Kinan Azmeh

Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh has been hailed as a “virtuoso” and “intensely soulful” by the New York Times and “spellbinding” by the New Yorker. His utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres has gained him international recognition as an instrumentalist and composer.

Hasia Diner

Dr. Hasia Diner is a Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and History at New York University. Her many books examine the intersection of American and Jewish history. She is currently completing a book on global Jewish migrations and the history of Jewish peddling.

Carol Dougherty

Carol Dougherty is Professor of Classical Studies at Wellesley College and specializes in the literature and culture of Ancient Greece. Her books “The Poetics of Colonization” and “The Raft of Odysseus” explored the transformative and tumultuous period of the eighth century BCE.

Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. In his observant, often hilarious work, Laymon does battle with the personal and the political: race and family, body and shame, poverty and place.

Damian Costello

Damian Costello specializes in the intersection of Catholic theology, Indigenous spiritual traditions, and colonial history. He is an international expert on the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk.

Alison O’Leary

Author Alison O’Leary is a longtime journalist who has worked for newspapers in Texas, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts.

The Harlem Renaissance

William Tortolano draws a vivid recollection of the 1920’s and 1930’s, the great cultural rebirth of African-American music, art, and literature.