Visiting Speakers

Ayşe Gül Altınay

Professor of Anthropology
Sabancı University

Ayşe Gül Altınay received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University and has been teaching at Sabancı University since 2001.

Wouter Hanegraaff

Professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents
University of Amsterdam

In 1999, Hanegraaff was appointed full professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam. From 2002-2006 he was president of the Dutch Society for the Study of Religion (NGG), and since 2005 he is president of the EuropeanSociety for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE). In 2006 he was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen, KNAW).  

Linda D. Henderson

David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professor in Art History
University of Texas at Austin

Linda Henderson earned her Ph.D. at Yale University and has taught 20th-century European and American art in the Department of Art and Art History since 1978. Before coming to the University of Texas, she served from 1974 through 1977 as Curator of Modern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Professor Henderson's research and teaching focus on the interdisciplinary study of modernism, including the relation of modern art to geometry, science and technology, and mystical and occult philosophies.

Barnor Hesse

Associate Professor of African American Studies, Political Science, and Sociology
Northwestern University

Barnor Hesse is an Associate Professor of African American Studies, Political Science, and Sociology. He received his PhD in Ph.D. in Government (Ideology and Discourse Analysis) at the University of Essex. His research interests include post-structuralism and political theory, black political thought, modernity and coloniality, blackness and affect, race and governmentality, conceptual methodologies, postcolonial studies. His book, Un/settled Multiculturalisms: Diasporas, Entanglements, Transruptions, reconsiders the meanings of multiculturalism in the West.

Lubaina Himid

Professor of Contemporary Art
University of Central Lancashire

As a painter, writer and curator Lubaina Himid has participated at an international level in exhibitions conferences books and films on the visual art of the Black Diaspora since the early 1980’s.

Robert Hockett

Professor of Law
Cornell University Law School

Robert Hockett joined the Cornell Law Faculty in 2004. His principal teaching, research, and writing interests lie in the fields of organizational, financial, and monetary law and economics in both their positive and normative, as well as their national and transnational, dimensions.

Karla Holloway

James B.Duke Professor of English
Duke University

Carla FC Holloway is James B.Duke Professor of English at Duke University. She also holds appointments in the Law School, Women's Studies and African & African American Studies. Her research and teaching interests focus on African American cultural studies, biocultural studies, gender, ethics and law.

Fanny Howe


Fanny Howe is the author of more than 20 books of poetry and prose. Howe grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and studied at Stanford University.