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Speaker and Conference Funding

The Office of the Provost administers several endowed lecture funds which support campus-wide lectures and programming in various disciplines. Following are brief descriptions of these funds and their intended usage. If you have an initiative that falls under these parameters and would like to inquire about receiving funding for a portion of it, please contact Joan Johnson, Director of Faculty.

Harris Lecture Fund

The N. W. Harris Lecture Fund was established as a gift from Norman W. Harris in 1906 to provide "for the establishment and maintenance of a course of lectures." Mr. Harris designed the fund to bring "scholarly investigation covering the whole field of human knowledge" to the "students and friends of Northwestern" and by extension to the world. Most recently, the Harris Fund has sponsored the Alice Kaplan Institute for Humanities annual Distinguished Harris Lecture.

Hollister Lecture Fund

The John H. Hollister Lecture Fund, established by his daughter Isabelle Hollister Martin, supports lecture programs broadly related to the improvement of public health. John H. Hollister was a founder of the Northwestern Medical School and served as President of the Illinois Medical Society, President of the Chicago Medical Society and an early member of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Association. This fund has recently supported a university lecture on healthcare reform.

Klopsteg Lecture Fund

The Klopsteg Lecture Series Fund was established by Dr. Paul E. Klopsteg to support an "annual series of lectures in the field where the life sciences and physical sciences overlap." Dr. Klopsteg was the President of Central Scientific Company, Associate Director of the National Science Foundation, and President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He joined the Northwestern Physics faculty in 1944, and served as Director of the Northwestern Technical Institute. Most recently, the Klopsteg Lecture Series Fund supported the Science in Human Culture seminar series.

Lindgren Lecture Series

Established by John R. Lindgren to support the “promotion of international peace and Christian Unity”, the Lindgren Lecture Series has recently supported Northwestern's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration events.