Visiting Speakers

Nadia Altschul

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Johns Hopkins University

Nadia R. Altschul is Assistant Professor of Spanish at The Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Geographies of Philological Knowledge (Chicago 2012); Literature, authorship and textual criticism (Pliegos 2005, in Spanish), and co-editor of Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World (Johns Hopkins 2009). She is also one of the founding editors of the journal Digital Philology. Altschul’s current research focuses on postcolonial studies, temporality, and the “Middle Ages” in Iberoamerica.

Gish Amit

Mandel Leadership Institute, Jerusalem

Gish Amit has been involved in non-formal education for some twenty years. He was a counselor working with street gangs, a partner in the Bat Yam “Education City" project at the Institute for Democratic Education, and a pedagogical counselor at the Levinsky College of Education. He taught cinema and literature at the Arab Democratic School in Jaffa, and lectured in philosophy and critical theory at Tel-Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Amit is a co-author (with Gadi Avidan and Chen Lampert) of The Unheard Voice: A Different View on Children at Schools (in Hebrew, HaKibbutz HaMeuchad, 2005), and author of Ex-Libris: the Jewish National and University Library 1945-1955 (in Hebrew, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, in print). Amit holds a BA and an MA from Tel-Aviv University in the fields of philosophy and literature, and a doctorate from the Hebrew literature department of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Amit was a post-doctoral EUME (The Middle East in Europe) fellow in Berlin. His main fields of interest are critical pedagogy, social economics, alternatives in teacher training, and the civil society.

Emily Apter

Professor of French and Comparative Literature
New York University

Emily Apter is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at New York University.  Her books include: Against World Literature.  On The Politics of Untranslatability (2013), The Translation Zone: A New Comparative Literature (2006), Continental Drift: From National Characters to Virtual Subjects (1999), Fetishism as Cultural Discourse, (co-edited with William Pietz in 1993), Feminizing the Fetish: Psychoanalysis and Narrative Obsession in Turn-of-the-Century France (1991), and André Gide and the Codes of Homotextuality (1987).

Andrew Arato

Dorothy Hart Hirshon Professor in Political and Social Theory
The New School for Social Research

Professor Arato is the Dorothy Hart Hirshon Professor in Political and Social Theory, has taught at Ecole des hautes etudes, and Sciences Po in Paris, and the Central European University in Budapest, had a Fulbright teaching grant to Montevideo in 1991, and was Distinguished Fulbright Professor at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.

Gérard Araud

Ambassador of France to the United States

Gérard Araud was appointed Ambassador of France to the United States in September 2014. He previously held numerous positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, notably including that of Director for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament (2000-2003), Ambassador of France to Israel (2003-2006), Director General for Political Affairs and Security (2006-2009), and, most recently, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New York (2009-2014).

David Armitage

Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History
Harvard University

David Armitage, MA, PhD, CorrFRSE, FRHistS, FAHA, is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and Chair (2012-14, 2015-16) of the Department of History at Harvard University, where he teaches intellectual history and international history. He is also an Affiliated Professor in the Harvard Department of Government, an Affiliated Faculty Member at Harvard Law School and an Honorary Professor of History at the University of Sydney. He is on leave for the academic year 2014-15.

Catherine Barnett is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and a Pushcart.

Stephanie Barron

Senior Curator and Head of Modern Art
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles

Stephanie Barron is senior curator and head of modern art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Among the many groundbreaking and award winning exhibitions she has curated are David Hockney- A Retrospective (1988); “Degenerate Art:” The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany (1991); Exiles and Émigrés- The Flight of European Artists from Hitler (1997); Made in California 1900-2000: Art, Image and Identity (2000); Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images (2006); Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures (2009); and Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective (2012). Barron was educated at Barnard College and Columbia University. She has received the Order of Merit and the Commanders Cross from the German Government; the Alfred Barr Award from the College Art Association for her scholarship. Her exhibitions and publications have three times been voted the best in the United States by the Association of International Art Critics (AICA). Ms. Barron is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, on the Art Advisory Panel for the IRS, and is chair of the Arts and Artifacts Domestic Indemnity Advisory Panel.