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 and Literature

Professor Lanier Anderson

Lanier Anderson (Ph.D. and M.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philosophy; B.A., Yale University, Philosophy) is an associate professor of Philosophy; the Yumi and Yasunori Kaneko Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education; and the chair of the Philosophy department at Stanford. He works in the history of late modern philosophy, focusing primarily on Nietzsche and on Kant and his influence on 19th c. philosophy.  With Joshua Landy (French), he directs the undergraduate program in Philosophy and Literature at Stanford. In 2002, he won the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford’s highest teaching award.

Professor Joshua Landy

Joshua Landy (Ph.D., Princeton University, Comparative Literature; B.A. and M.A., Cambridge University, French and German) is an associate professor of French and, by courtesy, English, as well as the co-director (with Lanier Anderson) of the Philosophy and Literature Initiative at Stanford. He is the author of two books that explore the intersection of literature and philosophy in the work of Marcel Proust (Philosophy as Fiction, 2004) and in Plato, Beckett, Mallarmé, and the Gospel of Mark (How to Do Things with Fiction, 2012). He received the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999, and the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2001.






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