Stanford Distinguished Professors

2008-09 Professors


    A professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ruth Behar has received both a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is a cultural anthropologist whose recent book An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba depicts contemporary Jewish life in Cuba. Raised in New York, Behar’s interest in Cuban Jews began as a child when she spent hours examining photographs of her Jewish parents and grandparents before they fled communist Cuba. She collaborated with Humberto Mayol, an award-winning Havana photographer, to produce the photographs for her recent book. The photos will be exhibited at the CAS Gallery at the Wesley Center from March 18 through April 5.


    Mark Lamos, Tony Award-winning theatre director, producer, and actor, attended Northwestern University on a music scholarship and began his theatrical career as an actor at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. Lamos was Artistic Director of the Hartford Stage from 1980 to 1997; during his tenure the company staged Einstein and the Polar Bear, Is There Life After High School?, Stand-Up Tragedy, and Our Country's Good. In 1989, Lamos received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre (The Hartford Stage Company) and was honored with the Connecticut Medal for the Arts.

    Lamos includes among his Broadway directing credits Our Country’s Good (for which he was nominated for a Tony Award), The Deep Blue Sea, and The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm. He has directed Much Ado About Nothing for the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., Verdi’s I Lombardi at the Metropolitan Opera, and Measure for Measure at Lincoln Center, as well as new plays and adaptations by Simon Gray, Tony Kushner, Lanford Wilson, Constance Congdon, Tom Stoppard, and many others. Lamos’s work has also been seen at the McCarter Theatre Center, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, the Guthrie Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, California Shakespearean Theater, The Acting Company, American Conservatory Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. In 2007 Lamos was a Beinecke Fellow at Yale University.