Jake Sullivan was the top policy adviser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Prior to that, he served as National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden and Director of Policy Planning at the State Department under Secretary Hillary Clinton, a job he took at 34 years of age. Among his diplomatic achievements were the opening to Iran that led to the negotiation of the Iran nuclear pact. He is widely considered one of the foremost analysts of international affairs today.
Ulrike Ottinger is one of the most prominent German avant-garde artists known for her paintings, photographs and, above all, her fictional movies. Through a surrealist lens, her art work addresses the role of power and its ability to suppress and marginalize difference. Her works are admired for their radical treatment of sexuality and gender and the challenge of traditional role patterns, manifesting itself in strong and exceptional female characters.
Cornel West is professor of philosophy with a focus on American Pragmatism and Religion and a faculty of member of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. He is also Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Known also as a proactive public intellectual who frequently appeared on television shows such as the Bill Maher show, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now, West is one of the most outspoken public intellectuals in the US.
Yo-Yo Ma is a renowned and virtuosic Chinese-American cellist who has released over 90 albums and won 18 Grammy Awards. Ma is known for his rich, smooth, tone and for his live performances, but his work is featured in a number of films as well, including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
Born in 1992 as Eddy Bellegueule in Hallencourt, a little village of 1400 souls in northern France, Édouard changed his surname to Louis when he left the violent working-class milieu of his parents and moved to Paris. He started studying sociology at the École normal superieur but quickly became the most celebrated French writer of his generation when he—just twenty-two years old—published his first novel En finir avec Eddy Belleueule (Éditions du Seuil) in 2014.
The Montgomery Fellows Program has reached out across the disciplines and beyond academic life, installing on campus playwrights and film directors, novelists, musicians scientists, politicians, and journalists.