THOMAS W. LAQUEUR, University of California, Berkeley

Thomas Laqueur, Fawcett Distinguished Professor of History at Berkeley, specializes in the cultural history of the body, and in the history of humanitarianism and of popular religion and literacy. His books include Work of the Dead; Solitary Sex; Making Sex; Religion and Respectability; and, in progress, a short history of humanitarianism and a book about dogs in Western art. He writes for the London Review of Books and was a founding editor of the journal Representations. He received a Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award, which he used to commission and write a libretto for an opera based on José Saramago’s novel Death with Interruptions; as well as to support projects on human rights, religion, and science studies. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society.


September 14-15, 2017
     Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA

September 18-19, 2017
     North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

September 27-28, 2017
     Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

October 4-5, 2017
     Amherst College, Amherst, MA

October 30-31, 2017
     Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, OH

November 1-2, 2017
     University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

February 5-6, 2018 
     University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

April 2-3, 2018
     Bates College, Lewiston, ME 

April 5-6, 2018
     St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN


What is the Work of the Dead? 

Why Do We Care for the Dead? 

From Churchyard to Cemetery

The Names of the Dead

The Ashes of the Dead 

Bodies Visible and Invisible: The Necro-politics of the Jewish Cemetery in the Life of Modern Thessaloniki

How Dogs Make Us Human 

Dogs, Horses, and Cows in the History of Humanitarianism

Vivisection, Dogs, Darwin, and Feminism: H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau in Context 
Love of learning is the guide of life.