Rita Charon to deliver the 2018 NEH Jefferson Lecture

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Department is proud to announce that alumna Rita Charon will deliver the 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities Jefferson Lecture in October. Professor Charon is the founding Chair and Professor of Medical Humanities and Ethics and Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center.   A Harvard-trained physician, she completed a PhD in English at Columbia in 1999 under the supervision of Steven Marcus.  Marcus's Columbia mentor and colleague Lionel Trilling delivered the first Jefferson Lecture in 1972.

Charon will deliver the lecture, titled “To See the Suffering: The Humanities Have What Medicine Needs,” on Monday, October 15, at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.