Seamus Haney, Richard Serra among Humanities Council visitors this year

Princeton NJ -- Thirty-two scholars, including Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney and noted sculptor Richard Serra, will visit the Princeton campus during the 2001-02 academic year under the auspices of the Council of the Humanities.

The guests will include 16 visiting fellows, one theater troupe, eight professors of journalism and writing, four new Cotsen Fellows, two Hodder Fellows and the Belknap Visitor in the Humanities. Twelve of the visitors will spend a semester or more at Princeton, while the others will come for intensive shorter periods of lectures, seminars and colloquia.

Here is the list of visiting fellows:

Long-term visiting fellows

These fellows generally spend a semester at Princeton teaching one course.

Giorgio Agamben, professor of aesthetics at the University of Verona and author, most recently, of "Remnants of Auchwitz: The Witness and the Archive," is an Old Dominion Fellow in Comparative Literature during September and October.

• Judith Butler's writing spans philosophy, political theory, psychoanalysis, gender and cultural studies. A professor of rhetoric at the University of California-Berkeley, she is an Old Dominion Fellow in English this fall, teaching seminars on ethical judgment.

• Chang-Rae Lee, the prize-winning novelist of "A Gesture Life" and "Native Speaker," addresses questions of Asian-American identity and the clash of values between immigrants and their children. He is an Old Dominion Fellow in East Asian Studies and Creative Writing this fall.

• Ann Messner, sculptor and installation artist, first received public attention in 1977 with her performance piece "Frogman," where she navigated through the New York City subway dressed in a wetsuit, flippers and goggles. This fall she is an artist-in-residence and the Class of 1932 Fellow in Visual Arts.

• Fergus Millar, Oxford University ancient historian, returns in March for the second of three visits as an Old Dominion Fellow. He will lead a seminar about the ancient world.

Short-term visiting fellows

During intensive week-long periods, these fellows lecture and participate in classes, colloquia and informal discussions. Four are designated Whitney Oates Fellows (*) in honor of the distinguished classicist and founder of the Humanities Council.

• Dipesh Chakrabarty, a leader in post-colonial studies from the University of Chicago, questions the philosophical foundations of history-writing and demonstrates in "Provincializing Europe" the problems of universalizing European experience. He will be a Fellow in English in the spring.

• John Efron, a historian of science at Indiana University, studies the relations between medicine and Jewish identity. As a Stewart Fellow in Jewish Studies from April 14-21, he will talk about his work and participate in a colloquium on the city in Jewish history.

• Roy Foster*, professor of Irish history at Oxford University, will be a Fellow in Irish Studies this spring. His "Modern Ireland 1600-1972" has been called "a dazzling description of that nation's tragedy, and of its resilience." Foster is now engaged in a multi-volume biography of W.B. Yeats.

• Catherine Gallagher is a major figure in recent rethinkings of the 19th century. Visiting from the University of California-Berkeley this fall, she writes about women writers and Victorian fiction.

• Seamus Heaney*, Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet, is also the translator of "Beowulf." Hosted by Hellenic and Irish studies from April 15-18, he will reflect on the poetry of both countries.

• Anthony Long of the University of California-Berkeley will be a Stewart Fellow in Classical Philosophy in March. A specialist in Hellenistic philosophy, he will lecture on Stoic ethics.

• John McDowell* of the University of Pittsburgh, a philosopher whose scholarship ranges across Greek philosophy, the philosophy of language and ethics, will visit from March 4-8.

• Marjorie Perloff* has been called a "king maker" of contemporary poetry for her keen sense of new directions in literature. A professor emerita at Stanford University and the author of 10 books about poetry, she will be a Fellow in English in the spring.

The Pig Iron Theatre Co. of Philadelphia, winner of a recent Edinburgh Festival award, will be in residence from Sept. 25-Oct. 6, offering workshops in physical theater and presenting a work-in-progress entitled "Shut Eye" (see page 5).

• Jonathan Riley-Smith, professor of ecclesiastical history at Cambridge University, is the pre-eminent historian of the Crusades. He will lecture about the idea of holy war during his stay as a Stewart Fellow Nov. 11-17.

• Henry Staten of the University of Washington will show how the talented, ambitious heroines of English novels demonstrate a will to power that is also "the will to self-overcoming, to creation and gift-giving." Staten will visit the Department of Comparative Literature March 3-9.

• Guiseppe Tornatore, the eminent Italian filmmaker, won an Oscar and a Cannes prize for his 1988 "Cinema Paradiso." Later, Marcello Mastroianni starred in his memorable "Everybody's Fine." Tornatore will participate in a retrospective of his work.

Professors of journalism and writing

Each year eminent journalists teach at Princeton, joining a roster that includes many of America's most distinguished writers.

• Michael Dobbs, Washington Post correspondent from France, Russia, Poland and Yugoslavia, has written books about the Soviet Union and about former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In residence this spring, he will focus on the media in totalitarian societies.

• Barton Gellman is a 1982 Princeton graduate and former Jerusalem bureau chief for the Washington Post who also has covered the Pentagon. The author of works about George Kennan, Bill Bradley and AIDS, Gellman will teach "The Literature of Fact" this spring.

• John McPhee, the 1953 Princeton graduate who is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for The New Yorker, the author of 25 books and a Ferris professor since 1975, returns to teach "Creative Non-Fiction" in the spring.

• Roberta Oster Sachs, a producer for NBC News "Dateline," is teaching "Television News Behind the Scenes," where students analyze coverage and produce their own "Dateline"-like segments.

• John Seabrook, a 1981 graduate who writes for The New Yorker and is the author of "Deeper: My Two-Year Odyssey in Cyberspace" and "Nobrow: The Culture of Marketing -- the Marketing of Culture," is the first Robbins Professor, teaching "The Literature of Fact" this fall.

• Jim Willse, editor of the Newark Star-Ledger, will teach "Documentary Journalism" as the Harold McGraw '40 Professor of Writing.

• Alexander Wolff, a 1980 Princeton alumnus who is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and the author of six books, sees sports in cultural context. His spring seminar, "Writing About Sports and the Wider World," aims to show that "sportswriting need not be banal, recitative or superficial."

• Christopher Wren, former New York Times foreign correspondent and author of several books, is the Stuart Professor in the Woodrow Wilson School and Humanities Council, teaching a course on press coverage of international crises.

Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts/Cotsen Fellows

Postdoctoral fellows, named in honor of alumnus and trustee Lloyd Cotsen, spend three years in Princeton, teaching and pursuing their own research. Joining the five ongoing fellows are four new ones, listed here along with their fields of study and the institutions from which they received their Ph.D.

• Jonathan Gilmore, philosophy, Columbia University.

• Paul Heck, Islamic studies, the University of Chicago.

• Heather O'Donnell, English, Yale University.

• Jonathan Tan, astrophysics, the University of California-Berkeley.

Hodder Fellows

Recipients of this fellowship are humanists of exceptional promise who spend a year in Princeton pursuing independent projects.

Veronica Chambers, whose novel, "Mama's Girl," was a Book of the Month Club selection.

• Craig Arnold, chosen by the Yale Series of Younger Poets for his volume, "Shells."

Belknap Visitor in the Humanities

Named in honor of Chauncey Belknap '12, this program sponsors visitors for one or two days at Princeton.

• Richard Serra, whose sculpture, "The Hedgehog and the Fox," is installed near Fine Hall, received the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Gold Medal for Sculpture. On Oct. 9, he will present a slide lecture about his work.


October 1, 2001
Vol. 91, No. 4
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