Visiting Speakers

Suzanne Guerlac

Professor of French
University of California at Berkeley

Prof. Guerlac’s principal areas of research include 19th and 20th century literature and thought. Her interests include the examination of cultural ideologies and articulations between literature and philosophy, and literature and the visual arts.

Jo Guldi

Assistant Professor of History
Brown University

Jo Guldi is an Assistant Professor of History at Brown University. Born in Dallas, Texas, she received her BA from Harvard University, and then studied at Trinity College, Cambridge before completing my PhD in History at the University of California, Berkeley, after which I continued on to postdocs at the University of Chicago and the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Bernard E.  Harcourt

Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Director, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought,
Columbia University

Bernard E. Harcourt joined the Columbia Law School faculty in July 2014. His scholarship intersects social and political theory, the sociology of punishment, and penal law and procedure.

Marcel Hénaff

Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Anthropology
University of California at San Diego

Marcel Hénaff is Professor of Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Sade, the Invention of the Libertine Body (1999), Lévi-Strauss and the Making of Structural Anthropology (1998), and Public Space and Democracy (2001). In 2002, his book, The Price of Truth was awarded the Grand Prize for Philosophy by the Académie Française and the Prize for Philosophy by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences.  

Isabel Hofmeyr

Professor of African Literature
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Isabel Hofmeyr is Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and Visiting Distinguished Global Professor in the English Department, NYU. Her most recent book is Gandhi’s Printing Press: Experiments in Slow Reading (2013). Along with Antoinette Burton she has edited, Ten Books that Shaped the British Empire: Creating an Imperial Commons, forthcoming in December 2014.

Dan Hoyle

Actor, Playwright, and Writer

Dan Hoyle is an actor and playwright based in New York City. His brand of journalistic theater has been hailed as "riveting, funny and poignant" (New York Times) and "hilarious, moving and very necessary" (Salon). His solo shows, including the most recent, EACH AND EVERY THING, and previously THE REAL AMERICANS, TINGS DEY HAPPEN, FLORIDA 2004: THE BIG BUMMER, and CIRCUMNAVIGATOR--all created and premiered at The Marsh Theater in his native San Francisco--have had more than 800 performances around the country and overseas including Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Culture Project, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Playmakers Rep, Painted Bride in Philadelphia, The Lensic in Santa Fe, The Park in Calcutta, India, a U.S. State Department-sponsored five city tour of Nigeria and many universities including Columbia, Stanford, USC, and NYU.

Richard Jean So

Assistant Professor of English
University of Chicago

Richard Jean So is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago. He works on modern American and Chinese literatures, and more generally, American culture in an international context. So has recently finished a book manuscript: Pacific Community: The Rise and Fall of a U.S.-China Literary Network, 1929-1955. He earned his PhD in comparative literature at Columbia in 2010, where he worked with Gauri Viswanathan, Jonathan Arac, Rachel Adams, and Lydia Liu.

Radhika Jones

Deputy Managing Editor
Time Magazine

Radhika Jones is the Deputy Managing Editor of Time. She edits many of the magazine’s special issues, including Time’s Person of the Year and the annual Time 100, featuring the 100 most influential people in the world. Jones previously served as Time’s arts editor from June 2008 to January 2009. In her role, she directed print and online coverage of music, television, books, movies and art and architecture.