2017-18 Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars
Christopher Hallett, Professor, Departments of History of Art and Classics, UC Berkeley
“Corinthian Bronzes” Purporting to be Greek Old Masters as Major Artworks of the Late Republic
Christopher Hallett's work examines how our handbooks offer a one-sided account of the art of the late Republic. The emphasis is placed on “public art”—poorly preserved examples of “Roman historical relief”, such as the census scene from the Altar of Domitius Ahenobarbus; or “Roman Republican Portraiture”—veristic portraits known from contemporary coins or later marble copies. Normally there is no mention that this period saw the birth of the world’s first fully-fledged art market, with fabulously wealthy collectors, picture galleries, super-prices, art auctions, temporary exhibitions, prosecutions for art-theft, and evidence for art-forgery. In the short period that separates Gaius Verres from the emperor Nero there came into being a series of great collections of antique artworks; and one notorious category of collectible, prized by the Roman aristocracy, was aes Corinthum, or Corinthia—“Corinthian bronzes”: bronze figurines of exquisite quality. This project sets out to demonstrate that many Corinthian bronzes have come down to us; that most of them are probably ancient forgeries, pretending to be works of earlier periods; and that these should be accounted among the most important artworks of the period: the work of some of the very best artists, and aesthetically just as important as the contemporary “public works” illustrated in our handbooks.
Erin Thompson, Professor, Departments of Art and Music, John Jay College (CUNY)
Forging the Law: How Forgeries Drive the Law and Policy of Antiquities Protection
Erin Thompson's work analyzes recent national and international legal dealings with repatriated antiquities to discover a paradoxical trend: the public face of efforts to protect genuine antiquities are often forgeries. Forgeries are aesthetically compelling and visually complete artifacts, which read as artworks in a way that the genuine ancient artifacts most often discovered in excavations do not. Archeologists, needing to muster support to protect information-rich but aesthetically deficient antiquities, grudgingly accept the forgeries as poster children for their cause. Her project examines this Faustian bargain to understand the way that forgeries create compromise between the agendas of archeologists and those of collectors and dealers, allowing for agreement on the necessity of protecting antiquities, but also encourage policy that deals best with well-preserved ancient “art” but fails to protect the vast numbers of archeologically significant antiquities that are currently being discarded in the spoil piles of looters digging in hopes of uncovering a “masterpiece.”
2016-17 Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars
Aimee Von Bokel, Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, Museum Studies, New York University
Edward, Pauline, and The Invisible Stories of Wealth Accumulation in New York
Aimee Von Bokel's project responds to narratives produced at two New York house museums: The Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Manhattan and the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn. The two historic homes prompt questions about the making of New York’s segregated landscape and the long-term effects of racially discriminatory real estate market, particularly in the twenty-first-century era of gentrification and displacement. Furthermore, as sites of memory with such disparate access to capital, the museums also prompt questions about how we come to understand the city we inhabit. In other words: which stories harden into common-sense truths about the city’s history and which stories get effaced — and why? The two house museums tell visitors about two communities two historic communities. But what the museums don't tell visitors (and perhaps this is outside the scope of the museums’ responsibility), is what happened to the residents of these houses-turned-museums after they moved out. As a result of race-based-mortgage-lending policies, Edward DeGrant, an African-Amercian born in Weeksville, was unable to buy property and accumulate wealth like Pauline Levine, a Polish-American who once lived at 97 Orchard Street -- the site of today's Tenement Museum. Aimee is mapping the stories of Edward and Pauline’s trajectories on multiple platforms (aimeevonbokel.com/digitalprojects). The next step is to (a) document more resident-trajectories (b) visualize the trajectories, and (c) identify a plan for digitizing handwritten archives.
Carroll Parrott Blue, Professor Emerita, San Diego State University
Carroll Parrott Blue's work has helped her co-create and work with the Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance (SEHTA), a 503c3 non-profit community leadership agency. This work is supported with digital storytelling, interactive multimedia, public art, design and a new opportunity to incorporate Geographic Information Systems Spatial Analysis techniques. Her goal is to merge this area’s facts and figures with its residential voices and visions through team support of GIS programmers, public and architectural historians, artists, historians, creative writers, graphic designers, architects, landscape architects, urban planners and personal digital stories and histories.
Carroll's research examines how SEHTA’s underserved community residents who, united in a commonly held vision, can work as equal partners with supportive academic and other institutions, civic governments, developers, foundations and donors to provide a new community engagement model for Houston’s use in becoming a 21st century city.
