Council celebrates golden anniversary with sterling faculty

Princeton NJ -- The Council of the Humanities is celebrating its 50th anniversary by playing host to more than 25 distinguished guests for the 2002-03 academic year.

Several noted journalists are serving as visiting professors of journalism this year in the Council of the Humanities. Gathered on the porch at the Joseph Henry House are, from left: Calvin Sims, a New York Times foreign correspondent; Donna Liu, a supervising producer for CNN Asia; Peter Godwin, an author, journalist and documentary filmmaker who has reported for the BBC, the London Sunday Times and National Geographic; Ken Armstrong, a legal affairs specialist for the Chicago Tribune; and Joel Achenbach, a Washington Post reporter and syndicated columnist.


The guests include 16 visiting fellows, seven professors of writing and journalism, two Hodder Fellows and two special visitors. Thirteen of the guests are spending a semester or more at Princeton, while the others come for intensive shorter periods of lectures, seminars and colloquia.

The public is welcome to attend talks by these visitors which are announced in the Humanities Council's calendar at and in the Princeton Weekly Bulletin.

Long-term visiting fellows

These fellows generally spend a semester at Princeton.

• Greil Marcus, best known as a music critic, also writes about literature, art, movies and politics. As an Old Dominion Fellow in American Studies this fall, he is leading a faculty seminar and teaching cultural criticism.

Rolf-Peter Horstmann, professor of philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin, specializes in 18th- and 19th-century German philosophy. This fall he is an Old Dominion Fellow in Philosophy, teaching German philosophy since Kant.

Peter Meineck, producer, director, translator and scholar, presents classical dramas in ways that are faithful to the original texts and evocative for today's viewers. As a Class of 1932 Fellow in Theater and Dance this fall, he is helping students adapt the classics for modern audiences.

Chantal Thomas writes about 18th-century France from the multidisciplinary perspectives of philosophy, art, history and literature. In the spring, she will be an Old Dominion Fellow in French and Italian, teaching a course on Europe during the Enlightenment.

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.

• Lina Bolzoni* is a scholar of the Renaissance and dean of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Her most recent book is "The Gallery of Memory: Literary and Iconographic Models in the Age of the Printing Press." She will visit the Department of French and Italian in April.

• Erik Ehn, playwright and director, is writing a cycle of plays that uses saints and Biblical characters to depict the spiritual exigencies of contemporary life. This spring he will talk about religious drama in a postmodern age.

• Carlo Ginzburg* has transformed the study of early modern Europe. A "microhistorian," he explores large cultural patterns through particular events, places and individuals, and writes about figures as diverse as Piero della Francesca, Balzac and Proust. He will be a fellow in English Oct. 7-12.

• Durs Grünbein, German poet and essayist, reflects on contemporary society and the increasing complexity of modern perception. A new anthology of his works has just been published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Grünbein will visit the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

• Saidiya Hartman* of the University of California-Berkeley, a scholar of African-American culture, has shown how slave narratives, songs and dance embodied the violence of captivity. She will be a fellow in English in March.

• Jack Kugelmass*, cultural anthropologist and professor of Holocaust and Jewish studies at Arizona State University, writes about Jewish communities in Europe, Israel and America. His host will be the Program in Jewish Studies.

• Ralph Lemon, the acclaimed choreographer, has been called "a dancer of ideas," bringing into dialogue international dancers and traditions. He is leading master classes and conducting two public presentations this month.

• Geoffrey Nunberg is a senior researcher at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University. He studies the impact of information technology on language, culture and society, and the effects of language policy on education, politics and the economy. He will be a fellow in linguistics in November.

• Christopher Prendergast of Cambridge University writes about authors and artists, including Proust, Benjamin, Ingres and Matisse. He is also editing Penguin's new translation of "A la Recherche du temps perdu." Prendergast will visit comparative literature Oct. 5-11.

• Tom Segev, Israeli journalist and historian, writes about Palestine and Israel. The author of "The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust," his most recent book is "Elvis in Jerusalem: Post-Zionism and the Americanization of Israel." In October Segev will be a Stewart Fellow in History.

• Guiseppe Tornatore, the eminent Italian filmmaker, won an Oscar and a Cannes prize for his 1988 "Cinema Paradiso." His memorable film, "Everybody's Fine," featured Marcello Mastroianni. During a visit postponed from last year, Tornatore will participate in a retrospective of his work.

• Peter Van Inwagen of the University of Notre Dame writes about the compatibility of Christian doctrine with materialism. As a Stewart Fellow in Philosophy, he will address the question, "Can there be a good argument for the non-existence of God?"

Visiting professors of journalism

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

Joel Achenbach, a 1982 Princeton graduate, Washington Post reporter and syndicated columnist, writes in all genres, but prefers humor and science, not necessarily together. His books explore the 2000 presidential campaign and extraterrestrial life (also not together). Achenbach is a Robbins Professor this fall, teaching "The Literature of Fact."

Ken Armstrong, a legal affairs specialist for the Chicago Tribune, is a three-time Pulitzer finalist. His investigative reporting has shaped the death penalty debate nationally. As a McGraw Professor, Armstrong is teaching a fall-term seminar on "Writing about Criminal Justice."

Peter Godwin, author, journalist and documentary filmmaker, has reported for the BBC, the London Sunday Times and National Geographic. As a Ferris Professor this fall, he is leading a seminar on foreign correspondence, with particular emphasis on Africa.

Donna Liu spent 18 years with CNN, most recently as a supervising producer for CNN Asia. Her course on "International Television News" explores how television news is evolving. Liu is a Ferris Professor this fall.

John McPhee, a 1953 Princeton graduate, Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker writer, author of 26 books and Ferris Professor since 1975, returns to teach "Creative Non-Fiction" in the spring.

Serge Schmemann has been a New York Times correspondent and bureau chief in Johannesburg, Bonn, Moscow and Jerusalem. As a Stuart Professor this spring, he will teach a seminar on covering foreign events.

Calvin Sims, a New York Times foreign correspondent, has reported from Tokyo, Taiwan, Korea and Latin America. A Ferris Professor, he is teaching a fall seminar on "Media Coverage of Terrorism at Home and Abroad."

Hodder Fellows

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

• Andrea Ashworth received the 1999 Somerset Maugham Award for Non-Fiction. Her memoir, "Once in a House on Fire," was also a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection. At Princeton, she is working on a new novel set in SoHo.

• Marlys West writes in various genres. Critics have praised the poems in her "Notes for a Late Blooming Martyr" for their combination of poignancy and "witty and exhilarating leaps." This year she is writing new poems and completing a novel.

Special visitors

• Don DeLillo, novelist, playwright and essayist, will be the Belknap Visitor in the Humanities on Oct. 16 and will talk about his work. The author of "Underworld," "White Noise" and many other works, DeLillo is the recipient of an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters prize as well as PEN/Faulkner and National Book awards.

Jared Diamond, a scientist and a humanist, has won the National Medal of Science, a MacArthur Award and a Pulitzer Prize. His "Guns, Germs and Steel," which remained on The New York Times bestseller list for several years, asks why people on different continents evolved so differently across the last 13,000 years. As the Class of 1970 Visitor, Diamond will present a public lecture on Oct. 8. 

September 30, 2002
Vol. 92, No. 4
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