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arjun appadurai is the Goddard Professor (Emeritus) in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Germany). His books include The Future as a Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition (2013), Banking on Words: The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance (2016), and, most recently, Failure (with Neta Alexander, 2019).

thomas l. dumm is the William H. Hastie ’25 Professor of Political Ethics at Amherst College. He is a founding editor of Theory & Event, and the author of seven books, including Loneliness as a Way of Life (2008) and Home in America: On Loss and Retrieval (2019).

eric klinenberg is Helen Gould Shepard Professor of Social Science and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. His most recent book is Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (2018).

nicholas lemann teaches at Columbia Journalism School, where he is dean emeritus, and is a staff writer for the New Yorker. His most recent book is Transaction Man (2019).

gail levin is Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women’s Studies at the City University of New York. She is the acknowledged authority on Edward Hopper, author of his catalogue raisonné, his biography, and other publications.

arthur longworth is a PEN America Writing for Justice fellow and the author of Zek: An American Prison Story (Gabalfa Press, 2016).

matthew mccreery wolfe is a doctoral candidate in sociology at New York University.

christian sheppard teaches liberal arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He coedited Mystics: Presence and Aporia. His next project is a book of popular philosophy on how the heroic virtues and mythic vision celebrated in Homer’s epics and at the baseball game offer a more perfect pursuit of happiness.

kathrin wittler is a postdoctoral researcher in general and comparative literature at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her award-winning first book on German Jewish literary orientalism, ca. 1750–1850, was published in 2019. In her forthcoming second book, she investigates how the aesthetics of the lyrical poem are linked to solitude.



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