Visiting Speakers

Islam Dayeh

Edward W. Said Fellow
The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

Islam Dayeh is Assistant Professor of Arabic studies at Freie Universität Berlin and Executive Editor of the journal Philological Encounters (Brill). His research and teaching focus on Arabic-Islamic textual practices and intellectual history in the early modern period. He is founder and academic director of the research programme “Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship” (Berlin). He studied at the University of Jordan (BA in Islamic studies), University of Leiden (MA in Religious Studies) and University of Oxford (MSt in Jewish studies). He received his PhD in Arabic studies from Freie Universität Berlin in 2012. He is currently completing two monographs. The first is a study of the intellectual landscape of Mamluk Cairo through the work of the polymath Burhān al-Dīn al-Biqā‘ī (1406-1480). The second is a study of the impact of the messianic movement of Shabbatai Zwi on the Jews of Yemen.

Brian Edwards

Dean, School of Liberal Arts, and Professor of English
Tulane University

Brian T. Edwards is Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Professor of English. He joined Tulane University on July 1, 2018.

Norma Elizondo is a writer from Mexico City, now living in New York.  She is the author of many short stories and of Punto Muerto (Mexico City, Casa Lamm), a novel that intertwines family relations with watching television.  

Dominique Reill

Associate Professor, History
University of Miami

Dominique Kirchner Reill specializes in Modern European history with particular emphases on the Nineteenth Century, post-World War I Europe, post-World War II Europe, regionalism, nationalism, southern Europe, Italy, the Balkans, as well as cultural and intellectual history. Born in Los Angeles, she was raised and educated in both California and the former BRD (West Germany). She received her Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 1997, during which time she also studied at the Università di Bologna. She also studied Croatian language and literature at the Filozofski fakultet in Zagreb and Serbian language and literature in Belgrade. She received her Ph.D. with Distinction from Columbia University in 2007. Prior to coming to Miami, she taught at both Columbia and New York Universities. She received tenure within the University of Miami’s History Department in 2013, when she was also awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the University of Miami’s College of Arts & Sciences in recognition of her scholarly and creative activities. She is the U.S. Editor of the journal Contemporary European History, an editor of the Purdue University Press book series Central European Studies, as well as the Director of Cognates for the University of Miami’s History Department.

Ahmad Sadri

Gorter Professor of Islamic World Studies and Professor of Sociology
Lake Forest College

Francesca Trivellato

Professor, Early Modern History
Institute of Advanced Study

A leading historian of early modern Italy and continental Europe, Francesca Trivellato has made significant and groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of the organization and culture of the marketplace in the pre-industrial world. Trivellato's original and imaginative research has revitalized the study of early economic history, and her influential work on cross-cultural trade intersects the fields of European, Jewish, Mediterranean, and global history, religion, and capitalism.