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June 7, 2000

Princeton Inaugurates Society of Fellows

New Initiative Brings Six Scholars to Campus

Princeton, N.J. -- This fall, Princeton University will inaugurate the Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, a program designed to bring to campus some of the best recent Ph.D. recipients in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Six postdoctoral scholars have been named.

The Society will give the postdoctoral scholars an opportunity to enhance their research and teaching while bringing to Princeton an infusion of fresh ideas and interdisciplinary approaches. Together with the Society's Senior Fellows, a group of Princeton professors, the postdoctoral scholars will create a center aimed at fostering a closer exchange among undergraduates, graduate students and faculty.

The first six Fellows are:

David Chamberlain received his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of California, Berkeley. A specialist on Herodotus, he has developed a new course on reading and writing "hypertext," designed to teach students how to use new electronic media to gain fresh insights into the nature of prose. He is now a Fellow in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton.

Giovanna Ceserani, a classicist from Cambridge University, England, wrote her dissertation on "The Study of Magna Graecia: Classical Archaeology and Nationalism since 1750." She has held fellowships at Brown University and at the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art in Paris. At Princeton, she will study the eighteenth-century origins of the modern historiography of ancient Greece.

Danielle Fosler-Lussier, a musicologist from the University of California at Berkeley, examines the effect of Cold War politics on European musical life. She has held research fellowships at Berkeley and in Budapest. Fosler-Lussier will explore how and why certain musical styles became associated with the idea of political freedom after the Second World War.

Elisabeth Hilbink, a political scientist from the University of California at San Diego, wrote her dissertation on judicial performance in Chile. Her intellectual interests bridge the fields of law, politics, and political theory. Hilbink will teach in the Woodrow Wilson School and pursue research on the effects of institutional changes to the judiciary in civil law countries of Southern Europe.

Robert Goulding, who received his Ph.D. in combined historical studies at the Warburg Institute, University of London, has studied the mathematical and astronomical papers of Sir Henry Savile (1549-1622). Research fellowships at Oxford University and at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich have allowed Goulding to pursue his interdisciplinary interests in the history of science and the transformations of the classical heritage. His projects at Princeton include research on a monograph on the Renaissance debate over three ancient geometrical problems.

Branden Joseph, an historian of art and architecture from Harvard University, is a specialist on experimental art and artists: John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg and the neo-avant-garde. The author of articles on post-war American art, he also is the founding editor of a new academic journal, "Grey Room," on the history and theory of architecture, art and media. He has taught at Rice University on Andy Warhol, television, and contemporary theory. At Princeton, he will begin a new project on Andy Warhol.

The Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts is directed by Alexander Nehamas, Edmund N. Carpenter II Professor in the Humanities. It includes the following Princeton faculty members as Senior Fellows: Hal Foster, professor of art and archeology; Anthony Grafton, professor of history; Simon Levin, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology; Susan Naquin, professor of history; Joyce Carol Oates, professor of humanities; Marta Tienda, professor of sociology and public affairs; and Michael Wood, professor of English.

The Society was made possible through the generosity of Charter Trustee Lloyd E. Cotsen, an alumnus and long-time supporter of Princeton. It will be located in the Joseph Henry House, an historic building at the center of campus.