The Belknap Visitors in the Humanities

Belknap Visitor for 2015-16:  William Kentridge

The program of Belknap Visitors was created to recognize distinguished individuals in the arts and letters. Past visitors have been Toni Morrison, Eudora Welty, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nadine Gordimer, Roy Lichtenstein, Athol Fugard, Doris Lessing, John Updike, Edward Albee, Czeslaw Milosz, Carlos Fuentes, Frank Stella, Robertson Davies, Peter Sellars, Arthur Miller, Merce Cunningham, Harold Pinter, Adrienne Rich, Maurice Sendak, Wim Wenders, Richard Serra, Chuck Close, Twyla Tharp, Ricky Jay, Toshiko Takaezu, Meryl Streep, Roz Chast, Alice Waters, David Simon, Stephen Sondheim, Frank Rich, and Maya Lin.

Belknap Visitors spend an intensive day on campus.

Save the date!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
5:00 pm, McCosh 10

Open to the public; free of charge


Belknap Visitor for 2014-15:  Andrew Solomon

Soloman PosterOn February 10, 2015, writer, lecturer, and activist Andrew Solomon will be on campus beginning with a lunch symposium for members of the University (space is limited and RSVP required to His lecture at 6pm in McCosh Hall 50 will be open to the public and will discuss Far From The Tree (2012), his exploration of the means by which families accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and how these unusual situations can be invested with love.  One of 2012’s best reviewed works of non-fiction, Far From The Tree received the 2012 National Book Critics Award, the Lambda Literary Award, Media for a Just Society Award of the National Council of Crime and Delinquency, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
Andrew Solomon contributes regularly to The New York Times, NPR, and other publications. He is the founder of the Solomon Research Fellowships in LGBT Studies at Yale University and a Professor of Clinical Studies at Columbia University.  Solomon’s 2001 book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression explored the science and culture of clinical depression through interviews and his own experience.  The Noonday Demon was awarded the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

The Stafford Little Lecture Series and the Belknap Visitors in the Council of the Humanities are cosponsoring this event, which is free and open to the public.  For more information on this event, please visit

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