James Schamus

Professor of Professional Practice, Film Division, School of the Arts
Columbia University

James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain), and former CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Milk, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Pianist, Coraline, and The Dallas Buyers Club.

Conrad Schirokauer

Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor
Columbia University

Conrad Schirokauer is a Professor Emeritus of History at the City University of New York. He studied at Yale (BA) and Stanford (PhD) as well as a year in Paris, and conducted research mostly in Kyoto but also in China. His published papers and articles are mostly on Zhu Xi and Hu Hong.

Cristobal Silva

Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Cristobal Silva is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University where he teaches colonial and early American literature and culture as well as the history of medicine and of new world epidemics.

Kavita Sivaramakrishnan

Associate Professor, Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Kavita Sivaramakrishnan is Associate Professor, Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and is affiliated faculty in the Department of History, and is currently Interim Co- Director, Robert N. Butler, Columbia Aging Center, and is faculty director of the Yusuf Hamied Faculty Exchange Program (in collaboration with the Columbia Global Center, Mumbai). She has been trained in history, political theory and in population health at Trinity College, Cambridge University, the Jawaharlal Nehru University and at the Center for Population and Development Studies at Harvard University. Her interests and expertise are in the contemporary history of medicine and science in south Asia, and she has worked at the Public Health Foundation of India, and was awarded the Balzan Fellowship to train in the social determinants of health and policy with Sir Michael Marmot at University College London. She has published a book on Ayurvedic medicine and the politics of its renewal in late colonial Punjab in India in a book titled, Old Potions, New Bottles ( Orient Longman, 2006). Her current interests are focused on the politics of expertise and population anxieties in global health, in the sphere of population aging, and has published As the World Ages: The Making of a Global Demographic Crisis (Harvard University Press, 2018).She is also collaborating with Professor David Jones at Harvard University on a history of the making of heart disease in modern India. She has published on the politics of epidemics in colonial India and global health, and is currently working on a new book on expert knowledge on risks, consumption and carcinogens, and on tracing cancer campaigns and advocacy campaigns in South Asia.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

University Professor
Columbia University

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is University Professor, and a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Spivak works in the areas of 19th- and 20th-century literature; politics of culture; feminism; Marx, Derrida; globalization.

Joseph E.  Stiglitz

University Professor
Columbia University

Joseph E. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University, where he teaches at the Business School, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Department of Economics), and the School of International and Public Affairs.

Pauline Yu

American Council of Learned Societies

Pauline Yu became president of the American Council of Learned Societies in July 2003, having served as dean of humanities in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Los Angeles and professor of East Asian languages and cultures from 1994-2003.