CLEMSON — Clemson University is bringing representatives of its football opponents into the classroom in a new speaker series that focuses on the humanities.

The Clemson Humanities Road Scholars series is bringing professors from schools playing against the Tigers to campus for lectures on topics ranging from history to film to literature. Each lecture will be followed by a response from a Clemson professor.

“It’s a way to capture a little bit of the energy that surrounds game days at Clemson for the humanities,” said series organizer Jonathan Beecher Field, associate professor in the department of English.

“My first semester at Clemson, I told my sophomore lit classes that I would be presenting at a seminar at the University of Georgia, as it happens, and their response was ‘Go Tigers!’ I realized that the pride my students had in Clemson was a lot deeper than just athletics, and this series is a way to translate some of that connection into events that bring students and faculty together in an intellectual context,” he said.

The first lecture on Friday, Aug. 30, will feature Nicholas Allen, director of the Wilson Center for the Humanities at the University of Georgia. Allen will speak on “Humanities and the Global University” at 3:30 p.m. at the Academic Success Center. His presentation will be followed by a response from Lee Morrissey, chairman of Clemson’s English department.

Scholars from Wake Forest, Boston College, Florida State and Georgia Tech also will participate in the series. All lectures will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Academic Success Center:

  • Friday, Sept. 27 — Paul Escott, professor of history at Wake Forest, will speak on Abraham Lincoln, with a response from Clemson history professor Vernon Burton, director of the Clemson CyberInstitute.
  • Friday, Oct. 11 — Carlo Rotella, professor of English at Boston College, will speak on “Hollywood On the Charles: A Provincial Backwater Goes Global,” with a response by English professor R. Barton Palmer.
  • Friday, Oct. 18 — Dennis Moore, professor of English at Florida State University, will speak on “O, Farmer of Feelings Where Art Thou? Reading Crevecoeur’s Letters from An American Farmer.” Field will give the response.
  • Friday, Nov. 15 — Nihad Farooq, assistant professor of American studies at Georgia Tech, will present “Slavery and Social Networks in the New World,” with a response by English professor Kim Manganelli.

All lectures are free and open to the public.