Established with the generous gift of Rita E. Hauser, the Rita E. Hauser Forum for the Arts is broadly conceived to address “The State of the Arts” across the globe.

The Hauser Forum was inaugurated in 2012 with a lecture by the acclaimed novelist Ian McEwan, on "The Lever: Where Novelists Stand to Move the World."

In 2013, the Hauser lecturer was director Mira Nair, who appeared in conversation with Homi Bhabha following a screening of her film The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

In 2014, the Hauser lecturer was director Steven Spielberg.

In 2015, the Hauser lecturer was writer David Grossman.

In 2016, the Hauser lecturer was actress, playwright, and professor Anna Deavere Smith.

The 2018 Hauser Lecturer is Emanuel Ax.

Click here for more information about his lecture in April.