The Campbell Lecture Series in Rice's School of Humanities is supported by a generous gift from T.C. Campbell, '34 through the Campbell Fund. Each year, the series brings a distinguished humanities scholar to campus to give lectures on a topic of broad humanistic interest. These are open to the entire Rice and Houston communities. Previous Campbell lecturers include Robert Pinsky (2005), Ha Jin (2006), Alix Ohlin (2007), Stephen Greenblatt (2008), James Cuno (2009), Zadie Smith (2010), Stanley Fish (2012), Patrick Summers (2013), Robert Wilson (2014), Michael Petry (2015) and Anne Wilkes Tucker (2016).
Through a special arrangement with the University of Chicago Press, the lectures are later published as a book. The most recent book published in the Campbell Lectures series at Chicago is Stanley Fish's Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution.