Renée Altergott is from Chicago, Illinois, and holds Master’s degrees in French from NYU Paris and the University of Paris-VII. She is currently pursuing a PhD in French Literature at Princeton University. Her research investigates the symbolic potential of written sounds in 19th-20th century French and Francophone literature.
Lucy Caplan is a PhD student in American Studies and African American Studies at Yale University, where she is also pursuing an M.A. concentration in Public Humanities. Her research focuses on African American music and intellectual history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Marie Lily Cerat is a writer, scholar, and educator who came to the United States from her native Haiti in 1981, and made Brooklyn her adopted home. She has worked in the New York public education system for over twenty years and is currently completing a doctorate in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center, while teaching as an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College. Besides her academic work, Lily promotes Haitian language and culture in the U.S. through community work, volunteering with various groups; she is also a co-founder of the community-based organization Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees. In addition to her academic writing, Lily has published several short stories and essays and has contributed regularly to Haïti Liberté, a weekly Haitian newspaper in New York City.
Dr. Eileen Condon, a public sector folklorist, has served since 2007 as the Project Director for the Ukrainian, Chinese, and, presently, the Haitian Community Cultural Initiative at New York’s Center for Traditional Music and Dance (www.ctmd.org). Directed by the twelve NYC-based Haitian traditional artists, educators, and community leaders who form Verite Sou Tanbou’s planning committee, CTMD’s award-winning Haitian Initiative, coordinated by Eileen, is entering its fourth year of successful Haitian music and dance programs which educate about Vodou and Haitian culture and history. Eileen is a folklorist who has worked in both academe and the public sector since 1994. Her interest in singing and analyzing Irish folk songs and ballads is longstanding and personal. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada (1999).
Victoria Davidson is completing an M.A. degree at Columbia University, having received her B.A. at Yale. Her interests include Ekphrasis in Italian Renaissance Literature, the intersection of word and image, Neoplatonism.
Brianne Dolce is a first-year PhD student in musicology at Yale, where she is concurrently earning an MPhil in medieval studies. She earned her BM in musicology from the University of Michigan, and her MMus from King’s College London. Her current research interests are in troubadour and trouvère song, memory, and interactions between oral and written traditions.
Márton Farkas is a graduate student in comparative literature at Harvard University.
Martin Julien is a professional actor, singer, and playwright with over 30 years of experience in both Canada and the US. Currently, he is also a PhD student at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. He has published in the Canadian Theatre Review, The Journal of Stanislavski Studies, and for Cambridge Scholars. His critical review of Canadian Stage’s production of London Road will be published in the forthcoming TDR 226, and his article “Jacques Lecoq: The Toronto Connection” will be published in The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq in 2015.
Peter Kalal, who originally trained as an orchestral tubist, received his BMus in the Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music in May 2012 with a thesis on Wagner’s Gesamtkunstwerk and the concept’s implications for contemporary stagings of the composer’s oeuvre. Peter received his BA in German from the University of Rochester later that year, writing a thesis that examined temporal and ontological ambiguities in Kafka’s “Das Urteil.” After graduation Peter spent a year teaching English and studying at the Universität zu Köln. As a PhD student in the Department of Germanic Languages at Columbia University, Peter continues to explore his passion for music in the context of German Studies, affording him novel perspectives on (author)ity in music, the ontology of musical works, and neue Musik. He also continues to work with his not-necessarily-musical interests of German Romanticism, modernism, critical theory, and the fin-de-siècle.
Panayotis (Paddy) League is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at Harvard University, where he researches the intersections of music, dance, and oral poetry in the Greek islands and Northeastern Brazil. He is also a composer and actively performs Greek, Brazilian, and Irish music around the world.
Dan Milner is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University of Birmingham (England) and an instructor in geography and history St. John’s University (New York). He has been a columnist for Irish Music magazine and Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore; and has recorded five themed compact discs, including the twice Indie-nominated Irish Pirate Ballads (Smithsonian Folkways 2009).
Sydney Mitsunaga-Whitten received her BA in English and Comparative Literature from Occidental College in 2011, and is now finishing her second year as a PhD student in Comparative Literature here at Yale University. Some interests include Classics and Classical Receptions, aesthetics, genre theory, Romanticism, and Irish Modernism.
Zach Montgomery is a first year PhD student in the Literature program at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He received his undergraduate degree in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota. Current research interests include Marxism, the novel, race, rap music, and American modernisms.
Matt Moses is a lecturer at the City University of New York. His research interests include performance theory, nationalism, affect, and representations of wartime death in the United States. He is especially concerned with narrative structures of redemptive nationalism across time.
Alex Murphy is a first-year PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His research interests center on popular music and transnationalism in twentieth century Japanese history. He is particularly interested in the involvement of Japanese-American performers in the midcentury Japanese popular music industry. He received his B.A. in International Studies from Kenyon College in 2010, and his M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University in 2012.
Lauren Shepherd is a 3rd year PhD Candidate with the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. Her thesis research focusses on the performance and diagnosis of madness on the early modern stage. Her research will be taking her to the Bethlem Royal Archives in England this May to investigate early modern patient records. Lauren is also a founding member and the Artistic Director of The Shakespearience Group, a theatre company in the GTA, Canada, that seeks to create new and exciting experiences of Shakespeare for the community; their goal is to make Shakespeare and his contemporaries accessible for all ages. They will be offering summer programming for the first time this year through youth summer camp and adult masterclasses in Classical Performance.
Jensen Suther is a second year in the Comparative Literature Program at Yale. His interests include Marxism, bourgeois philosophy from Rousseau to Hegel, Modernism, and German and English Romanticism. His current research focuses on the question of freedom in Marxism and German Idealism, and his translation of Theodor Adorno’s “Kierkegaard once more” is forthcoming in Telos.