Distinguished Visiting Scholars

IAU College is honored to have hosted a number of distinguished scholars over the past years. Visiting professors and Resident Fellows have enhanced the academic curriculum, given captivating lectures on recent political, historical and cultural events around the world and shared their knowledge and research with the IAU community.

Some of our recent scholars include:

Philip Breeden
Former Minister Counselor for Public Affairs (Information and Cultural Affairs), U.S. Embassy Paris

David Coombes
Emeritus Professor of European Studies, University of Limerick

William Granara
Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies & the Moroccan Studies Program, Harvard University

Fawad Khan
Artist-in Residence, New York

Paul Neseth
Co-Founder of Locus

Mark Warwick
Chair, Art Department, Gettysburg College

Greg Wyatt

Philip Breeden
Philip Breeden recently retired from the Senior Foreign Service after serving as the Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Paris from 2011 to 2014. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Press Counselor for the U.S. Embassy in London, and the Consul General in Marseille. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service specializing in Public Diplomacy, Mr. Breeden also served in Turkey, Tunisia, and Madagascar. He currently teaches Foreign Policy and Cultural Diplomacy in Paris and Aix-en-Provence. He received numerous honors, including a Superior Honor Award for his outreach efforts in Tunisia, and the “Palmes Académiques” for his work with high schools in France. Mr. Breeden speaks French, Arabic and Turkish. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and a M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

David Coombes: 
Dr. Coombes is Professor Emeritus of the University of Limerick in Ireland, where he founded the Chair of European Studies in 1982, building on his experience as a pioneer of European Studies as an inter-disciplinary subject in England. He had previously been among the first scholars in the UK to recognise the political significance of the then nascent European Economic Community, and wrote a book about the European Commission that remained a classic (Politics and Bureaucracy in the European Community, 1970). However, Coombes also sustained an earlier academic interest in representative government and public policy and administration, publishing extensively on these themes both as they relate to European integration, and comparatively. Having become increasingly active during the 1990s in consultancy in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe, in 2001 Coombes began to work full-time on the task of institution-building in new states of Central Asia and the West Balkans, mainly as Chief Technical Adviser on Democratic Governance for the UNDP in Kyrgyzstan and later in Serbia and Montenegro. A native of Cornwall, Professor Coombes now lives in the Languedoc region of France. In 2006 he was made an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol’s Governance Research Centre, and is currently working on a book, designed to draw on his large academic and practical experience both in European integration and in post-communist transition, under the provisional title: Federal Solutions for State Failure.

William Granara:  
William Granara is Gordon Gray Professor of Arabic and teaches Arabic language and literature. He is currently the director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and director of the Moroccan Studies Program at Harvard. In addition he is the founding director of Harvard Summer School’s program, Mediterranean Crossings: France and the Arab World, in Aix-en-Provence, France. He studied French and Arabic at Georgetown and earned a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (1986). He has translated three Arabic novels into English, The Earthquake by Tahir Wattar (2000), Granada by Radwa Ashour (2004), and The Battle of Poitiers by Jurji Zaydan (2012). In addition to his scholarly publications on modern Arabic literature, he researches on the literature and cultures of medieval Muslim Sicily and Spain. Among his recent articles are: “Sicilian Poets in Seville: Literary Affinities Across Political Borders” (2013); “Fragments of the Past: Reconstructing Palermo’s Jewish Neighborhood, 973-1492” (2010); and “Rethinking Muslim Sicily’s Golden Age: Poetry and Patronage at the Fatimid Kalbid Court” (2008).

Fawad Khan
MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY 
BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD 
1999 Center for Art and Culture through Maryland Institute, Aix-en-Provence

Fawad Khan holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Arts, Baltimore and an MFA from School of Visual Arts, New York. Khan exhibits nationally and internationally, with recent solo exhibitions in New York, Spain and India. His work has been featured at The Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Smack Mellon, Exit Art, The Armory Show, ARCO Madrid, among others. In 2009, he was a recipient of the Lower East Side Printshop's Special Editions Residency. In the Spring of 2013, Khan was a Resident Fellow at Institute Américain Universitaire in Aix-en-Provence, France. Khan’s next solo exhibition is with Lu Magnus Gallery in New York in May 2014.

Masala Chai

Masala Chai

Paul Neseth: 
St. Olaf College (BA. Art)
Harvard University (GSD)

Paul knew he wanted to be an architect at age 10.  He is co-founder of LOCUS, an award-winning  Minneapolis, MN based architecture firm where he is conceptual designer, devil’s advocate, macro thinker, and comprehensive detailer.  Paul brings a passion for new architectural ideas to the firm through investigations into and experiments with alternative construction methods and materials. In 2010, he founded RAW, which offers him the chance to travel, teach, and experiment along side students enrolled in the Workshop’s intensive design/build courses.  RAW is the realization of Paul's long time dream to give young architects and students critical real-life design and building skills that expands their value and impact as architects.iHe has taught design/build studios at University of Minnesota College of Design, lectured at universities and conferences in the Midwest and served as a mayoral appointee for the Committee on Urban Environment in Minneapolis, MN. 

RAW in Aix, by a visiting scholar

2013 RAW Program Project at Marchutz

Mark Warwick: 
NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY—MFA, Sculpture (1990)
The Polytechnic Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, England—BA (Hons) Sculpture (1988)
Mabel Fletcher College of Art and Design, Liverpool, England

Mark Warwick was born in Liverpool, England and came to America as an exchange student. In 1988 Mark returned to work on his MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, NY. After beginning his career at the University of Illinois, Mark came to Gettysburg College in 1997. Mark regularly exhibits his work in international and national venues.

Upheaval, a work by a visiting scholar

Greg Wyatt: 
B.A. Art History, Columbia University, 1971
M.A. Ceramic Arts, Columbia University, 1974

Greg Wyatt, upon the completion of his Bachelor of Arts degree in art history at Columbia College in 1971, studied classical sculpture for three years at the National Academy of Design’s School of Fine Arts. He earned his M.A. degree at Columbia University, Teachers College in ceramic arts in 1974, Ed.D. (candidate), completed his doctoral coursework in art education in 1976. Cast bronze is his primary medium of artistic expression. Dr. Anthony Janson, editor of W.H. Janson's History of Art, has stated that Mr. Wyatt's work is based on the philosophy of "spiritual realism." His mature style merges realistic images inspired by his readings of the Great Books content with creative masses of form, space and energy. His lyricism evokes poetry while his work process is very attentive to craftsmanship and the fine details of cast bronze.

King Lear, a piece by a visiting scholar
Circling the Elizabethan Garden, eight Shakespearean statues by sculptor Greg Wyatt evoke The TempestJulius CaesarKing LearHamletTwelfth NightA Midsummer Night's DreamHenry IV, Part 2, and Macbeth
Scholar's Lion