Spring 2016

DJ Technics

Recording Artist

Glenn Brand a.k.a. DJ Technics is from Baltimore and is one of the longest serving producers working in Baltimore Club--a Baltimore sound which he popularized throughout the Baltimore club scene. His work was featured on several of the season soundtracks of the hit HBO show The Wire.  

John Luther Adams is a composer whose life and work are deeply rooted in the natural world.  He was called "One of the most original musical thinkers of the new century" by Alex Ross of The New Yorker.

Rachel Adams

Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Rachel Adams is a writer and Professor of English and American Studies at Columbia University. She is the author of numerous academic articles and book reviews, as well as three books: Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery (Yale University Press, 2013), which won the Delta Kappa Gamma Educators' Award; Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination and Continental Divides: Remapping the Cultures of North America (both published by the University of Chicago Press). She is co-editor (with Benjamin Reiss and David Serlin) of Keywords for Disability Studies (NYU Press, 2015), (with David Savran) of The Masculinity Studies Reader (Blackwell, 2002) and editor of Kate Chopin's The Awakening (Fine Publications, 2002). Her public writing has also appeared in such places as the New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, Chronicle of Higher Education and the Times of London. In 2012 she won a Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty award.

Carlos J. Alonso

Morris A. and Alma Shapiro Professor in the Humanities
Dean of the Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences
Columbia University

Carlos J. Alonso came to the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia in fall 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Edwin B. and Leonore R. Williams Professor of Romance Languages. Prof. Alonso became Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in July 2011.

Robert Alter

Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature
University of California at Berkeley

Robert Alter is Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1967.   He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress, and is past president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics.   He has twice been a Guggenheim Fellow, has been a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, and Old Dominion Fellow at Princeton University. Professor Alter has written widely on the European novel from the eighteenth century to the present, on contemporary American fiction, and on modern Hebrew literature.   He has also written extensively on literary aspects of the Bible. 

Wang Anyi

Professor of Chinese Literature
Fudan University, Shanghai

Wang Anyi began her career as a writer in 1978. Her books in English include Lapse of Time, Love in a Small Town, Love on a Barren Mountain, Brocade Valley, and the novel Baotown, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year award.

John Ashbery


John Ashbery is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including, most recently, Breezeway (Ecco, 2015); Quick Question (Ecco, 2012); and Planisphere (HarperCollins, 2009).  He has won nearly every major American award for poetry.

Yelena Baraz

Assistant Professor of Classic
Princeton University

Yelena Baraz is an Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University. She specializes in Latin literature, Roman cultural history, and history of ideas.