Visiting Speakers

Christopher Hunter

Assistant Professor of English
California Institute of Technology

Christopher A. Hunter is Assistant Professor of English at California Institute of Technology.

Brian Hurwitz

D’Oyly Carte Professor of Medicine & the Arts

Kings College London

Brian Hurwitz is D’Oyly Carte Professor of Medicine and the Arts in the Department of English at Kings College London.

David Henry Hwang


David Henry Hwang is a 2012-2013 Playwright in Residence at the Signature Theatre in New York City.  His plays include M. BUTTERFLY (1988 Tony Award, 1989 Pulitzer Finalist), GOLDEN CHILD (1996 Obie Award, 1998 Tony Nomination), YELLOW FACE (2008 Obie Award and Pulitzer Finalist), and FOB (1981 Obie Award).

Alvan A. Ikoku

Assistant Professor

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Alvan A. Ikoku is assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and associated faculty at the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics.

Uzodinma Iweala


Uzodinma Iweala is a writer and medical doctor. His first book, Beasts of No Nation (HarperCollins, 2005), tells the story of a child soldier in West Africa.

Jordynn Jack

Associate Professor, Department of English
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jordynn Jack is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Daniel Javitch

Professor Emeritus
New York University

Daniel Javitch is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at New York University.  In 1971, he received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University.  His research interests include European literature of the Renaissance, poetic theory before 1700, and postclassical history of Ancient genres.  He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1995-1996) and the Golden Dozen Teaching Award, New York University (1995).  He also served as a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome (1989-1990) and at the American Council of Learned Societies (1977, 1990).

Rusty Jones

Assistant Professor
Harvard University

Rusty Jones joined the Department in 2010, after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma the same year.  He wrote his dissertation on virtue and happiness in Plato’s Euthydemus and has since continued working primarily on Plato’s epistemology and ethics, but regularly returns to Aristotle as a secondary interest.