Visiting Speakers

Fáinche Ryan

Director Loyola Institute/Assistant Professor in Systematic Theology
Trinity College Dublin

In 2006 Fáinche Ryan was awarded a doctorate in Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). In the same year she was appointed Director of Studies at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge, a college of the Cambridge Theological Federation. During this time she was also an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. Immediately prior to her appointment at Trinity College Dublin Fáinche was a lecturer in theology at the Mater Dei Institute, Dublin. 

Scott Sandage

Associate Professor of History
Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Sandage is a cultural historian who specializes in the nineteenth-century United States and in the changing aspects of American identity. He is the author of Born Losers: A History of Failure in America (Harvard University Press, 2005), on which playwright Arthur Miller commented, “I found Born Losers a confirmation of an old belief that in American history there is a crash in every generation sufficient to mark us with a kind of congenital fear of failure. This is a bright light on a buried strain in the evolution of the United States.”

Victoria Sanford

Professor of Anthropology
The Graduate Center, CUNY

Dr. Victoria Sanford received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University. There she also received training in International Human Rights Law and Immigration Law at Stanford Law School.  She received a certificate in Human Rights Law from the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in Costa Rica.  She has worked with Central American refugees since 1986 when she founded and directed a non-profit refugee legal services project representing Central American asylum-seekers.  

Luz Santana

Right Question Institute

Luz Santana, M.A., is the co-director of the Right Question Institute and the co-author of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press: 2011). In the late 1980s, as a parent of children in the Lawrence, MA, public school system, she began to work with other parents as part of a drop-out prevention program. At the time, she was also traveling a path that led from her own personal experiences coming from Puerto Rico and then navigating the welfare and other public systems and continuing on to getting an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Springfield College School of Human Services. One of the founders of the Right Question Institute, she is now a nationally recognized educational innovator, facilitator, and keynote speaker in English and Spanish who has designed a wide range of participatory learning curricula in many fields, including parent involvement, adult education, social services, health care, immigrant advocacy, neighborhood organizing, and voter engagement. Her work is frequently referenced and is featured in national and international press, and various National Public Radio programs.

Jutta Schickore

Professor of History of Science
Indiana University

Jutta Schickore received her Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 1996. Before coming to IU, she held a Wellcome Research Fellowship at the at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in Cambridge, UK as well as postdoctoral fellowships at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at M.I.T. (Cambridge, Mass.) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin, Germany). She was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ) and of the National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, NC).

Jane Schneider

Professor of Anthropology
The Graduate Center, CUNY

Jane Schneider is a Professor of Anthropolgy at The Graduate Center, CUNY. In 1965, having completed a PhD in political theory at the University of Michigan, Jane Schneider embarked on two years of anthropological fieldwork in Sicily, then became an anthropologist. Her career has been an interdisciplinary one, in which she has self-consciously considered the political, social, cultural and economic dimensions of whatever problem she undertook to study. The problems she has wrestled with fall into two categories: those related to the modern transformation of Sicilian society, and those related to selective strands of world history -- textiles, in particular. 

Evie Shockley

Associate Professor of English
Rutgers University

Evie Shockley is an Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University and the author of several collections of poetry.

Theda Skocpol

Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology
Harvard University

Theda Skocpol (PhD, Harvard, 1975) is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. At Harvard, she has served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2005-2007) and as Director of the Center for American Political Studies (2000-2006). In 2007, Skocpol was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for her "visionary analysis of the significance of the state for revolutions, welfare, and political trust, pursued with theoretical depth and empirical evidence." The Skytte Prize is one of the largest and most prestigious in political science and is awarded annually by the Skytte Foundation at Uppsala University (Sweden) to the scholar who in the view of the foundation has made the most valuable contribution to the discipline.