We are very fortunate to have the following facilitators join us (arranged alphabetically):
University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor of Political and Social Thought in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies
Areas of Specialization: Black political thought; Caribbean political thought; African anti-colonial thought; and Black Marxism(s); critical ethnic studies; Sylvia Wynter.
Seminar: Alienation Reconsidered:
Thinking with Césaire and Fanon
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.
• 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
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
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
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
University of Illinois, Springfield
Professor of Political Science
Areas of Specialization: Communism; history of political philosophy; Continental and contemporary social theory; Marxism; capitalism; autonomist politics; postmodern philosophy; critical theory; social movements and the public sphere. Seminar: The Communism of Love
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). Seminar: At the End of the World, Plant a Tree
Dartmouth College, Visiting Scholar
Areas of Specialization: continental philosophy, comparative religion, western literature, Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, shamanism and sacrifice.
• Ritual and Resistance
• Sacrifice, Debt & Grief
• Sacrifice, Gender & Eros
• Virgil, Sovereignty & Eros
• Shamanism and its Discontents
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
Associate Professor of History and African American & Africana Studies
Areas of Specialization: African American history; modern U.S. history; citizenship and nationalism; the New Afrikan Independence Movement; women’s global political struggles; social movements and music in Africa and its diaspora. Seminar: What Does it Mean to be a Citizen? The Past and Present of the New Afrikan Independence Movement
Areas of Specialization: Continental philosophy; Deleuze; Bergson; philosophy of time; poetics; poetry.
• 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
• Philosophies of Time: Bergson and Deleuze in the Labyrinth,
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
Reader, Writer, Educator, World Language Teacher.
Comparative Literature/Italian Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Areas of Specialization: Italo Calvino; Italian diasporic studies; Meridionalismo; second language acquisition; autonomist Marxism; Black radical thought; anti-work politics; liberatory pedagogy; queer theory; translation studies; Buddhisms. Seminar: Cospiration: Breathing, Poetry, and Making Atmosphere; How to Read a Book: Towards Ludic and Erotic Protocols of Reading.
Alice Sparkly Kat
Their astrological work has inhabited MoMA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The Brooklyn Museum. They’re the author of Postcolonial Astrology.
Areas of Specialization: Astrology; post-colonial astrology; “taking back the language of the cosmos from capitalism and supremacy and to use it for the creation of communities of care.”
Seminar: Post-Colonial Astrology and Mercury
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
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
PhD candidate at the University of London
Areas of Specialization: Degrowth; urban social movements; ecological thought; the effect of gentrification on food access of marginalized communities; history and political economy of food banks in Canada; urban geography; urban political ecology; ecological economics; and food studies. Seminar: Why the Left Needs Degrowth
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
• Principles of Non-Philosophy: Wresting Vital Potentialities of Humans
• For Buddhism: Critique & Creativity
• Breathingawareness: Introductory Workshop on Buddhist Meditation
• Thinking in the Dark
• Non Buddhist Mysticism
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