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.
"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 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.
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.