About Us

Our Founder


Thirty-nine years ago, Dr. Harry Wilmer’s dream of an Institute for the Humanities in Salado became a reality when Liz Carpenter gave the first speech to that group, exploring the topic, “What is an Educated Person?”  Since that time, the Institute has grown in size and influence, bringing world class speakers to central Texas.

Our History


The first lectures began in April of 1981. Over the years, the Institute for the Humanities has gained a national reputation for its programs featuring world renowned scholars, writers, artists and scientists presenting lectures and seminars to members and the public.

Our Mission


 Institute for the Humanities programs are designed to convey stories, ideas and information about the history, literature and values that make up the human story. Since Liz Carpenter’s inaugural lecture, more than 250 of the country’s leading scholars, writers, scientists, entertainers, educators, artists and leaders have come to Salado to share their knowledge. This nonprofit is setting the standard for education and sharing a love of understanding.


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