Visiting Speakers

Cathy Park Hong

Sarah Lawrence College

Cathy Park Hong studied at Oberlin College before earning an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. Her first book, Translating Mo'um was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by W.W. Norton. Her third book of poems, Engine Empire, was published in Spring 2012 by W.W. Norton

Cóilín Parsons

Assistant Professor of English
Georgetown University

Cóilín Parsons was educated at the National University of Ireland, Syracuse University, and Columbia University, where he earned his PhD in English and Comparative Literature. Before coming to Georgetown he taught at Columbia University, New York University, and the University of Cape Town (South Africa). His research interests include Irish literature, Modernism, theories of geography and space, cartography, Victorian studies, and postcolonial literature and theory.

Frank Pasquale

Professor of Law
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Frank Pasquale’s research addresses the challenges posed to information law by rapidly changing technology, particularly in the health care, internet, and finance industries.

Silvana Patriarca

Professor of History
Fordham University

Silvana Patriarca specializes in the history of modern Italy with an emphasis on socio-cultural approaches and a research interest in the making of modern ideologies and types of knowledge.

Maxim Pensky

Chair of the Department of Philosophy
State University of New York--Binghamton

Maximn Pensky is chair of the Department of Philosophy at Bighamton University. His interests are Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law and International Relations.

Olaf Peters

University Professor
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Olaf Peters is a Univeristy Professor at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, a curator, and an art historian. He curated the blockbuster show "Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937," at the Neue Galerie in the spring of 2014. His areas of study include modern art from 1800 to the present, art in Germany in the 20th century (Expressionism, New Objectivity, Art and National Socialism), and the history of art history and theory of art.

Wolfgang Petritsch

Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation

Wolfgang Petritsch was the EU's Special Envoy for Kosovo (1998-1999), EU chief negotiator at the Kosovo peace talks in Rambouillet and Paris (1999), and then High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (1999-2002). He served as the Austrian ambassador to the UN in Geneva (2002-2008) and to the OECD in Paris (2008-2013), and is currently President of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation and the Joseph A. Schumpeter Fellow at Harvard University.

Jonathan Petropoulus

Professor of History
Claremont KcKenna College

Jonathan Petropoulos (born January 10, 1961) is an American historian who writes about National Socialism and, in particular, the fate of art looted during World War II. He is John V. Croul Professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. Before his 1999 appointment to Claremont McKenna College, Petropoulos taught at Loyola College in Maryland. From 1998 to 2000, Petropoulos served as Research Director for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets, chaired by Edgar Bronfman, Sr.. Since 2000, Petropoulos has served as an expert witness in several legal cases concerning Nazi-looted assets, including Altmann v. Austria (six paintings by Klimt, including Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I), Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (painting by Pissarro), Kann v. Wildenstein (medieval manuscripts), and Rosner et al. v. U.S.A. (the Hungarian Gold Train case).