Brown and Haley Lecture

Originated in 1953, Brown and Haley became the first fully endowed lectureship in the history of Puget Sound in 1981. The lectures are intended to make significant contributions to the understanding of urgent problems confronting society, emphasizing perspectives in the social sciences or humanities.

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Schedule: Series of two lectures given on consecutive nights, usually in February, in odd-numbered years (2017, 2019, etc.)

Chism Lecture in Humanities and Arts

This series was named after Catharine Gould Chism, a Seattle businesswoman and patron of the arts. When Chism died in 1978, she left Puget Sound $1.25 million for an endowment that provides permanent support for the arts and humanities at the university.

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Schedule: Lectures are scheduled in various disciplines throughout each academic year, in conjunction with residencies and/or master classes.


Matthew Norton Clapp Visiting Artist

These projects bring outstanding contemporary theater makers to campus for workshops and presentations.

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James Dolliver National Endowment for Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professorship

In 1996, University of Puget Sound completed the fundraising necessary to meet the expectations of a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant to endow a distinguished teaching professorship. The resulting professorship was named for James Dolliver, longtime Puget Sound trustee and justice of the Washington State Supreme Court. The Dolliver Professor, appointed from the faculty, serves a three-year term focused on a curricular theme of her or his choice.

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Schedule: The endowment supports program enhancements, faculty development seminars, and a visiting scholar (or series) for an undergraduate course in the third year of the three-year term.


John D. Regester Faculty Lectureship

This lectureship was established in 1965 to honor John D. Regester, who joined the Puget Sound faculty in 1924. The address is to be given by a member of the university who exemplifies the qualities of scholarship and intellectual integrity that professors and students have long associated with Regester, who taught philosophy and served as dean of the university and graduate school. The lectures recognize the scholarship and accomplishment of the lecturer, who chooses a subject of particular interest to him/her, and provide an opportunity for the faculty to develop and explore ideas with colleagues and the public.

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Schedule: One lecture on the third Thursday in November of each year.


Lora Bryning Redford Lectureship in Archaeology

This lectureship was established in 2000 at the University of Puget Sound by three brothers—Scott Redford, Bruce Redford, and Kent Redford—in honor of their mother, Lora Bryning Redford, a graduate of the Class of 1937. She majored in French and graduated summa cum laude.

After doing graduate work in Spanish at Mills College, she moved to Mexico City, where she worked for the Railway Mission. In 1945 she became one of the first women to be admitted as professional diplomats into the Foreign Service. In Burma, she met fellow Foreign Service Officer Ralph Redford; in 1959, the Redfords and their three sons were the first American family sent to the newly opened embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal.

At their next post, Istanbul, Redford wrote two books for the "Getting to Know" series published by Coward McCann: Getting to Know the Northern Himalayas and Getting to Know the Central and Southern Himalayas.

After her husband's retirement in 1973, she became a program officer at the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, where she worked closely with Fulbright grantees from India. Throughout her career, Redford immersed herself in the culture (especially the art and archaeology) of the countries in which she lived.

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Susan Resneck Pierce Lectures in Public Affairs and the Arts

Established in 2002 in honor of President Emeritus Susan Resneck Pierce, this lecture series brings to campus public intellectuals, writers, and artists of high recognition in public affairs and the arts, and will focus classroom and co-curricular activities on the speaker's work.

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Schedule: Two per year, fall and spring.
Administrative Contact: Liz Collins


Swope Endowed Lectureship on Ethics, Religion, Faith, and Values

This lectureship was stablished through a gift from Major Ianthe Swope in honor of her mother, Jane Hammer Swope. In keeping with her mother's vision, and recognizing their deeply held religious values as Methodists, Major Swope chose to establish an endowed lectureship to bring guest lecturers on the subject of faith, ethics, values or religion. The Jane Hammer Swope Lectureship is intended to promote broad discussions, critical thinking and ethical inquiry for nature of the mind and heart about matters of religion such as its role in public life, issues in contemporary spirituality, ethics and world religions.

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Schedule: Two per year, fall and spring