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.

The 2016 Hauser Lecturer is Anna Deavere Smith.

Click here for more information about her lecture in October.