Session 1: History

Professor Caroline Winterer

Caroline Winterer (Ph.D., University of Michigan, History; A.M., University of Michigan, History; B.A., cum laude, Pomona College, History) is Director and Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities at the Stanford Humanities Center. She is also Professor of History and (by courtesy) of Classics at Stanford University. She is the author of three books and numerous articles on early American intellectual and cultural history in its trans-Atlantic contexts, and is the recipient of a number of national grants and fellowships. Recently she curated two exhibits of rare books and artifacts, including one in 2011 at Stanford entitled The American Enlightenment.

At Stanford, she teaches courses on early American history, the American Revolution, and the American Enlightenment. She is also digitally mapping the letters of Benjamin Franklin as part of Stanford’s Mapping the Republic of Letters project.

Professor Dan Edelstein

Dan Edelstein (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, French; Licence ès lettres [B.A.], Université de Genève, French, English, Latin) is a professor of French and (by courtesy) History at Stanford University, the W. Warren Shelden University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and the Director of the Stanford Summer Humanities Institute. He is the author of two books (both with the University of Chicago Press), one on the French Revolution, the other on the Enlightenment. He is currently working on a history of revolutionary authority.

At Stanford he mostly teaches courses on French literature, early-modern political theory, and intellectual history. He particularly enjoys teaching freshmen. In 2006, he received the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, the university’s highest teaching honor; and in 2011, the Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award.


Session 2: Philosophy

Professor Chris Bobonich

Chris Bobonich (Ph.D. Berkeley, Philosophy; M. Phil., Cambridge, Philosophy; B.A., Harvard, Government) is C.I. Lewis Professor of Philosophy and Professor, by courtesy, of Classics at Stanford University. He is the author of Plato’s Utopia Recast: His Later Ethics and Politics (Oxford, 2002). He has also published a number of papers on Greek political and ethical theory and ethical psychology. At present, his work focuses on the relations between knowledge and action in Plato and Aristotle. He previously taught at the University of Chicago, was a Fellow at the Princeton University Center for Human Values, and Junior Fellow of the National Center for Hellenic Studies. At Stanford, he was a Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, a Marta Sutton Weeks Faculty Scholar, and is currently Barbara Finberg University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.

 Professor Jorah Dannenberg

Jorah Dannenberg (Ph.D., UCLA, Philosophy; BA, Pomona College, Philosophy) is an assistant professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. Prior to joining the faculty, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities here at Stanford. His interests lie in the areas of philosophy often called Normative Ethics, Moral Psychology, and Moral Theory. In particular, his research explores the ethics of promising, the nature and value of interpersonal trust, and the ethical implications of the pervasive role of luck in shaping who we are and what we do.






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