Humanities Institute

Free (Thinking) Lunch

Free (Thinking) Lunch presentation

Every month to six weeks during the academic year, the Humanities Institute sponsors a Free (Thinking) Lunch seminar in a private room of the Clay Pit restaurant a few blocks from the University campus. This program is designed to sustain and extend collegiality and collaborative inquiry across disciplines among the Institute's Faculty Associates—an ever-expanding group that consists of all current and past faculty participants in the Institute's annual seminar or in any of its public humanities programs.

Free (Thinking) Lunch participants reserve a place at the table—which can accommodate up to twenty—for the lunch presentations they wish to attend. An Indian buffet and general conversation around the table occupy the first thirty minutes of each Free (Thinking) lunch, followed by the introduction of the HI Faculty Associate presenter, an informal half hour presentation of work in progress or exploration of an issue of interest, and another half hour of questions and discussion.

All programs begin at 12pm with a buffet Indian lunch in the private Wine Room of the Clay Pit Restaurant, 1601 Guadalupe. An informal 20-minute presentation will begin at 12:30pm, followed by discussion until 1:30pm. Seating is limited. Please reserve your place at the table in advance by e-mailing

For more information, please contact the Institute at (512) 471-9056

  • Humanities Institute

    University of Texas at Austin
    HRC 3.360
    Mailcode F1900
    Austin, Texas 78712