First-Year Studies, formerly Freshman Studies, lectures serve two purposes, in addition to providing a context for class discussions, lectures help to create a sense of intellectual community among the students and teachers at Lawrence. Students take First-Year Studies in their first two terms on campus. Each section of the course includes about fifteen students, allowing for close relationships between students and teachers. Because each section uses the same reading list, First-Year Studies also helps students to join in the life of a larger intellectual community, one that now includes generations of Lawrentians. There is a separate lecture for every work on the syllabus, and the lecturers are chosen for their expertise in the fields covered by particular works.

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Lectures from 2021

From Appledore to Appleton: Unexpected Lessons from Seeley's Honeybee Democracy, Alyssa Hakes

More Than a Moment's Monument: Sonnets in Native Guard, Melissa Range

Kind of Blue, Mark Urness

The Arabian Nights, Martyn Smith

Periodic Table: A Perpetual Discovery, Allison Fleshman

Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches, Copeland Woodruff

Banerjee and Duflo’s Poor Economics, Dylan Fitz

Lectures from 2020

An Expressive Way to Document New York: Berenice Abbott’s Tri-Boro Barber School Photograph, Beth Zinsli

Housekeeping: A Book of Ruth for 1950s America, Catherine Gunther Kodat

Plato’s Republic: There and Back Again, Chloe Armstrong

From Appledore to Appleton: Unexpected Lessons from Seeley's Honeybee Democracy, Alyssa Hakes

More Than a Moment's Monument: Sonnets in Native Guard, Melissa Range