The Belknap Visitors in the Humanities

The program of Belknap Visitors was created to recognize distinguished individuals in the arts and letters. Belknap Visitors spend an intensive day on campus.

Princeton faculty may send nominations for Belknap Visitors in the Humanities to Kathleen Crown, Executive Director, Council of the Humanities.

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.

William Kentridge Gives 2015-16 Belknap Lecture

South African multimedia artist William Kentridge was the 2015-16 Belknap Visitor in the Humanities. His public lecture on October 14, 2015 was entitled "O Sentimental Machine."

He was introduced by Susan Stewart, Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities, who has written a monograph on Kentridge's works.

A reception followed at Princeton University Art Museum and was open to the public.
To celebrate the visit, the Princeton University Art Museum placed two of the artist's works on view: Atlas Procession I (2000), which features a sequence of calligraphic figures and marks in the round (etching, aquatint, drypoint, and letterpress) and Typewriter IV (2011), a collage of ink on found pages.

The video of the 2015 Belknap Lecture is available below:



2014-15 Belknap Visitor in the Humanities

Andrew Solomon


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