Creative Placemaking as an emerging field lacks real-time published information on the blending of personal story, big data and case study analysis.
2015-16 Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars
Gregory Flaxman, Associate professor of English and Comparative Literature, UNC, Chapel Hill
Off the Grid
Gregory Flaxman’s project takes its title from a phrase that has become the common currency of our Zeitgeist: if you go to the movies, watch cable television, listen to the news, surf the web—in other words, if you’re on the grid—then you’ve surely heard about going off it. Flaxman contends that this colloquialism marks a remarkable and even “epistemic” crisis of contemporary American society. In essence, his work argues that the recent turn of this phrase bears witness to the emergence of a new biopolitical economy driven by the rapid expansion of digital media, information technology, and surveillance networks. Thus, going off the grid expresses the act (or art) of disappearing at a moment when that very possibility seems to have irremediably diminished.
Maria Whiteman, Artist
Temporal Turns in Ecology
Whiteman’s work delves into the modes of scientific knowledge, taxonomy, display, curation, etc. that shape how we think about and interact with non-human life. She has shown extensively in galleries in both Canada and the United States, and has published work in such venues as Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, and Public. Prof. Whiteman will organize and curate the art exhibition component of the 2015 SLSA conference at Rice. She is currently working on three collaborative video installations with Prof. Wolfe centered around issues of ecology, environment, energy, migration (both human and animal), and landscape.
2014-15 Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars
Jennifer Borland, Associate Professor of Art History, Oklahoma State University
Domesticating Knowledge: Household Health and the Late Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts of the Régime du corps
Borland will complete the manuscript of her book, “Domesticating Knowledge,” which closely considers several illustrated copies of “Régime du corps,” a late medieval health guide written by the physician of an ambitious French countess, for her to pass on to her four daughters. Although these six illuminated manuscripts represent a relative anomaly in the extensive transmission and dissemination of the Régime text, they are much more than luxurious examples of conspicuous consumption. These indicate that the domestic sphere remained central to the maintenance of health in spite of medicine’s increasing professionalization. At its heart, this project is an art historical study; though it also engages with history, book culture, gender studies, medicine and medical humanities.
Erica Fudge, Professor of English, University of Strathclyde
The Multiple Worlds of Edward Topsell: Of Early Modern Books, Churches and Meat-Markets
Fudge’s current research project is an attempt to understand an aspect of early modern English society that until now has escaped detailed attention: the world of affective human-livestock relations. At a time before the intensification of farming many people lived very closely with animals – a couple of cows, one or two pigs, poultry. This project seeks to go beyond the work of agricultural and economic history to think about what people thought about and felt about their livestock animals, and what the animals themselves would have experienced in their working lives. Fudge will look at Edward Topsell's “Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes” (1607) - the most significant English collection of early modern animal lore - and read it in the context of Topsell's life as a minister in London.
2013-14 Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars
Catherine Wilson, Anniversary Professor of Philosophy, University of York
Futility and Transcendence: Kant and the Problem of Materialism in 18th Century Philosophy
The role of the Lucretian image of nature as presented in De Rerum Natura as adopted, modified, and resisted in the second half of the 18th century is poorly understood and accordingly controversial. Wilson proposes to examine Kant’s relationship to the materialism of the French philosophes as it diffused into German letters. Her intention is not only to try to understand the “critical philosophy” as Kant’s response to the cultural pessimism of his Lucretian-impressed contemporaries, but also to reassess Kant’s value for contemporary moral and political theory in light of his anti-naturalism, arguing that his opponents’ conception of Enlightenment was both more humane and more philosophically tenable. Wilson will also participate in the 2013-14 Rice Seminar, “Materialism and New Materialism across the Disciplines.”
Ian Balfour, Professor of English, York University
Filming Literature In and Beyond the Culture Industry
Balfour will work on a new book about the adaptation of literature into film by drawing on theoretical work on translation and tradition by Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno, genre criticism by Northrop Frye and others, as well as recent work on adaptation in film studies (Dudley Andrew, Robert Stam) and the pioneering work of André Bazin. Balfour aims to investigate several different clusters of issues and track them across a wide range of examples, such as genre and its formal consequences, word-image relations, period pieces and the styles of history, the poetics of avant-garde adaptation, and national cinemas and their relation to the world.
