Who we are

glenn-wallis-1Director

Glenn Wallis is the founder and director of Incite Seminars. Glenn holds a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from Harvard University. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on various aspects of Buddhism and cultural critique. Since the early 1990s,  Glenn has taught in the religion departments of several universities, including the University of Georgia (where he received tenure), Brown University, Bowdoin College, and the Rhode Island School of Design. He also served for ten years as the chair of the innovative Applied Meditation Studies program at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies. 

Glenn founded Incite Seminars as a very personal response to the escalating social inequality, intensifying racial unrest, and eviscerating techno-consumer capitalism that he increasingly witnessed all around him. The decisive moment came at 2:30 AM on November 9, 2016 as Donald Trump and his destructive politics of right-wing, white supremacist, economic nationalism rose to power in America. All doubt concerning the brutish nature of American stupidity vanished.

Incite Seminars was thus founded on the conviction that education in the humanities offers us a means to recognize, resist, and counter the forces of personal alienation and social divisionforces such as hopelessness, bigotry, passivity, and self-delusion. For this reason, from the outset, Glenn conceived of Incite Seminars as a community of learners engaged in a vital practice. Each seminar would be an experiential immersion in self-reflection, self-formation, and social critique. Through reading, thinking, and discussion, participants will realize unknown intellectual potentials, enhance interpersonal communication, and discover creative and effective ways of acting in the world.

You can read more about Glenn Wallis at his personal website. You might also visit his influential blog, Speculative Non-Buddhism.

Seminars facilitated:
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;
Darkness;
Unlearning: Radical Education Theory;
Buddhism in Ruin;
For Education: The College Classroom as Concrete Utopia.

Facilitators

We are very fortunate to have the following teachers join us (arranged alphabetically):

Akilesh Ayyarakileshayyar
Brooklyn, New York
Areas of Specialization: Advaita Vedanta; jurisprudence;  psychology; psychoanalysis; Proust. SeminarHow to Find What Isn’t Lost

 

 


UlrichBaer.jpgUlrich Baer, Ph.D.
New York University
Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Areas of Specialization: German literature; poetry; poetics; Rilke; Baudelaire; continental philosophy; photography; trauma. SeminarRilke’s Poetics of Immanence


Thomas ConnersThomas Conners, M.A.
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

 

 

 


Brooke Lavelle, Ph.D.BrookeLavelle.png
Courage of Care Coalition
Areas of Specialization: Buddhist studies; cognitive science; contemplative theory; anti-oppressive pedagogy; social justice; educational equity. SeminarCritical and Contemplative Pedagogies for Eco-Justice

 


Cleo Kearns.pngCleo McNelly Kearns, Ph.D.
Dartmouth College, Visiting Scholar
Areas of Specialization: continental philosophy, comparative religion, western literature, Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, shamanism and sacrifice. Seminar: Ritual and Resistance 

 


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Cindy Milstein
Institute for Anarchist Studies
Author, organizer, activist
Areas of Specialization: Creating autonomous spaces of resistance, reconstruction, and education. SeminarAnarchism and its Aspirations


LisaMiracchi.bwLisa Miracchi, Ph.D.
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


JohnPaetsch.pngJohn Paetsch, Ph.D.
Temple University
Areas of Specialization: Continental philosophy; Deleuze; Bergson; philosophy of time; poetics; poetry.

SeminarsThe Noise of Time; Gilles Deleuze: Larval Subjects, Lost Time

 


JRJoshua Ramey, Ph.D.
Haverford College
Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace, Justice, and Human Rights
Areas of Specialization: Contemporary continental philosophy; critical social theory; political economy; political theology; Gilles Deleuze; non-philosophy. SeminarMoney and Metaphysics


Scott RitnerScott Ritner, Ph.D.
Temple University
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Areas of Specialization: Political theory; critical theory; Simone Weil; Marxian political thought; political philosophy; political theology. SeminarRevolutionary Pessimism: On Political Action Without Expectation


GabrielRockhill (1)Gabriel Rockhill, Ph.D.
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. SeminarContemporary French Philosophy: A Primer; Aesthetics: Toward a Radical History; Why Marx Matters


PierceSalguero3.jpgPierce Salguero, Ph.D.
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

 


APSmithAnthony Paul Smith, Ph.D.
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


AKThompson.pngAK Thompson, Ph.D.
Ithaca College
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Areas of Specialization: Walter Benjamin; social movements and social change; social theory; activism; politics; aesthetics; anti-capitalism. SeminarThe Culture of Revolt

 


ZackWalsh.pngZack Walsh
Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, A Mindset for the Anthropocene; Ph.D. candidate in process studies at Claremont School of Theology
Areas of Specialization: process studies; contemplative studies; engaged Buddhism; critical theory; radical ecology; post-capitalism; and China. SeminarCritical and Contemplative Pedagogies for Eco-Justice