Since 1981, the Critical Theory Institute has sponsored an annual lecture series, named in honor of René Wellek (Yale University), whose library of works in critical theory is housed in Langson Library at the University of California, Irvine.
Each year, we have invited an internationally distinguished critical theorist to visit the campus to deliver a series of three lectures in which he or she develops his or her critical position and relates it to the contemporary theoretical scene. Each set of lectures is generally published in our Wellek Library Lecture Series.
To the right is a chronological list of past and upcoming Wellek Library Lectures.
The Wellek Library Lectures were generously supported by Dr. Michael Koehn from 2001 to 2005.