Visiting Speakers

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry: Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014); Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2004); PLOT (Grove Press, 2001); The End of the Alphabet (Grove Press, 1998); and Nothing in Nature is Private (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1995), which received the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. She is the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College. Her latest book, Citizen, was nominated for a 2014 National Book Award. It also won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry.

Joy-Ann Reid

Political analyst and host of “AM Joy,”

Joy-Ann Reid is a political analyst for MSNBC and host of “AM Joy,” which airs Saturdays and Sundays from 10 A.M. ET to noon ET. She is also the author of the book “Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide” (William Morrow/Harper Collins 2015), co-editor of “We Are The Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama” (Bloomsbury USA), and a columnist at The Daily Beast.

Lucy Riall

Professor of History of Europe in the World
European University Institute

Bruce Robbins

Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities
Columbia University

Bruce Robbins works mainly in the areas of nineteenth and twentieth century fiction, literary and cultural theory, and postcolonial studies. He is the author of Upward Mobility and the Common Good: Toward a Literary History of the Welfare State (Princeton, 2007), Feeling Global: Internationalism in Distress (NYU, 1999), Secular Vocations: Intellectuals, Professionalism, Culture (Verso, 1993) and The Servant's Hand: English Fiction from Below (Columbia, 1986; Duke pb 1993).

William Robin

Assistant Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology
University of Maryland

William Robin recently completed a PhD in musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation, which can be read here, analyzed American new music in the twenty-first century through the lens of "indie classical," with a focus on New Amsterdam Records and the ensemble yMusic. His next project will examine institutional shifts in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s that led to the present day's pluralist and populist culture of contemporary classical music.

Suzanne Romaine

Merton Professor of English Language
University of Oxford, 1984-2014

Suzanne Romaine was Merton Professor of English Language at the University of Oxford from 1984 to 2014. Prior to this, she was senior research scientist in Linguistic Anthropology, at the Max-Planck-Institut-für-Psycholinguistik, Nijmegen, Netherlands, and Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Birmingham, England.

Ellen Rosand

George A. Saden Prof Emeritus of Music
Yale University

She was the recipient of fellowships from the ACLS, NEH, Rockefeller Foundation, and Guggenheim Foundation, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996. Editor of the Journal of the American Musicological Society (1981-83), President of the American Musicological Society (1992-94), and Vice-President of the International Musicological Society (1997-2002), she taught at Rutgers University before coming to Yale as Professor of Music in 1992, where she chaired the department from 1993-98. Her undergraduate Introduction to Opera has turned several generations of Yale students into opera fanatics, and she has co-taught on both undergraduate and graduate levels with members of the Italian and Comparative Literature Departments. Her dissertation students have written on subjects ranging from the Italian madrigal (Gesualdo, Monteverdi, Guarini), 17 th-century opera, cantata, and motet (Atto Melani, Francesco Cavalli, Florentine Comic Opera, Music in Austria under Ferdinand II), and 18 th –century opera (on Tasso subjects, Arcadian opera, Handel, Scarlatti). She currently serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Musicology, The Cambridge Opera Journal, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, and Cambridge Studies in Opera.

Maria Rovisco

Lecturer in Media and Communication
University of Leicester

Dr. Maria Rovisco is Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Coimbra, an MPhil Communication, Culture and Information Technologies, ISCTE – University of Lisbon, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of York. Her research cuts across the humanities and the social sciences, and her areas of interest are cosmopolitanism, globalisation, media ethics, social theory, and cultural and political sociology. She sits on the editorial board for the journals Sociological Research Online, Cultural Sociology, and Digithum. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University and actively involved with the Global Studies Association (GSA) and RC16 (Sociological Theory) of the International Sociological Association (ISA).