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1Name:  Professor Mary Beard
 Institution:  Newnham College, University of Cambridge
 Year Elected:  2012
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Residency:  International
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1955
   
 
Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best-known Classicists - a distinguished Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge where she has taught for the last 27 years. She has written numerous books on the Ancient World, including the 2008 Wolfson Prize-winner, Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town which portrays a vivid account of life in Pompeii in all its aspects from food to sex to politics. Previous books include The Roman Triumph, Classical Art from Greece to Rome and books on the Parthenon and the Colosseum as part of a series on wonders of the world. Her interests range from the social and cultural life of Ancient Greece and Rome to the Victorian understanding of antiquity. In addition Mary is Classics editor of the Time Literary Supplement and writes an engaging, often provocative, blog, A Don’s Life, a selection of which has been published in book form. In 2008 Mary was visiting Sather Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where she gave a series of lectures on Roman laughter, one of her current research interests. In 2011 Mary delivered the prestigious Mellon Lectures at the National Art Gallery, Washington on the imagery of the Caesars. Mary’s academic achievement was acknowledged, in 2010, by the British Academy which elected her as a Fellow and in October 2011 Mary was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a Foreign Honorary Member. Books: All in a Don’s Day (Profile Books, 2012); The Parthenon (Profile Books, new edition 2010); It's a Don's Life (Profile Books, Nov. 2009); Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town (Profile Books, 2008); The Roman Triumph (Harvard University Press, 2007); The Colosseum (with Keith Hopkins, Profile Books, 2005, new edition 2011); Classical Art from Greece to Rome (with John Henderson, Oxford University Press, 2001); The Invention of Jane Harrison (Harvard University Press, 2000); Religions of Rome (with John North and Simon Price, Cambridge University Press, 1998); Classics: A Very Short Introduction (with John Henderson, Oxford paperbacks, new edition 2000); Rome in the Late Republic (with Michael Crawford, Gerald Duckworth & Co, new edition 2000); S.P.Q.R.: A History of Ancient Rome (2015).
 
2Name:  Dr. Marjorie Garber
 Institution:  Harvard University
 Year Elected:  2012
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1944
   
 
Marjorie Garber is an internationally renowned scholar of Shakespeare, Renaissance literature and contemporary culture. Her interests encompass literary and cultural theory, psychoanalysis, gender, sexuality, the arts, and intellectual life. Her books include Shakespeare’s Ghost Writers (1987); Vested Interests: Cross-Dressing and Cultural Anxiety (1992);Vice-Versa: Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life (1995); Dog Love (1997); Sex and Real Estate (2000); Academic Instincts (2001); Shakespeare After All (2004); Patronizing the Arts (2008);Shakespeare and Modern Culture (2008) and The Use and Abuse of Literature (2011); as well as several volumes of collected essays: Symptoms of Culture (1998); Quotation Marks (2002); Profiling Shakespeare (2008); Loaded Words (2012); and Character: The History of a Cultural Obsession (2020). Shakespeare After All was awarded the prestigious Christian Gauss Prize by the Phi Beta Kappa Society in 2005. Her essays, known for their incisive wit, have established her as an astute cultural critic and commentator on modern life. Her dynamic and compelling lectures on Shakespeare have been widely influential for generations of students and scholars. Her recent work has addressed the arts, theater and performance, the centrality of literature and the future of the humanities. Dr. Garber is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College (with Highest Honors) in 1966, and her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1969. She taught at Yale for a decade and then at Haverford College before joining the Harvard faculty in 1981. At Harvard she has been Director of the Humanities Center, Chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Chair of the Committee on Dramatic Arts, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Garber is the former President of the international Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes and a continuing member of its advisory board, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies. She is a Trustee of the English Institute, and a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar.
 
3Name:  Dr. Wu Hung
 Institution:  University of Chicago
 Year Elected:  2012
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1945
   
 
Wu Hung is currently the Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in Chinese Art History in the Department of Art History and Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Born in China, he earned his Ph.D. in 1987 from Harvard University. He has won the Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies (1991). His publications include: The Wu Liang Shrine, 1989; Monumentality in Early Chinese Art and Architecture, 1995; The Double Screen: Medium and Representation in Chinese Painting, 1996; (with R. Barnhart, et al) 3000 Years of Chinese Painting, 1997; (with C. Phillips) Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, 2004; Remaking Beijing: Tiananmen Square and the Creation of a Political Space, 2005; Art of the Yellow Spring: Rethinking Chinese Tombs, 2010. He is the editor of Chinese Art at the Crossroads: Between Past and Future, Between East and West (2001) and, with K. Tsiang, Body and Face in Chinese Visual Culture (2005). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2007). Wu Hung is a leading historian of Chinese art, renowned for his study of art and visual culture in early China. In his 1989 book, The Wu Liang Shrine, he analyzed how a pictorial program in the second century CE reflected Confucian ideology, going beyond the usual formal and iconographical analyses into social history. Art of the Yellow Springs: Understanding Chinese Tombs (2010) examined excavated materials from Neolithic to late Medieval periods and interpreted them in their appropriate funerary contexts. He has also written extensively about twentieth century art. In addition, he has curated more than two dozen exhibitions, largely in contemporary painting and photography, in the United States, Germany, China, and Korea. Wu Hung was selected to give the 68th annual A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts. He was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2012.
 
