We are very fortunate to have the following facilitators join us (arranged alphabetically):
Ashanti Omawali Alston
National Jericho Movement
Center for Grassroots Organizing
Areas of Specialization: Anarchism, Black liberation, Black nationalism. As a result of his membership in both the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, he served a total of 14 years as a political prisoner and prisoner-of-war.
Seminar: Undoing Conquest: Getting This Empire off the Back of the Turtle
New York University
Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Areas of Specialization: German literature; poetry; poetics; Rilke; Baudelaire; continental philosophy; photography; trauma.
Seminars: • Rilke’s Poetics of Immanence • Lying & Truth in Politics: Hannah Arendt and the Fragility of Democratic Life • For Our Present Moment: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time
The New School
Assistant professor of Literature, director of the program in Race and Ethnicity, and affiliate faculty in Gender Studies
Areas of Specialization: American and African American literature and culture; the life and work of James Baldwin; race, gender, and contemporary visuality; postcolonialism and diaspora; urban life and politics in the context of the global.
Seminar: For Our Present Moment: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time
University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Studies
Areas of Specialization: theories of affect, queer theory, and Latin American and Latinx literature. Seminar: Don’t Worry. Be Happy! Feeling Good, Bad, and Everything in Between
Host of “The Dig,” a Jacobin magazine podcast
Fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Areas of Specialization: contemporary politics, immigration, criminal justice.
Seminar: Empire of Xenophobia: The Long Political History of Trump’s “Big, Beautiful” Wall
Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies; Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature
Areas of Specialization: contemporary literature and the arts as they touch on philosophy, specifically on memory, history, political thought, and ethics.
Seminar: Lying & Truth in Politics: Hannah Arendt and the Fragility of Democratic Life
Yomaira C. Figueroa–Vásquez
Michigan State University
Associate Professor of Global Afro-Diaspora Studies in the Department of English and African American & African Studies.
Co-director and curator of Electric Marronage.
Areas of Specialization: the textual, historical, and political relations between diasporic Afro-Puerto Rican, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Dominican, and Equatoguinean poetics. Seminar: “Radical Relating as Decolonial Practice,”
PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst;
Associate editor at ROAR Magazine ;
Board member of the Institute for Social Ecology.
Areas of Specialization: social ecology; anthropology; practices of direct democracy in the Kurdish Freedom Movement and beyond.
Seminar: Reinventing “Democracy” in the 21st Century: The Rojava Revolution
Dartmouth College, Visiting Scholar
Areas of Specialization: continental philosophy, comparative religion, western literature, Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, shamanism and sacrifice.
Seminars: • Ritual and Resistance • Sacrifice, Debt & Grief • Sacrifice, Gender & Eros • Virgil, Sovereignty & Eros
School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Loughborough University, U.K.
Areas of Specialization: late nineteenth century anarchism; history of ideas; political theory; contemporary radical politics.
Seminars: • Seek No Master: Voltairine de Cleyre’s Anarchism Without Adjectives
Areas of Specialization: fiction writing
Seminar: Reality Beyond Realism: Storytelling for/versus Enlightenment
Courage of Care Coalition
Areas of Specialization: Buddhist studies; cognitive science; contemplative theory; anti-oppressive pedagogy; social justice; educational equity.
Seminar: Critical and Contemplative Pedagogies for Eco-Justice
Unsettling Wall Street/Borderless Walks and Social Justice Tours Collective
Independent educator, curriculum designer, researcher
Area of Specialization: The interplay between enclosure and mobilization of contested spaces; prefigurative mapping; the fortresses, walls and detention centers in one of this country’s first border zones: New York’s financial district.
Seminar: Unsettling Territory: A Decolonial Mapping Workshop
University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Areas of Specialization: Mind, epistemology, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, action and practice, feminism, language. Seminar: How Living Well Matters In the Pursuit of Knowledge
Buddhist Action Coalition NYC
Animal Rebellion NYC
Areas of Specialization: practitioner of Theravada Buddhism; former director at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, the Insight Mediation Center of the Pioneer Valley (Easthampton, MA), and New York Insight Meditation Center; founding member of the Buddhist Action Coalition NYC; co-founder of the New York City chapter of climate and animal justice organization Animal Rebellion.
