Delivered annually in late March or early April, the Josephine Gessner Ferguson Lecture is the only endowed lecture in the Tulane English department. It was established by Charles Ferguson and Barbara Ferguson Ginsberg in memory of their mother, Josephine, who was a student of English Literature at Newcomb College in Tulane University. Although it began as a lecture devoted exclusively to19th-century British literature, the Ferguson Lecture now considers literature from any of the traditional British periods. Recent lectures have been delivered by such scholars as Hillis Miller, Gillian Beer, and Stephen Greenblatt. The lecture is delivered to a mixed audience of community members, Tulane faculty, undergraduate and graduate students.
The 20th Annual Josephine Gessner Ferguson Lecture