Programs of the Salado Institute
The Institute is dedicated to the greater consciousness of human concerns,
relationships, institutions and organizations. Since 1981, the Institute for
the Humanities has been enriching the cultural and intellectual fabric of
central Texas by serving as a forum for members to interact with world-class
speakers and extraordinary people. These nationally recognized presenters from
around the country come to Salado to engage in open and spirited dialogue with
members of the Institute. Our
Past Speakers Archive
lists all of these presentations.
The programs are usually
devoted to a single topic for a series which may be a single year-long
series or divided into a spring and fall series on different topics.
Programs are also sometimes held in the summer.
Details of each program are summarized in a Program
The program series are
on three or four weekends each spring and fall, although some programs
are held throughout the year. Lectures are usually held on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, although programs may sometimes occur on a week
day. The lectures consist of a one-hour presentation
followed by a one-hour question and answer session. A reception and/or
dinner with the speaker usually follows. Some “Lunch with the Speaker”
events have also been added for some weekends. Please check the
individual events listed for the upcoming season series for specifics
dates, times and format.
|In addition to its regular program series, the Institute occasionally hosts
symposia. Some of these have had national impact.
Membership in the Salado Institute
is no longer required to
attend the lectures or seminars.. The program events are priced
separately and may be reserved in advance or paid for at the door.
Please see Program Registration for more information about registering
for Institute events.
Wilmer Memorial Lecture Established:
The annual Wilmer Memorial
Lecture was established in 2005 to honor both the late Harry Wilmer
and the late Hank Wilmer for their contributions to the Institute. This new lectureship combines the Harry A. Wilmer II
Lectureship, formerly held in January, with the Harry A. Wilmer III
Memorial Lecture, always held in June.
Tai Chi master Chungliang Al
Huang gave the inaugural Wilmer Memorial Lecture in 2005. Marilyn Tam
was the speaker In 2006, and Dr. James Hollis was the presenter in
The Harry A. Wilmer, III Memorial Lectureship was established
in 1998 in memory of Harry A. Wilmer III, a past member of the Board of
Trustees and the Institute's Financial Advisor. A banker by profession,
Hank Wilmer was killed in an automobile accident on October 24, 1997.
Jeffrey Burton Russell, Professor of History and Religion, Emeritus, the
University of California, Santa Barbara gave the first lecture on June
7, 1998. His topic was "The History of Heaven." Other speakers in the
series have been Martin Marty, director of the Public Religion Project
at the University of Chicago, Ann Ulanov, of the Union Theological
Seminary of New York, Betty Sue Flowers, of the L.B.J. Presidential
Library at the University of Texas at Austin, Thomas Kirsch, Jungian
Analyst, and Naomi Shihab Nye, poetry instructor, author and Dr. Abraham
The Harry A. Wilmer II Lectureship was established to honor
the Institute's founder, Dr. Harry Wilmer. The first lecture took place
on January 25, 2004. Guest presenters were Doctors Kim and John Van Cura
and the title of their presentation and performance was "I Remember It
Well: A Lifetime of Music, Meaning and Memories."
The second, annual Harry A. Wilmer, II Lectureship was held on Jan. 23,
2005. The highly acclaimed, made-for-TV movie People Need People was the
subject of the event. That movie featured a dramatization of Dr.
Wilmer’s pioneering work with group therapy, and was followed by
commentary and discussion with Pam Marvin, wife of the late star of the
With the death of Dr. Harry Wilmer, the Wilmer family and the Board of
Trustees decided to combine the two lectureships into one memorial
lecture to be held on the first Sunday in June each year.
Past Speakers Archive