Visiting Speakers

Thomas Peattie

Professor of Music
The University of Mississippi

Thomas Peattie holds degrees in composition and musicology from the University of Calgary and a Ph.D. in historical musicology from Harvard University. Before coming to the University of Mississippi he served on the faculty of Boston University and during the spring of 2006 was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Harvard University. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Paul Sacher Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Boston University Center for the Humanities.

Brittany Perham

Stanford University

Brittany Perham is the author of Double Portrait (forthcoming from W.W. Norton, 2017), which received the Barnard Women Poets Prize; The Curiosities (Free Verse Editions, 2012); and, with Kim Addonizio, the collaborative chapbook The Night Could Go in Either Direction(Slapering Hol Press, 2016). She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow from 2009-2011. She lives in San Francisco.

Brigitte Peucker

Elias W Leavenworth Professor of Germanic Languages & Literatures, and Professor of Film Studies
Yale University

Brigitte Peucker received her PhD from Yale University and she has been teaching at Yale ever since. She is the author of From Arcadia to Elysium (Bouvier, 1980); Lyric Descent in the German Romantic Tradition (Yale, 1987); Incorporating Images: Film and the Rival Arts(Princeton, 1995), which appeared as Verkörpernde Bilder, das Bild des Körpers (Vorwerk 8,1999); The Material Image: Art and the Real in Film (Stanford, 2007). She is the editor of Wiley-Blackwell’s Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 2012, and is currently at work on Aesthetic Spaces: The Place of Art in Film (under contract, Northwestern UP). She writes and teaches in the areas of film’s relation to the other arts (intermediality); the films of Alfred Hitchcock; the theory and history of visuality and spectatorship; the American horror film; melodrama; and various aspects of German cinema. She is the recipient of Woodrow Wilson, Morse, and Mellon Fellowships, has served as Chair of the Film Studies Program, 1986-2000, as Chair of the German Department, 1997-2002 and 2003-4, and as Director of Graduate Studies in both departments.

Darryl Pinckney

Poet, novelist, and essayist

Darryl Pinckney is a long time contributor to The New York Review of Books, and the author of a novel, High Cotton, and, in the Alain Locke Lecture Series, Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature.

Born in Albany, Georgia, D.A. Powell earned an MA at Sonoma State University and an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His first three collections of poetry, Tea, (1998), Lunch (2000), and Cocktails (2004), are considered by some to be a trilogy on the AIDS epidemic. Lunch was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, and Cocktails was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. His next two books were Chronic(2009), which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (2012) won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry.

Claudia Pozzana

Associate Professor, Department of History and Cultures
University of Bologna

I studied Chinese at the University of Ca'Foscari , in Venezia, I graduated in 1973, then I was in China for long periods, the first time I was there from 1974-76 for two full academic years. I did research for another year in 1980-81 and then almost every tree years I was in China for three and four months, and last time, this year 2017 for Just a month. I have been a researcher of Chinese Language and Literature as well as modern and contemporary history since 1984 at the Unibo, and since 2007 I am tenure Associate Professor at the Department of Studi Linguistici e Orientali, now become Department of History Cultures and Civilizations.

Cleo Protokhristova

Professor of Comparative Literature
Plovdiv University, Bulgaria

Cleo Protokhristova is Professor of Ancient and West European Literature and Comparative Literature at Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She has published eight single-authored books, six coedited volumes, and over a hundred articles and reviews. Her publications include Themes and Variations.

James Q. Whitman

Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law
Yale Law School

James Q. Whitman is the Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School. He earned his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University and Law School and also holds an M.A. in European History from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Intellectual History from the University of Chicago. From 1988-1989, Professor Whitman clerked for the Hon. Ralph K. Winter of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, then began his teaching career at Stanford University Law School. He has taught as a visiting professor at universities in France and Italy and has been a professor at Yale Law School since 1994. In 1996 he became the Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law. Professor Whitman's many articles have been published internationally and across disciplines. He has also been awarded numerous prizes and fellowships throughout his career. In 2008 he published The Origins of Reasonable Doubt: Theological Roots of the Criminal Trial, which received an honorable mention, Silver Gavel Award, American Bar Association, 2009. His book The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War appeared in 2012. He was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 2010-2011. His other scholarship includes an article, "The Two Western Cultures of Privacy: Dignity versus Liberty" published in the 2004 volume of The Yale Law Journal. His 2003 book, Harsh Justice: Criminal Punishment and the Widening Divide Between America and Europe, published by the Oxford University Press, won the 2004 Distinguished Book Award of the Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology.