Navin Narayan Memorial Lecture

Navin NarayanIn 2000, Kalman and Kusuma Narayan endowed The Navin Narayan Memorial Lecture in honor of their late son, Social Studies concentrator, Navin Narayan.

Narayan was a remarkable and accomplished young man. From age 14, he worked with the Red Cross, rising to chair one of its national committees and advising then-director Elizabeth Dole. As a concentrator, Narayan conducted field work in India for his senior thesis, graduating summa cum laude, winning a Rhodes Scholarship, and gaining admission to Harvard Medical School. 

In addition to this endowed Lecture, the American Red Cross established the Navin Narayan Scholarship which is granted "to exceptional graduating high school seniors who show high academic competence and ambition, longevity and dedication to the American Red Cross, and leadership in their respective positions."

The Narayan Lecture is held each October at Adams House, and is open to the public. For additional information, please contact the Department at (617) 495-2163.

Past lectures include:

2013

Eric Nelson
Professor of Government, Harvard University 
"The Lord Alone Shall Be King of America: Hebraism and the Republican Turn of 1776"

2012

Melissa Lane 
Professor of Politics, Princeton University 
"Eco-Republic: Plato and Sustainable Citizenship"

2011 

Anne-Marie Slaughter 
Professor of Politics, Princeton University; Former Director of Policy Planning at the State Department
"Connect the World: Technology, Society, and Global Problem-Solving"

2010

Amy Guttmann 
President of the University of Pennsylvania 
"Social Studies, Then and Now"

2009

Rory Stewart 
Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

2008

Louise Richardson
Executive Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
"What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat"

2007

Jennifer Leaning
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
"Ask What You Can Do for the World: The Legacy of Navin Narayan"

2006

Paul Farmer
Founding Director of Partners in Health
"Global Health Equity"

2005

Michael Ignatieff
Carr Professor of Human Rights Practice
Director, Carr Center for Human Rights and Policy
"Human Rights and Citizenship in an Age of Terror"

2004

Father Bryan Hehir
President, Catholic Charities USA, Archdiocese of Boston
"Religion, Politics, and Peace"

2003

Samantha Power
Founding Executive Director of the Carr Center of Human Policy
"Human Rights and American Power: An Inherent Oxymoron or a Necessary Merger"

2002

David G. Nathan, M.D.
President Emeritus, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Robert A. Stranahan Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
"Ethical, Political, and Financial Challenges to Progress in Medicine" 

2001

Robert Reich
University Professor and Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University
"Whatever Happened to the Social Contract?"