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Bliss Carnochan Lectures

The Bliss Carnochan Lecture was established in 1992 and is presented annually to honor Bliss Carnochan, the Richard W. Lyman Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, and director of the Humanities Center from 1985 to 1991. The name was changed from "Bliss Carnocan Lectures" to "Bliss Carnochan Visitors" in 2009 to reflect the one-month residency of these individuals at the Humanities Center.


Mario Carretero, Professor of Psychology, Autonoma University of Madrid/Buenos Aires
"Historical Narratives and the Construction of National Identities," January 24, 2012


Jean-Michel Frodon, Institute of Political Studies, Paris
"Filming or Not Filming the War: An International Panel on Strategies of War Remembrance in Cinema," April 7, 2011


Julian Stallabrass, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
"The Artist as Critic/The Critic as Mouthpiece: The Peculiar Case of Jeff Wall," April 7, 2010


David Lieberman, Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley
"Shaping and Breaking the Politics of Legal History," April 4, 2008


Max Byrd, Novelist
"The Historical Novel," April 20, 2007


Emma Rothschild, Director of the Centre for History and Economics, King's College, Cambridge; Visiting Professor of History, Harvard University
"Children and Childishness Revisited," April 7, 2006


Nicolas Barker, Author
"Literary Forgery as Fine Art," April 8, 2005


Eric Sundquist, UCLA Foundation Professor of Literature, University of California, Los Angeles
"The Wounding Past: Diaspora, Slavery, Holocaust," April 2, 2004


Thomas Crow, Professor of Art History, Yale University; Director, Getty Institute
"The Scandals of Allegory: How Do Warhols Mean?," April 25, 2003


Drew Gilpin Faust, Historian, Harvard University
"Missing in Action: Naming the Dead in the American Civil War," April 19, 2001


David Cannadine, Director, Institute of Historical Research, England
"Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire," April 19, 2001


Bernard Bailyn, Adams University Professor and James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, Emeritus, Harvard University
"Politics & The Creative Imagination: The Founding Generation," April 7, 2000


Arnold Rampersad, Sara Hart Kimball Professor, Stanford University
"Biography & African-American Culture," April 16, 1999


Linda Colley, Richard M. Colgate Professor of History, Yale University
"Going Native, Telling Tales: Captivities and Collaborations in an Age of Empire," April 17, 1998


W. Robert Connor, Director, National Humanities Center
"Festival and Democracy: The Athenian Panathenaea," April 18, 1997


Marshall Sahlins, Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago
"Sentimental Pessimism and Ethnographic Experience: Modern forms of Culture and History," April 19, 1996


Lawrence Levine, Margaret Byrne Professor of History, Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley; Professor of Cultural Studies and History, George Mason University
"'All the Nations in the World': The Search for an American Identity," February 28, 1995


Linda Nochlin, Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
"The Body in Pieces: The Fragment as Metaphor of Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Art," April 15, 1994


Tony Judt, Remarque Professor of European Studies, New York University
"After Dissent: The Intellectual Condition in Contemporary Europe," April 16, 1993