Past Belknap Events



Robert Alter, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, Fall 2019


Sarnath Banerjee, Artist, filmmaker, and author of graphic fiction, Spring 2019
Pascal Rambert, former director of T2G, Théâtre de Gennevilliers, choreographer, playwright, Spring 2019
Susan Meiselas, leading photojournalist, president of the Magnum Foundation, Fall 2018


Ariella Azoulay, Professor, Modern Culture and Media and Comparative Literature, Brown University, Spring 2018
Guillaume Gallienne, French actor and director, Sociétaire of the Comédie-Française, Spring 2018
Gabriele Pedullà, Associate Professor, Italian Literature, Universita’ Degli Studi Roma Tre, Spring 2018
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, actor, director and playwright, Spring 2018
Thomas Guthrie, director, actor and musician; founder, Guthrie Opera Theatre Company, Fall 2017
Greg Tate, writer and musician, Fall 2017


Marcel Ophuls, Academy-award-winning filmmaker, Spring 2016
William Kentridge, multimedia artist, Fall 2015


Andrew Solomon, writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts, Fall 2014

Global Conversations


Ryusuke Hamaguchi: A public conversation on September 23, 2022 with award-winning director and screenwriter Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, and Princeton faculty Anne Cheng (English), Steven Chung (East Asian Studies), Thomas Hare (Comparative Literature), and Gavin Steingo (Music).


Empire of Rubber: A Conversation About the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Liberia: A Princeton community conversation and workshop on April 11-12, 2021 with  Gregg Mitman (University of Wisconsin-Madison), author of the newly published book Empire of Rubber: Firestone’s Scramble for Land and Power in Liberia, and Simon Gikandi (Chair, English). Mitman’s scrupulously researched narrative of ecology and disease, commerce and science, and racial politics and political maneuvering, uncovers the global history of a corporate empire.




Humanitarian Photojournalism:  A History of the Present:  A public conversation on October 18 & 19, 2018 with Peter van Agtmael, Sim Chi Yin, and Susan Meiselas, Visiting Belknap Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of English, discuss the history of photographic reportage, especially reporting of war and atrocity moderated by Katherine Bussard, the Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography at the Princeton University Art Museum.


The Moral Economy: A work shop and conversation on April 6 & 7, 2018  led by Jeremy Adelman (History) and Samuel Moyn (Yale) discuss the idea of moral economy from the eighteenth century to the present. The keynote will be given by Michael Sandel (Harvard).

Jenny Erpenbeck: A reading by German author Jenny Erpenbeck from her book, Go, Went, Gone was followed by a conversation with Deborah Amos, Humanities Council’s Ferris Professor of Journalism.


Dacia Maraini, Jhumpa Lahiri and Alessandro Giammei : A reading by award-winning writer and activist Dacia Maraini in Italian followed by a conversation with faculty members Alessandro Giammei and Jhumpa Lahiri. Co-sponsored with Princeton’s Creative Writing Program and the Department of French and Italian.

Maylis De Kerangal: French author of The Heart, Maylis De Kerangal, and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen read from and discussed their work. Presented in co-sponsorship with Princeton’s Creative Writing Program, with additional support from the Program in American Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, and the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication.

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