Visiting Speakers

Barbara Van Dahlen

Founder and President
Give an Hour

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., Give an Hour President: licensed clinical psychologist, practicing in the Washington, D.C., area for over 20 years, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of children. Dr. Van Dahlen has spent her career interacting with and coordinating services within large systems, including school districts and mental health clinics. She served as an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University, where she participated in the training and supervision of developing clinicians. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1991, her M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1987, and her B.A., summa cum laude, in psychology from California State College in 1982. In 2012, she was named to TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Additionally, she received the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation and the 2013 Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship of the Manhattan Institute. In 2014 she was named a Woman of Distinction by the Coastal Bend Women Lawyers Association and honored by the Chief of Staff of the United States Army as an outstanding civilian who has made significant voluntary contributions to our military and the United States Army.

Maurizio Vaudagna

Professor of Contemporary History, Emeritus
University of Eastern Piedmont

Maurizio Vaudagna is professor of contemporary history, emeritus, at the University of Eastern Piedmont. He is the author or editor of several books, including The American Century in Europe (2003) and The New Deal and the American Welfare State: Essays from a Transatlantic Perspective (2014). With Alice Kessler-Harris, he is the editor of Democracy and Social Rights in the "Two Wests" (2009).

Aurelie Vialette

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literature
Stony Brook University

Aurelie Vialette specializse in 19th-century Iberian cultural studies (popular music, journalistic discourse, archival studies, and mass and working class organizations). She conducts her research in Spanish, Catalan, Basque, and Galician, and includes these languages in the classroom as well, both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Judith Walkowitz

Professor of Modern European Cultural and Social History
John Hopkins University

Judith Walkowitz is a British historian whose publications have been translated into many European languages, plus Japanese.

Leah Whittington

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities
Harvard University

Leah Whittington is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English. She joined the faculty at Harvard in fall 2012, following a year as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities.  Her research centers on early modern English Literature, the survival and reception of classical antiquity, England's interactions with the continental Renaissance, and the poetry of John Milton.  After receiving her B.A. from Harvard in Classics and English (2002), she earned a Ph.D. from Princeton in Comparative Literature (2011), while also studying as a Visiting Postgraduate in English at Merton College, Oxford (2009-2010). Since 2012, she has been Associate Editor of the I Tatti Renaissance Library.

Heather Wiebe

Senior Lecturer in Music
King's College London

Heather Wiebe joined the department in 2013. Previously, she was Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia (2008-2012) and a fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows (University of Michigan, 2005-2008). She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 2005. She is a member of the editorial board of The Opera Quarterly and reviews editor for Twentieth-Century Music.

Deborah J. Yashar

Professor of Politics and International Affairs
Princeton University

Deborah J. Yashar is Professor of Politics and International Affairs and she is editor of World Politics. She is also co-director of the Project on Democracy and Development. Her research focuses on the intersection of democracy and citizenship with publications on the origins and endurance of political regimes; the relationship between citizenship regimes, local autonomy, and ethnic politics; collective action and contentious politics; interest representation and party systems; and globalization. She is the author of two books: Demanding Democracy: Reform and Reaction in Costa Rica and Guatemala (Stanford University Press, 1997) and Contesting Citizenship in Latin America: The Rise of Indigenous Movements and the Postliberal Challenge (Cambridge University Press, 2005), which received the 2006 Best Book Prize, awarded by the New England Council on Latin American Studies (NECLAS) and the 2006 Mattei Dogan Honorable Mention, awarded by the Society for Comparative Research. She has also written several articles published in leading journals and edited volumes.

Du Yun

Music Composition Faculty
Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University

Du Yun is an international composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and performance artist. She won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her opera Angel's Bone.