Visiting Speakers

Alexandra Petrova

Poet and Translator

Alexandra Petrova was born in Saint Petersburg when it still was called Leningrad. She studied in Tartu, and in 1993 she immigrated to Jerusalem. Since 1998 she has lived in Rome. Her three volumes of poetry are Liniia otryva (in English Point of Detachment or Edge of the Precipice, 1994), Vid na zhitel’stvo (License to Live, Residence Permit or A View on Existence, with introduction by Alexandr Goldshtejn, 1999), Tol’ko derevia (Only the trees, introduction by Stephanie Sandler, 2008).

Jason Pollard

Film Editor

Jason Pollard has been an editor of documentaries, short films, music videos and commercials for 8 years. 

Sam Pollard

Producer, Director and Film Editor

Sam Pollard is an accomplished feature film and television video editor, and documentary producer/director whose work spans almost thirty years. 

Jeff Porter

Associate Professor
The University of Iowa

Jeff Porter is the author of Oppenheimer Is Watching Me amd is an Associate Professor in English at The University of Iowa, where he specializes in contemporary literature and culture, radio, film and new media studies, and literary nonfiction.

Elizabeth A. Povinelli

Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology
Columbia University

Elizabeth A. Povinelli is the Povinelli at Columbia University. Her writing has focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that would support an anthropology of the otherwise.

Lia Purpura

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Lia Purpura is the author of three collections of poems (King Baby, Stone Sky Lifting, The Brighter the Veil), three collections of essays (Rough Likeness, On Looking, Increase), and one collection of translations, (Poems of Grzegorz Musial: Berliner Tagebuch and Taste of Ash). She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and teaches in the MFA program at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, WA.

Anson Rabinbach

Professor of History
Princeton University

Anson Rabinbach is a specialist in modern European history with an emphasis on intellectual and cultural history. He has published extensively on Nazi Germany, Austria, and European thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In 1974 he co-founded the premier journal of German studies in the United States, New German Critique, which he continues to co-edit. In 1979 he published The Crisis of Austrian Socialism: From Red Vienna to Civil War 1927-1934, a study of Austrian culture and politics between the wars. The Human Motor, an investigation of the metaphor of work and energy that provided modern thinkers with a new scientific and cultural framework to understand the human body, appeared in 1991 and has since been translated into several languages. His study of 20th century German intellectuals, In the Shadow of Catastrophe: German Intellectuals between Enlightenment and Apocalypse was published in 1997. The Third Reich Sourcebook (with Sander L. Gilman), a collection of more than 400 documents with critical introductions, appeared in July 2013. His current research is on concepts invented in the 20th century, including “totalitarianism” and genocide. It emphasizes World War II exchanges between European and American intellectuals. He also writes and reviews widely for journals of opinion including The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, Dissent, and The Nation. He received the Viktor Adler State Prize in 1987. Professor Rabinbach has also been the recipient of Guggenheim, ACLS, and NEH fellowships. He teaches courses on 20th Century Europe, History of European Fascism, the Transatlantic Sixties, and graduate courses on European Intellectual History and Interwar Europe. He is a former director of the Program in European Cultural Studies.

Hugh Raffles

Professor of Anthropology
The New School

Hugh Raffles grew up in London, England. He has been an ambulance driver, a nightclub DJ, a theater technician, a busboy, a cleaner, and a scrap metal yard worker. He lives in New York City and teaches anthropology at The New School. Hugh's writing has appeared in academic journals and more popular venues, including the New York Times, Granta, Natural History, Orion, and The Best American Essays. His first book, In Amazonia: A Natural History (Princeton University Press, 2002) was awarded the Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing and selected by the American Library Association as an Outstanding Academic Title. In 2009, he received a Whiting Writers' Award.