Guidelines | Harriet Elliott Lecture Series


Adopted May 18, 2005, Revised March 15, 2021

  1. The responsibility for organizing the Lectures will be vested in the Harriet Elliott Lectures Steering Committee. The Committee shall consist of a representative from each of the social and behavioral sciences departments. The chair of the Steering Committee shall be elected by the committee’s membership and serve a two-year term (renewable). An Associate Dean from the College will serve as an ex officio member of the committee and assist the chair in convening the committee at least once each semester to ensure planning and continuity in operations.
  2. Specific responsibility for the Lectures will rotate among the social and behavioral science departments, with the sequence being confirmed at least 2-3 years in advance so that each department knows a year or two ahead when it will be their turn.
  3. It is the host department’s responsibility to propose a theme or topic for the Lectures that will be reviewed and approved by the Harriet Elliott Lectures Steering Committee. The entire committee should provide input on the theme or topic and may have recommendations for speakers. The entire committee should be regularly apprised of planning for the Lectures and involved in their execution.
  4. The Head of the department that is organizing the Lectures and the department’s representative on the Steering Committee—serve as co-chairs of the planning committee and take responsibility for arranging meetings and coordinating the overall planning and scheduling for the Lectures using whatever mechanism is appropriate to the department. It is strongly recommended that students from the host department be involved as much as possible in the planning and execution of the Lectures. Regular communication should be maintained between the host department’s planning committee and the Steering Committee.
  5. Although the format of the Lectures can vary from year to year, there must be at least one public lecture designed to appeal to the broader University and Greensboro community.
  6. An invitation should be extended to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to provide greetings/welcoming remarks for the opening of the Lectures. Formal invitations to the Lectures should he sent to the upper Administration.
  7. Strong efforts should be made to broadly promote the Lectures to the campus and community. University Communications and the CAS Communications Specialist should be contacted ASAP to help publicize the Lectures. Steering Committee members should encourage faculty in their home departments to announce the Lectures in their classes and, whenever appropriate, connect the Lectures to course content and requirements.
  8. The Lectures are funded by a generous endowment administered through the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Enough funds are typically available to pay substantial honoraria for well-known speakers. The approximate amount of income available to support the Lectures will be made available to the committee in the spring preceding the academic year in which the Lectures will occur. Funds cannot be committed to speakers until appropriate consultations have occurred with the Steering Committee and College Office. Guidance in developing and processing the paperwork to spend the funds will be provided by the College Office.