Ana Maria Tavares, Assistant Professor, Departamento de Artes Plásticas da Escola de Comunicações e Artes, Universidade de São Paulo
Nature In-Vitro: Interrogating Modernity
Tavares’ project is an interdisciplinary and transnational research and museological project based on her collaboration with Rice University art and architectural historian Fabiola López-Durán. This research project’s main goal is to investigate the role of aesthetics, science, and ideology at the center of the construction of modernity in Latin America. This research raises the question of medium specificity in the study of modernism--as Andreas Huyssens has demonstrated, we cannot talk about modernism and modernity without considering architecture and the built urban environment among its main transmitters. In the underpinnings of these “cultural objects,” Tavares’ artistic work and the scholarly research of López-Durán intersect to examine notions of nature and landscape through the idea of culture and nation.
2012-13 Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars
Simon Keller, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington
Understanding Disagreement about Climate Change: Skepticism, Ideology, and Experts
The disagreement about climate science is a stark feature of political debate and an obstacle to meaningful action on climate change. To understand why people of different political views disagree about climate change, Keller argues that we must understand our relationship with experts and how ideological commitments can rationally influence decisions about which experts to trust. His project specifically examines the disagreement about climate change as a manifestation of rational attitudes to expertise. He examines the types of arguments offered, the sources of argumentation, and the channels through which a concerned non-expert should decide which sources to trust.
John J. May, Assistant Professor Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto
Spectral Visions: The Birth of the Energetic of Environment
May’s project focuses on the historical relationship between Postwar scientific instruments and the changing composition of the concept of environment. Examining imaging as a form of environmental representation, he argues that our understanding of the environment is fundamentally inseparable from the emergence of imaging. His project aims to produce a technical and conceptual genealogy of the environmental image, a theory of representation commensurate with questions and problems being posed around the concept of environment, which are today reshaping both the humanities and design practice. In so doing, this research shows how imaging has reorganized and restructured the entire scientific-bureaucratic apparatus that today takes ‘the environment’ as its object of concern.
Paul B. Jaskot, Professor of Art and Architecture, DePaul University
Cultural Fantasies, Ideological Goals, Political Economic Realities in the Built Environment of Auschwitz
This project examines the archive of Auschwitz’s architectural office, one of the largest collections of evidence of a single building office’s activity during the Nazi regime. Using art historical tools to analyze the construction of this politically charged institutional environment, Jaskot explores the intersection of the cultural priorities of the SS, the organization of forced labor for construction, as well as the intertwines goals of racist genocide and imperialist expansion. The SS designed and planned hundred of vernacular structures for the camp that changed dynamically in form and function with war conditions. He argues that the SS building at Auschwitz became a deadly intersection of delusional planning, pragmatic realities, and destructive capacities.
2011-12 Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars
Kairn A. Klieman, Associate Professor of History, University of Houston
Before the "Curse": Petroleum, Politics, and Transnational Oil Companies in the Gulf of Guinea, Africa, 1890's-1980's
Through a series of theoretically-linked case studies situated in the watershed moments of African oil history, Klieman's project provides a history of the changing nature of relations between transnational oil companies, their home governments, and the colonial and post-colonial governments of sub-Saharan Africa, and also elucidates specific events, decisions, and policies that have contributed to the development of the "Oil Curse" - the phenomena whereby despite a massive influx of oil revenues, political, economic, and developmental processes stagnate, creating some of the most authoritarian, impoverished, and corrupt societies in the world. By identifying the historical roots of this modern problem, the book will provide important contributions to the fields of African history, U.S. diplomatic history, international oil history, the history of globalization, and the growing body of literature on the Natural Resource Curse in developing nations.
Kenneth Loiselle, Assistant Professor of History, Trinity University
Enlightenment and Revolution in the French Atlantic: Freemasonry from the Old Regime to Napoleon
This study examines the history of Freemasonry in metropolitan and colonial France from the pre-revolutionary era to 1804. Loiselle's research explores the structural aspects of Masonic sociability during the revolutionary moment as well as the cultural changes wrought by political developments. Topics to be examined include the changing profile of membership in lodges, the relationship between political orientation and Masonic affiliation amongst elites, and the presence of the French and Haitian Revolutions in Masonic cultural texts, notable speeches and songs. This research can help answer a classic question that has continually preoccupied scholarly communities within the humanities as well as political scientists who study revolutionary processes: How were the Enlightenment and the political revolutions of the late eighteenth century in France and Saint-Domingue (later Haiti) interrelated?
