In Spring 2024, the Humanities Council welcomes visiting faculty and fellows who will engage the University community, enrich public dialogue, and contribute to the creative scholarship, teaching, and intellectual collaboration at Princeton.
Literary theorist Frances Ferguson will serve as Whitney J. Oates Visiting Fellow in the Council and the Department of English. As a long-term visitor, she will teach the graduate seminar “Special Studies in the 18th Century: Psalms, Congregational Hymns, Criticism,” drawing on her expertise in 18th century literature and Romanticism.
Interdisciplinary artist, oral historian, and writer Nyssa Chow returns to the Council as a Visiting Lecture this semester. She will co-teach the community-engaged undergraduate course, “Arts in the Invisible City: Race, Policy, Performance” with D. Vance Smith, where students will learn about the dynamic history and role of the arts in Trenton through conversations with local artists and activists.
Five Short-Term Visiting Fellows will also join the Council this semester. During intensive three-to-five-day periods, these distinguished scholars and artists will lecture and participate in classes, colloquia, and informal discussions within a nominating humanities department or interdisciplinary program. Spring visitors include Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation), the first-known female Native American playwright on Broadway, who will visit the Lewis Center for the Arts; R. Darren Gobert, chair of theater studies at Duke University, who will contribute to the Department of English; Jo Guldi, a pioneer in the field of text mining for historical research, who will partner with the Department of History and the Center for Digital Humanities; Alessandro Schiesaro, a Latin literature scholar and professor at Scuola Normale Superiore, who will contribute to the Department of Classics; and internationally-recognized countertenor Lawrence Zazzo, who will contribute to the Department of Music.
The Program in Journalism welcomes three innovative journalists, who will teach intensive seminars within the Humanities Council this semester. Princeton alumna Rund Abdelfatah, the co-creator of NPR’s Peabody-Award winning show Throughline, will teach a course on experimental audio journalism. Queer culture historian Channing Joseph, who returns to the program this year, will teach “The Media and Social Issues: Writing about Racial Justice in the United States.” Christiaan Triebert, a journalist on the New York Times’ Visual Investigations team,will delve into the emerging field of online open-source investigation in his course on digital journalism. They will join two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Andrea Elliott, who joined the Council and Program in Journalism in Spring 2023 as a Visiting Lecturer and Ferris Professor of Journalism. She will teach the creative nonfiction seminar, “The Act of Immersion: Reporting Deeply on the Lives of Others.”
Across campus, PIIRS’ Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication welcomes artist and literary translator Daisy Rockwell, who will serve as the University’s translator in residence for Spring 2024 with support from the Humanities Council.