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. Is there any doubt now about the particularly brutish nature of American stupidity?
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 division—forces 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.
We are very fortunate to have the following teachers join us (arranged alphebetically):
Brooklyn, New York
Areas of Specialization: Advaita Vedanta; jurisprudence; psychology; psychoanalysis; Proust
Ulrich 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
Lisa Miracchi, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Areas of Specialization: Mind, epistemology, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, action and practice, feminism, language
John Paetsch, Ph.D.
Areas of Specialization: Continental philosophy; Deleuze; Bergson; philosophy of time; poetics; poetry
Gabriel Rockhill, Ph.D.
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
Pierce 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
Anthony 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