Visiting Speakers

Alessandra Ciucci

Lecturer in Ethnomusicology
Northeastern University

Alessandra Ciucci holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from The City University of New York at The Graduate Center. Her research interests include: the music of Morocco, North Africa, the Mediterranean, music and gender, sung poetry, popular music, popular music of the Arab World, and music and transnationalism. Her articles appear in Ethnomusicology, The Yearbook for Traditional Music, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, Mondi Migranti, Cahiers de musiques traditionnelles, and in several edited volumes. She has been a recipient of a Fulbright foreign scholarship grant (Morocco), a fellowship from the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women, a grant from the American Institute for Maghrib Studies Grant, and was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Music Department at Columbia University.

Debbie Cohen

Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania

Debbie Cohen M.D. is Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cohen's areas of research expertise are complex hypertension, adrenal hypertension, pheochromocytoma, chronic kidney disease. She has a research interest in the effects of different antihypertensive medications on pulse wave velocity in patients with proteinuric kidney disease.

Gabriella Coleman

Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy
McGill University

Gabriella (Biella) Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism. Her first book on Free Software, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking has been published with Princeton University Press. Her new book, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous, published by Verso, has been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014.

Michael Scott Cuthbert

Associate Professor, History/Culture, Music
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michael Scott Cuthbert, Associate Professor of Music (AB ’98, AM ’01, Ph. D. ’06, Harvard University) is a musicologist who has worked extensively on music of the fourteenth-century, computational musicology, and minimalism and other music of the past forty years. His publications include seven articles on computational musicology, Ars Nova: French and Italian Music of the Fourteenth Century (with John Nádas), “Generalized Set Analysis and Sub-Saharan African Rhythm,” and “Free Improvisation: John Zorn and the Construction of Jewish Identity through Music.” Cuthbert’s current book project, Ars Mutandi, covers sacred music in Italy during the Black Death and Great Schism.

Ivonne del Valle

Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portugese
University of California, Berkeley

Ivonne del Valle is Associate Professor of Colonial Studies. She received her Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 2004, and before returning to the Bay Area in 2009, she taught at the University of Michigan. Her research and teaching make connections between the past and the present which try to show the relevance of the colonial period for an understanding of contemporary times. She was co-director of the Berkeley research group “Mexico and the Rule of Law.” She has written a book and a series of articles on the Jesuits (José de Acosta and Loyola, and Jesuits in the northern borderlands of New Spain) as a particularly influential politico-religious order that served modernization and the expansion of the Spanish empire.

Lucy Delap

Faculty of History
University of Cambridge

Lucy Delap is a fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and a member of the History Faculty, University of Cambridge.

William Deringer

Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

William Deringer is Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his doctorate in the History of Science from Princeton University, where his research focused on the history of economic knowledge. From 2012 -'15, he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University, before joining the MIT faculty in 2015.

Whitney Dow

Documentary Filmmaker

Whitney Dow is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator. He has been producing and directing films focused on race and identity for almost two decades and is a partner in Two Tone Productions. His directorial credits include: Two Towns of Jasper); I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, Unfinished Country; and When the Drum is Beating. His producer credits include: Freedom Summer; Banished: How Whites Drove Blacks Out of Town in America , The Undocumented, Toots and Among the Believers.  Dow’s current focus is on the Whiteness Project, a story-based interactive media and research project he is producing in collaboration with American Documentary | POV and Columbia University's INCITE Institute, and Veterans Coming Home , a digital initiative by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting which focuses on the American Military Civilian Divide.  Dow teaches interactive storytelling in the Integrated Media Arts (IMA) MFA program at CUNY Hunter College and has a Research Scholar appointment at Columbia University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE). He is a sought after lecturer on race, interactive storytelling, and documentary filmmaking.