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Oct. 13, 2004
Humanities Council lines up roster of distinguished
A prominent North African author, a well known choreographer, a major historian,
a leading Mayan intellectual and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will
be on campus this year as guests of the Council of the Humanities.
The council, founded in 1953 to foster teaching, research and intellectual
exchange, will bring more than 30 scholars to Princeton during 2004-05. Nineteen
of the visitors will spend a semester or more at the University, while the
others will come for intensive shorter periods of lectures, seminars and colloquia.
The public is invited to talks by these visitors, which are announced in
the Humanities Council's calendar
and in the Princeton Weekly Bulletin.
Long-term visiting fellows
These fellows generally spend a semester at Princeton.
Stuart Clark of the University of Wales
Swansea is a leading intellectual and cultural historian of early modern
Europe and author of the monumental "Thinking With Demons." As
a Stewart Fellow in History and European Cultural Studies, he is leading
a faculty seminar and teaching a fall-term course on "Sight and Seeing
in Renaissance Europe."
Millicent Hodson is a choreographer and
expert on ballet reconstructions. The creator of 10 ballets, she also has
reconstructed 10 others, including "Le Sacre du Printemps." This
spring, as Class of 1932 Fellow, she will work with dance and music students
to reconstruct the 1925 modernist ballet, "Le Pas d’Acier."
Rebecca Comay of the University of Toronto
works at the crossroads of philosophy, architecture and literary studies.
The author of "Lost in the Archives," she is an Old Dominion Fellow
in German this fall, teaching a graduate course on German responses to the
French Revolution and leading a faculty seminar.
Nicholas Dirks, a professor of anthropology
and history at Columbia University, will be a Stewart Fellow in History
this spring, exploring the historical connections among religion, state
and political theory in 18th-century Britain and India. His "Castes
of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India" won the 2002 Lionel
Trilling Best Book Award.
Alan Hollinghurst, the distinguished British
author, won Somerset Maugham and E.M. Forster awards for his "Swimming-Pool
Library." His fourth and newest novel is "The Line of Beauty."
Hollinghurst joins the creative writing faculty this fall as an Old Dominion
Carla Hesse, a 1986 graduate alumna, is
the author of a groundbreaking work on "How French Women Became Modern"
and a leading figure in early modern studies. A professor of history at
the University of California-Berkeley, she is Class of 1932 Fellow this
fall, teaching the history of the book and leading a faculty seminar.
Thomas Laqueur of the University of California-Berkeley
is an authority on the history of the body and related ethical issues. As
a Mellon Fellow in the fall, he and philosopher Alexander Nehamas are team-teaching
a seminar about friendship: the different roles it has played across time
and how they have affected conceptions of its nature and importance.
James Porter, a professor of Greek, Latin
and comparative literature at the University of Michigan, analyzes different
readings of classical literature, both in antiquity and in modern times,
showing how they reflect contemporary culture refracted through an imagined
past. As an Old Dominion Fellow this fall, he is teaching a seminar on cultural
receptions of Homer.
Short-term visiting fellows
During intensive week-long periods, these fellows lecture and participate
in classes, colloquia and informal discussions. Four are designated Whitney
J. Oates Fellows (*) in honor of the distinguished classicist and founder
of the Humanities Council.
Jacinto Arias, a Tzotzil Indian from Chiapas
and leading Mayan intellectual, holds a graduate degree in anthropology
from Princeton. The author of influential books about Mayan thought, he
has played a vital role in the resurgence of Mayan culture. Arias will visit
Gillian Beer* of Cambridge University
is a wide-ranging British scholar whose writings span literature, history
of science, psychoanalysis, feminism, travel writing and British imperialism.
Her "Alice in Space" sets Lewis Carroll’s books in the context
of mid-19th-century controversies about mathematics, language, pedagogy
and evolution. She will be a guest of the English department in the spring.
Tahar Ben Jelloun* is the most prominent
North African author writing in French today. A poet, novelist and essayist,
he is the author of some 30 books, including "The Sand Child,"
which reflects on tradition and gender roles in Islamic societies. Born
in Morocco, Ben Jelloun earned a doctorate in social psychiatry in Paris
before settling in France. He will visit the French and Italian department
in the spring.
Mary Carruthers*, professor of literature
and director of the Center for Research in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
at New York University, studies pre-modern thought and memory. The author
of "The Book of Memory" and "The Craft of Thought,"
she will address topics related to medieval studies during her visit in
the comparative literature department in February.
Nathaniel Dorsky has been making films
for 40 years. They often are short meditations on transitory natural phenomena,
lyrical epiphanies of sudden uncanny beauty. Film critic Stephen Holden
praised "Variations" for its “transfixingly lovely evocation
of randomness and evanescence in the everyday.” In the spring, the
visual arts program will host public screenings followed by discussions
Fredric Jameson* is a leading literary
theorist and the author of 14 quasi-canonical books, including "Marxism
and Form" (1971), "The Political Unconscious" (1981) and
"Postmodernism" (1991). He continues to explore the borders of
literature and film, 20th-century avant-gardes, the life and afterlife of
Marx, the Frankfurt School and Sartre. He will be a guest of the English
department in the spring.
