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Past IAH Distinguished Visiting Professors

A distinguished visiting professorship is an intense residency period at the University Park campus, usually ranging between four and seven working days, during which the visiting scholar or artist is engaged in a series of educational, scholarly and/or creative activities. The residency must include a variety of such activities, including at least one public event (a lecture, performance, exhibition, etc.) as well as activities aimed specifically at students (a workshop, presentation in a class, master class, etc.). Visiting professors must be distinguished figures in the arts and/or humanities whose residency will generate interest across multiple disciplines. A financial contribution from at least two departments/programs/schools is required.

Distinguished Visiting Scholars and Artists, 2014-15

Oct. 6-11, 2014

Roberto Andreoni


Mar 19, 2015

7:30 p.m. – 16 Borland (ADRI Lab)

"8 Stops"

Deb Margolin


Apr 7, 2015

4:00 p.m. – Mann Assembly Room, Pattee-Paterno Library

"Economies of Violence"

John Protevi

Darwin thought we could account for the evolution of altruism by "group selection," with war as a selection pressure in pre-State times. But many anthropologists deny that war was prevalent before the State. Not all societies are states, and non-state societies resist the state through their economy of violence, but those economies of violence are not necessarily that of war, as Deleuze and Guattari, following Pierre Clastres, suppose. I will end with a few remarks on economies of violence and theories of human nature: if war was not a selection pressure, how then do we account for the evolution of altruism?

Distinguished Visiting Scholars and Artists, 2013-14

William Darity, Arts and Sciences Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of African and African American Studies and Economics, Duke University

Distinguished Visiting Scholars and Artists, 2012-13

Sonia Sanchez, Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women's Studies, Temple University

Distinguished Visiting Scholars and Artists, 2011-12

John Edgar Wideman, Asa Messer Professor and Professor of Africana Studies and Literary Arts, Brown University

Distinguished Visiting Scholars and Artists, 2010-11

Apollo's Fire, Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. Monteverdi, "Vespers for the Blessed Virgin, 1610." Schwab Auditorium, October 15, 2010.

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, American University of Paris. "The Dialogue of Translation." November 8, 2010.

Kimberly Dark, performance artist and writer, "Understanding Autoethnographic Perfomance" and "Using Performance for Social Change." Workshops and performances, Cultural Conversations, February 23-27, 2011.

Tim Miller, performance artist and writer, "Glory Box," Downtown Theatre, March 17, 2011. Miller also conducted a week-long class and workshop culminating in a performance on March 19.

Bill Shannon (Spring 2010)

Dance and media artist

Ali A. Mazrui (November 2009)

Distinguished Professor of Political Science, the Albert Schweitzer Chair in the Humanities, and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University

Peter Sparling (March 2009)

Thurnau Professor of Dance, University of Michigan and Artistic Director of Peter Sparling Dance Company

V. S. Ramachandran (October 2008)

Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and Professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program, University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute

Jane Gallop (March 2008)

Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin

Terrie Ajile Axam (February 2008)

Founder and Artistic Director of Total Dance/Dancical Productions, Inc.

Donatella Ester di Cesare (November 2007)

Professor of Philosophy, University of Rome

Alberto Pérez-Gómez (April 2007)

Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture, McGill University

Fredric Jameson (November 2006)

William A. Lane, Jr. Professor in the Literature Program, Duke University

Farhat Moazam (March 2006)

Professor and Chairperson, Center of Biomedical Ethics and Culture, Karachi, Pakistan