Short-Term Visiting Fellows 2014-15
During intensive three-to-five-day periods, these Fellows lecture and participate in classes, colloquia and informal discussions. The Program was created with a gift from Frank E. Taplin, Jr.'37 in honor of Whitney J. Oates, the distinguished classicist and founder of the Humanities Council. The Short-Term Fellows Program also hosts Virginia and Richard Stewart Fellows in Religion and Edward T. Cone ‘39*42 Fellows, named in memory of the eminent composer, musicologist, professor and benefactor of the arts and humanities.
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Barbara Fuchs is Professor of English and Spanish at UCLA as well as the Director of the W. A. Clark Memorial Library and the Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies. She writes about literary production and history, race, and religion in the early modern world, and in transatlantic studies. As an Oates Fellow in Comparative Literature this September, she will speak about the life and afterlife of empires in early modern Europe.
Guru Gopal, Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, is an expert in Indian political thought. He has written extensively about the interface between class and caste in India, with a focus on the history of Dalits as “untouchables” outside the caste system. As an Oates Fellow in Anthropology in September, he will speak on the phenomenology of humiliation and about issues of epistemology and field-based inquiry in contexts of extreme inequality.
Diego Poli, Professor of Linguistics and Romance Philology at the Universitá di Macerata, is an expert on the critical conjoining of Latinity and vernacular languages. As an Oates Fellow in French and Italian this December, he will speak about “The Italian Language between Latin and Dialect” as well as “The Futuristic Movement.”
Paul Bloom writes about how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with a focus on morality, religion, art, language, and pleasure. Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University, he is an Oates Fellow in Philosophy this April, speaking about how the importance of developmental cognitive psychology for the traditional humanistic disciplines.
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht has written extensively about the history of literary criticism and the humanities, including the history of Western Philosophy since its classical origins. Professor in Comparative Literature at Stanford University, he will be an Oates Fellow in Comparative Literature in April and will speak about Hegel, Diderot, and epistemology “at the Edge of Enlightenment.”
Mark Jordan, Professor of Christian Thought (Divinity School) and Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, writes about Western traditions of Christian theology, religion in relation to art and literature, and the prospects for sexual ethics. As a Stewart Fellow in Religion this April, he will talk about Thomas Aquinas and the rhetoric of Christian ethical formation. He will also discuss Foucault's late critique of the course of Christian thinking and his original preoccupation with the sacred after the death of God.
Pierre Niney, actor, playwright, and member of the Comédie-Française, has just finished filming the biopic Yves Saint-Laurent, in which he plays the lead role. As an Oates Fellow in French and Italian this spring, he will give lectures for advanced students of French literature and lead master classes for students in French and the Program in Theater. A conversation between Pierre Niney and Florent Masse (French and Italian) will be open to the public.