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Virtual Class Visits

These visits give students first-hand access to scholars, authors, performers, and community leaders whose work they are studying. Initiated during a year of remote learning, the Virtual Classroom Visits program continues to make possible unparalleled opportunities for student engagement with scholars in the classroom. A sampling of confirmed visits follows. View past Virtual Classroom Visits in 2020-2021.

Spring 2022

February 16, 2022
Nyoman Triyana Usadhi, a Balinese and Javanese dancer, will visit Professor Lynn Kremer's Asia on Stage class to discuss the role of religion in Indonesian arts and demonstrate how dance forms are manifested in current temple ceremonies.

February 24, 2022
Robin Hemley, Director & Polk Professor at Long Island University, will visit Professor Xu Xi's Asian Stories: Creative Writing Seminar. Hemley is co-author with Professor Xu Xi of "The Art and Craft of Asian Stories: A Writer's Guide and Anthology," which the class is reading.

February 25, 2022
A Vietnamese refugee, Kelly Nguyen is the leading scholar of classical receptions in the Vietnamese diaspora and an
IDEAL Provostial Fellow at Stanford University. She will visit Professor Katherine Hsu's class on Refugees in Ancient Myth and Today to discuss Vietnamese refugee monuments and their connections with Greco-Roman imagery.

March 1, 2022
Mary Clarke, a lecturer at Boston University Program of Archaeology, will visit Professor Natalie Susmann's DIY Digital Archaeology
to share her experiences as a Mesoamerican archaeologist whose research focuses on digital art and public dissemination.

March 17, 2022
John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism at Yale Divinity School, will visit Professor Thomas Martin's class on God and War to discuss the ethics of the relationship between God and war in the Bible.

March 22, 2022
Emily Austin, Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago, will visit Professor Aaron Seider's Greek 102 class to speak about the significance of solitude in Sophocles' tragedy "Philoctetes," particularly in regard to our current experiences.

April 4, 2022
John Emigh, Professor Emeritus at Brown University, will visit Professor Lynn Kremer's class "Asia on Stage" to share his research and photographic and video materials
of temple ceremony performances in rural India.

April 11, 2022
Kathryn Hampton, Deputy Director of the Asylum Program of Physicians for Human Rights, will join Professor Katherine Lu Hsu's class in Refugees in Ancient Myth and Today to speak about the crisis at the US's southern border, her work documenting human rights violations, and the legal interpretations of the UN Convention on Refugees.

April 12, 2022
Lindsey Steward, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis, will visit Professor Jameliah Shorter-Bourhanou's class on Black Feminist Philosophy to discuss new directions in Black feminist scholarship and activism.

April 21, 2022
Inez Tan, Academic Coordinator/Lecturer in Creative Writing at University of California Irvine, will visit Professor Xu Xi's Asian Stories: Creative Writing Seminar to discuss her story featured in "The Art and Craft of Asian Stories: A Writer's Guide and Anthology" and cross-cultural issues of writing for different audiences.

April 26, 2022
Film director
César Díaz will speak with Professor Rodrigo Fuentes' students in Spanish 305: Introduction to Textual Analysis after they have watched "Nuestras Madres," a film dealing with postwar Guatemala and the politics and ethics of historical memory.

April 27, 2022
Matthew Galway, Lecturer on Chinese History at the School of Culture, History, & Language,  Australian National University, will visit Professor Morgan Rocks' Asian Revolutions classes to discuss the role of violence and global Maoism in the Khmer Rouge's Revolution.

Fall 2021

September 13, 2021
Bradford Chin, a dance artist, scholar, DEI/accessibility consultant, and audio describer for dance, visits
Professor Jimena Bermejoi's Body Stories class to address mental health among athletes and dancers and to present on "Practice, Aesthetics, and Equity in Western Dance Culture."

September 20, 2021
Caitlin Gillespie, Assistant Professor at Brandeis, visits Professor Timothy Joseph's class in Advanced Latin: Tacitus to talk about her research on the ancient British queen Boudica, who led her people in fighting Roman invasion of the island.

September 28, 2021
Aaron Sachs, Professor of History at Cornell University, speaks to students in Professor David Karmon's Introduction to Environmental Humanities about why and how we study the environmental humanities, exploring the importance of both humor and humility in this kind of scholarship.

September 30, 2021
Jenny Price, writer, artist, and research
fellow at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University-St. Louis, discusses her recent manifesto "Stop Saving the Planet!" as well as her new research in Professor David Karmon's Environmental Humanities class.

October 7, 2021
Reighan Gillam Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Southern California, visits Professor Bridget Franco's class on Latin America through Cinema for a presentation on contemporary Afro-Latin representations in cinema with a focus on the Afro-Brazilian experience and a discussion of the figure of black children in Latin American film.

October 8, 2021
T.J. Tallie,
Assistant Professor of History at the University of San Diego, visits Professor Christopher Conz's class on Gender and Power in Africa to discuss gender, sexuality and queer studies in African religion, culture and politics.

October 20, 2021
Timothy Cheek, Professor of History at the University of British Columbia, gives a lecture to both sections of Modern China on the experience of Wang Shiwei, an influential Chinese communist writer in the 1930s and 40s. In early 1942, Wang, after calling out hypocrisy among the Chinese Communist Party's leadership, suffered an intensely critical trial in which he became the most prominent victim of the Party's Rectification campaign.

November 2, 2021
Alexandra Ratzlaff, Lecturer in Classical Studies at Brandeis University, visits Professor Natalie Susmann's Greek Archaeology in the Digital Age to talk about her innovative work as a digital archaeologist and digital humanities educator
and how digital methods of data collection, analyses, and dissemination can aid or hinder our understanding of the human past.

November 15, 2021
Alexandre Martins,
Assistant Professor at Marquette University specializing in bioethics, healthcare justice, and human rights, visits Professor Mary Roche's class on Ethics and Epidemics to speak about his liberationist perspective on healthcare.

November 18, 2021
Yonatan Binyam, President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Society and Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles, visits Professor Thomas Martin's class on Alexander the Great and Asia to discuss the representation of Alexander the Great in the Ethiopic tradition and the diverse intersections of religion, ethics, cultures, and race that took place in antiquity and later.

November 22, 2021
Thuto Thipe, Lecturer in African Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, visits Professor Christopher Conz's class Gender and Power in Africa, to review recent discourses about African feminisms.

December 8, 2021
Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, author of "When Momma Speaks: The Bible and Motherhood from a Womanist Perspective," and Allen Dwight Callahan, author of "The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible," visit Professor Tat-siong Benny Liew's class on African Americans and the Bible to engage with students who have read the books.