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. 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.

To nominate a Belknap Visitor, please write to Kathleen Crown, Executive Director, Council of the Humanities.

2015-16 Spring Belknap Visitor:

Marcel Ophuls, April 19, 2016

The Department of French and Italian, the Committee for Film Studies, and the Council of the Humanities announce the schedule for the upcoming visit with one of the most influential documentary directors in the world, Marcel Ophuls. 

On Tuesday, April 19, Ophuls, an Academy-award-winning filmmaker, will discuss his work after a public screening of Ain’t Misbehavin’ (2012), a documentary in which he reflects on his life and artistic career (7:00 pm, James Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau Street). The discussion will be moderated by Gaetana Marrone-Puglia, a professor in the Department of French and Italian at Princeton University.

Ophuls is known for his stark portraits of wartime experience and their powerful interviews and cross-examinations of subjects, including A Sense of Loss (1972) on the upheavals in Northern Ireland, The Memory of Justice (1973-1976) on the Nuremberg Trials, and Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (1988), which received an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

Two of Ophuls’ films will be screened earlier in the week. On Sunday, April 17, at 1:30 pm in East Pyne 010, the public is invited to view one of Ophuls’ best-known films, The Sorrow and the Pity (1969), which marked a controversial turning point in the French debate about the Vichy Regime. On April 18, the public is invited to a screening of November Days (1992), an essay film on the reunification of Germany (7:30 pm, East Pyne 010). All three film screenings are free and open to the public.

Ophuls will be a Belknap Visitor in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University, in collaboration with the Department of French and Italian and the Committee for Film Studies. The program of Belknap Visitors in the Humanities was created to recognize distinguished individuals in the arts and letters. Past visitors include William Kentridge, Adrienne Rich, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Czeslaw Milosz, Carlos Fuentes, Frank Stella, Maurice Sendak, Alice Waters and Toni Morrison.


2015-16 Belknap Visitor (fall): William Kentridge

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

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