Visiting Speakers

Johnny Meyer


John works as a playwright-performer in Austin and New York. His work as a playwright and an actor has been featured in the Austin Chronicle, The Austin American-Statesman, KUT radio, and the BBC online. His stage play "American Volunteers" won the 2010 Mitchell Award at the University of Texas, and subsequently made the long-list for the Dylan Thomas Prize in the United Kingdom. He performed at the White House thanks to Aquila Theatre's ongoing outreach program, "Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives."

Helena Michie

Professor of English,
Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor in Humanities
Rice University

Helena Michie is Professor of English, Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor in Humanities, Chair of Faculty Advisory Board for the Program in Writing and Communication and Director of Graduate Studies in English at Rice University. 

Peter Middleton

University of Southampton

Peter Middleton is Professor of English at the University of Southampton, UK, and curently a Visiting Professor of English at NYU ( He is the author of several books, including Distant Reading: Performance, Reading and Consumption in Contemporary Poetry (Alabama, 2005), and Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After (Chicago, 2015), as well as many articles on modern poetry, and on science & literature. He is currently working on a study of how contemporary cultural imaginaries approach the limits of knowledge.

Peter N. Miller

Dean of the Bard Graduate Center and Professor of Cultural History
Bard Graduate Center

Peter N. Miller is dean of the Bard Graduate Center and professor of Cultural History.  Miller received his BA and MA degrees from Harvard University and his PhD from the University of Cambridge. Before arriving at the BGC in 2001, he was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland; Mellon Instructor at the University of Chicago; and a research fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge.

Mara Mills

Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication
New York University, Steinhardt

Mara Mills works at the intersection of disability studies and media studies. Her research and teaching interests include communication history (especially related to telephones and reading practices), science and technology studies, disability theory, and mobile media studies. Her first book (On the Phone: Deafness and Communication Engineering), forthcoming from Duke University Press, argues the significance of phonetics and deaf education to the emergence of "communication engineering" in early twentieth-century telephony.

Adalaide Morris

Professor Emerita
University of Iowa

Adalaide Morris, Professor Emerita at the University of Iowa, writes on the expanded field of modern and contemporary poetics, including information art, counter-mapping, documentary, and the digital.  She is the author of How to Live / What to Do: H.D.’s Cultural Poetics and has published an edited collection of essays, Sound States: Innovative Poetics and Acoustical Technologies, and a co-edited collection, New Media Poetics: Contexts, Technotexts, and Theories. Recent essays include “Minding Machines / Machining Minds: Writing (at) the Human-Machine Interface,” in The Oxford Handbook of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, and forthcoming essays on conceptual poetics and Holocaust documents and on the interplay between contemporary poetics and the practice of counter-mapping.  With Alan Golding and Lynn Keller, she edits the University of Iowa Contemporary North American Poetry Series.  

Yascha Mounk

Lecturer on Political Theory
Harvard University

Yascha Mounk is a Lecturer on Political Theory at Harvard University's Government Department, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund, and a Nonresident Fellow at New America's Political Reform Program.​

Debashree Mukherjee

Assistant Professor
Columbia University

Debashree Mukherjee’s research and teaching centers on the history of modern South Asian visual cultures and industries, with a specialized focus on late colonial Bombay cinema.