Annual Lectures

The Center sponsors annual Davis, Richmond, and Weiss lectures. These lectures are delivered by distinguished scholars who typically spend at least a fully day on campus. In addition to a public talk, the lecturer may give a more specialized colloquium, speak to a class, or meet with interested groups of faculty and students.

The W. Allison Davis ’24 and John A Davis ’33 Lecture

The W. Allison Davis 1924 and John A. Davis 1933 Lecture commemorates the remarkable work of two distinguished scholars, brothers who, throughout their adult lives, made important contributions to equal rights and opportunity in the United States. Allison Davis, valedictorian of the Class of 1924, was a pioneer in the social anthropological study of class and caste in the American South. John A. Davis pursued wide-ranging political science work on race in both the United States and Africa. The Davis Lecture is delivered each year by a scholar whose work concentrates on some aspect of race, class, or education in the United States.

Previous Davis Lecturers:

  • Ned Blackhawk
  • Beverly Wright
  • Monique Morris
  • Sonia SAnchez
  • Donna Murch
  • Ted Shaw
  • Khalil Gibran Muhammad
  • Danielle Allen
  • Robin D.G. Kelley
  • Angela Riley
  • Richard Thompson Ford
  • Charles H. Long
  • Pedro Noguera
  • Dorothy Roberts
  • Patricia Williams
  • Johnetta Cole
  • Frank Wu
  • Richard Rodriguez
  • Manning Marable
  • Michael Dorris
  • Ishmael Reed
  • Charles Joyner
  • David Levering Lewis
  • Lloyd Richards
  • Margaret Wilkinson
  • Toni Cade Bambara
  • Joseph E. Harris
  • Cornel West

The Richmond Lecture

The Richmond Lecture brings to campus authorities with broad scientific and humanistic interest, particularly those with some focus on the history or philosophy of science. This lectureship is made possible by an endowment established by Don Richmond, Professor of Mathematics at Williams for many years.

Previous Richmond Lecturers:

  • Ahmed Ragab
  • F. Jamil Ragep
  • Nicholas Carr
  • Fredrika Spindler
  • Cristina Alvarez Millan
  • F. Jamil Ragep
  • Daniel Healey
  • Lawrence Principe
  • Daniel Everett
  • Sherry Turkle
  • Daniel Dennett
  • Ian Tattersall
  • Claudia Stevens
  • Lisa Randall
  • E.O. Wilson
  • Bruno Latour
  • Peter Galison
  • Peter Lipton
  • Katherine Park
  • Edward Larsen
  • Leo Marx
  • Merritt Roe Smith

The Andrew B. Weiss Lecture

The Andrew B. Weiss, M.D., Lecture on Medicine and Medical Ethics memorializes the life and work of the late Andrew Weiss, Williams Class of 1961, an orthopedic surgeon. This lecture promotes discussion of health care, broadly conceived, including the economics of health care as well as biomedical/ethical issues.

Previous Weiss Lecturers:

  • Lauren Smith
  • Anita Allen
  • Matthew Liao
  • Udo Schuklenk
  • Otis Brawley
  • Martin Wilkinson
  • Margaret Little
  • Susan Reverby
  • Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Harold Varmus
  • Ronald M. Green
  • Helen Epstein
  • Kurt Eichenwald
  • Mitch Besser
  • Paul Farmer
  • Alice Pentland
  • Panel on “Health Care in Crisis” with John Cronin, Dr. Alan Sager, and Lara Shore-Sheppard