Visiting Speakers

Rupert Lewis

Professor in Political Thought
The University of the West Indies, Mona

BSc Econ, MSc, PhD UWI is Professor in Political Thought. Rupert has written extensively on the work of Marcus Garvey, with special emphasis on his activities in Jamaica and the Caribbean region. His most recent publication focuses on the life and political thought of Walter Rodney. His other publication is Garvey: His Work and Impact. (Edited with Pat Bryan), Africa World Press, 1994.

Mario Livio

Professor of Astrophysics
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dr Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist, best-selling author, and a popular speaker. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Kathryn Lofton

Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, and History
Yale University

Kathryn Lofton is a historian of religion who has written extensively about capitalism, celebrity, sexuality, and the concept of the secular. In her work, she has examined the ways the history of religion is constituted by the history of popular culture and the emergence of corporations in modernity. Her first book, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (2011) used the example of Oprah Winfrey’s multimedia productions to evaluate the material strategies of contemporary spirituality. Her second book, Consuming Religion (2017) offers a profile of religion and its relationship to consumption through a series of case studies including the family Kardashian and the Goldman Sachs Group. Her next book-length study will consider the religions of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.

Monxo Lopez

Hunter College

Hunter College. Department of Africana/Puerto Rican/[email protected] Studies. DHer. Spatial Humanist, [email protected] Studies, Political Theory, Cartographer/GISer

Johnny Lorenz

Associate Professor of English
Montclair State University

Johnny Lorenz, son of Brazilian immigrants, received his doctorate in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. He is an associate professor at Montclair State University. In 2003, he was awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Brazil. He has published scholarly articles, poetry, and translations. In 2011, his poetry appeared in the anthology LUSO-AMERICAN LITERATURE (Rutgers University Press). In 2012, he translated into English Clarice Lispector's A BREATH OF LIFE (New Directions), a finalist for best translated novel of the year. In the same year, his analysis of Machado de Assis's THE POSTHUMOUS MEMOIRS OF BRAS CUBAS appeared in the journal Luso-Brazilian Review. Most recently, an article by Prof. Lorenz has been published in Modern Fiction Studies (Winter 2015). The article - "Water, Waste, and a 'Greater Communion': Rubem Fonseca’s 'The Art of Walking in the Streets of Rio de Janeiro'" - is part of a special issue that focuses on urban infrastructure and literary theory. Prof. Lorenz teaches World Literature, Poetry Writing, and Brazilian Literature.

Glenn Lowry

Museum of Modern Art

Glenn Lowry is Director of The Museum of Modern Art in New York since 1995. He received a BA from Williams College, and MA and PhD degrees in the history of art from Harvard University, and has been awarded honorary degrees from the College of William and Mary and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Dr. Lowry came to MoMA as a renowned specialist in Islamic art, and has lectured and written extensively in support of contemporary art and artists and the role of museums in society. Recent publications include Designing the New Museum of Modern Art (2004), Oil and Sugar: Contemporary Art and Islamic Culture (2009) and The Museum of Modern Art in This Century (2009). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the steering committee for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and a resident member of the American Philosophical Society. In 2004 the French Government honored Dr. Lowry with the title of Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

José M. del Pino

Professor of Spanish

Modern and contemporary Spanish narratives and poetry / Hispanic film and film studies / Cultural Studies

Stefania Magidson

Founder and president
Blue Heron Foundation

Stefania Magidson was born in Romania and in 1983 immigrated with her family to the United States. She received a BS in Health Education and a Master’s in Applied Psychology. Stefania Magidson is the founder and president of Blue Heron Foundation, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the Romanian diaspora, focusing on improving the quality of life of Romanian and Moldovan orphaned youth by providing them greater access to life’s opportunities through merit based college scholarships in Romania. To date, the organization has raised over  $1,800,000, has awarded over 300 college scholarships and has touched the lives of over 2,900 kids ( Stefania is a supporter of the UCLA Graduate School of Education, The Everychild Foundation and the Making Waves Romanian Film Festival; she serves on the board of Advisors of the Wende Museum, is the Chair of the Romanian Film Committee of the South-East European Film Festival and Co-Chair of the Parents’ Council at Tisch School of the Arts.  She is the author of the book “Searching for the White Magician” a series of dialogues where she explores themes ranging from immigration and philanthropy to spiritual psychology and self-realization. Stefania lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.