2010-11 Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars
Sabine Hake, Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture, University of Texas at Austin
Political Affects: The Fascist Imaginary in Postfascist Cinema
Dr. Hake is a scholar of German cinema and Weimar culture who has written extensively on the history of cinema, theories of modernism and modernity, and the intersection of culture and politics. While at Rice, she will work on a book project on the filmic representation of the Third Reich in American and European films from the 1940s to today. The continuing fascination with fascism in popular culture reveals as much about our changing views of the Third Reich as the quintessential modern dictatorship as about our fascination with totalitarian power and frustration with liberal democracies. She has published five monographs, including most recently Topographies of Class: Modern Architecture and Mass Society in Weimar Berlin (2008). During her fellowhship, Dr. Hake taught a course on “Film and Fascism” through the Department of German Studies.
Mary Poovey, Samuel Rudin University Professor in the Humanities, New York University
A Model of the Future: The History of American Finance Capitalism
While in residence at the Rice Humanities Center, Dr. Poovey worked on a co-authored book project on twentieth-century U. S. finance capitalism, focusing on the core chapters of the book that examine Irving Fisher’s new model of value, which he introduced in 1906. By proposing that the value of capital is based on a forecast of future income, Fisher's model departed from its predecessors, which had linked value to labor or commodities. This way of thinking both accorded with installment-plan payments (a new and popular form of financing the purchase of commodities in the period) and anticipated financial modeling, which made expectations about the future a central component of pricing financial assets. Phrased another way, Fisher’s work made it possible for consumers to rationalize gratifying present desires by pledging future income streams, and it enabled economists to model conditions of uncertainty. The transformation of financial behavior and theory inaugurated by this model laid the groundwork for the innovations in spending patterns and securitization that revolutionized the nation's savings and investment practices during the last half of the twentieth century.
Despina Stratigakos, Assistant Professor of Architecture, State University of New York at Buffalo
Hitler at Home
Dr. Stratigakos’ first book, A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), received the 2009 German Studies Association Book Prize for the best book of the last two years in the fields of history or social sciences. Her current book project, Hitler at Home, examines the aesthetic and ideological construction of Hitler’s domesticity. In her writings and beyond, she works to raise awareness of issues of diversity in architecture. A 2007 exhibition on the children's toy, Architect Barbie, at the University of Michigan addressed the underrepresentation of women from a playful angle. While in residence at Rice, Dr. Stratigakos will teach a course on gender and architecture in the art history department cross-listed with architecture.
2009-10 Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars
Paul Christesen, Associate Professor of Classics, Dartmouth College
Gymnazein: The Origin and Dissemination of Athletic Nudity in Ancient Greece
Dr. Christesen’s scholarship insists that the roots of mass sport in ancient Greece and the modern-day West provide invaluable insight into the basic societal conditions and values that define our identity and history, making Greek athletics an ideal place to explore the intersection between classical and modern worlds. Focusing on athletic nudity in particular, his new project investigates the variety of functions which nudity served in its practice by men and women of different social statuses and in diverse social contexts. He is the author of Olympic Victor Lists and Ancient Greek History (Cambridge UP, 2007).
Matthew Guterl, Associate Professor of African American & African Diaspora Studies and American Studies, Indiana University
Mother of the World: Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe
Dr. Guterl has made invaluable contributions to the conversations surrounding the conceptualizations of race within the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Americas. He has helped add to the historiography of slavery and other racialized labor systems an important transnational dimension. His current project re-examines a commonly overlooked episode in the life of superstar Josephine Baker, her effort – subsequent to her career as an entertainer – to adopt and raise twelve children from across the global south, opening up her private life to a new level of public scrutiny. He has authored two books, American Mediterranean: Southern Slaveholders in the Age of Emancipation (Harvard UP, 2008) and the award-winning The Color of Race in America, 1900-1940 (Harvard UP, 2001).
Mi Gyung Kim, Associate Professor of History, North Carolina State University
The Aerieal Theater: Balloons and the Public in Pre-Revolutionary France
Dr. Kim's research focuses on the history of science and its relatonship to broader historical and social transformations, including the processes of nation- and empire-building. Her current project examines balloon mania in eighteenth-century France in order to make new claims about science, reason, and power in a society undergoing fundamental and rapid change. She is the author of Affinity, that Elusive Dream: A Genealogy of the Chemical Revoluion (MIT Press, 2003), a book which connects technical changes in matter theory and chemical dynamics with the emergence of new forms of education, training, and publication. Dr. Kim will teach a course on "Science and Empire" through the Department of History.
