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Humanities Center Announces Artists in Residence

Through its Artists and Practitioners in Residence program, the Northeastern University Humanities Center funds one week residencies, which bring to campus highly innovative and creative individuals whose work spans many different disciplines.  The artists and practitioners will interact with all sectors of the Northeastern community: students, faculty, staff, administration, Boston and the Boston-area.

Each co-sponsored residency provides a focal point for launching interdisciplinary dialogues and building bridges with the greatest possible reach across university colleges and school.

The Humanities Center is pleased to announce two upcoming residencies for the spring of 2011, which will bring Stephen Lang and Deborah Davidson to Northeastern for a diverse, interdisciplinary assortment of events for the entire community.

Stephen Lang: March 7-9, 2011
Award-winning film (James Cameron’s AVATAR) and theater actor and critically acclaimed playwright
Known for his indelible portraits of characters both historical and imagined, Stephen Lang has spent years building a distinguished career on the stage, TV and in film. In 2009 Lang starred as Colonel Miles Quaritch in one of the highest grossing films of all time, James Cameron’s epic AVATAR. For his performance in AVATAR, Lang won a Saturn Award and was nominated for a MTV Movie Award and a Teen Choice Award.

He also received glowing reviews for his performance in Michael Mann’s PUBLIC ENEMIES and played the key role of General Hopgood opposite George Clooney in THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS.

He recently finished production on director Marcus Nispel’s CONAN THE BARBARIAN, scheduled to be released by Lionsgate later this year.  Lang also recently completed production on the pilot for FOX’s highly anticipated adventure drama series, TERRA NOVA, premiering in Fall 2011. Lang can also be seen in John Gray’s independent drama WHITE IRISH DRINKERS, and in director Larry Brand’s independent drama CHRISTINA, for which he won Best Actor at the Buffalo-Niagara Film Festival and Outstanding Achievement in Acting at the VisionFest X Festival.

Lang’s other film roles include his performance as General “Stonewall” Jackson in GODS AND GENERALS, for which he received The Grace Prize, as well as LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN, TOMBSTONE, GETTYSBURG, THE HARD WAY, MANHUNTER, BAND OF THE HAND, TRIXIE, FIRE DOWN BELOW, and many others. On television Lang gave a popularly and critically acclaimed performance as Babe Ruth in NBC’s BABE RUTH.

Lang’s theatre credits are extensive on and off Broadway, as well as nationally and internationally. Premieres include Aaron Sorkin’s A FEW GOOD MEN, John Patrick Shanley’s DEFIANCE, Steve Tesich’s THE SPEED OF DARKNESS, and Arthur Miller’s FINISHING THE PICTURE. He has performed leading roles in classics by Moliere, Williams, O’Casey, Beckett, Shaw, Shepard, Sophocles and Shakespeare at some of the nation’s finest theatres, including The Goodman, The Guthrie, The New York Shakespeare Festival, Circle in the Square, The Kennedy Center, BAM, and a host of others.

Lang performed his solo play, BEYOND GLORY, 101 times at The Roundabout Theater and has toured the play around the world. He received the Chairman’s Medal for Distinguished Service from the NEA for bringing BEYOND GLORY to American troops stationed across the globe.  In 2010 Lang received the prestigious Bob Hope Award from The Congressional Medal of Honor Society for his portrayal of American fighting men. Other nominations and awards include The Tony, Helen Hayes, Joseph Jefferson, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk Awards.

Lang holds honorary doctorates in Theatre, Film and Humane Letters from Jacksonville University and from his Alma Mater, Swarthmore College (from which he also holds a degree in English Literature).He is in his third decade of marriage. He and wife Kristina have four grown children.

Deborah Davidson: March 15-17 2011
Artist, Curator, and Educator

Deborah Davidson received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and her BA from Binghamton University.  She is currently part of the core faculty in the MFA program at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and also teaches Visual Books there.  She was the curator of exhibits and programs for the New Center for Arts and Culture, Boston for six years. While she is currently involved in independent curatorial projects, Davidson’s past curatorial projects include a 2006 exhibit at the Art Institute of Boston entitled “Exploding/Exploiting The Book”.

Davidson exhibits widely, most recently at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI.  Deborah’s work is in many private and public collections, including those at Yale University, Wellesley College, Boston Public Library, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Houghton Library, Harvard University.  She recently had solo exhibitions at the Danforth Museum of Art in 2009 and the Kingston Gallery in 2010.  Deborah is also a recent recipient of an Artist’s Trust Grant and a residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.
Other exhibitions have appeared at the Tufts University Art Gallery, Art Complex, Montserrat College of Art and G.A.S.P.  She was the featured artist in Agni 61, the BU literary magazine.

About the Humanities Center

Building on Northeastern University’s tradition of linking scholarship and society, the Humanities Center fosters conversation and collaboration among politicians and writers, philosophers and scientists, historians and health-care providers, journalists and entrepreneurs, artists and lawyers, researchers and practitioners, and others.

– Courtesy of CSSH Dean’s Office

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