Council Welcomes Spring 2023 Visitors

January 29, 2023
The Joseph Henry House is named after the noted physicist who taught at Princeton from 1832 to 1846, and may have been the leading American scientist of his time.

This spring, the Humanities Council welcomes visiting faculty and fellows who will contribute to exciting humanities research, scholarship, and public dialogue at Princeton this semester.

Suzanne Marchand joins the University as an Old Dominion Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of History from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, where she is a professor of European intellectual history. She will co-teach the Program in Humanistic Studies course “Digging for the Past: Archaeology from Ancient Greece to Modern America” with Anthony Grafton (History).

Award-winning author Kamila Shamsie, whose latest novel “Home Fire” won the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Hellenic Prize, joins Princeton as a Belknap Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of English. She will teach a course entitled “Re-Writing the Classics,” where students will work towards a Classics re-write of their own. 

Craig Williams, professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will serve as a Whitney J. Oates Short-Term Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of Classics. During his visit to campus, he will bring insights from his book in progress, which features indigenous North American perspectives on Greco-Roman antiquity.

The Council’s Program in Journalism will welcome four renowned journalists as visiting professors this spring.

  • Neil Bedi, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at ProPublica who focuses on investigating federal government agencies and policies in Washington, will teach “Investigative Journalism: Data-driven Reporting.” Students will learn skills to acquire, vet, analyze, and present data in various media.
  • Award-winning journalist Nadja Drost will teach “International News: Covering Conflict, Human Rights and Displacement Beyond the Front Line.” The class will study how reporting on social upheaval shapes the public understanding of other countries, with special attention to Latin America.
  • Veteran journalist Pallavi Gogoi, who is currently managing editor at NPR, will teach the program’s McGraw Seminar in Writing on “Telling Stories of Economic Inequality.”  The course will explore how real people are affected by changes in the economy, depending on their race, gender, or class.
  • Channing Joseph, a scholar of Black queer history and contributor to The Nation, will teach “The Media and Social Issues: Writing about Racial Justice in the United States.” The course will study the ways that journalists have succeeded and failed in covering marginalized racial communities, both in the distant and more recent past.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Andrea Elliott will also join the Council and the Program in Journalism this spring as a Visiting Lecturer and Ferris Professor of Journalism. She will offer a version of the program’s long-running “Creative Nonfiction” seminar, which will focus on immersion journalism. Undergraduates will learn story structure, interviewing techniques, and how to build observation skills to produce narrative nonfiction.

In collaboration with University partners, the Council is also providing substantial support for several other visitors across campus this spring.

  • PIIRS’ Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication welcomes Neil Blackadder, who specializes in theater translation from German and French. He will serve as the University’s Translator in Residence this spring with support from the Council and the Lewis Center for the Arts.
  • Sarah Gualtieri, associate professor at the University of Southern California, joins the Department of English as a visiting professor. She will teach “Forms of Literature: Writing Revolution,” which is also cross-listed in the Program in Humanistic Studies.
  • The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures welcomes Ukrainian literary critic Tamara Hundorova, who joins the University as a research scholar and lecturer, with support from the Council. She joins 13 other at-risk scholars from Ukraine and Russia who are being hosted at the University.
  • Barry Lam *07, associate professor at Vassar College, joins the Department of Philosophy this spring, where he will teach “Podcasting the Humanities,” which is cross-listed in the Council’s Program in Humanistic Studies and Program in Journalism.

To read more about all of the Council’s AY22-23 visitors, and find up-to-date information about events and funding deadlines, please visit the Humanities Council website.

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