Visiting Speakers

David Russell

Associate Professor of English
Corpus Christi College, Oxford

David Russell is Associate Professor of English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Previously, he was a Lecturer in English at King’s College London. He obtained his PhD from Princeton University in 2011, and since then his work has been supported by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard, and the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. David has work published or forthcoming in ELH, Raritan, and Victorian Studies; his book, A Literary History of Tact: Sociability, Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form, is forthcoming with Princeton University Press.

Arman Schwartz

Lecturer in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Music
King's College London

Arman Schwartz received his AB from the University of Chicago and his MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Before arriving at King's, he served as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (2009-11), an ACLS New Faculty Fellow at Columbia University (2011-13) and a Birmingham Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham (2013-17). Major awards and honours include a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, the Premio Rotary Giacomo Puccini and the Royal Musical Association’s Jerome Roche Prize. Schwartz is a member of the scientific committee of the Centro Studi Giacomo Puccini, and Executive Editor of The Opera Quarterly.

Richard Sennett

Professor Emeritus, London School of Economics and Political Science
University of London

Richard Sennett has explored how individuals and groups make social and cultural sense of material facts -- about the cities in which they live and about the labour they do.

Kamila Shamsie, novelist, was born in 1973 in Pakistan. Her first novel, In the City by the Sea, was shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and her second, Salt and Saffron, won her a place on Orange's list of '21 Writers for the 21st Century'. In 1999 Kamila received the Prime Minister's Award for Literature in Pakistan. Her third novel, Kartography(2004), explores the strained relationship between soulmates Karim and Raheen, set against a backdrop of ethnic violence. Kamila Shamsie lives in London and Karachi. She has a BA in Creative Writing from Hamilton College in Clinton New York, where she has also taught Creative Writing, and a MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also writes for The Guardian, The New Statesman, Index on Censorshipand Prospect magazine, and broadcasts on radio. Her latest novels are Broken Verses (2005), and Burnt Shadows (2009), an epic narrative which was shortlisted for the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Yuval Sharon

Opera and Theatre Director

Yuval Sharon is an Opera and Theater director who is currently in a three year residency at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where his projects will include newly commissioned works, site-specific installations, and performances outside the hall. Major upcoming productions include an original setting of War of the Worlds, performed both inside and outside the concert hall simultaneously (Fall 2017); a staging of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Gustavo Dudamel at the LA Phil (Spring 2018); Lohengrin for the Bayreuth Festival (Summer 2018), and Magic Flute for the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden (February 2019). Sharon was honored with a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship and a Foundation for Contemporary Art grant for theater. He serves on the board of Opera America, the Artist Council for the Hammer Museum, and as a Fellow for the LA Institute for Humanities. 

Nikhil Pal Singh

Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History. Faculty Director NYU Prison Eduction Program
New York University

Nikhil Pal Singh is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University, and Founding Faculty Director of the NYU Prison Education Program. A historian of race, empire, and culture in the 20th-century United States, Singh is the author, most recently, of Race and America’s Long War (University of California Press, 2017). He is also the author of the award-winning book, Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2004), and author and editor with Jack O’Dell of Climin’ Jacob’s Ladder; The Black Freedom Movement Writing of Jack O’Dell. A new book Exceptional Empire: Race, Colonialism and the Origins of US Globalism is in-progress, and forthcoming from Harvard University Press. Singh’s writing and historian interviews have appeared in a number of places including New York Magazine, TIME, the New Republic, and on NPRs Open Source and Code Switch.

Prerna Singh

Mahatma Gandhi Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs
Brown University

Prerna Singh is Mahatma Gandhi Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies and faculty fellow at the Watson Institute, and co-convenor of the Brown-Harvard-MIT Joint Seminar in South Asian Politics. She completed her PhD and MA from the Department of Politics at Princeton University, the tripos in social and political studies from Cambridge University, UK, and a BA (Honors) in economics from Delhi University. Prior to joining Brown, she taught in the Department of Government at Harvard University. She has also been a junior fellow at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and held a pre-doctoral research fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study for India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania. 

David Sloan Wilson

Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences
Binghamton University

David Sloan Wilson is an evolutionary biologist who studies humans in addition to other species. Specific interests relevant to anthropology include the relationship between genetic and cultural evolution, human social groups as adaptive units, and the nature of individual differences in personality traits such as shyness and boldness or cooperation and exploitation. His research includes theoretical models, empirical studies, and analyses of broad subjects such as religion that attempt to integrate evolutionary biology and the human social sciences.