Visiting Speakers

Vered Karti Shemtov

Eva Chernov Lokey Senior Lecturer
Stanford University

Vered Karti Shemtov teaches Hebrew language and literature at the department of Comparative Literature and the Middle Eastern Program at Stanford University. She is the director of the Hebrew and Israel project at Stanford and the founder and  co-editor-in chief of the journal Dibur. She served as the Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Jewish Studies until 2011.  Some of Shemtov's recent publications include: Changing Rhythms: Towards a Theory of Prosody in Cultural Context, Bar Ilan Press, Israel 2012, several co-edited issues including: Spoken Word, Written Word: Rethinking the Representation of Speech in Literature (2015), 1948: History and Responsibility (2013) and Jewish Conceptions and Practices of Space (2005). Shemtov published numerous articles on the works of Yehudah Amichai, Michal Govrin, A.B Yehoshua, Zruya Shalev, and others and the entry on “Hebrew Poetry: 1781-2010”  in the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Revised edition. Shemtov currently serves as the chair fo the Literature Committee for the National Organization for Professors of Hebrew

Haruo Shirane

Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Columbia University

Professor Shirane's research interests include Japanese literature and cultural history, particularly classical and early modern literature, with special interest in prose fiction, poetry, and literary theory; the interaction between popular and elite cultures; issues of cultural memory and language; ecocriticism and cultural constructions of nature.

Irene Small

Assistant Professor, Department of Art & Archaeology
Princeton University

Irene V. Small teaches modern and contemporary art and criticism with a transnational focus. Her areas of specialization include experimental practices of the 1960s and ’70s, and art and theory in Latin America, particularly Brazil. Her book, Hélio Oiticica: Folding the Frame, examines the production of the Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica, who worked in Rio de Janeiro, London, and New York from the mid-1950s through the late 1970s. In particular, the book examines discourses of developmentalism and organic processes of emergence as they intersect in the articulation of a participatory art paradigm in mid-1960s Brazil. 

Julie Snyder

Executive Producer
Serial Podcast

Julie Snyder began working at This American Life in 1997 – almost from its inception – and along with host Ira Glass, has set the editorial agenda for the program, winning four Peabody Awards along the way.  She has produced many of This American Life’s most entertaining and memorable episodes, including “24 Hours at the Golden Apple,” and “Notes on Camp." In addition, she has also headed the program’s most ambitious and topical programs, notably episodes covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, health care reform, and urban violence in Chicago.

Jonathan Sterne

Professor, James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology
McGill University

Jonathan Sterne’s work is broadly concerned with the cultural dimensions of communication technologies, especially their form and role in large-scale societies.  One of his major ongoing projects has involved developing an adequate history and theory of sound in the modern west.  Beyond the work on sound and music, he has published over fifty articles and book chapters that cover a wide range of topics in media history, new media, cultural theory and disability studies.  He has also written on the politics of academic labor and maintains an interest in the future of the university.  His new projects consider instruments and instrumentalities; histories of signal processing; and the intersections of disability, technology and perception.  He continues to support emerging scholarship in sound studies.

Ravi Sundaram

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

Ravi Sundaram’s work rests at the intersection of the post-colonial city and contemporary media experiences. As media technology and urban life have intermingled in the post-colonial world, new challenges have emerged for contemporary cultural theory. Sundaram has looked at the phenomenon that he calls ‘pirate modernity’, an illicit form of urbanism that draws from media and technological infrastructures of the post-colonial city.

Kendall Thomas

Nash Professor of Law; Director, Center for the Study of Law and Culture
Columbia University

Kendall Thomas is the Nash Professor of Law and co-founder and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia Law School. His teaching and research interests include U.S. and comparative constitutional law, human rights, legal philosophy, feminist legal theory, critical race theory, and law and sexuality.

Silvio Torres-Saillant

Dean's Professor in the Humanities
Syracuse University

Silvio Torres-Saillant, Professor in the English Department, formerly headed the Latino-Latin American Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. He co-founded La Casita Cultural Center, an organization opened in the Near West Side of the City of Syracuse with the mission to create bridges of communication, collaboration, and exchange linking Syracuse University with the Latino population of the city and promoting the Hispanic heritages of Central New York.