Daniel Herwitz is Fredric Huetwell Professor of Comparative Literature, History of Art and Philosophy at the University of Michigan where, for a decade, he directed the Institute for the Humanities. From 2002-2012, he was Chair in Philosophy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban and participated in the South African transition to democracy from which came his book of essays, Race and Reconciliation (2003), and a decade later, Heritage, Culture and Politics in the Postcolony (2012), largely written and workshopped in Archive & Public Culture seminars when Herwitz was an Andrew Mellon Fellow in 2010. Herwitz has published nine books, including The Star as Icon (2008), and his first book, on the modern painter of India, M.F. Husain, Husain, which won a national book award in India. Dedicated to the varieties of prose, Herwitz has also published short stories and recently completed a memoir.