Visiting Speakers

Serge Gavronsky

Barnard College

Serge Gavronsky, Professor of French, has taught at Barnard College since 1960. He was Chair of the department for 26 years. He inaugurated a major in Literature and Translation as well as new courses on négritude, historiography, a two-semester course on "Culture and Institutions of France" and "France on Film." Gavronsky has written critical works in French and English, has written poetry in both languages, translated from French to English and English into French. His novels, written in English, have been translated into Italian.  

Peter Geimer

Professor of Art History
Freie Universität, Berlin

Peter Geimer works in the intersection of art history, media theory and science studies. He has particularly written on theory and history of photography in its various uses, including in art and science. Much of his work has been concerned with history of science and the cultural and art history of things, relics and remains. He is a co-founder and co-director of the BildEvidenz research program studying images as evidentia. He is the author of Theorien der Fotografie (Junius, 2009, 4th ed. 2013), Ordnungen der Sichtbarkeit: Fotografie in Wissenschaft, Technologie und Kunst (Suhrkamp, 2002, 2nd ed. 2004). A translation of his book Bilder aus Versehen (Philo Fine Arts, 2010) will be published as Inadvertent Images. A History of Photographic Apparitions (Chicago, 2017).

Michael Gluzman

Tel Aviv University

Michael Gluzman studied comparative literature at UC Berkeley where he received his Ph.D. in 1993. He is currently the head of the Laura Schwartz Kipp Center for Hebrew Literature and Culture at Tel Aviv University. Among his publications are The Politics of Canonicity: Lines of Resistance in Modernist Hebrew Poetry (Stanford 2004) and The Zionist Body: Nationalism, Sexuality and Gender in Modern Hebrew Literature (Hebrew, 2007). His forthcoming book, The Melancholia of Sovereignty has won the 2015 Bahat Prize for outstanding academic manuscripts.  

Michael Golston

Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Michael Golston specializes in 20th-century poetry and poetics and modern cultural history. He is especially interested in avant-garde and experimental writing, and has published articles and reviews in American Literary History,Paideuma, Textual Practice, and Modernism/Modernity. He also has essays in two collections: American Modernism Across the Arts and New Definitions of Lyric: Theory, Technology, and Culture. His first book, Rhythm and Race in Modernist Poetry and Science (Columbia University Press), won the Louis Martz Prize for 2007. He is currently working on a book about allegory, surrealism, and postmodern poetic form.

Lauren M.E. Goodlad

Kathryn Paul Professional Scholar, English and Criticism & Interpretive Theory
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Lauren M.E. Goodlad is Professor of English and Criticism, & Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is also Coordinator at Critical Frameworks Modules for Grand Challenge Learning and author of The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Sovereignty & Transnational Experience  

Lev Grossman

Book Critic, TIME Magazine, and Author, The Magicians

Lev Grossman is a novelist and journalist, notably the author of the novels Warp (1997), Codex (2004), The Magicians (2009), The Magician King (2011), and The Magician's Land (2014). He is a senior writer and book critic for TIME.

Tom Gunning

Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Art History, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and the College, Director of Graduate Studies
The University of Chicago

Professor Gunning's research interests include: International early and silent cinema; American avant-garde cinema; Hollywood film genres; film and narrative theory; classical film theory; film and still photography; Japanese cinema; early cinema and the experience of modernity; directors' styles (especially, Lang, Griffith, Von Sternberg, Hitchcock, Godard, Bresson, Borzage); Film historiography; Film exhibition and spectatorship; and Modernist cinema of the twenties (Soviet, French, and German).

Virginia Heffernan


Virginia Heffernan is an American journalist and cultural critic.