Visiting Speakers

Johnny Perez

Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project

Johnny Perez is a non-attorney advocate at the Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project (MHP), a civil legal services firm that provides legal and social work services to people with serious mental illness. Specifically, he is assigned to MHP’s Safe Re-entry Project, where he works with people with mental illness and histories of incarceration, to connect them to the services in the community that will assist them to attain better measures of recovery and gain the stability necessary to avoid further contact with the criminal justice system. 

Marjorie Perloff

Sadie Dernham Patek Professor of Humanities, Emerita
Stanford University

Marjorie Perloff teaches courses and writes on twentieth and now twenty-first century poetry and poetics, both Anglo-American and from a Comparatist perspective, as well as on intermedia and the visual arts.     

Ying Qian

Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Columbia University

Ying Qian is interested in a wide range of topics in Chinese literature, cinema and media studies, including documentary cinema in comparative perspectives, experience and memory of China’s revolutions and socialism, and writing, translation and filmmaking in China’s multi-lingual and multi-ethnic border regions and among the Chinese diaspora.

Carlos Ramos

Professor of Spanish

Wellesley College

Teaching and research focused on 19th, 20th and 21st century Spanish peninsular literature and cultural history.

Bruce Robbins

Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities
Columbia University

Bruce Robbins works mainly in the areas of nineteenth and twentieth century fiction, literary and cultural theory, and postcolonial studies. He is the author of Upward Mobility and the Common Good: Toward a Literary History of the Welfare State (Princeton, 2007), Feeling Global: Internationalism in Distress (NYU, 1999), Secular Vocations: Intellectuals, Professionalism, Culture (Verso, 1993) and The Servant's Hand: English Fiction from Below (Columbia, 1986; Duke pb 1993).

Noliwe Rooks

Associate Professor in Africana Studies and Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Cornell University

Noliwe Rooks is an associate professor in Africana Studies and Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. An interdisciplinary scholar, she works on the racial implications of beauty, fashion and adornment; racial inequality in education; race, migration and urbanization and Black women's studies.

Nancy Rosenblum

Senator Joseph S. Clark Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government
Harvard University

Nancy Rosenblum was appointed Chair of the Department of Government in 2004, having joined the department as a professor in January 2001. Her fields of study are the history of modern political thought, contemporary political theory, and constitutional law. Professor Rosenblum is the author of several books, including On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship (Princeton University Press, 2008) and Membership and Morals: The Personal Uses of Pluralism in America, which was awarded the 2002 David Easton Award (ASPA). She is a member of the American Political Science Association Taskforce on Religion and Politics, and has contributed a chapter to their volume Religious Pluralism and the Logic of Congruence. Her memberships at Harvard include the Committee on Appointments and Promotions and the University Committee on Human Rights. Professor Rosenblum is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Alan Rosenthal

Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Attorney
Center for Community Alternatives

Alan Rosenthal is a criminal defense and civil rights attorney with over 30 years of experience. A graduate of Syracuse University College of Law he has litigated cases involving police misconduct and violations of civil rights in both jails and prisons. He is currently the Co-Director of Justice Strategies, the research, training and policy initiative of the Center for Community Alternatives. As the Co-Director of Justice Strategies he has supervised and provided mitigation services in capital cases for the past five years.