Visiting Speakers

Robyn Warhol

Interim Chair and Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor
Ohio State University

Robyn Warhol is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at the Ohio State University. Her areas of expertise include 19th-Century British Literature, 19th-century Women's Writing, British Romantic & Victorian Literature, Critical Theory, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Narrative Theory and Popular Culture.

Sam Wetherell

Lecturer in Discipline in British History
Columbia University

Sam Wetherell specializes in the nineteenth and twentieth century history of cities and the built environment in Britain. He has also written on the unmaking of national economies in the postwar period in Britain, Ireland and Hong Kong and on community arts in London in the 1970s and 1980s. He is working to turn his dissertation into a book about the urban and infrastructural roots of British twentieth century political change.

Yolanda Wood

University of Havana

A professor, researcher, art critic and curator, Yolanda Wood was born in 1950 in Santiago, Cuba. She has a Doctorate in Art. She lives in Cuba and currently teaches art at the University of Havana, where she founded the History of Caribbean Art programme, and has also taught in several other Caribbean countries (Mexico, Jamaica, Haiti, Martinique, etc.).

Genevieve Yue

Assistant Professor of Culture and Media
The New School

Genevieve Yue is an assistant professor of Culture and Media and currently holds the Eugene M. Lang Professorship for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. She received her Ph.D. in the Critical Studies program at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, and completed a Consortium for Faculty Diversity postdoctoral fellowship at Macalester College. She is co-editor of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, and her essays and criticism have appeared in October, Grey Room, The Times Literary Supplement, Reverse Shot,, Film Comment, and Film Quarterly. She programs films independently and in fall 2016 will co-program, with Chris Stults, "Wild Sounds," a film series for Flaherty NYC at Anthology Film Archives.

Stephen Zacks


Stephen Zacks is an internationally recognized architecture and urbanism reporter, theorist, and cultural producer based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and a native of Flint, Michigan. He received an MA in Liberal Studies from The New School for Social Research, a BA in Interdisciplinary Humanities with Honors from Michigan State University, served as an editor at Metropolis, and has received awards from the NY State Council on the Arts, Newtown Creek Fund, Graham Foundation, ArtPlace, MacDowell Colony, and Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation. Founder and executive director of Flint Public Art Project, cofounder of the Bring to Light—Nuit Blanche New York festival, and former codirector of the Collective: Unconscious performance art space, he is currently writing A Beautiful Ruin: The Generation that Transformed New York, 1967-1986, a nonfiction narrative about New York during the mid-70s fiscal crisis (Inventory/Princeton Architectural Press, 2015).

Alex Zakaras

Associate Professor
The University of Vermont

Professor Zakaras specializes in political philosophy and the history of political thought. His interests include the philosophy of democracy and democratic citizenship, individualism in American political thought, and the political ideas of the nineteenth century. His book, Individuality and Mass Democracy: Mill, Emerson, and the Burdens of Citizenship, was published by Oxford University Press in 2009. He is also co-editor of J.S. Mill's Political Thought: A Bicentennial Reassessment, published by Cambridge University Press in 2007.