The purpose of the Lectures Committee is to assist in funding events that enhance the intellectual life of the college outside the classroom. Eligible events are not limited to traditional lecture format, but may include elements of round table discussions, demonstrations, and events that have interactive aspects, performance elements, and the like. Faculty, staff, and students organizing events under the auspices of a recognized college organization (such as a college office, an academic department, or a student club) are eligible to apply for Lectures Committee funding.
The Committee is a funding group only, not an organizing or publicity group. Organizers are reminded to make necessary arrangements to reserve facilities. The Lectures Committee particularly welcomes proposals cosponsored by more than one campus organization, and it would be reluctant to be an event's sole funder. Normally the Committee would not consider honoraria for guest speakers within a particular course.
The Committee generally allocates half of its annual budget for fall semester events and half for spring events. Proposals for fall events are due on the first Monday in October. (Proposals for events that have already occurred by that date in the fall are still eligible for funding.) Proposals for spring semester events are due on the last Monday in November. If there are funds still available after awards are made from this second round of proposals, the Committee will put out an additional call for proposals due in the first half of March. The Committee will usually decide on applications within two to three weeks of these deadlines. Application forms are available for download here. Completed applications are to be directed to Barbara Carranti, Chair of the Lectures Committee, via email or campus mail.