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One afternoon each quarter during the academic year, University alumni and friends gather downtown at the Gleacher Center for a public lecture by a distinguished member of the faculty, with discussion and reception following. These signature events have been supported for over twenty years by the generosity of the Humanities Council of the University of Chicago. 


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Recent Franke Forums can be viewed on the Franke YouTube channel.

2019-20 SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER 13, 2019

Anne Walters Robertson

Claire Dux Swift Distinguished Service Professor in Music and the College;
Dean, Division of the Humanities

“Beads, Books, Armor, and Coins: Sacred Music and the Material Culture of the Late Middle Ages”

MARCH 11, 2020

Mauricio Tenorio

Samuel N. Harper Professor in History, Romance Languages & Literatures, and the College


MAY 13, 2020

Bill Brown

Karla Scherer Distinguished Service Professor in American Culture, Departments of English Language & Literature and Visual Arts and the College


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