Since 1963, eminent writers, critics and scholars have come to campus through this program endowed by the Faber family and members of the Class of 1915. Each literature department and program may propose one visitor each year.
The gift of Eberhard L. Faber IV is intended to support lectures, colloquia, workshops and discussions in the field of literature. We define “literature” broadly to include such topics as criticism, history, theory, and the relation of literature to society, technology, and the other arts. The Humanities Council especially welcomes proposals for innovative formats and events that might not readily be accommodated as regular departmental lectures.
Departments and programs eligible for Faber Lecture support are:
- American Studies
- Center for Digital Humanities
- Comparative Literature
- East Asian Studies
- European Cultural Studies
- Film Studies
- French and Italian
- Germanic Languages and Literatures
- Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities
- Italian Studies
- Judaic Studies
- Medieval Studies
- Near Eastern Studies
- Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
- Slavic Languages and Literatures
- Spanish and Portuguese
- Study of Late Antiquity
Requests for Faber Lectures should be submitted before formal invitations are extended. It is particularly important to check possible dates against the Humanities Council calendar or by calling (8-3690) or emailing. The Council does not typically fund proposals that conflict with other related events.
The total contribution for an individual event may amount to $3,500, although not all events will require the full amount. An invitation to a younger scholar and/or a nearby guest would normally entail fewer expenses. Departments may supplement Faber grants with their own funds. Here are the expenses to be covered:
- Economy fare transportation from home campus (or the last campus visited) to Princeton. Departments are encouraged to share these expenses with other institutions.
- Meals and lodging
- Posters and advertisements
The total contribution for an individual event may amount to $3,500, although not all events will require the full amount. An invitation to an early-career scholar or a nearby guest would normally entail fewer expenses. The Faber fund is usually the primary source of support, although departments may occasionally supplement Faber grants with their own funds. Events funded by the Faber endowment are considered “Faber Lectures” publicized as “Eberhard L. Faber 1915 Memorial Fund in the Humanities Council” and will be listed as part of the Faber series on the Council’s website. Here are the expenses to be covered:
- Economy fare transportation from home campus (or the last campus visited) to Princeton
- Honoraria (typically $500 for early career scholars; $1,000/$1,500 for senior visitors)
- Meals and lodging
- Posters and advertisements
How to Apply
Requests for Faber lectures should be submitted before formal invitations are extended. It is particularly important to check possible dates against the year-long Humanities Council Calendar of Events. The Council does not typically fund proposals that conflict with other related events. To propose a Faber Lecture, email Susan Coburn, office specialist in the Humanities Council.
Before extending a formal invitation, and at least four weeks before the anticipated date. Forms are accepted year-round.
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