.

Selected by colleagues, this outstanding teacher and scholar presents a non-technical lecture on some aspect of liberal education and relates this subject matter to the whole concept of the liberal arts.

In “The Third Score: Harrington Lectures 1993–2013,” readers can find a discussion of symbolism in Roman women’s costumes (Judith Sebesta, 1994), an account of a successful collaboration between archaeologists and Indigenous people (Timothy Heaton, 2009) and an exploration of liberty, equality and justice (Dean Spader, 2003). The 20 lectures encompass decades of teaching and research experience in the various disciplines of the liberal arts and sciences.

“These varied and profound lectures take time to peruse and contemplate,” said Michael Kruger, Ph.D., dean of the college. “The College of Arts & Sciences hopes readers enjoy the writings of some of our best scholars and teachers.”

“The Third Score: Harrington Lectures 1993–2013” is available on Amazon.

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