Visiting Speakers

Peter Norvig

Director of Research

Peter Norvig is a Director of Research at Google Inc; previously he directed Google's core search algorithms group. He is co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the leading textbook in the field, and co-teacher of an Artificial Intelligence class that signed up 160,000 students, helping to kick off the current round of massive open online classes. He is a fellow of the AAAI, ACM, California Academy of Science and American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Cathy O’Neil


Catherine ("Cathy") Helen O'Neil is an American mathematician and the author of the blog and several books on data science, including Weapons of Math Destruction. She was the former Director of the Lede Program in Data Practices at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Tow Center and was employed as Data Science Consultant at Johnson Research Labs.

Fintan O’Toole

Author and Literary Editor
The Irish Times

Fintan O’Toole is literary editor of The Irish Times, and has been an op-ed columnist for the paper since 1988. His column on political and social affairs appears every Tuesday and Culture Shock, which is mostly about the arts, runs on Saturdays. He has written over a dozen books, most recently A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, based on his Irish Times series.

Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco and educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her first book, Satan Says (1980), received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second, The Dead and the Living, was both the Lamont Poetry Selection for 1983 and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Elayne Oliphant

Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Religious Studies

AREAS OF RESEARCH/INTEREST Christianity; secularism critical approaches to the study of religion; visual anthropology; public space; France; Europe; contemporary art; museums; capitalism; xenophobia and privilege

Kendrick Oliver

Professor of American History
University of Southampton.

Professor Kendrick Oliver is a Professor of American History at the University of Southampton. I specialise in the history of the United States from 1945 to 1980.  In particular, I am interested in exploring modern American political, social and cultural responses to some of the larger questions of human existence.  This theme links my doctoral work on nuclear diplomacy with subsequent studies of memory and catastrophe, wartime atrocities, crime and punishment, religion and space exploration, and with my current research into the cultural history of the 'big bang' theory. I currently serve as chair of Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS). I also co-convene the Institute of Historical Research North American History Seminar in London. 

Lorcan Otway

Director and curator
Museum of the American Gangster

Lorcan Otway is the director and curator of the Museum of the American Gangster and a Juris Doctor. He is consulted by lawyers as an expert on marginalized cultural communities as well as by Romany, both people here and abroad, who have concerns about civil rights or sovereignty. Mr. Otway founded the now-defunct Lawyer's Committee for Romany Rights and Recognition, seeking similar rights for Romany Americans as those of American Indians. From the late nineteen eighties to the present, his work focused as well on issues of racial profiling and the forced migration of American Romany people. Otway also worked with American Romanichal communities (English and Scottish American Romany people) and American Irish Traveller communities on issues such as voting rights, child custody, child welfare, and misrepresentations of Romany people--both in the press and popular culture. His efforts included translating the rights, needs, and aspirations of Romany people before a number of governmental bodies, from the Immigration and Nationalization Service (now Homeland Security) to the New York City Council. He also appeared as an expert witness in political asylum cases for Romany asylum seekers without economic resources. In 2004 he delivered a paper on the racialization of American Irish Travellers as "Gypsy" at the Trinity Law School in Dublin, Ireland as part of Irish Traveller Awareness Week. Lastly, he has also assisted various American Native Nations in the United States and Canada on issues of sovereignty--from land rights and child custody to the reorganization of a tribal court, making it possible for the court to create written decisions to be respected by United States state courts.

Eoin O’Dell

Associate Professor, Law
Trinity College Dublin

Eoin O'Dell BCL(NUI), BCL(Oxon), PhD (Cantab), FTCD, Barrister-at-Law. Dr O'Dell lectures Contract, Restitution and Freedom of Expression, researches and publishes primarily in the fields of private and commercial law, and has been President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers and Editor of the Dublin University Law Journal.