2016-17 WBFO Visiting Professors
Continuing a legacy of innovation in the arts, the College of Arts and Sciences recently announced the names of the two WBFO Visiting Artists for the 2016-17 school year. For the 2016-17 Academic Year, the College welcomes Marc Crépon and Isaac Julien.
Award-winning installation artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien will be the 2016-17 WBFO Visiting Professor in the Department of Art.
“Building on our long historical legacy of nurturing avant-garde practice, Isaac Julien joins such iconic figures as John Cage or Michel Foucault in bringing to UB students the word’s most accomplished progressive voices in art and culture,” says Jonathan D. Katz, interim chair of the Department of Art. “Julien’s particular brilliance at the intersection of race, queerness and post-colonial politics is in remarkable synch with our own departmental culture, including the world’s only Ph.D. program specializing in art and sexuality.”
Philosopher and public intellectual, Marc Crépon, will be the 2016-17 Silvers/Humanities Institute Visiting Professor, primarily in Comparative Literature.
“Marc Crépon is one of France’s most important philosophers and public intellectuals, someone whose work crosses the borders between literature, philosophy, and contemporary events,” says David E. Johnson professor in the Department of Comparative Literature. “Crépon’s work, which is broadly based in phenomenology and post-phenomenology, reveals a marked influence of French philosopher Jacques Derrida.”
Internationally recognized for its progressive stance in the arts, UB’s bold tradition continues with Crépon and Julien’s appointments.
“The University at Buffalo–and particularly the Department of Comparative Literature, which will serve as Crépon’s host department–has long been recognized as one of the leading institutions in the United States for the advancement of theoretical and philosophical work in the humanities,” says Johnson. “Crépon’s visit extends this legacy.”
“Doubtless one of the greatest filmmakers and installation artists in the world today, says Katz, “the presence of Issac Julien as a UB Visiting Professor in Art and Media Study underscores our continuing investment in cutting edge art today.”
Past Visiting Professors included Shelly Jackson (15-16) in the departments of Media Study and English, and Doug Fitch (2014) in the departments of Music and Theatre & Dance.
History of the WBFO Endowment
In 2013, the College received $3 million from the proceeds of the sale of WBFO. $1 million has been designated as the WBFO Visiting Professorship in the Arts.
The remaining $2 million was designated as matching funds in support of endowed professorships and chairs in the arts and humanities. In October of 2013, Eileen Silvers,’70, pledged the first such matching funds to help establish a visiting professorship in arts, humanities, and letters. This has been designated as the WBFO/Eileen Silvers Visiting Professorship in the Humanities and creates a funding opportunity through the Humanities Institute.
Departments interested in inviting a candidate for this Visiting Professorship for AY 2017-18, are encouraged to compile a nomination proposal, and submit it to the Dean’s Office by October 15, 2016. Visiting Professors will be of the highest level of scholarship and creative activity, and their visit should lead to a lasting marker of the time spent at UB, including a paper, book, piece of art, or a performance.