The Charles Eliot Norton Professorship in Poetry was endowed in 1925 by C.C. Stillman (Harvard 1898). Incumbents are in residence through their tenure of the Chair, and deliver six lectures. The term "poetry" is interpreted in the broadest sense, including all poetic expression in language, music, or fine arts. Previous holders of the Chair include Gilbert Murray (1926-27), T.S. Eliot (1932-33), Igor Stravinsky (1939-40), Paul Hindemith (1949-50), Ben Shahn (1956-57), Leonard Bernstein (1972-73), Frank Stella (1982-84), John Cage (1988-89), and Luciano Berio (1992-93).

The Norton Lecturer in 2014 is Herbie Hancock.

THE ETHICS OF JAZZ

4pm, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street

Set 1 - THE WISDOM OF MILES DAVIS
Monday, February 3

Set 2 - BREAKING THE RULES
Wednesday, February 12

Set 3 - CULTURAL DIPLOMACY AND THE VOICE OF FREEDOM
Thursday, February 27

Set 4 - INNOVATION AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Monday, March 10

Set 5 - BUDDHISM AND CREATIVITY
Monday, March 24

Set 6 - ONCE UPON A TIMEā€¦
Monday, March 31

Events are free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available starting at noon on the day of each lecture at Sanders Theatre and online (handling fee applies). Limit of 2 tickets per person. Tickets valid until 3:45 p.m. on the day of the event.

2014 Norton Lectures Committee

Homi K. Bhabha
Director, the Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University

Chaya Czernowin
Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music, Harvard University

Ingrid Monson
Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music, Harvard University

Carol Oja
William Powell Mason Professor of Music, Harvard University

Martin Puchner
Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Alex Rehding
Fanny Peabody Professor of Music, Harvard University

David Schiff
R.P. Wollenberg Professor of Music, Reed College

Anne Shreffler
James Edward Ditson Professor of Music, Harvard University

Diana Sorensen
Dean of Arts and Humanities, Harvard University

Selected past lectures:

Photograph of Herbie Hancock by Douglas Kirkland.