Fall 2018

Jad Abumrad

Executive Producer
WNYC

The son of a scientist and a doctor, Jad Abumrad did most of his growing up in Tennessee, before studying creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio. Following graduation, Abumrad wrote music for films, and reported and produced documentaries for a variety of local and national public radio programs, including On The Media, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, Morning Edition, All Things Considered and WNYC's "24 Hours at the Edge of Ground Zero."

James Eli Adams

Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

S.B., Literature and Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977); B.A., Oxford (Rhodes Scholar, 1979); Ph.D., Cornell (1987).  James Eli Adams came to Columbia in 2009 from Cornell; he previously taught at Indiana University and the University of Rochester.  He writes on a wide range of Victorian literature and culture, but he is best known for his work on gender and sexuality in Victorian literature.  He is the author of Dandies and Desert Saints: Styles of Victorian Masculinity (Cornell, 1995) and A History of Victorian Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), each of which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book.  He co-edited, with Andrew Miller, Sexualities in Victorian Britain (Indiana, 1996), and served as general editor of the four-volume Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era(Grolier, 2004).  His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in many journals and collections, including Victorian Studies, ELH, Studies in English Literature, Victorian Poetry, Journal of the History of Ideas, the Blackwell Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture, Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel, Contemporary Dickens, and Muscular Christianity: Embodying the Victorian Age.  He is a past Chair of the Executive Committee of the MLA Division for the Victorian Period, and a past President of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association.  From 1993-2000 he co-edited Victorian Studies, where he remains a member of the Advisory Board.  He is currently at work on a project entitled The Uses of Inheritance: Identity and Agency in Britain, 1789-1895.

Joseph Albernaz

Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Joseph Albernaz specializes in the literature, especially poetry, of the Romantic period (late 18 th and early 19 th centuries), with a particular interest in the legacies of Romanticism across a number of theoretical and critical domains. His main current project traces new formations of community, ecology, and the everyday in Romantic literature and its twentieth-century and contemporary afterlives. An essay on John Clare from this work has appeared in European Romantic Review. He is also beginning work on a second book project that examines the political theology of sacrifice and theodicy in Romanticism and contemporary theory, especially in relation to race and slavery. Other ongoing projects include a theoretical study of the concept of rhythm, a suite of essays on the philosopher Hans Blumenberg, and translations from French and German.

Ibrahim Alshaikh

Clarinetist
Barenboim-Said Foundation Ramallah

Jürgen Barkhoff

Professor of German
Trinity College Dublin

Jürgen Barkhoff is Professor of German (1776) at the Department of Germanic Studies at Trinity College, University of Dublin. His main research areas are literature and medicine, science and psychology around 1800, questions of identity in the German speaking world and Europe, and contemporary Swiss literature. He has published widely on these topics. Recent books include Jürgen Barkhoff, Valerie Heffernan (eds.): Schweiz schreiben. Zu Konstruktion und Dekonstruktion des ‘Mythos Schweiz’ in der Gegenwartsliteratur (De Gruyter 2010).

Teodolinda Barolini

Da Ponte Professor of Italian
Columbia University

Teodolinda Barolini is Lorenzo Da Ponte Professor of Italian at Columbia University. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2001), the American Philosophical Society (2002), and the Medieval Academy of America (2000).

Felice Italo Beneduce

Lecturer in Italian
Columbia University

Felice Italo Beneduce is Lecturer in the Department of Italian at Columbia University. His scholarly interests include the fantastic in contemporary Italian literature and cinema; Italian-American literature and cinema; Immigrant Literature in Italy; Cultural and Translation Studies; Primo Levi and Judaic Italian Studies; the phenomenon of return immigration to Italy; and Sequential Art. His current research examines how the trauma of anti-Semitism in Italian society between 1938 and 1998 was expressed in the fantastic literature of Jewish Italian authors such as Primo Levi and Antonio DeBenedetti. Beneduce is a passionate teacher and feels his role to be as a bridge between the Italian, American and Italian-American cultures. To this extent, he conveys to his students - by means of a constant dialogue with them - the tradition of respect and a willingness to learn from the Other. His philosophy in teaching is grounded in the establishment of a connection with students that goes beyond the classroom, gladly devoting to them individual time and assistance. In the past he has taught courses on Italian Romanticism, Neo-Realism, Theater, "The Italian/American Experience in Literature and Film", "The Women of the Decameron", "20th Century Jewish Italians as Historic and Literary Figures" and "The Italian Short Story of the 20th Century." Prior to joining Columbia University, Beneduce taught Italian literature and cinema and Italian-American literature and cinema at Trinity College, the University of Connecticut, Brown University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University and the University of Rhode Island. He earned his Ph.D in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut where he earned his M.A. in the same field. He also holds a laurea in Italian/English Translation Studies from the University of Trieste (Italy).

Simone Castaldi

Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
Hofstra University

Simone Castaldi was born in Florence, Italy and received his Ph.D from Brown University in 2002. As an Associate Professor at Hofstra, he teaches cinema, modern and contemporary literature, popular culture, literary theory, and language. Before joining the Romance Languages and Literatures department at Hofstra he taught at RISD (Rhode Island Institute of Design), the University of Georgia, and The Ohio State University. He is the author of Drawn and Dangerous (University Press of Mississippi), a book analyzing the intersection of the postmodern arts with Italian auteur comics during the '80s and offering the first in-depth English language study of Italian comics. He has published articles and contributed chapters to books on Italian authors such as Carlo Emilio Gadda, Tommaso Landolfi, Scipio Slataper, Tullio Avoledo, the trans-avant-garde, the cinema of Elio Petri and Pietro Germi, and on the Italian comic book medium. Currently, his research focuses on the independent press during the period of the Italian counterculture of the '60s and '70s. Recently, he has contributed translations to the first English-language edition of Andrea Pazienza's comic book works. He is currently translating Hugo Pratt's Corto Maltese 12-volume series for The Library of American Comics (IDW).