Visiting Speakers

Jazra Khaleed


Jazra Khaleed was born in 1979 in Grozny, Chechnya. He lives in inner city Athens and writes poetry in Greek. Since 2008, he co-edits the literary magazine Teflon, in which he publishes his own poems, translations, and essays.

Matthew Kirschenbaum

Associate Professor of English
University of Maryland

Matthew Kirschenbaum specializes in digital humanities and digital culture. In addition to his work as an Associate Professor in the English department at the University of Maryland, he is Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, an affiliated faculty member with the College of Information Studies and the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Maryland, and a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. His first book, Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination, was published by the MIT Press in 2008 and won multiple awards, including the 16th annual Prize for a First Book from the Modern Language Association (MLA).

Julilly Kohler-Hausmann

Assistant Professor
Cornell University

Julilly Kohler-Hausmann is currently an assistant professor in the history department at Cornell University. She specializes in United States political and social history after World War II, more specifically, she explores the ways that politics and public policy intersect with gender, race and class inequality. In 2010-2011, Professor Kohler-Hausmann was a Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies fellow. It was during this same time that she was a visiting scholar here at the Heyman Center for Humanities.

Bülent Küçük

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

Professor Küçük's areas of interest include media and communication, cultural studies, political sociology, social movements, citizenship, postcolonial theories, and EU-Turkey relations.

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Independent Journalist

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is an American journalist, author, and MacArthur Fellowship recipient.

Christopher Lebron

Assistant Professor, African American Studies & Philosophy
Yale University

Christopher Lebron is Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Philosophy. His interests include moral theory, political ethics, race, and method.

Victoria Lee

Assistant professor of history of science and technology
Ohio University

Victoria Lee is a historian of East Asian science and technology. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2014. Her book project The Arts of the Microbial World: Biosynthetic Technologies in Twentieth-Century Japan looks at Japanese society’s engagement with microbes in science, industry, and environmental management.

Blake Leyh

Music Producer

Blake Leyh is a composer, sound designer, music producer, and music supervisor who lives in New York City. Born in New York but raised in England until age fifteen, Leyh began his musical explorations at the age of ten, playing accordion and guitar and composing songs with a street theater troupe in London.