Seminar: Total Liberation: The Buddhist Eight-Fold Path, Animal Justice, and Liberatory Praxis
Joshua M. Myers
Associate Professor of Africana Studies in the Department of Afro-American Studies.
Areas of Specialization: Africana intellectual histories and traditions; Africana philosophy; musics and foodways; critical university studies; and disciplinarity.
Seminars: We Will be Black: Cedric J. Robinson, Black Marxism,and Beyond
Areas of Specialization: Continental philosophy; Deleuze; Bergson; philosophy of time; poetics; poetry.
Seminars: • The Noise of Time • Gilles Deleuze: Larval Subjects, Lost Time • “Exhausting All Possibilities:” An Introduction to Deleuze & Guattari’s Political Philosophy • A Map Through the Ethics: Spinoza’s Geometric Vision of Liberation
Areas of Specialization: Contemporary continental philosophy; critical social theory; political economy; political theology; Gilles Deleuze; non-philosophy.
Seminars: • Money and Metaphysics Why the Debt Strike is Not Impossible • Debt Strike Now? • Debt as Original Sin • Production or Enslavement?
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Areas of Specialization: Political theory; critical theory; Simone Weil; Marxian political thought; political philosophy; political theology. Seminar: Revolutionary Pessimism: On Political Action Without Expectation
Clelia O. Rodríguez
University of Toronto
Seeds of Change
Areas of Specialization: Pedagogies of liberation and resistance; decolonizing academia; politics of research and methodology critical race theories; cultural and literary theories; critical writing and thinking; discourses of power; Spanish as a second Language; literary production of Spanish-speaking writers Seminar: Pedagogies Under Microscopes
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Areas of Specialization: Modern and contemporary philosophy; social and political thought; aesthetics; social theory; cultural history and historiography; literary and film theory; ethics; psychoanalysis.
Seminars: • Contemporary French Philosophy: A Primer • Aesthetics: Toward a Radical History • Why Marx Matters
Professor of Philosophy of Education UCL Institute of Education, London, UK
Areas of Specialization: Political and moral philosophy, with a focus on anarchist theory; questions of social justice; radical and libertarian educational traditions; utopian theory; the role of the state, and the parent-child relationship.
Seminar: Learning in the Crisis: On Rediscovering “the Social” in the Midst of a Pandemic
Anthony Paul Smith
La Salle University
Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology
Areas of Specialization: continental philosophy; non-philosophy; philosophical theology; religious studies; scientific ecology.
Seminar: Alienation and Its Antidotes: On the Thought of François Laruelle
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Areas of Specialization: Walter Benjamin; social movements and social change; social theory; activism; politics; aesthetics; anti-capitalism. Seminars: • The Culture of Revolt • Black Bloc/White Riot • Confronting the Demobilizing Wall of Uncertainty
Areas of Specialization: Buddhism; non-buddhism; non-philosophy; critical educational theory; anarchism; ideological critique; ritual studies; contemplative theory and practice. Seminars:
• Critical Introduction to Buddhist Thought
• Philosophical Concepts for Thinking
• Buddhism in the Age of Trump
• Meditation: Self and Society
• Is This How it Ends: On Human Stupidity and the Meagre Promise of the Epoché
• Unlearning: Radical Education Theory
• Buddhism in Ruin
• For Education: The College Classroom as Concrete Utopia
• Buddhism: What Can It Offer Us Today?
• Non-Buddhist Redescription: Workshop
• Radical Education Workshop
• Darkness and Its Discontents
• A Strange Subject
• A Strange Subject: Participant Workshop
• A Strange Subject: X-Fiction
Areas of Specialization: process studies; contemplative studies; engaged Buddhism; critical theory; radical ecology; post-capitalism; and China.
Seminar: Critical and Contemplative Pedagogies for Eco-Justice
Institute of Research and Innovation, Paris, France
Areas of Specialization: philosophy of science, technology, and aesthetics conversing with cultural studies, environmental humanities, art, and media theory.
Seminar: How We Remained Human: Posthumans, the Technosphere, and the Selfish Meme