Hortense Spillers, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor Emerita from Vanderbilt, whose pioneering work on arts and letters from an African American perspective have launched hundreds of careers and conversations. Spillers will be affiliated with the Department of English and Creative Writing.
George Takei is a social justice activist, social media superstar, Grammy-nominated recording artist, New York Times bestselling author, and pioneering actor. He has appeared in more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television roles, most famously as Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek.
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.