Messenger/University Lectures

These visiting lectureships are the highest recognition of scholarship that are awarded by the University. For close to 100 years they have brought to campus an outstanding range of researchers and innovators from across the disciplines.

The University Lectureship was established in the early twentieth century by historian Goldwin Smith, an influential faculty member at the University from 1868-72. The centerpiece of a University Lecturer’s campus visit is the delivery of a single multidisciplinary lecture.

The Messenger Lectureship Series was established in 1924 by longtime mathematics instructor Dr. Hiram Messenger, an 1880 Cornell graduate. A Messenger Lecturer typically gives three lectures/presentations over the course of a one-week visit. At least one of these must be a lecture that is suitable for a general audience.

The University Lectures Committee administers these lectureships:

Nomination process
Budget-related guidelines

The Lectures:

Combined List
1924 – 1960
1960 – 1999
1999 – Present
Current Semester

If you have questions then please contact the Committee Coordinator.

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