Belknap Visitors

American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus Toni Morrison was a Belknap Visitor
American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus Toni Morrison was a Belknap Visitor

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.

2015-2016 Belknap Visitors

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

2014 Belknap Visitor

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

Belknap Global Conversations

Jenny Erpenbeck in a Belknap Global Conversation on October 10, 2017

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.

2018-2019 Global Conversation

Humanitarian Photojournalism:  A History of the Present:  A public conversation and work shop on October 18 & 19, 2018, focusing on the history of photojournalism and its relationship to humanitarianism.

A panel of distinguished photojournalists including Peter van Agtmael, Sim Chi Yin, and Susan Meiselas, Visiting Belknap Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of English,  discussed 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 following day, historians, art historians, critics, and photojournalists addressed questions such as: What were the connections between the rising importance of photo-reportage and the rise of global humanitarianism? Were they allies, enemies, or simply coincidences? Can the relationship have had a history, connected to European decolonization, to development, and to shifting practices of visual production and circulation in the global media?

The workshop was be moderated by Jeremy Adelman, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and Director of the Global History Lab.

Full program schedule

2017-2018 Global Conversations

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.

2016-2017 Global Conversations

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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