Facilitators

Facilitators

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.
SeminarUndoing Conquest: Getting This Empire off the Back of the Turtle


Akilesh Ayyar
Sifting to Truth
Areas of Specialization: Advaita Vedanta; jurisprudence;  psychology; psychoanalysis; Proust
SeminarHow to Find What Isn’t Lost


Ulrich Baer
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
Hannah Arendt on Race, Identity, & Politics. Or: How to Change Your Mind as a Philosopher


Rich Blint
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.
SeminarFor Our Present Moment: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time


Thomas Conners
University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Studies
Areas of Specialization: theories of affect, queer theory, and Latin American and Latinx literature. SeminarDon’t Worry. Be Happy! Feeling Good, Bad, and Everything in Between


Daniel Denvir
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

Charles Eisenstein
Website
Areas of Specialization:  economics; civilization; consciousness; money; ecology.
Seminar: Sacred Economics


Camelia Elias
Aradia Academy
Eyecorner Press
Areas of Specialization: teaching and writing on the philosophy and practice of reading tarot cards; contemplative arts; oracular language; martial arts cartomancy; Zen.
Seminar: The Childless Witch: Trembling, Dance, Voice, Oracle, Grace

Amir Eshel
Stanford University
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.
SeminarLying & Truth in Politics: Hannah Arendt and the Fragility of Democratic Life


Yomaira C. FigueroaVásquez 
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,”


Eleanor Finley
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


Patricia Gherovici
Philadelphia Lacan Group
Psychoanalyst in private practice
Areas of Specialization: Lacanian psychoanalysis; transgenderism; race, class, and the unconscious; psychoanalysis and comedy. SeminarPlease Select Your Jacques Lacan


Adam Greenfield
Speedbird
Areas of Specialization: the intersection of design, technology and culture; colonization of everyday life by information technology; city life and urban design; anarchism. His most recent works are Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life (Verso, 2017), and At the End of the World, Plant a Tree (Liberia). SeminarAt the End of the World, Plant a Tree


Marisa Holmes
Brooklyn, NY
Organizer, Filmmaker, and Educator
Areas of Specialization: Sociology of media, critical theory, networks, the public sphere, anarchism. SeminarMutual Aid: How to Survive the Crisis


Cleo Kearns
Dartmouth College, Visiting Scholar
Areas of Specialization: continental philosophy, comparative religion, western literature, Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, shamanism and sacrifice. 
Seminars: • Ritual and ResistanceSacrifice, Debt & Grief • Sacrifice, Gender & ErosVirgil, Sovereignty & Eros


Ruth Kinna
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


Steven Koteff
Philadelphia, PA
Areas of Specialization: fiction writing
SeminarReality Beyond Realism: Storytelling for/versus Enlightenment


Brooke Lavelle
Courage of Care Coalition
Areas of SpecializationBuddhist studies; cognitive science; contemplative theory; anti-oppressive pedagogy; social justice; educational equity.
Seminar: Critical and Contemplative Pedagogies for Eco-Justice


Rebecca Manski
 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


Katherine McKittrick 
Professor of Gender Studies
Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.
Areas of Specialization: Ecology in the work of black studies theorists; color, color theory, image-making, and black aesthetics; black geologies; Sylvia Wynter.
Seminar: Black Methodologies | Black Collaborations


Cindy Milstein
Institute for Anarchist Studies
Author, organizer, activist
Areas of Specialization: Creating autonomous spaces of resistance, reconstruction, and education. 
Seminars: • Anarchism and its Aspirations • Viral Grief, Rebellious Mourning


Lisa Miracchi
University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Areas of Specialization: Mind, epistemology, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, action and practice, feminism, language. SeminarHow Living Well Matters In the Pursuit of Knowledge


Alison McDowell
Activist and Philadelphia-based independent researcher. She blogs about race, financialization, and technology, at wrenchinthegears.com. Seminar: Level Up: Life In A Post-Pandemic Video Game


Philip Murphy
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
Howard University
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

Matthew O’Connell
Imperfect Buddha Podcast
O’Connell Coaching
Areas of Specialization: Buddhism; non-buddhism; shamanism; critical thinking skills. SeminarRethinking Practice at the Great Feast



Joshua Ramey
Independent Scholar
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 SinProduction or Enslavement?


Scott Ritner
Temple University
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


Richard Robbins
SUNY Plattsburgh
Professor of Anthropology
Areas of Specialization: global problems, utopian societies, Indigenous peoples of North America, comparative religion, and activist anthropology. 
Seminar: Debt Strike Now? 


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 SeminarPedagogies Under Microscopes


Gabriel Rockhill
Villanova University
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


Pierce Salguero
Penn State, Abington College
Associate Professor of Asian Studies
Areas of Specialization: History of medicine; Buddhist studies; Asian religions; cultural exchange; Thai massage. 
SeminarSpeculum of Pain: Buddhism on Illness


Ken Scriboni
Graduate student in Comparative Literature
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Areas of Specialization: Italian literature; Italo Calvino; “down with the Buddhist dharma; a believer in the promises of communism, an Italian teacher, an ex-food-and-beverage-industry worker, and an apprentice of dialectical materialism.”
SeminarCospiration: Breathing, Poetry, and Making Atmosphere.


Devin Singh
Dartmouth College
Associate Professor of Religion
Areas of Specialization: religion, philosophy, ethics, organizational dynamics, and the connections among religion, economics, and politics. 
Seminar: Debt Strike Now? 


Natalia Smirnov
Writer, Researcher, Learning Experience Designer.
Areas of Spe
cialization: Prefigurative pedagogy, post-capitalism, play as liberation. GroupsLudic Liberation Lab. Editor: REFUSE: A Journal of Iconoclasms


Judith Suissa
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.
SeminarAlienation and Its Antidotes:  On the Thought of François Laruelle


AK Thompson
Ithaca College
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


Kevin Tucker 
Black and Green Press
Wild Resistance Journal
Primal Anarchy Podcast
Areas of Specialization: Primal anarchism; the nature of colonialism and extractivism in expanding civilization; trauma of genocidal and ecocidal campaigns; the impacts of domestication.
Seminar: Narratives With Consequences: Storytelling Animals in a Colonized World


Zack Walsh
One Project
Areas of Specialization: process studies; contemplative studies; engaged Buddhism; critical theory; radical ecology; post-capitalism; and China. 
SeminarCritical and Contemplative Pedagogies for Eco-Justice


Alexander Wilson
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.
SeminarHow We Remained Human: Posthumans, the Technosphere, and the Selfish Meme