Tracy K. Smith reads at a lectern
Former poet laureate Tracy K. Smith reads during the 2018 Elizabeth Drew Memorial Lecture.

Throughout the summer, each campus hosts a number of lectures, workshops, performances, and readings that complement and enrich the academic curriculum. Recent speakers and performers have included the following:

Julia Alvarez

Sam Amidon

John Ashbery

Nancie Atwell

Alison Bechdel

Billy Collins

Vinson Cunningham

Oskar Eustis

Mindy Fullilove

Robert Gipe

Seamus Heaney

Silas House

Jamaica Kincaid

Beth Orton

Kronos Quartet

Tony Kushner

Bill McKibben

Daniel Mendelsohn

Anais Mitchell

Leslie Marmon Silko

Emma Smith

Tracy K. Smith

Natasha Tretheway

Whitney White

Crystal Wilkinson