Belknap Visitors

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 Kathleen Crown, Executive Director.

2019-20 Belknap Visitors

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

2018-19 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

2017-18 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

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, 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.

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