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Samuel Weber Named Avon Professor

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August 22, 2006

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Samuel Weber has been reappointed the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University.

Weber has published works on Balzac, Lacan and Freud, as well as on the relation of institutions and media to interpretation. He co-translated Theodor W. Adorno's work “Prisms,” and had studied with Adorno as well as with Paul de Man.

His work in Germany in the 1980s as a dramaturge in theater and opera productions led to his book “Theatricality as Medium,” published in 2005 by Fordham University Press.

2005 also saw the publication of another book, “Targets of Opportunity: On the Militarization of Thinking” (Fordham). He is currently completing a book-length study of the German critic, Walter Benjamin, titled “Benjamin's-abilities.”

Weber co-directs Northwestern's Paris Program in Critical Theory, which he founded in 1990 while at UCLA. Under the direction of Northwestern University since 2000, the program affords advanced graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines a unique opportunity to become familiar with French and European theoretical research by spending one year in Paris.

Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty in 2001, Weber taught at the Free University of Berlin and subsequently at Johns Hopkins University and UCLA.

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