4Name:  Dr. Rosalind Krauss
 Institution:  Columbia University
 Year Elected:  2012
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1940
   
 
Professor Krauss' attempts to understand the phenomenon of modernist art, in its historical, theoretical, and formal dimensions, have led her in various directions. She has, for example, been interested in the development of photography, whose history-running parallel to that of modernist painting and sculpture-makes visible certain previously overlooked phenomena in the "high arts," such as the role of the indexical mark, or the function of the archive. She has also investigated certain concepts, such as "formlessness," "the optical unconscious," or "pastiche," which organize modernist practice in relation to different explanatory grids from those of progressive modernism, or the avant-garde.
 
5Name:  Dr. Marjorie Perloff
 Institution:  Stanford University; University of Southern California
 Year Elected:  2012
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1931
   
 
Marjorie Perloff is Sadie D. Patek Professor Emerita at Stanford University and Florence Scott Professor Emerita at the University of Southern California. She is the author of fifteen books on Twentieth and Twenty-First Century poetries and poetics, Continental European and Brazilian, as well as Anglo-American, including books on W. B. Yeats, Robert Lowell, and Frank O’Hara; The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage (1981), The Futurist Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant-Guerre, and the Language of Rupture (1986, new edition, 1994), Radical Artifice: Writing Poetry in the Age of Media (1992), and Wittgenstein’s Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary(1996, 1998 paperback; translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Slovenian, and French). Her memoir The Vienna Paradox was published by New Directions in 2004, and will appear in German translation in 2012. Her most recent books are Unoriginal Genius: Poetry by Other Means in the New Century and The Sound of Poetry, the Poetry of Sound, co-edited with Craig Dworkin, both from the University of Chicago Press in 2010. Perloff has been a frequent reviewer for periodicals from TLS and The Washington Post to all the major scholarly journals, and she has lectured at most major universities in the U.S. and at European, Asian, and Latin American universities and festivals. She was recently the Weidenfeld Professor of European Literature at Oxford University and the Kelly Writers House Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Perloff has held Guggenheim, NEH, and Huntington fellowships, served on the Advisory Board of the Stanford Humanities Center. In 2014 she was awarded the Washington University International Humanities Medal. She was President of the American Comparative Literature Association from 1993-95 and of the Modern Language Association (MLA) in 2006. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recently was named Honorary Foreign Professor at the Beijing Modern Languages University. She received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters, from Bard College in May 2008. A native of Vienna, Austria, who grew up in New York City, Marjorie lives in Los Angeles, where her husband, Dr. Joseph K. Perloff is American Heart Association Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Pediatrics. For further information: http:// marjorieperloff.com/
 
6Name:  Dr. Salvatore Settis
 Institution:  Scuola Normale Superiore
 Year Elected:  2012
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Residency:  International
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1941
   
 
Salvatore Settis has been Director of the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (1994-1999) and of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (1999-2010), where he also taught Classical Archaeology and Art History. He has been Visiting Professor in several universities; moreover, he delivered the Isaia Berlin Lectures at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and the Lectures of the Catedra del Museo del Prado in Madrid. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome, of the Institut de France, of the Istituto Veneto, and of the Academies of Sciences in Berlin, Munich, Brussells, and Turin. His research interests include ancient and Renaissance art history. Among his books: Saggio sull'Afrodite Urania di Fidia , Pisa 1966; La «Tempesta» interpretata. Giorgione, i committenti, il soggetto , Turin 1978 [English: Giorgione's Tempest. Interpreting the Hidden Subject , Cambridge 1990] ; La Colonna Traiana , Turin 1988; Laocoonte. Fama e stile , Rome 1999; Italia S.p.A. L’assalto al patrimonio culturale , Turin 2002; Futuro del Classico, Turin 2004 [English: The Future of the Classical, Oxford 2006]; Battaglie senza eroi. I beni culturali fra istituzioni e profitto, Milan 2005; Artisti e committenti fra Quattro e Cinquecento, Turin 2010; Paesaggio Costituzione cemento. La battaglia per l’ambiente contro il degrado civile, Turin 2011. He was editor of Memoria dell'Antico nell'arte italiana, vols. 1-3, Turin 1984-86, of I Greci. Storia, arte, cultura, società, vols. 1-6, Turin 1995-2002, and of The Classical Tradition , Harvard University Press 2010 (with A. Grafton and G. W. Most), and is the general editor of the series Mirabilia Italiae. For his interest in the preservation of landscape and cultural heritage, he has been Chair of Italy’s High Council for Cultural Heritage and Landscape (“Consiglio Superiore dei Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici”) and was awarded two honorary degrees in Law, by the universities of Padua (2007) and Rome-Tor Vergata (2008).
 
7Name:  Dr. Brent D. Shaw
 Institution:  Princeton University
 Year Elected:  2012
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1947
   
 
For advanced research work in Classics I went to Cambridge University in 1973 where I completed my doctoral dissertation research on pastoral nomadism and state regulation in the Roman empire under the aegis of Joyce Reynolds. After serving some of my first years in academia in the University of Birmingham and then at undergraduate institutions in Canada, I moved to the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, following a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study and a year as Visiting Professor of Classics at Princeton University. I then went to Princeton University in 2004, where I am currently the Andrew Fleming West Professor of Classics and Chair of the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity. My principal areas of research have included the regional history of the Roman world with special emphasis on the African provinces of the empire; the demographic and social history of the Roman family; problems of violence and social order, beginning with studies on banditry in the mid 1980s, but shifting to problems of sectarian violence to which my current large work, Sacred Violence: African Christians and Sectarian Hatred in the Age of Augustine (Cambridge University Press 2011) is devoted. My current research is split between a major collective project on global history, entitled "Worlds Together, Worlds Apart," shared with other faculty in the Department of History at Princeton, and my own current work on the problem of economic activity and metaphorical representation.
 
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