2015 - 2018
Stephen Greenblatt is an American literary critic, theorist, scholar, and Pulitzer Prize winning author. He is the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature, and a prolific writer in his own right.
Priyadarsini Govind is the Director of the renowned school of fine arts in India, Kalakshetra. A graduate in commerce from the University of Madras, Chennai, Priyadarsini holds a diploma in Mass Communication. However, her first love is Bharatanatyam, in which she began training at the age of six. As one of the foremost Bharatanatyam dancers among the current generation, she brings her own rigor and glamor to the art form.
His Excellency Henri Lopès is the former Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Congo's Ambassador to France since 1998. An accomplished novelist and essayist, Lopès has won many awards for his writings. Among these is the Grand prix de la francophonie, issued to him in 1993 by the French Academy for his body of work.
Linda Hutcheon is University Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She has received numerous major fellowships and awards, including the Killam Award and Molson Prize for the Humanities. In 2000, she was elected the 117th President of the Modern Language Association. In true standing with the Newhouse Center's interdisciplinary commitment, Professor Hutcheon has published not only a great deal on postmodern literature, but also several works in collaboration with Michael Hutcheon on the intersection between medical and cultural history through the study of opera.
Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Babatunde Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honored by this prize. Soyinka was born into a Yoruba family in Abeokuta. Amongst his beloved plays are Death and the King’s Horsemen and The Strongbreed.