Eberhard L. Faber IV Memorial Lectures

Peggy Phelan, the Ann O'Day Maples Professor of the Arts Professor of English at Stanford University gave a lecture on "Contact Warhol: Photography without End."

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
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • East Asian Studies
  • English
  • 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.
  • Honoraria
  • Meals and lodging
  • Posters and advertisements
2019-20 Lecturers
2018-19 Lecturers
Lauren Berlant, Professor of English at the University of Chicago gave a Faber Lecture in Fall 2018 on “Being in Life without Wanting the World: On Biopolitics and the Attachment to Life.”
2017-18 Lecturers
Dr. Verena Lepper, Curator for Egyptian and Oriental Papyri Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz presented “The Neues Museum of the Berlin Museum Island – Highlights and recent discoveries from the Egyptian Papyrus Collection.”
2016-17 Lecturers
2015-16 Lecturers
  • Jon Whitman, Hebrew University: Encountering Scripture in Overlapping Cultures: Early Jewish, Christian and Muslim Strategies of Reading and Their Contemporary Implications
  • Clare A. Lees, King’s College London: Life Classes From Anglo-Saxon England: Three Studies in the Self
  • Alexander Zholkovsky, University of Southern California: “Who Organized the Standing Ovation?”: Stalin, Akhmatova, and Shakespeare
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