Visiting Speakers

Frank Bruni

Op-Ed Columnist
New York Times

Frank Bruni, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011, joined the newspaper in 1995 and has ranged broadly across its pages. He has been both a White House correspondent and the chief restaurant critic. As a staff writer for The Times Magazine, he profiled J. J. Abrams and a health-obsessed billionaire who planned to live to 125; as the Rome bureau chief, he kept tabs on both Pope John Paul II and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Anna Bryson

Senior Lecturer in the School of Law
Queen's University, Belfast

Dr Anna Bryson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, working on two ESRC funded projects - Apologies, Abuses and Dealing with the Past and Lawyers, Conflict and Transition. She is the 2016 winner of the Vice-Chancellor's Research Impact Prize (postdoctoral research category). Her research has developed along three closely related lines: modern Irish history, socio-legal studies and conflict transformation. She has considerable experience of conducting interviews for social and historical investigation. Her most recent publications draw on both interviews with international cause lawyers and civil society actors and her own previous research in Northern Ireland. Victims, Violence and Voice: Transitional Justice, Oral History and Dealing with the Past explores the ethical dimensions of sensitive field research and draws out some of the theoretical and practical intersections between law, history, and the interview. More recently she has explored the intersection of gender politics and transitional justice in Women Lawyers and the Struggle for Change in Conflict and Transition.  Since 2014 Anna has been working together with colleagues from QUB, Ulster University, the Committee on the Administration of Justice and a former senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office lawyer to develop a Model Bill for the Dealing with the Past elements of the Stormont House Agreement. Developing drafts were discussed in the course of more than twenty detailed face-to-face meetings with senior British and Irish officials (involved in both the political negotiations and the preparation of their respective legislation on dealing with the past), senior politicians from across the political spectrum and a wide range of local civil society organisations. The Model Bill was formally launched at an event at the House of Lords sponsored by former NIO Minister Lord Dubbs in October 2015 and addressed by Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary of State Vernon Coker amongst others. It was also widely publicised through the local print and broadcast media, at a number of major conferences in Belfast, and a range of seminars and briefings aimed at civil society organisations and political parties. The full Model Bill, together with an explanatory framework and an analysis of the process of ‘legislating the past “from below”‘ was recently published in the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly.

Fran Buntman

Assistant Professor of Sociology
George Washington University

Professor Fran Buntman’s primary teaching and research interests focus on prisons and other institutions of punishment and ‘correction’, law and power, and inequality, especially in the United States and South Africa. She is interested both in open and hidden expressions of power and resistance, and how social institutions tell us a great deal about our social values and commitments. Her teaching, research, and writing seek to integrate and facilitate inter-disciplinary dialogue between and among theory and practice, scholarly contribution and civic involvement, global and local realities. To these ends, Prof. Buntman emphasizes advising and mentoring students as well as teaching. She received two Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ awards for Advising and Teaching, specifically the 2012-2013 Excellence in Undergraduate Departmental Advising Award for 2012-2013 and the Robert W. Kenny Award for Excellence in Teaching an Introductory Course for 2013-2014. She is also the director of GW’s new interdisciplinary Law and Society minor and, for Spring-Summer 2014, the Faculty Director of the Brasilia Without Borders Innovative Leadership in a Transnational World Pre-College Program at GWU. Committed to public sociology, she contributes to public debate, including speaking about Nelson Mandela’s legacy on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show and for other news outlets, concerning theater and issues of justice through the Folger Shakespeare Library, Theater J, and GW’s National Civil War Project Conference. She is an active university and DC citizen, whether promoting student research, ethical and engaged Jewish communal life, diasporic connections, or improved public education.

Rosemary Byrne

Assoc Prof in International Law
Trinity College Dublin

R. Byrne (B.A. Columbia, 1986, J.D. Harvard, 1992) is Associate Professor of International and Human Rights Law. Recently, she completed a five-year term as a Human Rights Commissioner for the Irish Human Rights Commission, which is the national human rights institution established in the aftermath of the Good Friday Agreement. She is the former Chair of the Scientific Committee of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, of which she continues to serve as a member until 2018. She has been a Visiting Professor of International Law at the Paris School of International Affairs, Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences-Po) and at the China-EU School of Law, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing.

Mauro Calcagno

Associate Professor of Music
University of Pennsylvania

Mauro Calcagno is a musicologist and cultural theorist. He received his Ph.D. in Music from Yale University in 2000, taught at Harvard until 2008 and at Stony Brook University until 2013. His work focuses on musical dramaturgy and theatricality, performance studies, digital humanities, Baroque opera, and the madrigal. His publications include From Madrigal to Opera: Monteverdi's Staging of the Self (University of California Press), an article on Monteverdi's operas in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and various contributions devoted to Italian Baroque opera and the madrigal. His essay on the aesthetics of voice in seventeenth-century music, published in the Journal of Musicology, received the Alfred Einstein Award from the American Musicological Society, which he served as President of the New England Chapter.

Lorna Carson

Associate Professor in Applied Linguisti
Trinity College Dublin

Lorna Carson is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences. She is the founding Director of the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies, a multidisciplinary teaching and research centre which brings together the university's expertise in Japanese, Korean and Chinese Studies. Dr Carson's research on language learning addresses issues located at the interface between individual and societal multilingualism, with particular attention to second language learning, language policy, pedagogy and assessment. Her recent work focuses on urban contexts of mobility and migration in Europe and East Asia. She holds a B.A. (Mod.), M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin, and an M.A. from the College of Europe, Bruges. In 2015 she was elected a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. Her publications include "The Multilingual City: Vitality, Conflict and Change", co-edited with Lid King (2016, Multilingual Matters); "Language Learner Autonomy: Policy, Curriculum, Classroom", co-edited with Breffni O'Rourke (2010, Peter Lang), and "Multilingualism in Europe: A Case Study" (2003, 2005, Peter Lang). She is currently President of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL). Her teaching and postgraduate supervision include second language curricula, language assessment and multilingualism.

José Casanova

Professor of Sociology and Theology
Georgetown University

José Casanova is one of the world's top scholars in the sociology of religion. He is a professor in the Departments of Sociology and Theology at Georgetown University and senior fellow at the Berkley Center, where his work focuses on globalization, religions, and secularization. During 2017 he is the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North at the U.S. Library of Congress' John W. Kluge Center, where he is writing a book manuscript on Early Modern Globalization through a Jesuit Prism. He has published works on a broad range of subjects, including religion and globalization, migration and religious pluralism, transnational religions, and sociological theory. His best-known work, Public Religions in the Modern World(University of Chicago Press, 1994), has become a modern classic in the field and has been translated into several languages, including Japanese, Arabic, and Turkish. In 2012, Casanova was awarded the Theology Prize from the Salzburger Hochschulwochen in recognition of his life-long achievement in the field of theology.

Eddie Chambers

Professor, Art History: African Diaspora Art
University of Texas at Austin

Professor Eddie Chambers joined the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin in 2010, teaching African Diaspora art history. His education includes a Fine Art (Honours) degree from Sunderland Polytechnic (1983) and in 1998 a Ph.D. in History of Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, awarded for his thesis ‘Black Visual Arts Activity in England Between 1981 – 1986: Press and Public Responses’.