Maria Elena Versari, Assistant Professor, Universitá di Messina, Italy
The Foreign Policy of the Avant Garde
Dr. Versari's current project proposes a new systemic interpretation of the historical avant garde by examining its internal strategies of identity and canonization and by reassessing the workings of its system of national and international alliances and networks. While at Rice, she will engage in a new analysis of how the discourse of the avant-garde assumed and reworked the discourse of political internationalism. She is the author of two monographs for the Scala Archives in Florence, one on Wassily Kandinsky and the other on Constantin Brancusi. Dr. Versari will teach a course in the Art History Department, "Cultural Boundaries: Ethnic Myths and the Search for a National Style."
2008-09 | NEH - Distinguished Visiting Professors and Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars
David Gordon, Visiting Scholar from the History Department, Bowdoin College
Ancestors of a Nation: the Political Imagination in Zambian History
His first book Nachituti’s Gift: Economy, Society, and Environment in Central Africa (University of Wisconsin Press 2006) was finalist for the Melville J. Herkovits Award for Best Book in African Studies and has been hailed as a major contribution to the field. His project based on current field research in Africa illuminates the political nature of seemingly religious practices and the religious nature of political practices, challenging the accepted narrative of political secularism. During his residence at Rice, Dr. Gordon will teach a course in the history department and will contribute to the African Studies Workshop.
Carol Harrison, Visiting Scholar from the Department of History, University of South Carolina
Restoring Catholicism in Post-revolutionary France: Gender, Belief, and Secularization
Examining the intersections between faith, feminism, and citizenship, her research assesses the dual role of religion in shaping the lives of families and in limiting women’s citizenship in the aftermath of Revolutionary dechristianization. She is the author of The Bourgeois Citizen in Nineteenth-century France (Oxford UP, 1999). During her fellowship term, Dr. Harrison will teach a course in history cross listed with the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality.
Avery Kolers, Visiting Scholar from the Philosophy Department, University of Louisville, Kentucky
A Political Theory of Individual Responsibility
Dr. Koler's new project undertakes to understand individual responsibility within institutions and the significance of notions such as participation, complicity, and implication. The project asks how our individual moral agency is determined by a group rather than by ourselves in light of our membership in groups large and small. His first book is Land, Conflict and Justice: A Political Theory of Territory (Cambridge UP, 2008). At Rice, Dr. Kolers will teach a course in the Philosophy Department.
Gerardo Marti, Visiting Scholar from the Department of Sociology, Davidson College
Congregational Diversity and Worship Music
Author of Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church (Rutgers UP, 2008) and A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church (Indiana UP, 2005), Dr. Marti will examine the intersection of race, religion and music in light of the desire among some church leaders to promote congregational diversity. He hopes to lay the groundwork for understanding what kind of music may accelerate racial and ethnic variety in churches. At Rice, he will teach a course on race and religious faith cross listed in religious studies and sociology.
2007-08 | NEH - Distinguished Visiting Professors and Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars
Winfried Mennighaus, Visiting Professor from Peter Szondi-Institut für Allgemeine, Freie Universität Berlin
A leading critic and theorist in aesthetic philosophy, Dr. Menninghaus has published works on Celan, Bejamin, Hölderlin, and others. He will offer three seminars at Rice, in conjunction with the HRC’s History of Philosophy Workshop led by Dr. Steven G. Crowell.
Elliot Wolfson, Visiting Professor from the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University
Wolfson is a leading scholar in the field of Jewish mysticism and has published a trio of books representing a new direction in the field. He is also the editor of the Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy. He will teach a course on Jewish Mysticism through the Religious Studies Department while pursuing research on dreams and dream interpretation in Kabbalistic thought. In addition, Drs. Marcia Brennan and Jeffrey J. Kripal will convene a symposium, "Beyond the Beyond" in collaboration with the HRC’s Judaic Studies Workshop, centered on the work of Dr. Wolfson.
Jaqueline G. Campbell, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut
Dr. Campbell’s research on the Civil War era, examining how race, class, and gender shape military and social history, has yielded publications including When Sherman Marched North from the Sea. She will teach a course on the Civil War and Reconstruction through the History Department. Dr. John B. Boles will also organize a lecture series centered on her work, "New Perspectives on the Civil War."
Hans Poser, Visiting Professor from Technischen Universität in Berlin
Dr. Poser studies the philosophy of science and technology and the history of philosophy. A former president of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie, he has also served for almost thirty years as the Vice President of the International Leibniz Society. Dr. Poser will offer a course through the Philosophy Department entitled “Introduction to Theories/Practices of Science and Technology Studies.” On the occasion of Dr. Poser’s visit, Dr. Mark A. Kulstad plans to organize the First Annual Conference of the Leibniz Society of North America at Rice.
