The sixth annual Silas Peirce Lecture will take place on February 27, 2019. The lecture, titled Henry David Thoreau’s Legacy of Resistance and Hope, will be presented by Laura Walls, the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. Walls is the author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life. To register, go here.

This special event is made possible by the Silas Peirce Fund, which was established by the heirs of Silas Peirce, treasurer of Boston University (1911-1922) and University Trustee (1899-1922), with the intention of providing for special lectures at the College of Liberal Arts. This lecture series was reintroduced at Boston University in 2014 as one of the signature events of the academic calendar.

The annual Silas Peirce Lecture is open to all fields of inquiry covered in the College of Arts & Sciences and is designed to represent different fields across the years. These lectures bring our academic community together across multiple disciplines, including across colleges, and are of interest to faculty, students, and alumni. Past lectures have included:

2014 – Bethany Ehlmann (California Institute of Technology), “Following the Water on Mars: Roving with Curiosity.”
2015 – Tali Mendelberg (Princeton University),“The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation and Institutions.”
2016 – David Fischer (Brandeis University), “The Enduring Creativity of Afro-European Cultures in America.”
2017 – Bill James, “The Arts and Sciences of Baseball.”
2018 – Dell Upton (UCLA), “Black Liberation & White Supremacy: Commemorating the African-American Past in the Shadow of the Confederacy.”