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Chair Holders

Past Chairs

  • Tahir Hemphill – 2018

    Tahir Hemphill's practice investigates the role systems play in the generation of form and the role collaborative knowledge production plays in the resilience of communities. Over the past 20 years, as an artist who works with technology, Hemphill's creative research has been fueled by the tension between his reverence for traditional models of scientific inquiry and the wisdom of uncertainty contained in the lived experience. This year, Hemphill holds the Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education at the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. As a scholar-in-residence, he is working on his project titled, "Representing Blackness: Media, Technology and Power."

  • David M. Levy – 2005

    Professor in the Information School (iSchool) at the University of Washington, Levy investigates the challenge of achieving contemplative balance—how as individuals and as a society we might live healthy, reflective, and productive lives while participating in an accelerating, information-saturated culture. As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center Levy worked on a project titled, "Managing Knowledge and Creativity in a Digital Context." Read announcement

  • Libby Larsen – 2003

    One of America's most performed living composers, Larsen has created a catalogue of over 500 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over 15 operas. Grammy award-winning and widely recorded, she is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world. As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center Larsen worked to connect music education organizations with artists to plan new ways for arts educators and world-class artist practitioners to work together. She also organized "The Global Green Room," bringing together leading practicing artists to identify issues concerning "the soul" of America's culture and to create ways in which artists may regularly interact with each other and with the population at large through technology. Read announcement

  • Derrick de Kerckhove – 2003

    The Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology and Professor in the Department of French at the University of Toronto, de Kerckhove served as the first occupant of the Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education. In addition to his interest and research in technology and communication, de Kerckhove is promoting a new field of artistic endeavor, which brings together art, engineering, and emerging communication technologies. As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center de Kerckhove explored the relationship between alphabets, books, and people of different cultures. Read announcement


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