2006-07 | NEH - Distinguished Visiting Professors and Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Scholars
Joseph Clarke, member of the standing faculty of the English Department of the University of Pennsylvania
His work looks at the cultural power of the novel in the West Indies and in sub-Saharan Africa as well as at the "West Indian fiction boom" of the 1940's and 1950's. While at Rice, Dr. Clarke offered a course on the novel in the Americas, another on women writers from the Caribbean, and a graduate seminar on narrative and cultural difference. He organized the symposium "The Hacienda and the Plantation: Historical, Political and Cultural Legacies."
Pierre Pellegrin, Director of the Center for the History of Arabic and Medieval Science and Philosophy in Paris, France, a unit of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
His research interests include ancient political philosophy and ancient philosophical conceptions of science and scientific method, and especially their relationship to actual scientific practice. At Rice University, Dr. Pellegrin taught a course titled "Greek Philosophy of Nature" and a graduate seminar that offered a historical and philosophical examination of Aristotle's Politics. The HRC hosted the conference "Aristotelian Natural Philosophy" focused on Dr. Pellegrin's research.
2007 - NEH - Distinguished Visiting Faculty
Bruno Latour, Institut d'Études Politiques
- February 5 - Seminar: "The Politics of Multinationalism"
- February 6 - Public Lecture: “Political Truth: Lippmann's Phantom and Dewey's Great Community”
- February 7 - Seminar: "Collective Experiments"
- February 8 - Film: Making Things Public
- February 9 - Seminar: "Cosmopolitics"
2005 - NEH - Distinguished Visiting Faculty
Jean Comaroff and John L. Comaroff, University of Chicago
- March 28 - Public Lecture: “Criminal Ac/counting: Quantifacts and the Production of the Unreal” (Jean Comaroff)
- March 29 - Public Lecture: “Ethnicity, Inc.: On the Commodification, Consumption, and Construction of Cultural Identity in a Brave Neo World” (John Comaroff)
- March 30 - Seminar: “Millenial Captialism and the Culture of Neoliberalism”
- March 31 - Seminar: “New Religious Movements in the Age of Neoliberalism”
2003 - NEH - Distinguished Visiting Faculty
Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago Law School
- September 22 - Public Lecture: “Shame, Stigma, and Punishment” (jointly sponsored by the President's Lecture Series)
- September 23 - Seminar: “Inscribing the Face: Shame and Stigma”
- September 24 - Seminar: “Beyond the Social Contract: Justice and Mental Disabilities”
- September 25 - Seminar: “Capabilities, Fundamental Entitlements, and Women's Equality”
Susan Handelman, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
- March 19 - Public Lecture: “Teaching in the Face of Terror: Strategies of Survival, Humanistic Education, and Cultural Repair”
- March 18 - Seminar: "Knowledge Has a Face: The Personal and the Pedagogical in Classical Jewish Sources and Postmodern Theory"
- March 21 - Seminar: "Knowledge Has a Face: Academic Knowledge and Religious Discourse"
- March 24 - Seminar: "The Student-Teacher Relation, the Construction of Knowledge, and the Rhetoric of Rabbinic Texts: Part 1”
- March 25 - Seminar: "The Student-Teacher Relation, the Construction of Knowledge, and the Rhetoric of Rabbinic Texts: Part 2”
2002 - NEH - Distinguished Visiting Faculty
Michel Serres, Académie Française
- April 9 - Seminar: “Euclidean First Definitions”
- April 10 - Seminar: “Space in Pluto's Timeus”
- April 12 - Seminar: “Clinamen in Lucretius' De Rerum Natura”
- April 15 - Public Lecture: “Sciences and Humanities: The Case of J. M. Turner”
- April 17 - Seminar: “Pascal's Geometry”
2000 - NEH - Distinguished Visiting Faculty
Jan Assmann, University of Heidelberg & Aleida Assmann, University of Konstanz
- October 3 - Public Lecture: “Monotheism and Memory: Freud's Moses and the Biblical Tradition” (Jan Assmann)
- October 4 - Seminar: "From Short Term to Long Term Memories"
- October 10 - Seminar: "Paradigms of Learning"
- October 11 - Public Lecture: “Affect—Symbol—Trauma: Stabilizers of Memory” (Aleida Assmann)
- October 12 - Seminar: "Reinventing Tradition"
- October 17 - Seminar: "History and Memory"