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Taylor Worley

Taylor Worley is the Visiting Associate Professor of Art History at Wheaton College in Illinois. In 2021, he awarded a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust for a project titled “Thinking About Thinking: Conceptual Art in the Contemplative Tradition.” Dr. Worley served as the Visiting Associate Professor of Faith and Culture and the Managing Director…

Murray Smith

Murray Smith is a film theorist and philosopher of art based at the University of Kent, where he is Professor of Film and co-director of the Aesthetics Research Centre. Professor Smith’s research interests are film theory broadly, but especially the ‘philosophy of film’, film theory informed by analytic philosophy, and classical film theory; cognitive and…

Sir James MacMillan

James MacMillan read music at Edinburgh University and took Doctoral studies in composition at Durham University with John Casken. After working as a lecturer at Manchester University, he returned to Scotland and settled in Glasgow. The successful premiere of Tryst at the 1990 St Magnus Festival led to his appointment as Affiliate Composer of the…

Julio Bermudez

Dr. Bermudez’s interests focus in the relationship between architecture, culture, and spirituality through the lens of phenomenology and neuroscience. He has widely lectured, led symposia, taught, and published in these areas. Current projects include a neuro-phenomenological study of sacred vs. secular architecture (funded by the Templeton Religion Trust) and the forthcoming book “Spirituality in Architectural Education.” …

Jonathan Berger

Jonathan Berger is the Denning Family Provostial Professor in Music at Stanford University, where he teaches composition, music theory, and cognition at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Jonathan is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2016 winner of the Rome Prize. He was the founding co-director of the Stanford Institute…

Jamal Elias

Jamal J. Elias is the Director of the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in Islamic thought, literature and history in Western, Central and South Asia, with a focus on Sufism and Visual Culture. He regularly teaches courses in his areas of specialization, on Islam and modernity and on comparative religion,…

Stacie Friend

Stacie Friend is a Reader in Philosophy and the Director of Education in Philosophy. She taught at Birkbeck from 2005-2007 and rejoined the department in 2014, having taught in between at Heythrop College, University of London. She previously lectured at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania (2003-05) and at the University of Michigan, Ann…

Oludamini Ogunnaike

Olu Ogunnaike is an artist whose practice sits between experiments in sculpture, drawing, performance, and installation. His work centers around the use of materials—in particular wood—which he directly correlates with identity, both personal and communal. His interest lies in the investigation of the rituals and events that inform our sense of individual and collective self-becoming.…

Saleem Ali

Dr. Saleem H. Ali is an environmental systems scientist whose research and practice focuses on ways of resolving ecological conflicts through technical and social mechanisms, as well as exploring novel ways of peace-building between corporations, governments and communities. He holds the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship in Energy and the Environment at the University of…

Noam Chomsky

Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in modern history. Among his groundbreaking books are Syntactic Structures, Language and Mind, Aspects of the Theory of Syntax, and The Minimalist Program, each of which has made distinct contributions to the development of the field. He has received numerous…

Garrick Allen

Dr. Garrick Allen is Senior Lecturer in the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow. He completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews in 2015. After this, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher on ECM-Apk project at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel, where he contributed to the production of a new Greek…

Peter Loewenberg