Cline Lecture in the Humanities


This year's Cline Lecturer is Dr. Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities, at Harvard University.

Dr. Greenblatt will speak on Thursday, March 24 at 7 PM in the Cline Library Assembly Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Title of presentation: "Getting Real: The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve"

Description of presentation: Major Renaissance artists — Masaccio, Van Eyck, Dürer, and, above all, Milton — succeeded in giving Adam and Eve physical bodies, psychological depth, a complex marriage, and other attributes of real people. This success fulfilled an ancient theological dream, but it had unexpected consequences for the great origin story.

Sponsors of presentation: Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, CAL Dean’s Office, Department of English, Martin-Springer Institute, Department of History, Honors, University College

For more information, contact Dr. Alexandra Carpino, CCS Department Chair (


CCS sponsors the Cline Lecture in the Humanities.  The Cline Lecture brings to campus renown “speakers from the general area of the humanities, including performers (practitioners) and critics (social critics, public intellectuals).
The goal of the speaker series is to produce an annual event of high quality and wide audience exposure that demonstrates active humanities thought and practice."  

Recent Cline Lecturers have included Elaine Pagels, T.C. Boyle and Luis Valdez.