Visiting Speakers

Joy Connolly

Provost and Senior Vice President, Classics
The Graduate Center, CUNY

Joy Connolly is the provost and senior vice president at the Graduate Center. As the institution’s chief academic officer, she ensures the quality and performance of all degree-granting programs.  Her current priorities include opening up the Graduate Center to larger numbers of the public, including master’s students, who seek access to the Graduate Center’s intellectual strengths; developing creative non-degree programs; strengthening global partnerships; lifting the Graduate Center’s distinctive public-facing profile; and fostering innovation and experimentation in graduate education. 

Ken Corbett

Clinical Assistant Professor
New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

Ken Corbett is Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is the author of Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinitiesand A Murder Over a Girl: Gender, Justice, Junior High. Dr. Corbett has a private practice in New York City.

Nabeel Hamid

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania

My project examines the reception of the mechanical view of nature in the German Enlightenment in the backdrop of the continuing influence of late Scholastic metaphysics. This research reveals doctrinal continuities between seventeenth century Lutheran Scholastics such as Christoph Scheibler and Johann Clauberg and eighteenth century proponents of mechanistic science such as Christian Wolff and Immanuel Kant as they attempt to reconcile the success of the new physics with traditional conceptions of order and design in nature. Pressure from the new mathematical physics leads authors in this tradition to reconfigure rather than abandon the Aristotelian model of causal explanation. By Kant’s time, for example, teleological explanation shifts from a concern with how the end state of a process explains its occurrence, to how a whole determines its parts. Mediating such shifts is the preservation in early modern Germany of two Scholastic theses bearing on natural teleology: the first is the “convertibility thesis”, which denies a sharp distinction between being and the good, facts and values; the second holds that explanations involving ends or purposes presuppose rational agency.

Daniel Harkett

Associate Professor, Art Department
Colby College

Daniel Harkett earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh and his PhD from Brown University. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the Society of Fellows at Columbia University, he taught at the Rhode Island School of Design for almost a decade. Recently he moved to Colby College, where he is an associate professor in the Art Department.

Dalia Judovitz

National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of French
Emory University

National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of French and Italian. (Ph.D. in French, The Johns Hopkins University, 1979). Seventeenth-century French literature and philosophy; modern and post-modern aesthetics.

Hisham Matar

Pulitzer Prize-winning Memoirist and Novelist

Hisham Matar is the author of two novels and a memoir. The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (2016) won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography, the PEN America Book of the Year Award, and the Rathbones Folio Prize. The Return was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and shortlisted for the Costa Awards, and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and the Financial Times. The memoir tells of his father’s kidnapping when Matar was 19 and studying in London: one of the Qaddafi regime’s most prominent opponents in exile, his father was held in a secret prison in Libya and Hisham would never see him again. And yet The Return is an uplifting memoir; Matar recounts his journey home to Libya in search of the truth behind his father’s disappearance; he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. “Hope,” as he writes, “is cunning and persistent.”

Graciela Montaldo

Professor, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Columbia University

Professor Montaldo specializes in modern Latin American cultures. She has published Museo del consumo. Archivos de la cultura de masas en la Argentina (2016), Rubén Darío. Viajes de un cosmopolita extremo (FCE, 2013), Zonas ciegas. Populismos y experimentos culturales en Argentina (2010), A propriedade da Cultura (2004), Teoría crítica, teoría cultural (2001), Ficciones culturales y fábulas de identidad en América Latina (1999), La sensibilidad amenazada (1995), and De pronto el campo (1993). She is co-editor of The Argentina Reader: History, Culture and Politics (2002), Esplendores y miserias del siglo XIX (1996) and Yrigoyen entre Borges y Arlt (1989). She has published journal articles in Latin America, the United States, and Europe on Independence writers, Latin American fin-de-siècle, modern culture, contemporary literature, as well as culture industry and institutions in Latin America.

Julia Serano

Writer, performer, activist, musician, and biologist

Julia Serano is the author of three books, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (now in second edition), Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, and Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism. Her writings have also appeared in numerous news and media outlets, and have been used as teaching materials in college courses across North America.