Visiting Speakers

Naomi André

Associate Director for Faculty; Associate Professor Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Program
University of Michigan

Naomi André is Associate Professor in Women’s Studies, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Associate Director for Faculty at the Residential College at the University of Michigan. She received her BA in music from Barnard College and MA and PhD in musicology from Harvard University. Her research focuses on opera and issues surrounding gender, voice, and race. 

Naor Ben-Yehoyada

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology
Columbia University

Naor Ben-Yehoyada's work examines unauthorized migration, criminal justice, the aftermath of development, and transnational political imaginaries in the central and eastern Mediterranean. His forthcoming monograph, The Mediterranean Incarnate: Transnational Region Formation between Sicily and Tunisia since World War II, offers a historical anthropology of the recent re-emergence of the Mediterranean. He is specifically interested in the processes through which transnational regions form and dissipate. He proposes to view such spaces as ever-changing constellations, and proposes to study them from the moving vessels that weave these constellations together and stage their social relations and dynamics in full view.

Mary Birnbaum

Faculty and Associate Director of Opera Studies
The Juilliard School

Mary Birnbaum is a New York-based theater and opera director. After graduating from Harvard, attended École Jacques Lecoq in Paris where she studied movement and design and began to create theater works. Artistic director of, an avant-garde theater company that she founded in 2009; has collaborated with Flux Factory, the Foundry Theater Company, American Opera Projects, and Bryant Park in the creation of original theater pieces. Most recently, directed productions at Melbourne Opera Studio, The Juilliard School, Son of Semele Theater (L.A.), and the New Orleans Fringe Festival. Has assisted fellow faculty member Stephen Wadsworth at Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, and on Broadway. In the summer of 2013, will be the associate director of the "Ring" cycle at Seattle Opera.

Benjamin Breen

Assistant Professor in the Department of History
University of California Santa Cruz

Benjamin Breen is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Humanities Division, at University of California Santa Cruz. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence University. His research interests include early modern world history, particularly the history of the tropics; early modern globalization and the slave trade; Spanish and Portuguese empires; history of drugs and poisons; early modern science, medicine, and technology; magic in a cross-cultural context.

Megan Coyer

Lecturer of English Literature
University of Glasgow

Megan Coyer holds a Ph.D. in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow and a B.S. in Neuroscience from Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Her research interests include literature and medicine; medical humanities; Scottish literature; romanticism; nineteenth century periodical press; textual editing; and digital humanities.

Suzanne Cusick

Professor of Music

Suzanne G. Cusick is a music historian and musicologist living in and working in New York City, where she is a Professor of Music at the Faculty of Arts and Science at the New York University. Her specialties are the music of seventeenth-century Italy, feminist approaches to music history and criticism, and queer studies in music.

Bernard E.  Harcourt

Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Director, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought,
Columbia University

Bernard E. Harcourt joined the Columbia Law School faculty in July 2014. His scholarship intersects social and political theory, the sociology of punishment, and penal law and procedure.

N. Katherine Hayles

James B. Duke Professor of Literature
Duke University

N. Katherine Hayles is the James B. Duke Professor of Literature at Duke University. She teaches and writes on the relations of literature, science and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her books include How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics, which won the Rene Wellek Award for the Best Book in Literary Theory, 1998-99, and Writing Machines, which won the Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship.