Michelle Foa has been awarded a William L. Duren ’26 Professorship for the 2016-2017 academic year. She will teach a new interdisciplinary seminar called “The Meaning of Materials” in the spring semester.
Professor Foa is returning from a year’s sabbatical leave, during which she carried out research for her current book on Edgar Degas. Her research trips over the past year included meeting with curators and studying the collections and archives of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Harvard’s Fogg Museum in Cambridge, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and the municipal archives in Nancy, France. Prof. Foa was also a faculty member in Tulane’s 4-week Summer in Paris program.