The Annual Lecture memorializes and honors Dr. Joseph P. del Tufo, an admired member of the Delaware Humanities Council who developed a weekly radio broadcast program “Philosophy on the Air” with his colleagues Frank Dilley and Bill Williams. He earned great respect from the students he taught at Delaware State College (now Delaware State University) as a professor of Philosophy and English. In 1979, Dr. del Tufo was named the first recipient of the Delaware Humanities Award. After his death that same year, the award was re-named in his honor to recognize academic accomplishment and commitment to providing accessible humanities programs for public enrichment.
The 2017 annual lecture will be presented by Dr. Vicki Ruiz of the University of California, Irvine on October 5, 2017.