Announced in December 2018, the Presidential Visiting Scholars Program will support up to four visitors from academia or relevant professional fields per academic year, each holding appointments for the full academic year.
The program is intended to recognize and support scholars who can contribute to the University’s diversity, broadly defined, including members of groups that have been historically and are presently underrepresented in the academy or in particular disciplines, such as racial and ethnic minorities and women in STEM.
For academic year 2020-21, the Lewis Center for the Arts welcomes Princeton's inaugural Presidential Visiting Scholar, Hilton Als. A Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and theater critic, Als is the author of the books “The Women” (1996) and “White Girls,” which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Lambda Literary Award in 2014. Als won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2017. Among his many other honors, he was awarded a Guggenheim for creative writing in 2000 and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism in 2002. In 2016, he received Lambda Literary’s Trustee Award for Excellence in Literature. In 1997, he was awarded first prize in Magazine Critique/Review and Magazine Arts and Entertainment from the New York Association of Black Journalists.
At Princeton, Als will teach the course “Yaas Queen: Gay Men, Straight Women, and the Literature, Art, Film of Hagdom.” The course is crosslisted with the creative writing and theater programs at the Lewis Center for the Arts as well as the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
For more information about this important program, please contact Deputy Dean of the Faculty Toni Turano.