Visiting Speakers

Achille Mbembe

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Professor Achille Mbembe, born in Cameroon, obtained his Ph.D in History at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1989 and a D.E.A. in Political Science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris). He was Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University, New York, from 1988-1991, a Senior Research Fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C., from 1991 to 1992, Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania from 1992 to 1996, Executive Director of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (Codesria) in Dakar, Senegal, from 1996 to 2000.

Eimear McBride


Eimear McBride was born in 1976 and grew up in Ireland. She currently lives in Norwich with her family. She is the author of two novels: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing and The Lesser Bohemians.

Andrea K.  McDaniels

The Baltimore Sun

Andrea K. McDaniels is an award winning health and medicine reporter at The Baltimore Sun, where she writes about the latest medical advances. She has also covered minority and small business, manufacturing, retail and marketing since coming to the newspaper in 2001. 

Larry S.  McGrath

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Humanities
Wesleyan University

Larry S. McGrath is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University.  His research focuses on cultural dissemination of the neurosciences, both in the history of modern Europe and in the contemporary social sciences.

Belinda McKeon

Assistant Teaching Professor of Creative Writing

Belinda McKeon’s debut novel Solace won the 2011 Faber Prize and was voted Irish Book of the Year, as well as being shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Her second novel, Tender, was published in the US by Lee Boudreaux Books in 2016.  

Conor McNamara

National University of Ireland, Galway

Dr. Conor McNamara is NUI Galway’s 1916 Scholar-in-Residence, and will co-ordinate and curate many of the events in the University’s commemorative programme. He has written extensively on food shortage in the West in the first half of the nineteenth century, social upheaval during the revolutionary period, and the intersection between political violence and banditry.

Walter Benn Michaels

Professor of American Literature and Literature Theory
University of Illinois at Chicago

Walter Benn Michaels is an American literary theorist at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Reuben J. Miller

Assistant Professor of Social Work
University of Michigan

Reuben Jonathan Miller is an Assistant Professor of Social Work, a Faculty Associate in the Population Studies Center, and a Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Afro American and African Studies at the University of Michigan.