Tiexin Liang

Director | Indie Games in China

Indie Games In China: Film Screening & Discussion
OCT. 04

Tiexin Liang

Director | Indie Games in China

Indie Games In China: Film Screenin & Discussion
OCT. 04

Tiexin Liang is the director of Indie Games in China. He is a senior gaming practitioner and researcher. In 2008, he founded the website WanGa.me. He played and recommended more than 5,000 games through this website. In 2014, he founded his game company MakeBestGame, and his game Blacksmith Story has repeatedly been recommended by major mobile game platforms. Liang is also a game columnist, founder of the China Independent Game Alliance and judge at many independent game events such as China Independent Games Festival and IndiePlay.

Timothy Brook

University of British Columbia

Surprising Vermeer: An Artist In Delft, Delft In The World
OCT. 05

Timothy Brook

University of British Columbia

Surprising Vermeer: An Artist In Delft, Delft In The World
OCT. 05

Timothy Brook is professor of Chinese history and Republic of China Chair at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. His research focuses on China in the Ming dynasty as well as China’s interactions with the world and covers a wide range of topics from economic history to human rights. In addition to one museum catalogue, Brook has published eleven books (nine of which have been translated into multiple languages), edited another eight, and served as editor-in-chief of Harvard University Press’ six-volume history of imperial China, which became a bestseller in China. Among his more popular books are the prize-winning Vermeer’s Hat: The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global Age and Mr. Selden’s Map of China: Decoding the Secrets of a Vanished Cartographer. His has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Getty Scholar, and a Member in the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Warwick and was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada in 2013.

Martine Delvaux

Université du Québec

To Speak Or Not To Speak: Women, Secrets And Sexual Violence
OCT. 09

Martine Delvaux

Université du Québec

To Speak Or Not To Speak: Women, Secrets And Sexual Violence
OCT. 09

Martine Delvaux is a writer and professor of women’s literature in the Department of Literature of the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is a public feminist intellectual in Québec and Canada, and the author of autobiographical novels and feminist essays.

Erica Hunt

Editor | Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING

Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING
OCT. 11

Erica Hunt

Editor | Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING

Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING
OCT. 11

Erica Hunt is a poet, essayist, and author of Local History (Roof Books, 1993) and Arcade (Kelsey St. Press, 1996), Piece Logic (Carolina Wren Press, 2002), Time Slips Right Before Your Eyes (Belladonna*, 2015), and A Day and Its Approximates (Chax Press, 2013). Her poems and non-fiction have appeared in BOMB, Boundary 2, Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetics Journal, Tripwire, Recluse, In the American Tree and Conjunctions. Essays on poetics, feminism, and politics have been collected in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women and The Politics of Poetic Form, The World, and other anthologies. Hunt has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Fund for Poetry, and the Djerassi Foundation and is a past fellow of Duke University/University of Capetown Program in Public Policy. Past writer in residence in the Contemporary Poetics/Creative Writing program at the University of Pennsylvania, and at Bard College’s MFA program, Hunt has taught at Wesleyan University and was a repeat faculty member at Cave Canem Retreat, a workshop for Black writers from 2004 to 2015. She is the Parsons Family Professor of Creative Writing at Long Island University – Downtown Brooklyn.

Photograph by Erika Kapin.

Ruth Ellen Kocher

Featured Poet | Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING

Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING
OCT. 11

Ruth Ellen Kocher

Featured Poet | Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING

Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING
OCT. 11

Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of seven books of poetry, including Third Voice (Tupleo Press, 2016), Ending in Planes (2014), winner of the Noemi Poetry Prize, Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2014) and domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press, 2013). Her poems have been translated into Persian in the Iranian literary magazine, She’r, and have appeared in various anthologies including: Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poets, Black Nature, From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great, and An Anthology for Creative Writers: The Garden of Forking Paths. She has earned an MFA and PhD from Arizona State University, and grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, and Cave Canem. She is a Professor of English and the Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she teachings Poetry, Poetics, and Literature in the undergraduate and MFA writing programs.

Dawn Lundy Martin

Editor | Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING

Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING
OCT. 11

Dawn Lundy Martin

Editor | Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING

Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING
OCT. 11

Dawn Lundy Martin is a poet, essayist, and conceptual video artist. She is the author of four books of poems and three chapbooks, including most recently, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2015) and Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House Press, 2017). She is currently at work on a memoir. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and other magazines. Martin is also a co-founder of the Black Took Collective, an experimental performance art/ poetry group of three, and a member of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, a global arts collective. She has been awarded the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry and a 2016 Investing in Professional Artists Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments. Martin is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and Co-director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.

