Michael Lynch Distinguished Lecturer Series

This visitor series invites a prominent scholar within the fields of queer, feminist, and sexuality studies to give a guest lecture that is free to the public.

2021 – 2022

Keguro Macharia in conversation with Deb Cowen and Nikoli Attai

Suture: Notes on Method

Past Visitors


Lauren Berlant in conversation with Rebecca Wanzo and Dana Luciano

The Unfinished Business of Cruel Optimism: Crisis, Affect, Sentimentality

Poster for the Lynch Lecture featuring a picture of street art by Pony Wave where two faces imitate the act of kissing while wearing floral face masks. The title and speaker's names are on a black background, with the event date and other details on the bottom, alongside sponsors.


Karen Tongson

Lost in Transposition, or Karaoke for White Men

Amber Musser

Brown Jouissance, Molecular Intimacies, and Kara Walker’s A Subtlety


Elizabeth Freeman

Queer Temporality in Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” and Gertrude Stein’s “Melanctha”

Jordy Rosenberg

Confessions of the Fox reading