Sean Gallagher – Associate Professor of Music, Harvard University
His research focuses on late medieval and renaissance music and culture, with particular emphasis on France, Italy, and the Low Countries in the fifteenth century. He is co-editor of Western Plainchant in the First Millennium: Studies in the Medieval Liturgy and its Music (Ashgate, 2003), and of The Century of Bach and Mozart: Perspectives on Historiography, Composition, Theory and Performance (Harvard University Press, forthcoming). He is currently writing a book on the composer Johannes Regis.
Jacques Lezra – Professor of Comparative Literature and of Spanish and Portuguese, New York University
A specialist in literary theory and in the literary, visual and philosophical culture of the early modern period, Professor Lezra is the author of Unspeakable Subjects: The Genealogy of the Event in Early Modern Europe (1997) and editor of Spanish Republic (2005) as well as Depositions: Althusser, Balibar, Macherey and the Labor of Reading (1988). His 1992 translation into Spanish of Paul de Man’s Blindness and Insight won the PEN Critical Editions Award. He has recently completed Economía política del alma: El suceso cervantino (Fall 2008). Wild Materialism: The Ethic of Terror in Radical Democracy (Fordham University Press) will appear in 2009.
Sarah McHam – Professor, Department of Art History, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
An expert on late medieval and Renaissance Italian painting and sculpture and its classical heritage, she has focused on issues of patronage and the political and religious contexts of the works of major artists. Her books include The Chapel of St. Anthony at the Santo in Padua and Venetian Renaissance Sculpture (1994) and Looking at Italian Renaissance Sculpture (2000), both published by Cambridge University Press. Her forthcoming book is entitled Pliny and the Artistic Culture of the Italian Renaissance: The Legacy of the Natural History.
Francesca Trivellato – Professor, Department of History, Yale University
A specialist in the social and economic history of Italy, continental Europe and the Mediterranean in the early modern period, she is the author of The Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period (Yale University Press, forthcoming 2008), as well as numerous other works on Venetian glass manufacturing, on craft guilds, women’s work, and merchant networks in the Mediterranean.
Henry Turner – Associate Professor, Department of English, Rutgers University
The author of The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, Poetics, and the Practical Spatial Arts, 1580-1630 (Oxford, 2006), editor of The Culture of Capital: Property, Cities, and Knowledge in Early Modern England (Routledge, 2002), and series co-editor, with Mary Thomas Crane, of Scientific and Literary Cultures of Early Modernity (Ashgate), Professor Turner has recently completed a book entitled Shakespeare’s Double Helix (Continuum Press, 2008). He is currently at work on several projects, including a book-length study of the early modern concept of the “corporation,” The Corporate Commonwealth, and a study of Shakespeare, cybernetics, and posthuman “life.”
Susanne Wofford – Dean of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and Professor of English, New York University
A scholar of comparative Renaissance drama, with a special interest in the relation of Shakespeare to the Italians as well as on epic poetry, Professor Wofford has treated epic writers from Homer to Spenser, Milton and Cervantes. Among her notable works are The Choice of Achilles: the Ideology of Figure in the Epic (Stanford University Press, 1992), and Epic Traditions in the Contemporary World: The Politics of Community, co-edited with Jane Tylus and Margaret Beissinger (University of California Press, 1999). Her current projects include work on the motif of pretend death in novellas and plays on the Shakespeare Stage and questions of translation and transnational influences in early modern Europe.