Visiting Speakers

Timothy Murphy

Senior Reporter
Mother Jones

Tim Murphy has covered coal barons, sinkholes, and hoboes as a senior reporter for Mother Jones, but his work focuses on national politics. He reported on the 2016 election and the rise of Donald Trump from New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, and Arizona.

Helen Nissenbaum

New York University

Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, and Computer Science, at New York University, where she is also Director of the Information Law Institute. Her eight books include Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest, with Finn Brunton (MIT Press, 2015), Values at Play in Digital Games, with Mary Flanagan (MIT Press, 2014), and Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford, 2010). Her research has been published in journals of philosophy, politics, law, media studies, information studies, and computer science. Grants from the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator have supported her work on privacy, trust online, and security, as well as studies of values embodied in design, search engines, digital games, facial recognition technology, and health information systems.   

Geoffrey O’Brien

Editor in Chief
Library of America

Geoffrey O’Brien is Editor in Chief of the Library of America. His books include Sonata for Jukebox: An Autobiography of My Ears (August 2016). O'Brien began publishing poetry and criticism in the 1960s. He has been a contributor to Artforum, Film Comment, The New York Times and The New York Times Book Review, Village Voice, New Republic, Bookforum, and, especially, to the New York Review of Books. He has also been published in numerous other publications, including Filmmaker, American Heritage, The Armchair Detective, Bomb, Boston Globe, Fence, GQ, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Men’s Vogue, Mother Jones, The Nation, Newsday, and Slate, and has contributed many essays for liner notes for The Criterion Collection. In addition, his work has been included in numerous anthologies.

Sean O’Sullivan

Associate Professor, Department of English
The Ohio State University

Sean O'Sullivan is Director of Project Narrative, Associate Professor of English, and a faculty member in the Film Studies Program. 

Jane Ohlmeyer

Erasmus Smith Professor of Modern History
Trinity College Dublin

Jane Ohlmeyer, MRIA, is Erasmus Smith's Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin and the Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity’s research institute for advanced study in the Arts and Humanities.  Since September 2015 she has served as Chair of the Irish Research Council, an agency that funds frontier research across 70 disciplines.  In 2014-15 she was the Parnell Fellow at Magdalene College Cambridge and a Visiting Professor at JNU in New Delhi and is currently the Yeats Visiting Professor at Sāo Paulo University in Brazil. 

Jenny Pacanowski

Poet, Veteran Transition Specialist

Jenny Pacanowski is a poet. Most recently, she has performed at the Lincoln Center Atrium, The New York Cultural and Ethical Society, Poetic License: Kicking down Doors, LaGuardia Community College Veteran Week and Aquila [email protected] GK arts center.  

Luise Papcke

PhD Student
Columbia University

Luise Papcke is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. She specializes in Political Theory, with a focus on liberal theory and the role of German liberal thought within the liberal tradition. 

Bob Perelman

Professor of English
University of Pennsylvania

Bob Perelman has published over 15 volumes of poetry, most recently The Future of Memory (Roof Books) and Ten to One: Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press). His critical focus is on poetry and modernism, with his major books being The Marginalization of Poetry: Language Writing and Literary History (Princeton University Press) and The Trouble with Genius: Reading Pound, Joyce, Stein, and Zukofsky (University of California Press). He has edited Writing/Talks (Southern Illinois University Press), a collection of talks by poets. Modernism the Morning After is forthcoming from Alabama UP; he is working on a new book of poems, Jack and Jill.