Spring 2008

Arjun Appadurai

Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication
New York University

Professor Arjun Appadurai is currently Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University in New York City, NY.  

Barry Bergdoll

Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History
Columbia University

Professor Bergdoll's broad interests center on modern architectural history, with a particular emphasis on France and Germany between 1750 and 1900. Trained in art history rather than architecture, he has an approach most closely allied with cultural history and the history and sociology of professions. He has studied questions of the politics of cultural representation in architecture, the larger ideological content of nineteenth-century architectural theory, and the changing role of both architecture as a profession and architecture as a cultural product in nineteenth-century European society.

Leo Bersani

Literary theorist and Professor Emeritus of French
University of California, Berkeley

Leo Bersani is a literary theorist and Professor Emeritus of French at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in 19th- and 20th-century literature, psychoanalysis and literature, literature and the visual arts, and cultural criticism.  

Lee C. Bollinger

President
Columbia University

Lee C. Bollinger became the nineteenth President of Columbia University on June 1, 2002.  A prominent advocate of affirmative action, he played a leading role in the twin Supreme Court cases—Grutter v Bollinger and Gratz v Bollinger—that upheld and clarified the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education.

James R. Brennan

Assistant Professor
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

James R. Brennan is an Assistant Professor in the History Department and African Studies Department at the University of Illinoies, Urbana-Champaign focusing on Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Political History of Tanzania and Kenya.

Dipesh Chakrabarthy

Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor
University of Chicago

Dipesh Chakrabarty holds a B.Sc (Physics Honors) degree from Presidency College, University of Calcutta, a Post-graduate Diploma in Management (considered equivalent to MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a Ph.D. (History) from the Australian National University. He is currently the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College.

John Coatsworth

Provost of the University and Professor of International and Public Affairs and of History
Columbia University

John H. Coatsworth is a leading scholar of Latin American economic and international history.

Patricia Dailey

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Patricia Dailey specializes in medieval literature and culture (English, Dutch, French, and Italian) and critical theory, focusing on women's mystical texts, visions, Anglo-Saxon poetry and prose, medieval rhetoric, hermeneutics, and theology.