Photograph by Max Freeman.

giovanni singleton

Featured Poet | Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING

Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING
OCT. 11

giovanni singleton

Featured Poet | Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING

Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN / Radical WRITING
OCT. 11

giovanni singleton’s debut collection Ascension, informed by the music and life of Alice Coltrane, won the California Book Award Gold Medal. A collection of her visual work entitled AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper was recently published by Canarium Books after which she received the African American Literature and Culture Society’s 2018 Stephen E. Henderson Award for literary achievement. Her writing is widely anthologized and has been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institute’s American Jazz Museum, San Francisco’s first Visual Poetry and Performance Festival, and on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA. She is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. singleton has taught at Sonoma State University, Naropa University, New Mexico State University, and most recently held the 2017-18 Holloway Lectureship in Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, Berkeley. She also consults and gives presentations on writing, editing, graphic design, visual art, and publishing at high schools, colleges, and conferences while surfing the rough waves of the academic job market.
From the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, DJ Rockin’ Rob earned his reputation starting in 1978, when he began lugging his turntables to Clark Park, spinning records for local crowds until 3 a.m. Part of the original Mean Machine crew that would use electricity from nearby traffic light poles, Rockin’ Rob developed his own style, perfecting the art of needle dropping. With an extensive collection of rare records, Rockin’ Rob was known for covering the labels on his records so other DJs couldn’t copy his beats. An underground DJ legend, Rockin’ Rob has inspired DJs from multiple generations, both inside and outside the hip-hop world.
Originally a member of The Brothers Disco, DJ Tony Tone formed The Cold Crush Brothers in 1978, becoming one of the pioneering groups in the Bronx. With stage-stomping performances, The Cold Crush Brothers battled other groups for hip-hop supremacy, cementing a reputation as one of the strongest underground crews in history. The Cold Crush Brothers helped spread hip-hop internationally with a trip to Japan in 1983 and were the first group to fuse hip-hop and rock. Early on, DJ Tony Tone recognized the that the music would become a sensation: “I knew I was part of something bigger, I knew I was hip-hop.”

Melissa Fitch

University of Arizona | Spanish

Secret Lives: Hidden Identities In Global Popular Culture
OCT. 16

Melissa Fitch

University of Arizona | Spanish

Secret Lives: Hidden Identities In Global Popular Culture
OCT. 16

Melissa A. Fitch is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research is currently focused on Asian representations of Latin American popular culture. She has received three Fulbright Awards since 2010 and in 2015 was named one of three university-wide 1885 Society Distinguished Fellows, based on her research, teaching, and service.

Colson Whitehead

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

Revisiting The Underground Railroad
OCT. 18

Colson Whitehead

Pulitzer Price Winning Author

Revisiting The Underground Railroad
OCT. 18

Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad (an Oprah’s Book Club selection and winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize), The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York.

He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and was previously a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for John Henry Days.

Caleb Simmons

University of Arizona | Religious Studies

Subverting Colonialism: Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe
OCT. 23

Caleb Simmons

University of Arizona | Religious Studies

Subverting Colonialism: Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe
OCT. 23

Caleb Simmons is an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Classics. He specializes in religion in South Asia, especially Hinduism. His research specialties span religion and state-formation in medieval and colonial India to contemporary transnational aspects of Hinduism. His recently completed book project examines how the early modern court of Mysore reenvisioned notions of kingship, territory, and religion, especially its articulations through devotion.

Andrea McComb Sanchez

University of Arizona | Religious Studies

Subverting Colonialism: Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe
OCT. 23

Andrea McComb Sanchez

University of Arizona | Religious Studies

Subverting Colonialism: Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe
OCT. 23

Andrea McComb Sanchez is an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Classics. She specializes in Native American religious traditions, religion in the Southwest, religion and colonialism in the U.S., and religion and the environment. Her current book project focuses on the imposition, adaptation, and eventual appropriation of Catholicism by Pueblo Indians through their development of the Patron Saint Feast Days.

Andre Goodfriend

US Department of State

Transparency & Trust: How Open Diplomacy Advances Democracy
OCT. 26

Andre Goodfriend

US Department of State

Transparency & Trust: How Open Diplomacy Advances Democracy
OCT. 26

Andre Goodfriend’s career in diplomacy has taken him to Tel Aviv, New Dehli, Moscow, Frankfurt, London, Damascus and Budapest. A strong advocate for open government, Goodfriend now leads the U.S. Office of eDiplomacy.

David Soren

University of Arizona | Religious Studies & Classics

Spellbound: Screening & Discussion
OCT. 30

David Soren

University of Arizona | Religious Studies & Classics

Spellbound: Screening & Discussion
OCT. 30

David Soren is Regents Professor of Classics and Anthropology and director of the Orvieto Institute in Umbria. His specialties include Roman Archaeology, and the making of documentaries. He has done extensive field work in Cyprus, Portugal, Tunisia and Italy, is widely published, and has received numerous honors and awards for his work. He is a Fellow of Great Britain’s Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Johns Hopkins Schools of Advanced International Research. Soren is a former vaudeville performer and a new strain of olive, grown in Umbria, is named for him.