Session 1: The Age of Jefferson

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.

Session 1: Revolutions

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 1: Truth, Reason and Belief

Professor Krista Lawlor

Krista Lawlor (Ph.D. University of Michigan, M.A. Tufts University, B.A. University of New Hampshire) is a professor of Philosophy, and currently chair of the Philosophy Department at Stanford. She works on issues in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and the theory of knowledge. She won the Deans Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2002-3 and was Nina C. Crocker Faculty Scholar 2008-9.

Session 2: Racial Identity in the American Imagination

Professor Allyson Hobbs

Allyson Hobbs (Ph.D., with distinction, University of Chicago, History; A.M., University of Chicago, History; B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard University, Social Studies) is Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University. Her prize-winning first book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life,  was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, a “Best Book of 2014” by the San Francisco Chronicle, and a “Book of the Week” by the Times Higher Education in London. At Stanford, she teaches courses on American identity, African American history, African American women’s history, and twentieth century American history and culture.  She has won teaching awards including the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, the Graves Award in the Humanities, and the St. Clair Drake Teaching Award. She is a contributing writer to the New Yorker.com.

Session 2: Poetic Justice: Exploring Dostoevsky’s Russia

Professor Gabriella Safran

Gabriella Safran (PhD and MA, Princeton, Slavic Languages and Literatures; BA, magna cum laude, Yale, Soviet and East European Studies), the Eva Chernov Lokey Professor in Jewish Studies, teaches in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Stanford. She is the author and editor of prize-winning books and numerous articles on Russian and Yiddish literature and history. Now she is researching the intersections between the literary word and the history of listening in the Russian Empire, but occasionally straying into a side project on the trans-Atlantic history of the Jewish joke. At Stanford, she teaches courses on Russian literature, Jewish literature, and folklore.  In 2007, she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Session 2: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud

Professor Adrian Daub

Adrian Daub (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; M.A. University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Swarthmore College) is Associate Professor of German Studies at Stanford. He is the author of four books, ranging in topic from piano playing in the nineteenth century, via theories of marriage to the operas of Richard Wagner. At Stanford he teaches in German Studies, Comparative Literature and the Thinking Matters program.


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