Public Lectures Nominations – UW Graduate School Skip to content

Public Lectures Nominations

The committee invites all UW faculty (current and emeritus), deans, directors and chairs to submit a nomination for consideration for the Graduate School Public Lecture Series. 

By bringing top minds from around the world to the University to teach and speak to the public, the Graduate School and the Walker-Ames, Mangels and Danz Endowments help the University pursue its vital goal of disseminating knowledge. 

To further this goal, we’re seeking nominees who can address the most important issues facing society. From the environment to mental health to social justice, we want to talk about it all. 

We’re relying on your nominations to help foster this dialogue. Nominations are valid for the next two academic years. Successful host departments will receive up to $1,000 in matching funds to support host expenses.

What the Committee Looks For

Walker-Ames Scholars and Lecturers

The committee seeks nominees who are considered leaders in their respective academic fields. In cooperation with academic departments and programs, we seek nominations that reflect diversity of background, ethnicity, and intellectual thought. 

The Walker-Ames endowment offers an honorarium of $2,000 for scholars / $3,000 for lecturers, plus hotel and travel. The Walker-Ames Endowment can support visits of three to five days, if appropriate. 

Jessie and John Danz Lecturers

The committee seeks nominations of public intellectuals with national and international reputations. The Danz bequest specifies that we host scholars “who have concerned themselves with the impact of science and philosophy on man’s perception of a rational universe.” In choosing Danz lecturers, the committee reviews both the nominee’s record of accomplishment and his or her public speaking ability. 

The Danz endowment offers a lecturer honorarium of $7,000, plus hotel and travel.

Mary Ann and John D. Mangels Lecturers

The committee seeks nominations of minority scholars or individuals whose work focuses on issues of diversity for the benefit of minority students, the campus community, and the general public. 

The Mangels endowment offers a lecturer honorarium of $3,500, plus hotel and travel.

Nomination Instructions

All nominations must include these core requirements:

  • Identify the name and professional title of your nominee.
  • Provide a brief biological sketch of nominee highlighting career accomplishments and explaining the significance of their work.
  • Provide an explanation of how the visit will enhance the University community.
  • Address the nominee’s speaking ability and skill at engaging a generally informed and diverse public audience.

Walker-Ames nominations should include all of the above plus

  • Co-sponsorship letters of support. 
  • Demonstrate the speaker’s interdisciplinary appeal.

Mangels nominations should include the core requirements plus

  • Co-sponsorship letters of support
  • Demonstrate the speaker’s interdisciplinary appeal.
  • An explanation of how the visit will support GSEE’s mission to enhance equity and social progression to promote the success of graduate students of color at our Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses.

In your cover letter, please clearly identify which endowment your nominee is for: Walker-Ames, Mangels or Danz. You may also indicate you would like the Office of Public Lectures to select the appropriate endowment. If you are nominating a Walker-Ames Scholar (campus visit only, no public lecture), please note that as well. 

All current and emeritus UW faculty, directors of academic units, chairs and deans are eligible to make a nomination. No self-nominations. No past Walker-Ames, Mangels, or Danz lecturers please.

See a List of Past Lectures

How to Submit

Thank you for your interest in the public lecture series. Nominations are now closed for 2023–2024. Check back in the fall for the next nomination window.

Please direct your questions or concerns to