Distinguished Visitors-in-Residence


The Distinguished Visitors-in-Residence program brings prominent individuals to campus, either academic or non-academic, for short-term residential visits typically between one to two weeks in length.  The purpose of the Distinguished Visitors-in-Residence program is to enrich the liberal arts, residential experience by strengthening the intellectual community of the College. It provides an opportunity for deeper interaction with individuals than a single public event may provide, but who would be unable to commit to a term-long visit. Visitors may come from business, professional, public service, or other fields, as well as from academic and artistic fields. Our hope is that the program provides opportunities to explore the achievements and commitments of our guests as well as their distinguished careers. Distinguished Visitors-in-Residence may be hosted by departments, interdisciplinary programs, faculty/staff groups involved in campus initiatives , or ad hoc groups of faculty with common interests.

Distinguished Visitors-in-Residence will normally give a public talk in addition to participating in activities scheduled by the host departments, programs, or faculty group. Visitors will be expected to meet informally with small groups of students, faculty, or staff.  Distinguished visitors may offer "short courses" for one to two credits during their visit. Ideal plans for a visitor’s stay will balance the specific purposes of the host group with the wider educational interests of the College. 

Following are examples of Distinguished Visitors-in-Residence:

  • Lila Abu-Lughod '74
    Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science, Columbia University
    Co-Director, Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference, Columbia University
    Hosted by Middle Eastern Languages and the Middle East Initiative
    Supported by the Ira Wender Visitor for Cultural Understanding Fund
  • Anne Romme, Architect; Ion Sorvin, Co-Founder; and Till Wolfer, Designer at N55, a Copenhagen-based art collective
    Hosted by Art and Art History
    Supported by the Ward Lucas Memorial Lectureship Fund
  • Mark McClusky '94
    Editor of WIRED.com
    Hosted by English
    Supported by the Galusha Fund
  • Kathleen Dean Moore P'99
    Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and co-founder and Senior Fellow of the Spring Creek Project
    Hosted by Environmental Studies
    Supported by the C. Angus Wurtele Fund

For information about the Distinguished Visitors-in-Residence Program, or to discuss possible visitors, please contact Associate Dean George Shuffelton at gshuffel or x4300.  A detailed checklist for planning a visit can be found here.  Also note that one apartment in Faculty Club has been reserved for these guests.  To request lodging for a guest, please complete the request form