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The Robert C. Elliott Memorial Lecture Series

The Elliott Memorial Lecture is presented annually by the UCSD Department of Literature, with the support of the Robert C. Elliott Memorial Fund, which was established at the time of Professor Elliott's death in April of 1981. A founding member of the Department of Literature, Professor Elliott authored The Power of Satire (1968), The Shape of Utopia (1970), and The Literary Persona (1982).

Lauren Berlant

Lisa Lowe May 16, 2019 

Lauren Berlant is George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago

"On Being in Life Without Wanting the World (Living with Ellipsis)"

Dudley Andrew

Lisa Lowe November 8, 2017

Dudley Andrew is R. Selden Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at Yale University.

"Jean Renoir and the Writers in his Father's Circle"

Gordon Hutner

Gordon Hutner January 24, 2017

Gordon Hutner is Professor of English at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

"The 21st Century U.S Novel: An Anatomy"

Lisa Lowe

Lisa Lowe May 26, 2015

Lisa Lowe is Professor of English and American Studies at Tufts University, and a member of the consortium of studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora.

"A Fetishism of Colonial Commodities"

Barbara Foley

barbara folwy February 20, 2014

Barbara Foley is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Rutgers University, Newark Campus.

"Biography and the Political Unconscious"

John Beverley

john beverley May 14, 2013

John Beverley is Distinguished Professor of Hispanic Language and Literature at the University of Pittsburgh.

"The Literary Humanities and the Promise of Equality"

David Der-Wei Wang

dwang April 19, 2012

David Der-wei Wang is Edward C. Henderson Professor in Chinese Literature, Harvard University, Director of CCK Foundation Inter-University Center for Sinological Studies, and Academician, Academia Sinica.

"Reinventing the Lyrical: the Making of Chinese Literary Modernity"

Cherrie Moraga

Cherrie Moraga May 10, 2010

Cherríe L. Moraga is playwright, poet, and essayist whose plays and publications have received national recognition.

"A Small Nation of Remember: On the Road to Xicana Consciencia"

Christopher Newfield

Christopher Newfield May 10, 2010

Professor of English, UC Santa Barbara
Former Chair, UC Academic Senate Planning and Budget Committee

"The End of the Public University - and the Beginning of the Next"

Mary Louise Pratt

Mary Louise Pratt October 19, 2006

Silver Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures

"Migrancy, Empire and the Politics of Language: Toward a Geolinguistic Imagination"

Carlo Ginzburg

Carlo Ginzburg May 8, 2006

Franklin D. Murphy Professor of Italian Renaissance Studies

"Learning from the Enemy: On the French Prehistory of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion"

Amy Kaplan

Amy Kaplan April 28, 2005

Graduate Chair, Department of English
University of Pennsylvania

"Where is Guantánamo?"

Michael Denning

Michael Denning May 13, 2004

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American Studies and English
Yale University

"The Rhetoric of Class in the Era of Globalization"

Judith Butler

Judith Butler April 29, 2003

Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature
UC Berkeley

"Precarious Life"

David Harvey

David Harvey May 17, 2001

Professor, The Graduate Center
City University of New York

"The Art of Rent: Globalization and the Commodification of Culture"

Mike Davis

Mike Davis May 23, 2000

Department of History
SUNY Stony Brook

"Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent the U.S. Big City"

Jean Franco

May 13, 1999

Columbia University

“Latin American Culture and the Cold War”

Hazel Carby

November 20, 1997

Yale University

“Body and Soul: Paul Robeson and the Modernist Aesthetic”

Alexander Cockburn

May 6, 1992


“Workers and Nations in Capital’s World"

Richard Falk

April 30, 1991

Princeton University

“Bush’s ‘New World Order’ vs. A Better World”

Henry Louis Gates

April 23, 1990

“On Transforming the American Mind: Race and The Canon”

Isabel Allende

April 13, 1989

“The Voice of a Latin American Writer”

Stephen J. Gould

February 18, 1988

Harvard University

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Edward Said

May 19, 1987
Columbia University

“Culture and Imperialism”

Ian P. Watt

April 16, 1986

Stanford University

“The First Myth of Modern Individualism: Faust”

Fredric Jameson

January 24, 2017 April 17, 1985

UC Santa Cruz

“World Literature in the Era of Late Capitalism”

Iris Murdoch

April 19, 1984

“The Novel”

Denis Donoghue

April 6, 1983

“Ideas and How to Escape from Them”

Ursula K. LeGuin

April 21, 1982


Author “A Non-Euclidian View of California as a Cold Place To Be”