The John P. McGovern Endowed Lectureship in Family, Health, and Human Values

The late Dr. John P. McGovern generously endowed this lectureship in our College in 1999. A noted physician, teacher, and philanthropist, Dr. McGovern was nationally recognized for his contributions to medicine as well as his efforts in health education, diseases of lifestyle and drug addiction, and family values. His vision, energy, and support for such efforts constitute a legacy that will benefit our community for generations to come. The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is grateful to the McGovern Foundation for making possible this Lectureship, by which we can invite speakers with notable expertise in the areas of health and human values to the College and provide a forum for discussion of issues of concern to our society. It offers a great opportunity for dialogue between science, humanities, and social sciences, which the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences values.

2005 McGovern Lecture - Flyer - small image


Steven Mintz, Professor of History, University of Houston – “A History of Childhood in America”

Press Release

2007 McGovern Lecture - Flyer - small image


Cathy Greenblat, Professor of Sociology Emerita, Rutgers University – “End of Life Issues: a Visual Sociology”

Announcement (Visual Studies)

2008 McGovern Lecture - Flyer - small image


Katha Pollitt, Poet/Critic/Memoirist – “Gender, Creativity, and the New Longevity”

UH News Article
Houston Chronicle Article

2010 McGovern Lecture - Flyer - small image


Dr. Larry Kaiser, President, UT Health Science Center Houston – “Give and Take: Organ Transplantation in the Era of Health Care Reform”


2011 McGovern Lecture - Flyer - small image


Dr. Abraham Verghese, Physician and Novelist – “A Life in Medicine and Humanities”

UH News Article

2012 McGovern Lecture - Flyer - small image


Dr. Alexandra Minna Stern, Zina Pitcher Collegiate Professor in the History of Medicine, University of Michigan – “’Don’t Reduce Me to a Label’: Disability Rights, Genetic Diagnosis, and Social Values”

UH News Article