Claudio Magris, an Italian novelist, essayist
and literary critic, teaches German at the University of Trieste. A recipient
of Italy’s top literary award for "Microcosms," he believes
that writers rescue shipwrecked lives from the water and “take them
aboard a precarious Noah’s Ark made of paper.” This is a utopian
vision, he realizes, but “utopia gives meaning to life because, contrary
to any realistic expectation, it demands that life have a meaning.”
Magris will be a fellow in French and Italian in the spring.
Paul Mendes-Flohr, a professor at Hebrew
University and the University of Chicago, studies German-Jewish history,
philosophy, literature and culture. An expert on Martin Buber and Franz
Rosenzweig, he will be a Stewart Fellow in Judaic Studies in the spring.
John Nathan, a professor of Japanese cultural
studies at University of California-Santa Barbara, is a filmmaker, translator
and cultural critic. His films chronicle the disruptions of modern Japanese
life. "The Colonel Goes to Japan" won an Emmy Award in 1982. During
his October stay in the comparative literature department, Nathan will screen
films, lead a translation seminar and talk about Japanese culture.
Franciscus Verellen, an eminent Western
expert on Taoism, teaches at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Hosted
jointly by religion and East Asian studies, he will be a Stewart Fellow
in May, leading a seminar on "Community and Ritual in Medieval Taoism:
The Way of the Heavenly Master."
Recipients of this fellowship are humanists of exceptional promise who spend a
year in Princeton pursuing independent projects.
Daisy Fried believes a poem should provoke
“a precarious moment of awkwardness and excitement and complexity.”
In 2000 she won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for "She Didn’t
Mean to Do It." Fried reviews poetry for Newsday and the Philadelphia
Adam Kirsch received the New Criterion
Poetry Prize for "The Thousand Wells: Poems." His reviews and
essays appear in the The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times Book
Review and many other publications.
Visiting professors of journalism
Each year eminent journalists teach at Princeton, joining a roster that includes
many of America’s most distinguished writers.
Jeffrey Bartholet, foreign editor of Newsweek,
has been bureau chief in Tokyo, Jerusalem and Nairobi. The winner of an
AIS Novartis Prize for International Reporting, he is a Ferris Professor
this fall, leading a seminar on "Covering International News."
Richard Eder, New York Times book reviewer,
former drama critic and foreign correspondent, will teach a graduate seminar
on cultural writing in the spring as a Ferris Professor.
Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post
is a member of the class of 1992 and covered Capitol Hill for a decade before
beginning a new beat: the environment. As a McGraw Professor of Writing
in the spring, she will teach students the investigative and writing skills
necessary to cover fast-changing political events.
Gilbert Gaul has won Pulitzer Prizes for
investigative reporting and public service. Now at The Washington Post,
after many years at The Philadelphia Inquirer, he is a Ferris Professor
this fall teaching investigative reporting.
Roy Gutman, foreign editor of Newsday,
broke the story of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, for which he won both a Pulitzer
Prize and a George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting. As a Ferris Professor
in the spring, he will focus on human rights from a media perspective.
Emilie Lounsberry covers the legal system
for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her fall-term Ferris seminar, "Writing
About the American Criminal Justice System," explores a criminal trial
-- "the ultimate reality show" -- from different perspectives.
David Maraniss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning
Washington Post correspondent, has written five books, including "First
in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton" and "They Marched Into
Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967," which
won the J. Anthony Lucas Book Prize last March. He will be the Robbins Professor
this spring, teaching "The Literature of Fact."
John McPhee, New Yorker writer and a member
of the class of 1953, is the author of 26 books and winner of the 1999 Pulitzer
Prize for general nonfiction. He has been a Ferris Professor of Journalism
since 1975, teaching two semesters every three years. In the spring, he
will teach a seminar on "The Art of Non-Fiction" specifically
Joel Stein of Time magazine, widely known
for his humor columns, also has written serious pieces, notably about the
Sept. 11 rescue effort. His fall-term Ferris seminar, "Humor Writing,"
will help students find their voice, “particularly their funny voice.
It won’t turn anyone into a David Sedaris, but it will show them that
humor is one tool at their disposal in nonfiction writing.”
Belknap Visitors in the Humanities
Named in honor of Chauncey Belknap '12, this program sponsors visitors for
one or two days at Princeton.
Twyla Tharp, the winner of a Tony and
two Emmy awards, has choreographed more than 125 dances, including three
Broadway plays. She will come to campus on Oct. 15 for a series of events,
including a public lecture about creativity in everyday life inspired by
her recent book, "The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life."
Toshiko Takaezu, renowned potter whose
work is currently the subject of a retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum
of Art, will speak on Nov. 4. A member of Princeton’s faculty from
1967 to 1992, Takaezu is the creator of the bronze Remembrance Bell in Princeton’s
memorial garden to the victims of Sept. 11 near East Pyne.