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Every year, the School of Humanities invites renowned authors and scholars from different parts of the world to discuss popular topics and share their work with students, faculty, and the campus community. 

These lectures are made possible by generous patrons of Purchase college, whose contributions promote the enrichment of the Purchase College Community.

Burt Sachs Lectures

Covering topics that link the Humanities to our shared experience.

Durst Distinguished Lectures

Bringing outstanding literary talent to campus.

Jewish Studies Lectures

Forging connections between the Westchester Jewish community and the undergraduate program.

Creative Writing Lectures

Hear from poets and novelists working in the field. 

Past Lecturers


Colson Whitehead, Durst Lectures 2014?15 Aviva Taubenfeld, Interim Chair of the School of Humanities Wayne TeBrake
Colson Whitehead Aviva Taubenfeld Wayne te Brake
Porochista Khakpour Author George Saunders Zadie Smith, Durst Lectures 2015?16
Porochista Khakpour George Saunders Zadie Smith