Visiting Speakers

Rogers Smith

Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science; Associate Dean for Social Sciences
University of Pennslyvania

Professor Smith centers his research on constitutional law, American political thought, and modern legal and political theory, with special interests in questions of citizenship, race, ethnicity and gender.  He was elected as an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow in 2004.   

Patricia Smith has been called “a testament to the power of words to change lives.” She is the author of seven books of poetry, including Incendiary Art (2017); Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), which won the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Blood Dazzler (2008), a chronicle of the human and environmental cost of Hurricane Katrina which was nominated for a National Book Award; and Teahouse of the Almighty, a 2005 National Poetry Series selection published by Coffee House Press. Her work has appeared in Poetry, the Paris Review, the New York Times, TriQuarterly, Tin House, The Washington Post, and in both Best American Poetry and Best American Essays.

Dubravka Stojanovic

Professor of Philosophy
University of Belgrade

Dubravka Stojanović is a professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade. She is Vice-President of the Committee on Historical Education, organized by the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in South-East Europe, Thessaloniki. She is also a consultant to the United Nations in the field of history and memory, as well as the abuse of history in education. She is a member of the Management Committee of the COST Action "Looking for Transcultural Remembrance in Europe". In 2004 she received the prestigious Belgrade City Prize for Social Science for her book "Serbia and Democracy 1903-1914". In 2011 she signed the Belgrade Peace and Democracy Center with the Peace Prize for her commitment to reconciliation through historical education in South Eastern Europe.

Brenda Trofanenko

Canada Research Chair in Education, Culture, and Community
Acadia University

Dr. Brenda Trofanenko is Canada Research Chair in Education, Culture and Community at the School of Education at Acadia University. Her research interests include Social Theory, Sociology of Education, History Education, Historical Consciousness, Museum Studies, Qualitative Research, Digital Humanities and Community Informatics. Her most recent publications include: Trofanenko, B. (2017). “We Tell Stories to Live”: The Limits of   Oral History as a Pedagogical Encounter.  In K. Llewellyn & N. Ng Fook   (Eds.), History and Education: Theories, Dilemmas, and Practices. Palgrave. Segall, A. & Trofanenko, B. (2016). The Victoria and Albert Museum: A subversive, playful pedagogy in action. In D. Clover (Ed.) Adult education and museums: Social and cultural animation for change. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing. Trofanenko, B. (2016). Public pedagogy in a museum: CMIP21, for example. In V. Gosselin & P. Livingstone (Eds.), Museums and Historical Consciousness. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press.

Sydnee Wagner

PhD Candidate
The Graduate Center, CUNY

Sydnee Wagner is a PhD Candidate studying early modern English literature and culture at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation, Outlandish People: Gypsies, Race, and Fantasies of National Identity in Early Modern England, uses critical race theory, queer theory, affect theory, and biopolitics to focus on the construction of England’s white national project through the figure of the Gypsy. By focusing on notions of racial materiality, sexuality, and witchcraft, the dissertation project fleshes out the technologies of race making employed in literary and visual representations of early modern Gypsies. Ms. Wagner is also a published poet, with work featured in Quail Bell Magazine, Drunken Boat Journal, and Bettering American Poetry 2015.  

Lars Waldorf

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Applied Human Rights
York Law School

I joined York Law School in 2009 having taught previously at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (University of London), the New School and Harvard College. I was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program in 2004. Before that, I ran Human Rights Watch’s field office in Rwanda (2002-04) and worked as a journalist reporting on genocide trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (2001). In my first career, I practiced as a civil rights and poverty lawyer in the US (1990-2000), including five years as a senior trial attorney with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

Alex Webb

Jazz Guitarist

Alex Webb studied jazz guitar with Andy Roemer in Tampa, Florida before moving to Boston. He has attended classes at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory. He also has attended the "Django in June" in Northampton, MA for the past five years and he took part in workshops with Adrien Moignard, Samson Schmitt, Sebastien Genaux and Antoine Boyer. "Gypsy jazz", Mr. Webb says, "is a blend of American jazz and Roma musical virtuosity. Django Reinhardt, a fascinating Roma musician, through his brilliant playing, has become known internationally as the "father of jazz guitar". There are now festivals all over Europe and the U.S. and Django’s life and music are being celebrated around the world. Mr. Webb is also inspired by the new generation of Roma musical virtuosos, such as Birele Lagrene and Florian Niculescu.  

Bruce Western

Professor of Sociology
Harvard University

BRUCE WESTERN is Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, Visiting Professor at Columbia University, and Distinguished Visiting Research Professor at the University of Queensland in Australia. Western served as vice chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Causes and Consequences of High Incarceration Rates in the United States, and he is the principal investigator on the Harvard Executive Session on Community Corrections and the Boston Reentry Study. He is the author of the award-winning book, Punishment and Inequality in America.