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.
Eric van Hove is a Belgian Moroccan artist who was raised in Cameroon, attended university in Belgium, and completed both masters and doctoral work in Tokyo. As a result, van Hove has developed a cosmopolitan consciousness that guides his art, which juxtaposes traditional crafts with the forces of globalization. One example of this is the exact replica he made of a Mercedes-Benz engine, V12 Laraki, which he constructed by hand with several Moroccan artisans.
"During my childhood, my entire family was Communist. How could my family have turned into one in which it seemed possible, even natural sometimes, to vote either for the right or for the extreme right? What had happened to create a situation in which so many people would begin voting for the National Front,” is one of the central questions French sociologist and novelist Didier Eribon is tackling with.
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.
Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture’s social impact, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Mr. Ma strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity
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.