Visiting Speakers

Phoebe Giannisi

Associate Professor of Architectural Design and Cultural Studies
University of Thessaly

Phoebe Giannisi was born in Athens. She studied Architecture at NTUA in Athens and completed her Ph.D. in Langues, Histoire et Civilisations des Mondes Anciens at the University of Lyon II- Lumière. She is a member of the Urban Void, a group of architects and artists who have organized and performed a series of activities within the urban landscape.

Nathan Gilbert

Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Classics and Ancient History
Durham University

Nathan Gilbert is a Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Classics and Ancient History; he will be joining the department as Lecturer in Latin Literature in Oct. 2017. He comes to Durham from the University of Toronto, where he completed his PhD in Classics in June 2015 and lectured the following year. His research examines Cicero's philosophical works in light of his interactions with his philosophically-inclined Roman contemporaries, such as Atticus, Brutus, Cassius, or Varro. Nathan believes that doing so allows us to better understand the genesis and originality of the philosophica--in contrast to older approaches which see Cicero's treatises as mere copies or translations of musty books of lost Hellenistic philosophers. Other interests include Epicureanism and the Herculaneum papyri, as well as the social history of ancient philosophy, particularly in Republican Rome. He has recently developed a side-project on Montaigne's reception of Lucretius; he hopes to explore the reception of ancient philosophy in the Renaissance in greater detail down the road.

Andrew Goldman

Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience
Columbia University

Andrew Goldman is an pianist/composer/cognitive scientist researching improvisation at the Centre for Music and Science, University of  Cambridge and a Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience at Columbia University.

Toby Gordon

Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management
Johns Hopkins University

Toby Gordon, ScD (Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University) joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2010 and is an Associate Professor with expertise in the areas of healthcare policy, management of hospitals and health systems, and technology commercialization. Toby has joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Health Policy and Management) and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Surgery.

Jean-Joseph Goux

Professor of French Studies
Rice University

Jean-Joseph Goux is Professor of French Studies at Rice University. A major participant in the Tel Quel group in France, his Symbolic Economies: After Marx and Freud made available for the first time in English generous selections from Goux's Freud, Marx: Economie et symbolique (1973) and Les iconoclastes (1978). His most recent book is Fractures du temps (Editions Des Femmes, 2014).

Margaret Graver

Aaron Lawrence Professor in Classics
Dartmouth College

Margaret Graver is Aaron Lawrence Professor in Classics at Dartmouth College. Her area of specialization is in Hellenistic and Roman philosophy, especially the philosophy of mind and emotion. She regularly offers courses in ethical thought in antiquity, Plato, Aristotle, Latin literature including Lucretius, Cicero, and Seneca, and on Latin and Greek language.

Katja Guenther

Assistant Professor of History
Princeton University

Katja Guenther specializes in the history of modern medicine and the mind sciences.

Marilyn Hacker is an award-winning poet, translator, and editor.  She is also a renowned teacher, a cancer survivor, and a prominent lesbian activist.  She has published eleven books of poetry, beginning with Presentation Piece in 1974, which won the National Book Award for Poetry.  Her other volumes include Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons (1986), Squares and Courtyards (2000), and Desesperanto (2003). Described as a neo-formalist, Hacker uses traditional poetic forms as a vehicle to explore contemporary themes. In her latest volume, she writes an ode to the two cities she calls home: Paris and New York City.  As editor of The Kenyon Review from 1990 to 1994, she encouraged the work of a number of emerging women, minority, and gay and lesbian writers.  Her writing has appeared in anthologies of gay and lesbian poetry and in collections focusing on AIDS and women’s illnesses. Hacker received the Lambda Literary Award and The Nation’s Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for Winter Numbers (1994), and the Poet’s Prize in 1996 for Selected Poems, 1965-1990 (1994).  Her other honors include the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review, the John Masefield Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Ingram Merrill Foundation.