Momplet, Proctor join Sewanee as Brown Foundation Fellows

Antonio Momplet

The University of the South is welcoming two Brown Foundation Fellows this year. The Brown Foundation Tutorial Fellowship was established in 1971 and enables the University to appoint distinguished scholars to teach for a limited period of time in one of the disciplines represented in the College of Arts and Sciences. This year’s Brown Fellows are Antonio Momplet and Karen Proctor.

Antonio Momplet is a native of Spain and an internationally known authority on medieval Spanish art, particularly the art of Al-Andalus, or Muslim Spain. He is a member of the Department of Medieval Art History of the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, the same institution from which he received a doctorate. His publications include books on Romanesque architecture, painting and sculpture; Hispano-Muslim art and architecture; and architecture of the pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela. Momplet first came to Sewanee in 1989 as a Fulbright Fellow and has returned for one semester approximately every three years since as a Brown Fellow. He has developed deep ties to the University of the South and the Sewanee community, which are evident in his roles as co-founder of Sewanee’s two study-abroad programs in Spain—a semester-long study of Spain and the European Union, and a popular summer program dedicated to the literature, art, and architecture of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. 

Momplet has been a keynote speaker for the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, and has given many public lectures to Sewanee audiences. This semester he will teach two courses in the Department of Spanish: an approach to Spanish culture and civilization through the visual arts (taught in English), and a more specialized course on the visual culture of medieval Spain. He will also deliver a public lecture this fall on the influence of the art of Islamic Spain outside the Iberian Peninsula and beyond the Middle Ages. 

karen proctorKaren Proctor is founder and principal of Harbour Workshop LLC, a social innovation firm. Proctor established the firm with one desire in mind—to help senior leaders and organizations design creative solutions for lasting social change. Scholastic, the University of Notre Dame, the Guggenheim Museum, and Babson College are among current or recent clients. Like Momplet, Proctor has many ties to Sewanee. Several years ago, in her then-role as Scholastic’s vice president of community affairs and government relations, Proctor was instrumental in the envisioning and creation of Discover Together, a collaborative effort among Scholastic, the Yale Child Study Center, Sewanee, and the Tracy City community. She has recently facilitated workshops and retreats for Sewanee’s Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies, and will be the facilitator at this fall’s Conversation on Place, which will again bring together colleagues from Sewanee, Yale, and the FrameWorks Institute to chart next steps for the emerging, distinctive academic program in Southern Appalachian Studies.

As a Brown Foundation Fellow, Proctor will teach a course on collaborative leadership and social change. She will deliver a public talk on “Identity and Leadership” as well.