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 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.
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.
We are very fortunate to have the following teachers join us (arranged alphabetically):
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. Seminar: Rilke’s Poetics of Immanence
Thomas 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. Seminar: Don’t Worry. Be Happy! Feeling Good, Bad, and Everything in Between
Brooke Lavelle, Ph.D.
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
Cleo 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
Institute for Anarchist Studies
Author, organizer, activist
Areas of Specialization: Creating autonomous spaces of resistance, reconstruction, and education. Seminar: Anarchism and its Aspirations
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. Seminar: How Living Well Matters In the Pursuit of Knowledge
John Paetsch, Ph.D.
Areas of Specialization: Continental philosophy; Deleuze; Bergson; philosophy of time; poetics; poetry.
Joshua Ramey, Ph.D.
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. Seminar: Money and Metaphysics
Scott Ritner, Ph.D.
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
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. Seminar: Contemporary French Philosophy: A Primer; Aesthetics: Toward a Radical History; Why Marx Matters
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. Seminar: Speculum of Pain: Buddhism on Illness
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. Seminar: Alienation and Its Antidotes: On the Thought of François Laruelle
AK Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Areas of Specialization: Walter Benjamin; social movements and social change; social theory; activism; politics; aesthetics; anti-capitalism. Seminar: The Culture of Revolt
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. Seminar: Critical and Contemplative Pedagogies for Eco-Justice