The University Record,
Four join Humanities Institute as visiting
fellowsFrom the Institute for the Humanities
The Institute for the
Humanities will host a varied group of visiting fellows in the coming
academic year. During their residencies, these visitors will join the 13
U-M faculty and graduate student fellows announced last April in their
weekly seminar, and will either give a public lecture or present their
work at forums with Institute Associates.
It is a pleasure to
bring such distinguished visitors to our campus, Director Tom
Trautmann says. They enliven our discussions within the Institute,
and we hope that many on campus will take advantage of their presence,
visit them here and attend their public programs.
Anne Carson,faculty of McGill University, where
she has served since 1994 as Director of Graduate Studies in Classics.
She also is a poet. Winner of the 1997 Pushcart Prize for Poetry, she is,
according to author Michael Ondaatje, the most exciting poet writing
in English today. Her recent verse novel, Autobiography of
Redpublished to widespread critical acclaimbridges the gap
between modernity and classicism, poetry and prose. During her fall term
residency as the Norman Freehling Visiting Professor, Carson will offer a
course called Decreation: How Women like Saphho, Perpetua, Hrosvita,
Heloise, Marguerite Porete, Emily Dickinson, and Simone Weil Tell
God. The public is welcome to attend her reading, cosponsored by
the Visiting Writers Program, at 5 p.m. Sept. 30, in the Rackham
Amphitheater. In residence fall term 1999.
Chalhoub is on the history faculty of the Universidade Estadual de
Campinas in Brazil. He is author of Feverish City: Tenements and
Epidemics in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro (1996), Visions of
Freedom: A History of the Last Decades of Slavery in the City of Rio de
Janeiro (1990), and Work, Home, and Alehouse: The Daily Lives of
Workers in Belle Epoque Rio de Janeiro (1986). Chalhoub is recipient
of Brazils most prestigious literary award, the Jabuti Prize, an
honor rarely accorded an historian. He now is directing his attention to
the study of the 19th-century novelist Machado de Assis. While most
critics have read Machada as a universalist who ignored
Brazils social reality and was ashamed of his own African descent,
Chalhoub argues that these critics have missed the ironic social critique
in his work. In residence Jan. 10Feb. 5, 2000.
Schneewind, professor of philosophy at Johns Hopkins, writes about the
history of moral philosophy. One of his books is about Henry Sidgwick and
the Victorian context of his Methods of Ethics. More recently he
published The Invention of Autonomy, an attempt to determine the
particular issues and questions that Kant thought he had to consider in
working out his system of ethics. At present, Schneewind is working on
some aspects of Utopian thought and on the moral philosophy of John Dewey.
In residence Feb. 619, 2000.
Elsner, Reader in the History of Art in the University of
Londons Courtauld Institute, will move in October 1999 to Corpus
Christi College, Oxford, as Humfry Payne Senior Research Fellow. Trained
in classics and art history at Cambridge and Harvard Universities and at
the Courtauld Institute, Elsner works on issues of reception in Classical
art, especially on how it was viewed during antiquity and in later
periods. He also explores the themes of pilgrimage, travel, and
ethnography in antiquity and more broadly. He is author and editor of
several books including Art and the Roman Viewer (1995) and
Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph (1998). In residence March
12April 8, 2000.