Visiting Speakers

John Lucas


John has worked as a documentary photographer for more than 20 years. He has directed and produced several cutting-edge multimedia projects and brought to "The Cooler Bandits" the experiences of nearly a quarter-century of social criticism in the arts. "The Cooler Bandits" is his first feature film.

Dawn Lundy Martin

Essayist and Poet

Dawn Lundy Martin, an essayist and award-winning poet, is author of A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (2007) and DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books 2011), which was selected by Fanny Howe for the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize and was a finalist for both Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award. Her most recent collection is Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books 2015).

Lev Manovich

Professor of Computer Science
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Lev Manovich is the author of Software Takes Command (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database (The MIT Press, 2005), and The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2001) which was described as "the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan.

Glenn E. Martin

Criminal Justice Reform Advocate

Glenn E. Martin is a national leader and criminal justice reform advocate who spent six years in New York State prisons. Prior to founding JustLeadershipUSA, Mr. Martin served for several years as Vice President of The Fortune Society and Co-Director of the National HIRE Network at the Legal Action Center. He is Co-Founder of the Education from the Inside Out Coalition, an America’s Leaders of Change National Urban Fellow, and a member of the governing boards of the College and Community Fellowship, Prisoners’ Legal Services, New York Foundation, California Partnership for Safe Communities and the Reset Foundation. He also serves on the advisory board of the National Network for Safe Communities.

Donna Masini is the author of two collections of poems -- Turning to Fiction ( WW Norton and Co, 2004), and That Kind of Danger  (Beacon Press, 1994), which was selected by Mona Van Duyn for  the Barnard Women Poet's Prize -- and a  novel,  About Yvonne, (WW Norton and Co, 1998).

Douglas Massey

Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs
Princeton University

Douglas S. Massey is currently a professor of Sociology at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and is an adjunct professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Massey specializes in the sociology of immigration, and has written on the effect of residential segregation on the black underclass in the United States.

Marc Masurovsky

Holocaust Art Restitution Project, Washington DC

Marc Masurovsky cofounded the Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP) in 1997. He has served as HARP's Director of Research, and is also a Board member. An acknowledged expert in his field, Masurovsky has spent decades looking into various matters related to cultural assets that were looted or else sold under duress during the Holocaust and World War II. He's also served as an expert historian in a class-action lawsuit for Jewish claimants seeking restitution of lost accounts and other liquid assets from Swiss banks. While working as a consultant and historian for the U.S. Department of Justice, he researched alleged Nazi war criminals living in America, interviewed witnesses to crimes against humanity, and studied post-war relations between former Nazi officials and Allied intelligence agencies. 

Ross McElwee


Ross McElwee has made seven feature-length documentaries as well as several shorter films. McElwee has received fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Film Institute, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. He has twice been awarded fellowships in filmmaking by the National Endowment for the Arts.