A major university and community event, the annual Distinguished Lecture program brings to campus a prominent humanities scholar whose work highlights the importance of humanities research.

While on campus, speakers discuss humanities trends and participate in informal sessions, allowing ASU colleagues and students to share related research interests.

IHR 2023 Distinguished Lecture with NEH Chair Shelly Lowe

Shelly Lowe NEH Chair

Join us on February 1, 2023 for the IHR Distinguished Lecture with Shelly C. Lowe, Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The schedule will include a lecture and Q&A, followed by a reception.

Lowe is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Ganado, Arizona. From 2015 to 2021 she served as a member of the National Council on the Humanities, the 26-member advisory body to NEH, an appointment she received from President Obama. Lowe’s career in higher education has included roles as Executive Director of the Harvard University Native American Program, Assistant Dean in the Yale College Dean’s Office, and Director of the Native American Cultural Center at Yale University. Prior to these positions, she spent six years as the Graduate Education Program Facilitator for the American Indian Studies Programs at the University of Arizona.

Lowe has served in a variety of leadership roles nationally, most recently as a member of the University of Arizona Alumni Association Governing Board and of the Challenge Leadership Group for the MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellowship. She has served on the board of the National Indian Education Association and as a trustee on the board for the National Museum of the American Indian.

Past Distinguished Lecturers