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Distinguished Visitor Program

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The Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor Program provides an opportunity for students and faculty to connect with prominent individuals whose lives and careers have had significant public impact and who have distinguished themselves in one or more forms of public service. Distinguished visitors help bridge the divide between knowing and doing and between theory and practice. The 10-week residency program allows distinguished visitors to reflect upon their work while offering a variety of venues to share their story with a new generation of leaders.

Residency includes:

  • Delivering the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor Lecture on Public Service and the University
  • Leading a weekly discussion with undergraduate and graduate students on relevant civic and political topics
  • Forging connections with faculty who have relevant disciplinary expertise
  • Connecting with community partners and deepening the interplay between theory and practice
  • Writing or researching projects

For more information about the Distinguished Visitor program, contact Laurence Cefalu.

2020 Distinguished Visitor

Gerald Vizenor, professor emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is a citizen of the White Earth Nation in Minnesota. He has published more than 30 books, novels, critical theory, cultural studies, and poetry collections. Native Provenance: The Betrayal of Cultural Creativity, a collection of essays, and Blue Ravens and Native Tributes, two historical novels about Native Americans who served in the First World War in France, are his most recent publications. Vizenor has received many awards, including the American Book Award for Griever: An American Monkey King in China, and the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award.

Mr. Vizenor was in residence at the Haas Center during winter quarter, 2020.

Previous Distinguished Visitors