Apart from its regular seminars, the ISI hosts a number of related activities. We are delighted to invite eminent figures for our Annual Lecture, which supplements and corresponds to our seminar in any given year; sometimes this takes on other formats, such as a symposium or panel presentation. We also host other panels and presentations from time to time, and co-sponsor other events on campus. Details on current and past activities are below.

Intersections Intersected: The Photography of David Goldblatt

The ISI is a proud co-sponsor of “Intersections Intersected: The Photography of David Goldblatt” at the University Museum of Contemporary Art. David Goldblatt (b. South Africa, 1930) is one of the great photographers of our time. As both citizen and photographer, he was witness to apartheid’s infiltration into every aspect of South African life. The exhibition of over 100 photographs, taken by Goldblatt during the past 50 years, focuses on South Africa’s human landscape in the apartheid and post-apartheid eras. Visit the Museum website to learn more.

Kenneth Miller: "The Evolution Wars"

‘The Evolution Wars: Why Do They Matter? Why Do They Continue?’ 
Kenneth Miller (Brown University)
31 March 2011

Eighty years after the notorious Scopes Monkey Trial, the powerful Intelligent Design movement continues to claim that evolution is ‘only a theory.’ The ensuing debates go to the heart of what counts as rational and scientific in the public arena. Professor Kenneth Miller was the lead witness in the historic Dover Trial, where his testimony proved instrumental in the judge’s ruling that the local school board had no right to require teachers to offer Intelligent Design as an alternative to evolution. Professor Miller is a bestselling author and repeat guest on The Colbert Report; his books include Only A Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul. The topic of the Annual Lecture coincides with the ISHA theme for the year, on ‘(Ir)rationality and Public Discourse.’  

Events 2008-2009

2008-09: ‘The Art of Conflict Transformation in the North of Ireland/Northern Ireland.’ 
An international symposium with Belfast muralists Danny Devenny and Mark Ervine. Hosted in collaboration with UMass Amherst Graduate School. April 30 2009. Seminar: Public Thought, Public Art, Public Effect. For more information see

Events 2007-2008


‘Students, Faculty, and Mental Health.’
A panel discussion in the wake of the Virginia Tech Shootings featuring Dr. Harry Rockland-Miller (University Health Service), Barbara O’Connor (Campus Police), Deborah Carlin (Department of English). In collaboration with the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. 3 October 2007.