Michael Prettyman is an artist and scholar of Eastern Religions. He holds a Masters Degree in Theology from the Harvard Divinity School and teaches on the subject of religion and the arts, Asian Religion and philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.
Patricia Kim received her MFA from Columbia University and teaches Composition and Literature classes at Baruch College while completing a novel. After graduating with her MSW from Columbia last spring, she now works for the Mental Health Service Corps. (MHSC) as a licensed behavioral health clinician, under the umbrella of the ThriveNYC.
George holds an undergraduate degree from the California Institute of the Arts, a masters degree from Brooklyn College Conservatory, and is currently continuing her studies as a PhD candidate at the CUNY Grad Center. In addition to her composing and conducting, George teaches at Brooklyn College, works at the Hitchcock Institute of American Studies and is the Managing Director for New York's AME.
Michael Hamburg taught in the New York City high schools for over 33 years. Currently he is a docent and trainer at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.
Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario is an adjunct lecturer at the City College of New York in the Education and Art Education departments. She is also the Executive Director of Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), a non-profit organization that supports young people in amplifying their voices for human rights change through the visual arts.
Geoff Klock has a doctorate from Oxford and is an associate professor at BMCC-CUNY, where he teaches mostly comp, but sometimes film, and old school Brit Lit. 8 years of that. He is the author of three books, two about comic books and one about poetry. His new one will be about Hannibal Lector, the TV one.
Michelle is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, a Curatorial Assistant in the Architecture + Design department at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and an educator in art, architecture, and design histories at several institutions (currently Parsons The New School for Design and The Frick Collection,CUNY’s Baruch College and Harvard’s Gradate School of Design.
Jamie Warren has a Ph.D. in American History from Indiana University, and she is an Assistant Professor at BMCC-CUNY where she teaches American history, the history of women and gender, and women’s studies. Her research focuses on slavery in antebellum South with a particular focus on death, the body, and the philosophy of history.
Jeanne Proust has studied Philosophy and Visual Arts in Bordeaux, Berlin, and Paris. Her research focuses on Théodule Ribot’s Diseases of the Will, both in philosophical and psychological perspectives. While teaching at different universities here in New York, Jeanne is advocating for a widening of philosophical education beyond the frontiers of academia.
Meredith Mowder teaches courses on contemporary art and sound art at Hunter College, CUNY, and Parsons, The New School, and is a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She specializes in the intersections between art, music, performance, and popular culture in America post-1945.
Brian Lewis teaches courses on the Black Arts Movement and Art Making and Civic Engagement at the New School. He is the director of programs and education at Exalt, an equitable future for court-involved youth.
Ward Regan has a Ph.D. in Labor and Cultural History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He teaches history and philosophy at New York University Liberal Studies and Global Liberal Studies Program.
He wrote and widely performed his own show, A Paranoid’s Guide to History.
Phelim Kine is an adjunct professor at Hunter College and a deputy director in Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division. He has spoken publicly on Asia’s human rights challenges at venues ranging from the European Parliament and the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong to the Council on Foreign Relations and a hearing of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC).
Charles Riley II, PhD, is an arts journalist, curator and professor at Clarkson University. He is the author of thirty-two books on art, architecture and public policy. Upcoming books include Free as Gods (University Press of New England) and Rodin and his Circle (Chimei Museum, Taiwan).
Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Education at Gettysburg College. Hakim's doctorate is in International Educational Development with a focus in Peace Education from Columbia University. His research and writing centers on school/structural violence, educational inequity and youth empowerment.
Bennett Capers is the Stanley A. August Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. His academic interests include the relationship between race, gender, and criminal justice, and he is a prolific writer on these topics.
Ben Abelson is an assistant professor in the philosophy department at Mercy College. His primary research interests are personal identity, the nature of responsibility, the foundations of psychology and psychotherapy as well as the impact of emotions on behavior, the relationship between art and pop culture, and the influence of science fiction on philosophy.
Christopher “Doc” Kelley is an adjunct professor, consciousness hacker, interdisciplinary artist (or Flux-Happener), and Buddhist psychonaut (among other things). He holds a doctorate in Buddhist Studies from Columbia University, where he studied under the guidance of Professor Robert A. F. Thurman, and he currently teaches classes at Eugene Lang College at the New School University.
Skye C. Cleary PhD MBA is a philosopher and the Associate Director of the Center for New Narratives in Philosophy at Columbia University. She also teaches at Columbia, Barnard College, the City College of New York,
Manuel Rodeiro teaches in the Philosophy department at Baruch College. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Philosophy at CUNY Graduate Center and received a JD from Fordham University School of Law. He specializes in socio-political, ethical, and legal philosophy.
Makeba Lavan is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Generally speaking, her research focuses on (African) American Studies, Speculative Fiction and Popular Culture. She teaches at Lehman College.
Michael D. Haltenberger has been teaching Comparative Religion at Hunter College for over a decade. His primary interest is the relationship between religion and science and how both effect the way we experience and behave in the world.
Lawrence Cappello is the Macaulay Honors College Visiting Professor of History at CUNY Queens College and Director of Quantitative Research at the CUNY Center for Latino Studies. He is the author of None of Your Damn Business: A History of Privacy in the United States (University of Chicago Press — forthcoming).
Angie Beeman is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Baruch College. Her work focuses on the evolution of racism and how this process affects institutional practices, identities, and interracial organizing. In her past work, she developed the concept of emotional segregation, which she defined as an institutionalized empathetic barrier between European Americans and people of color.
Maureen T. Matarese is a professor at BMCC. She has a doctorate from Columbia University and is a linguist with a specialization in discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, and applied linguistics. She is the U.S. expert on social work interaction (particularly in homeless settings) and the discourse of street-level bureaucrats.