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Distinguished Visitors 2007-08

The Cogut Center brings to the Brown community the most innovative and important new scholarship, through various programs of short and longer-term fellowships for distinguished visitors. In 2007-2008, the Center hosted three distinguished visitors:

Spring Semester

Ruth HaCohen is the Artur Rubinstein Chair in Musicology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. She studied at the Hebrew University Musicology and Jewish Thought and earned her doctorate in 1992. She received the Bernhard Bloomfield Award for her dissertation. Since 1992 she has been a lecturer at the Hebrew University and served as chair of the department from 2001-04. A Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2004-05 , she was also a Visiting Scholar at St. John's College in Oxford in 1996-97.

Recent publications include: The Descent of Icarus: Science and the Transformation of Contemporary Democracy, Harvard University Press, 1990; Tuning the Mind: Connecting Aesthetic Theory to Cognitive Science, New Brunswick (NJ) 2003 (with Ruth Katz); and The Arts in Mind: Pioneering Texts of a Coterie of British Men of Letters, New Brunswick (NJ) 2003 (with Ruth Katz). Her work covers problems of music and meaning and the critical aspects of the cultural analysis of music from the early baroque to twentieth century music. Currently she is completing a study on the entanglement of Jews and Christians in musical and literary works that address ‘Jewish unmusicality.'


Yaron Ezrahi is a Professor of Political Science at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Professor Ezrahi earned his doctorate in Political Science from Harvard University in 1972. He served as head of the advanced program for the History and Sociology of the Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and as Chairman of the Academic Committee of the Sidney M. Edelstein Center for the History, Philosophy and Sociology of the Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Professor Ezrahi was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and served as a Visiting Professor at the universities of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Duke.

Professor Ezrahi has also served as consultant to a variety of institutions including The White House, The Israel National Academy of Science, and the Carnegie Commission on Science and Government. In the context of Israeli policy, Professor Ezrahi has been active on a number of public issues such as, the Middle East peace process, the politization of Israel’s public and private television, and the state of Israel’s system of higher education.

Winner of the 1997 National Jewish Book Award, Professor Ezrahi has written and published extensively on the impact of modern science and technology on democratic governments and the conduct of public affairs. His publications include: Necessary fictions: Imagining Democracy Between Modernity and Post-Modernity (forthcoming, 2009); Israel Towards a Constitutional Democracy (with Mordechai Kremnitzer, et al), The Israel Democracy Institute, 2001 (Hebrew); Rubber Bullets, Power and Conscience in Modern Israel, Farrar, Straus Giroux, 1997; and Of Technology, Pessimism and Postmodernism, (Co-editor, with Everett Mendelsohn and Howard Siegal), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1994; The Descent of Icarus: Science and the Transformation of Contemporary Democracy, Harvard University Press, 1990.



Fall Semester

Soprano Lucy Shelton has performed repertoire from Bach to Boulez in major recital, chamber and orchestral venues throughout the world. She is the only artist to receive the International Walter W. Naumburg Award twice, as a soloist and as a chamber musician.

Highly acclaimed as an interpreter of new music, Ms. Shelton continues to bring new audiences into the sound world of new works, often composed for her. Notable among numerous world premieres are Elliott Carter's Of Challenge and Of Love and his Tempo e Tempi; Oliver Knussen's Whitman Settings; Stephen Albert's Flower of the Mountain; Joseph Schwantner's Sparrows and his Two Poems of Agueda Pizarro and Magabunda; Alexander Goehr's Sing, Ariel and The Mouse Metamorphosed Into a Maid; David Del Tredici's Quaint Events; Poul Ruder's The Bells; Gerard Grisey's L'Icone Paradoxiale; Ned Rorem's Schuyller Songs; Sally Beamish's Monster; James Yannatos's Trinity Mass; Lewis Spratlan's Of Time and the Seasons; and Rob Zuidam's Johanna's Lament.

Ms. Shelton has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory and the Eastman School. She is currently on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center and coaches privately at her studio in New York City.

As a Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Ms. Shelton will give a Fellows' Seminar, "The Birth of a Recital," in which she will talk about her process in learning a new work and the circumstances of how new works come into being. As part of "The Flowering of Baudelaire" colloquium, Ms. Shelton will perform a concert of music from Baudelaire's time and/or inspired by his poetry, featuring the world premiere of Elliott Carter's "La musique." The following day she will hold a master class for advanced vocal students.