The Nora and Edward Ryerson Lecture

The 2021 Ryerson Lecture will be held on April 20 at 5pm CST. The 2021 Ryerson Lecturer is Professor Neil Shubin, Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy and the College, Special Advisor to the Provost for the Life Sciences, and Associate Dean for Academic Strategy in the Biological Sciences Division.

The title of Professor Shubin's lecture is “Finding Your Inner Fish: Fossils, Genes, and the History of Life.” 

History

The Ryerson Lectures grew out of a 1972 bequest to the University by Nora and Edward L. Ryerson, a former Chairman of the Board. It has become a "hallmark of the University," said Hugo Sonnenschein, President Emeritus and the Adam Smith Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College, because of its "rich tradition in celebrating the work of our faculty." It honors excellence in academic pursuits and the "high aspirations we hold for ourselves as a community of scholars."

The faculty selects each Ryerson Lecturer based on a consensus that a particular scholar has made research contributions of lasting significance. In return, the Ryerson Lecturer is asked to reflect on his or her intellectual life and work.

Since the Trustees established the lectures in 1973, they have become important events for the University and have been disseminated widely outside the institution. The continued success of the Ryerson Lectures depends on the quality of the nominations received, and it is the hope of the committee that every member of the faculty will give careful consideration to this matter.

Previous Ryerson Lecturers

John Hope Franklin

1974

 

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

1975

Philip B. Kurland

1976

Robert E. Streeter

1977

Albert Dorfman

1978

Stephen Toulmin

1979

Erica Reiner

1980

James M. Gustafson

1981

Saunders MacLane

1982

George J. Stigler

1983

Karl J. Weintraub

1984

James S. Coleman

1985

John A. Simpson

1986

Wayne C. Booth

1987

Janet D. Rowley

1988

Gary S. Becker

1989

James W. Cronin

1990

Stuart M. Tave

1991

Marshall D. Sahlins

1992

Philip Gossett

1993

William Julius Wilson

1994

Wendy Doniger

1995

Cass R. Sunstein

1996

Eugene N. Parker

1997

Bernard Roizman

1998

David Bevington

1999

Leo Kadanoff

2000

Martha McClintock

2001

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph

2002

Lloyd I. Rudolph

2002

Stephen M. Stigler

2003

Robert Pippin

2004

Robert J. Richards

2005

Tanya M. Luhrmann

2006

Mark Siegler

2007

Martha Nussbaum

2008

John Cacioppo

2009

Shulamit Ran

2010

Jean Comaroff

2011

Thomas Holt

2012

Michael S. Turner

2013

 

John A. Goldsmith

2014

Geoffrey R. Stone

2015

 

Sidney R. Nagel

2016

Susan Goldin-Meadow


Michael Silverstein

2017


2019

 

Richard Thaler


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