Visiting Speakers

Victoria Rosner

Dean of Academic Affairs, School of General Studies; Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Victoria Rosner specializes in modernist literature and culture, with particular interests in architecture and design, gender and sexuality studies, and life writing.  She is the author of Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life (Columbia UP, 2005), winner of the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize.  She is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Bloomsbury Group (Cambridge UP, 2014) and The Global and the Intimate: Feminism in Our Time (Columbia UP, 2012; with Geraldine Pratt).  With Nancy K. Miller, she edits the Gender and Culture book series for Columbia University Press.  She is currently completing a book on interarts modernist aesthetics, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Rick Rylance

Chief Executive
Arts & Humanities Research Council

Before taking up the post of AHRC Chief Executive, Professor Rick Rylance was Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Literatures at the University of Exeter. Prior to moving to Exeter in 2003 he was Dean of Arts and Letters at the then Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge which he left as Dean of Arts and Letters.

Malika Saada Saar

Public Policy and Government Relations Senior Counsel-Civil and Human Rights

Malika Saada Saar is Google's Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights. Before joining Google, Malika was Co-founder and Executive Director of the Human Rights Project for Girls (Rights4Girls), a human rights organization focused on gender-based violence against young women and girls in the U.S. She also served as Special Counsel on Human Rights at The Raben Group. As a human rights lawyer and advocate, Malika led the effort to shut down Craigslist sex ads that served as the leading site for the trafficking of children for sex, ended the federal practice of shackling pregnant mothers behind bars in U.S. prisons, and successfully advocated for millions in federal funding for treatment services for at-risk families. Newsweek and the Daily Beast have named Malika as one of “150 Women Who Shake the World.”

Patricia Saunders

Associate Professor
University of Miami

Professor Saunders's research and scholarship focus largely on the relationship between sexual identity and national identity in Caribbean literature and popular culture. Her work has appeared in The Bucknell Review, Calabash, Plantation Society in the Americas, The Journal of West Indian Literature and Small Axe

Seth Scwhartz

Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Classical Jewish Civilization
Columbia University

Seth Schwartz is a social, cultural and political historian of the ancient Jews, with strong interests in their Hellenistic, Roman and early Christian environments.

A.O. Scott

Film Critic
The New York Times

Anthony Oliver Scott is a journalist and film critic. Along with Manohla Dargis, he serves as chief film critic for The New York Times.

Ashwani Sharma

Principal Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, chool of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of East London

Ashwani Sharma is principal lecturer in media and cultural studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of East London (UEL), UK. He is programme leader for the MA Global Media and MA Media Studies. He has also been programme leader of the BA Media Studies. He has been teaching at UEL since 1993 in the areas of race and representation, globalization and media, postcolonial cultures, visual and popular culture, critical theory and psychoanalysis at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has also taught media practice. He is on the organizing committee of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research (CCSR) at UEL, and has previously been director of the Centre for New Ethnicities Research(CNER) at UEL. He is an associate of the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) at Goldsmiths, University of London. He also teaches on a regular basis on the New York University (NYU) transnational media and communities course at their London campus. 

Lytle Shaw

Professor of English
New York University

Lytle Shaw is Professor of English.  His books include Frank O’Hara: The Poetics of Coterie (2006), The Moiré Effect (2012) and Fieldworks: From Place to Site in Postwar Poetics (2013).  He is currently at work on two books: New Grounds for Dutch Landscape reframes the art of three seventeenth-century Dutch painters (van Goyen, Ruisdael and Hobbema) less as a mimetic project than as a literalist reenactment of the physical processes of Dutch land reclamation; Narrowcast: Poetry and Sonic Research is a site-specific account of recorded postwar American poetry focusing on its non-intentional and non-human dimensions.  A collection of art essays is forthcoming as Specimen Box. Shaw is a contributing editor for Cabinet magazine.