Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professors

2019-2020 Professors

Mimi Sheller:

"Caribbean Futures and the Coloniality of Climate Change"

Thursday, October 3 at 7:00pm

Mimi Sheller is is Professor of Sociology and founding Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University. She is founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities and past President of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility. She is author or co-editor of ten books, including Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the AnthropoceneMobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of ExtremesAluminum Dreams: The Making of Light ModernityCitizenship from Below: Erotic Agency and Caribbean FreedomConsuming the Caribbean: From Arawaks to Zombies; and Democracy After Slavery: Black Publics and Peasant Radicalism in Haiti and Jamaica
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Allan M. Brandt:

"Enduring Stigma: Historical Perspectives on Disease Meanings and Their Impacts"

Thursday, November 21 at 7:00pm

Allan M. Brandt is the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine and Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, where he holds a joint appointment between the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School.  Brandt served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 2008 to 2012.  His work focuses on social and ethical aspects of health, disease, medical practices, and global health in the twentieth century.  Brandt is the author of No Magic Bullet: A Social History of Venereal Disease in the United States since 1880 and co-editor of Morality and Health.  He has written on the social history of epidemic disease, the history of public health and health policy, and the history of human experimentation among other topics.  
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Sara Ahmed:

"On Complaint"

Thursday, February 6 at 7:00pm

Sara Ahmed is an independent feminist scholar and writer. She has held appointments in Women’s Studies at Lancaster University and Race and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work is concerned with how power is experienced and challenged in everyday life and institutional cultures. She has recently completed a book, What’s the Use? On the Uses of Use, which is forthcoming with Duke University Press in October 2019.  Her previous publications include Living a Feminist LifeWillful SubjectsOn Being IncludedThe Promise of HappinessQueer PhenomenologyThe Cultural Politics of EmotionStrange Encounters, and Differences that Matter
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Stephanie Burt:

"Does Poetry Have a Future?"


Due to travel restrictions, Professor Burt's visit has been postponed to the 2020-21 academic year.

Stephanie Burt, PhDis a poet, literary critic, and professor with eight published books, including two critical books on poetry and three poetry collections. Her essay collection, Close Calls with Nonsense (Graywolf Press, 2009), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her next poetry collection, Advice from the Lights: Poems (Graywolf, 2017), is a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read. Her other works include Don’t Read Poetry (Basic Books, 2019); The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them(Harvard UP, 2016); Belmont (2013); The Art of the Sonnet (Harvard University Press, 2010); Something Understood: Essays and Poetry for Helen Vendler (University of Virginia Press, 2009); The Forms of Youth: Adolescence and 20th Century Poetry (Columbia University Press, 2007); Parallel Play: Poems (Graywolf, 2006); Randall Jarrell on W. H. Auden (University Press, 2005); Randall Jarrell and His Age (Columbia University Press, 2002); and Popular Music (Center for Literary Publishing, 1999).  


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