Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship

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Laura Freixas, The Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities

The Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities is a preeminent lectureship established by the Watson family to support the visits of prominent humanities scholars, artists and writers. Previous Watson Professors include: Saul Bellow, Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Hans Mommsen, Toni Morrison, Mario Vargas Llosa, Leo Steinberg, Teresa de Lauretis, Stephen Greenblatt, Anthony Grafton, and Margaret Atwood.

Laura Freixas, born in Barcelona in 1958, has published four novels, several short story collections, a memoir, and numerous studies on women’s writing and feminist issues. She has translated the works of Virginia Woolf and Andre Gide, among others. Her writings have been featured in Babelia of El País, Revista de libros, Letras libres, Mercurio, and Barcelona’s daily newspaper, La Vanguardia. Freixas is also the president of the Classics and Moderns organization, which promotes culture created by women.