Teachers

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.
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.
While teaching at different universities here in new York, Jeanne is advocating for a widening of philosophical education beyond the academia frontiers by participating in different events open to the general public.
Jessica Rogers writes poetry/prose/essays and conducts experiments with analog photography. By day, she teaches writing and literature at Bronx Community College, CUNY.
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).
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.
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.
Tracy L. Bealer received her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, and currently teaches literature and composition at Borough of Manhattan Community College. She has published on William Faulkner, Alice Walker, Quentin Tarantino, Harry Potter and Twilight, and co-edited Neil Gaiman and Philosophy for Open Court’s Pop Culture and Philosophy series.
Dena Shottenkirk is a philosophy professor at Brooklyn College and former art critic for both Artforum and Art and America.
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.
Amanda Hallay considers herself ‘The Indiana Jones of Fashion History’, although she is probably more like a spinster sleuth in an Agatha Christie novel, diligently piecing together the clues found in culture to figure out why people wore what they did. “Fashion is not an island; it’s a RESPONSE!” is Hallay’s mantra, heard often in the courses she created for LIM College.
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.
Fernando Zapata is a doctoral candidate in Philosophy at SUNY Binghamton with interests in ethics and political philosophy; he teaches philosophy courses at Hunter College, CUNY.
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.
Michael & Michael lectures are committed to the idea of community learning. It allows teachers and learners to gather around a subject rather than a professor downloading info into students as if they are empty vessels waiting to be filled. This approach emphasizes the primacy of community as the most valuable source of knowledge and wisdom. Read more about the professors by clicking above.
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.
Lawrence Cappello is the Macaulay Honors College Visiting Professor of History at CUNY Queens College. He is the author of None of Your Damn Business: A History of Privacy in the United States, due out next year. He has written for The Atlantic and The Nation.
Sean Jacobs is an associate professor of International Affairs at The New School where he teaches courses that explore the connections between popular culture and politics.
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.
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.
Kamau Ware has become a sought-after voice to fill the visual abyss of Black New York history, illustrating powerful stories that exist outside of public consciousness.
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).
Michael D. Haltenberger has been teaching Religion at Hunter College for over ten years. He resents the fact that he has to grade his students rather than focus on helping them think and welcomes the opportunity to work with Olio.
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.
Lev Moscow has taught International Political Economy at the Beacon school for ten years, as well as courses on the history of the global economy at Florence University of the Arts in Italy.
Vishwa Adluri teaches Philosophy and Religion at Hunter College NY. He specializes in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Ancient Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Myth.
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.
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.
Cisco Bradley is associate professor of history at the Pratt Institute and is the founder and editor of 'Jazz Right Now', a review of the contemporary musical avant-garde.
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.
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.
Christopher Kelley holds a doctorate in Buddhist Studies from Columbia University, where he studied under the guidance of Professor Robert Thurman. He currently teaches at Brooklyn College (CUNY) and the New School University in the City of New York.
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 has been teaching College Composition and Literature classes at Baruch College and around NY while completing a novel. Her experience working with disadvantaged youth at the college level inspired her to pursue an MSW at Columbia.
Hallie Scott is a PhD Candidate in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation focuses on experiments in art and architecture pedagogy in the 1960s and 1970s. Currently an Instructional Technology Fellow at Macaulay Honors College, Hallie previously worked as Education Director at the Wassaic Project in Dutchess County, New York.

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