Visiting Speakers

Angel Nafis is a poet and Cave Canem Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Rattling Wall, Union Station Magazine, MUZZLE Magazine, Mosaic Magazine and Poetry Magazine.

Melanie Newton

Associate Professor
University of Toronto

Melanie Newton received her doctorate in Modern History from Oxford University in 2001. She specializes in the social and cultural history of the Caribbean and the history of slavery, gender and emancipation in the Atlantic World.

David Novak

Associate Professor of Music
University of California, Santa Barbara

David Novak’s work explores the relationship between modern cultures and the circulation of musical media. His research interests include globalization of popular music, experimental culture, environmental sound, social practices of listening and intermedia.

Cóilín Parsons

Assistant Professor of English
Georgetown University

Cóilín Parsons was educated at the National University of Ireland, Syracuse University, and Columbia University, where he earned his PhD in English and Comparative Literature. Before coming to Georgetown he taught at Columbia University, New York University, and the University of Cape Town (South Africa). His research interests include Irish literature, Modernism, theories of geography and space, cartography, Victorian studies, and postcolonial literature and theory.

Marco Pasi

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

Marco Pasi is an Associate Professor in History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents. He holds a Laurea degree in Philosophy from the University of Milan, and a DEA and a PhD in Religious Studies from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne, Paris). He Has focused his research on the relationship between modern esotericism and politics, esotericism and modern art, the history of the idea of magic, and on methodological issues related to the study of western esotericism.

Gustav Peebles

Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs
The New School

Gustav Peebles received his PhD in 2003 from the University of Chicago and is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Social Sciences, Bachelor’s Program, at The New School for Public Engagement.

Pauline Peretz

Lecturer in Modern History
University of Nantes

Pauline Peretz is a Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Nantes and member of the Center for North American Studies at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. She is also member of the editorial ideas of Life / Books & Ideas.

Sean Pica

Executive Director
Hudson Link

Reporting to the Hudson Link Board of Directors, Sean Pica has overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs, development, expansion and execution of Hudson Link's mission. Mr. Pica joined Hudson Link's Board of Directors in 2004 and in 2007 left the Board to become the Executive Director for the organization.  Under Sean's leadership, Hudson Link has grown from a 65 person college program operating inside one prison, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, to approximately 250 students enrolled in college programs at 4 New York State correctional facilities.