Norton Lectures 2018

The Charles Eliot Norton Professorship in Poetry was endowed in 1925. Harvard's preeminent lecture series in the arts and humanities, the Norton Lectures recognize individuals of extraordinary talent who, in addition to their particular expertise, have the gift of wide dissemination and wise expression. The term "poetry" is interpreted in the broadest sense to encompass all poetic expression in language, music, or the fine arts. Past Norton Professors have included T.S. Eliot, Jorge Luis Borges, Leonard Bernstein, Czeslaw Milosz, John Cage, and Nadine Gordimer.

The Norton Professors in 2018 are Agnès Varda, Wim Wenders, and Frederick Wiseman

Wide Angle: The Norton Lectures on Cinema

Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street

Monday, January 29 at 4pm and Monday, February 5 at 4pm: Frederick Wiseman
The Search for Story, Structure, and Meaning in Documentary Film: Part I and Part II
Download photographs by Tia Chapman from Part 1 on January 29

Monday, February 26 at 4pm and Tuesday, February 27 at 4pm: Agnès Varda
The 7th Art and Me and Crossing the Borders
Download photographs by Tia Chapman from The 7th Art and Me on February 26

Monday, April 2 at 4pm and Monday, April 9 at 2pm: Wim Wenders
The Visible and the Invisible and Poetry in Motion
Download photographs by Tia Chapman from The Visible and the Invisible on April 2

View the Harvard Film Archive's retrospectives for Frederick Wiseman, Agnès Varda, and Wim Wenders.

Events are free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available starting at noon on the day of each lecture. Tickets will be available in person at Sanders Theatre or online (handling fees apply). Limit of two tickets per person. Tickets valid until 3:45pm for lectures starting at 4pm and until 1:45pm for the last lecture on April 9 starting at 2pm.

Selected past lectures: