Visiting Speakers

Laura Kipnis

Northwestern University

Laura Kipnis is a cultural critic and former video artist whose work focuses on sexual politics, aesthetics, emotion, acting out, bad behavior, and various other crevices of the American psyche. Her most recent books are Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation How to Become A Scandal; her previous books include Against Love: A Polemic and The Female Thing: Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability. She is a professor in the Department of Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University where she teaches filmmaking; she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Michigan Society of Fellows, the NEA and Yaddo; and has contributed essays and reviews to Slate, Harper’s, Playboy, New York Times Magazine, New York Times Book Review, and Bookforum. She has a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute, an MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and also attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Studio Program. 

Georgina Kleege

Novelist, Essayist, and Translator

Georgina Kleege teaches creative writing and disability studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her recent books include: Sight Unseen (1999) and Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller (2006). Kleege’s current work is concerned with blindness and visual art: how blindness is represented in art, how blindness affects the lives of visual artists, how museums can make visual art accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired.

Scott Klein

Director of News Applications Desk

Scott directs a team of journalist/programmers building large interactive software projects that tell journalistic stories, and that make complex national statistics relevant to readers and their communities. His team’s projects have included The Opportunity Gap, China’s Memory Hole and Prescriber Checkup.

Wayne Koestenbaum

Poet, Novelist, and Cultural Critic

Wayne Koestenbaum a poet, novelist, and cultural critic and is Distinguished Professor of English at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. His books include My 1980s & Other Essays (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013); The Anatomy of Harpo Marx (University of California Press, 2012); Blue Stranger With Mosaic Background (Turtle Point Press, 2012); Best Selling Jewish Porn Films (Turtle Point Press, 2006); Model Homes (BOA Editions, 2004); The Milk of Inquiry (Persea, 1999); and Rhapsodies of A Repeat Offender (Persea, 1994).

Hagar Kotef

Assistant Professor, Gender Studies
Bar Ilan University

Hagar Kotef is Assistant Professor, Gender Studies at  Bar Ilan University and an affiliate of the Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University. She works on political theory, specializing in feminist theory, early liberal philosophy, women’s activism and contemporary continental philosophy.

Robert Koulish

Joel J. Feller Research Professor of Government and Politics
University of Maryland

Robert Koulish is a political scientist at the University of Maryland, where he serves as Director of MLAW Programs, the University's undergraduate law and society programming in collaboration with the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. He is also Joel J. Feller Research Professor of Government and Politics. His current research is about risk and immigration detention.

Dimitris Kousouris

Postdoctoral Fellow
Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz

Dr. Dimitris Kousouris has studied History and Archaeology at the University of Athens (2000) and pursued his graduate studies in the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France), where he received a Master's degree (DEA, 2003), and a PhD in History and Civilizations. One of his most recent publication is From Revolution To Restoration: The Greek Postwar Purges, 1944-1949, which was published in 2013.

Manfred Laubichler

President’s Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology
Arizona State University

Manfred D. Laubichler is President’s Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology at ASU. He and his collaborators study theoretical biology and the history of biology using both empirical and conceptual approaches. In addition to a variety of international appointments, Laubichler serves as Director of the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity, Associate Director of the Origins Project,and Director of the Evolutionary Theory Core of Complex Adaptive Systems at ASU.