The Ingersoll Lectures on Human Immortality

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The Ingersoll Lectures is the name given to an annual series of lectures presented at Harvard University on the subject of immortality.


The Ingersoll Lectureship was founded as a result of a bequest by Miss Caroline Haskell Ingersoll, who died in 1893, leaving the sum of 5000 dollars for the institution of a series of lectures to be read annually in memory of her father, George Goldthwait Ingersoll. The lectures were to take place at Harvard University, on the subject of "the immortality of man".[1] The lectures were initiated by Harvard president Charles W. Eliot in 1896. They are now generally known as The Ingersoll Lectures on Human Immortality.

The lectures were to be published. From 1896 to 1912 they were issued by the Houghton Mifflin Company of Boston and New York. From 1914 to 1935 Harvard University Press published each lecture. Since then, the lectures have been published in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin.

Lecturers and subjects (slightly incomplete)[edit]

The chosen lecturers were as follows [2][3]