Belknap Visitors in the Humanities Council
The program of Belknap Visitors was created to recognize distinguished individuals in the arts and letters. Belknap Visitors spend an intensive day on campus. Past visitors have been Toni Morrison, Eudora Welty, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nadine Gordimer, Roy Lichtenstein, Athol Fugard, Doris Lessing, John Updike, Edward Albee, Czeslaw Milosz, Carlos Fuentes, Frank Stella, Robertson Davies, Peter Sellars, Arthur Miller, Merce Cunningham, Harold Pinter, Adrienne Rich, Maurice Sendak, Wim Wenders, Richard Serra, Chuck Close, Twyla Tharp, Ricky Jay, Toshiko Takaezu, Meryl Streep, Roz Chast, Alice Waters, David Simon, Stephen Sondheim, Frank Rich, and Maya Lin.
For information on how to nominate a Belknap Visitor, please email Dr. Kathleen Crown, Executive Director.
2018-2019 Belknap Visitors
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
2017-2018 Belknap Visitors
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
2015-2016 Belknap Visitors
Marcel Ophuls, Academy-award-winning filmmaker, Spring 2016
William Kentridge, multimedia artist, Fall 2015
2014 Belknap Visitor
Belknap Global Conversations
This Belknap Visitor program brings distinguished writers, artists, and scholars to campus for events that bridge “arts and ideas” in a global context. The program aims to provoke dialogue on a theme of broad interest in the realm of arts and letters and that will cut across disciplinary boundaries and world regions.
Visitors whose work has global reach will engage a cross-disciplinary audience from approaches that are practice-based or creative (e.g., a reading, performance, or master class) as well as critical (e.g., a conversation, lecture, or visit to a graduate seminar). This program is intended to encourage new cross-departmental collaborations and to encourage interdisciplinary conversation and disciplinary innovation.
For information on how to nominate a visitor for a Belknap Global Conversation, please email Dr. Kathleen Crown, Executive Director.
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, to 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) to discuss the idea of moral economy from the eighteenth century to the present. The keynote will be given by Michael Sandel (Harvard).
Jenny Erpenbeck and Deborah Amos: 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.