Visiting Scholar Profiles

Global Education Center welcomes International Visiting Scholars to Montclair State University.

Visiting Scholar Javier Cercas was a visiting scholar in November 2012. He is one of the most talented writers of contemporary Spain. Novelist, short-story writer, essayist and journalist, he is the author of the internationally acclaimed novel, Soldados de Salamina (2001; Soldiers of Salamis, 2003) which has been translated into more than twenty languages, made into a film and was the recipient of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (2004) as well as the Premio de la Critica de Chile and the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona. He is also the author of the novel La velocidad de la luz (2005; The Speed of Light, 2006), which was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Among his other works in English are El M?vil (1987), El Inquilino (1989) (The Tenant and the Motive, 2005) El vientre de la ballena (1987) and his fascinating account of the attempted military coup of 1981 in Spain, which combines fiction and essay. Anatomia de un instante (2009, The Anatomy of a Moment, 2011). The latter work won the Premio Nacional de Narrative in Spain in 2010. Javier Cercas has won two prizes for the body of his writing: the International Prize of the Turin Book Fair (2011) and the Prix Ulysse (2012).

During his stay in Montclair, Cercas gave several presentations in both Spanish and English-- Anatomi de Espana Hoy, Soldados de Salamina: De Novela a Pelicula; The Speed of Light: Writing, Loss and the Vietnam War; and La Escritur y El Proceso Creador.


Visiting scholars Cristina Frosini and Massimiliano Baggio performed four-hand piano music at the Van Vleck House and gave masterclasses for Cali School of Music students during their October 2012 stay in Montclair. The concerts represent a new community collaboration by Van Vleck House and Gardens and the Cali School of Music. It inaugurates a new series of performances at Van Vleck featuring faculty and student musicians associated with the Cali School.

Ms. Frosini and Mr. Baggio are a world-class piano duo are on the faculty of Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, Italy, a partner institution of Monclair State University's Cali School of Music. They have played as a piano duo since 1975. Together they have appeared in hundreds of concerts, including orchestral appearances, recitals, and radio and television recordings, and they have released recordings on Sarx Records. They are the only Italian artists to perform the complete works of Franz Schubert for piano four-hands. They have won many international awards, including the Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition 1982 in Vercelli and the 1986 International Competition Concorso Sergio Lorenzi in Trieste. In 1996, they made their debut at Milan's renowned Teatro alla Scala. In 2000, the musical magazine "Amadeus" published a CD on which they played music by Franz Schubert for piano duo.
An Afternoon of Duo Piano Music


Augustus Kwaw Brew

Augustus Kwaw Brew is a Visiting Scholar at Montclair State University for the Fall 2012 Semester. He comes to MSU from the University of Education in Winneba, Ghana under the auspices of the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX). This competitively awarded fellowship allows mid and senior level university administrators to spend approximately eight weeks collaborating with counterparts at U.S. public universities. Mr. Brew serves as Senior Assistant Registrar in the Admissions office of his home university in Ghana. During his stay in Montclair, he is based within Enrollment and Student Academic Services offices, observing and researching the admissions process.


Gyorgy Cspeli

Dr. Gyorgy Csepeli is a Global Education Visiting Scholar at Montclair State University for the Fall 2012 Semester. He comes to Montclair State University from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary, where he is the Chair of the interdisciplinary Social Research doctoral program. He has served in the Ministry of Communications and Informatics and as Director of Public Policy, Public Policy Director in the Prime Minister's Office and in the Ministry of Economy and Transport. Dr. Csepeli received his Ph.D. from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Social Psychology of Hungarian National Identity, and has been a visiting scholar at Yale University, University of Michigan, Oregon State University, and a Fulbright Scholar at UCLA. During his stay at Montclair State, Dr. Csepeli is hosted by the History Department and the Honors Program, where he is teaching two courses.
"New Authoritarianism in Hungary" Talk


Helena Chacon Lopez

Helena Chacon Lopez, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Granada in Spain, participates in a national program to train University Professors conducted by the Education Ministry of Spain. Her main area of interest is in the study or Retinitis Pigmentosa, its emotional consequences and psychosocial contributions to its treatment. Professor Chacon Lopez will be working with Dr. Joe Donnelly (Health Professions, CEHS) in aspects of her research as well as visiting and developing contacts with different centers dealing with visual impairment in the country. She also volunteers her time in our Student with Disability Center working under the supervision of Ms. Linda Smith.