The Follett Lecture is given annually each spring by the Follett Chair in Library and Information Science, a position established by Dominican University and the Follett Corporation in 2002.

Upcoming Lecture

A Time to Remember, A Time to Forget: Fred Hampton, Nelson Mandela and the Work of Memory
Delivered by Verne Harris, 2018–2019 Follett Chair
April 16, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Martin Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building
Reception to follow

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In this year's Follett Lecture, Verne Harris explores the work of memory and the right to forget for both individuals and collectivities. He problematizes the remembering-forgetting binary, posits a distinction between remembering and remembrancing, and asks how healing can be enabled.

Harris has been the archivist for the papers of Nelson Mandela since 2004, as Head of the Memory Programme at the Nelson Mandela Foundation's Centre of Memory and Dialogue. Before that, he had worked for South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and was the Director of the South African History Archive (SAHA). From 1985 until 2001 he was an archivist with South Africa's State Archives Service and, beginning in 1997, the newly established National Archives of South Africa; he served as deputy director from 1993 to 2001.

Past Follett Chairs and Lectures

  • The 2017–18 Follett Chair, Andrew Dillon, is the V. M. Daniel Professor of Information Science and former dean of the iSchool at UT–Austin. His work aims to advance a more humane and equitable global information infrastructure. In this lecture he will examine moments of inflection in the emergence of our information world and will advance a research, design and education agenda for an information infrastructure that augments human capabilities and advances social justice. Dillon presented “Shaping a Better Information Space: Putting Humans at the Center of Our World” on April 26, 2018.Martin J. Dillon, Ed Valauskas, Steven L. Herb, and Ken Haycock; their lectures are archived online in full text in World Libraries, vol.19 nos.1-2.
  • The 2016–2017 Follet Chair is David Lankes, who delivered 2017 Lecture, "The Social Responsibility of the Library and the Librarian in a Post-Factual World" on April 12, 2017 with a respondent panel of Nicole A. Cooke, Miguel Figueroa, and Scott Walter.
  • The 2014–2016 Follett Chair is Dr. Janice M. Del Negro, who presented "A 'Belligerent Profession:' Telling the Library Story" on April 8, 2015 and "The All-White World of Children's Librarianship: Baker, Rollins, and the Quest for Diversity" on April 13, 2016.
  • Mary Minow, Follett Chair from 2012 through 2014, presented "Copyright in the Digital Age" on April 15, 2013, "Ebooks and the Reader" on March 13, 2012, and "The Right to Control? Writing and Publishing Religious Works" with special insights from Sr. Janet Welsh on April 29, 2014.