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Miller Endowment Visitors

George A. Miller Visiting Professors and Scholars are women and men of outstanding achievement in academic or public life who join our campus to participate in scholarly, professional or creative programs. These visitors might teach a special course, participate in ongoing or self-initiated research activities, interact informally with students and faculty, or take part in interdisciplinary seminars. Residencies may be for as long as a semester or an entire academic year; however, in view of the crowded schedules of many visitors, they are often arranged for shorter periods.                                     

GAM Visiting Professors & Scholars Program Deadlines and Application form

George A. Miller Visiting Artist

Andrei Kureichik is a prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, director and publicist from Minsk, Belarus, currently living in exile. Read more.

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George A. Miller Visiting Artist

At the height of his compositional career, John Harbison has recently published a series of essays on Bach, whose music he has worked with as a conductor in Boston for many years. During his residency here he will be able to contribute to our community both as composer and scholar. As well as giving a public lecture about the literary influences on his symphonic work, he will work closely with our student performers, composers, and musicologists. The UI Symphony Orchestra is one of our largest ensembles on campus; working with Mr. Harbison and Professor Gunn will be a fantastic opportunity for our students. Additionally, we have been able to schedule other concerts featuring his work: on October 20, the Illinois Modern Ensemble and faculty guests will perform a concert of Harbison’s chamber music. This will be a “composer portrait” festival with two big concerts, masterclasses, lessons, and the public lecture.

Harbison MillerComm event

George A. Miller Visiting Artist

Donald Byrd has been the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater since December 2002. Formerly, he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured both nationally and internationally. His career has been long and complex, and his choreographic and theatrical interests are broad. The New York Times describes him as “a choreographer with multiple personalities … an unabashed eclectic.” He is a Tony-nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer.

Mr. Byrd has frequently been referred to as a ‘citizen artist,’ a descriptive that perfectly aligns with an important component of Spectrum Dance Theater’s mission and Mr. Byrd’s personal beliefs – “dance as an art form and as a social/ civic instrument.”

Byrd MillerComm presentation