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Debra Bergoffen

Debra Bergoffen is the Bishop Hamilton Lecturer in Philosophy with the Department of Philosophy at American University and a Professor Emerita of Philosophy with the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at George Mason University. Dr. Bergoffen served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and as Director of the Womens' Research Center while at George Mason University. Dr. Bergoffen was also a recipient of George Mason University's Distinguished Faculty Award, the Teaching Excellence Award, the David J. King Teaching Excellence Award, and the Distinguished Scholar Award. Dr. Bergoffen works from a continental, feminist perspective in her teaching and research, particularly when examining epistemological, ethical, and political issues in the life world. Dr. Bergoffen is also familiar with the work of Simone de Beauvoir as evidenced by her 1996 text, The Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir: Gendered Phenomenologies, Erotic Generosities (SUNY Press), which highlights the significance of de Beauvoir's philosophical voice and the impact of her work on contemporary philosophical theory and feminist thought. Dr. Bergoffen has authored a number of essays, book chapters, and texts, including her most recent publication, Contesting the Politics of Genocidal Rape: Affirming the Dignity of the Vulnerable Body (2011; Routledge).

Jane Anna Gordon

Jane Anna Gordon is an Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies with the Department of Political Science and the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Dr. Gordon is a specialist in political theory, and is well-versed on modern and contemporary political theory, Africana political thought, theories of enslavement, political theories of education, methodologies in the social sciences, and political theory in film and literature. Dr. Gordon's first book, Why They Couldn't Wait: A Critique of the Black-Jewish Community Control in Ocean Hill-Brownsville (2001; Routledge) was selected as one of the four best recent books published on civil rights by the Gotham Gazette (2003). Dr. Gordon has co-authored several books including, The Companion to African American Studies (2006; Blackwell), Not Only the Master's Tools: African-American Studies in Theory and Practice (2006; Paradigm Publishers), and Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age (2009; Paradigm Publishers), all co-authored with Lewis R. Gordon. Dr. Gordon's most recent book project was published earlier in 2014 through Fordham University Press and is titled, Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon. Dr. Gordon has also published a number of book chapters and journal articles in publications including, The C.L.R. James Journal, the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, Philosophical Studies in Education, and the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, to name a few. In 2012, the American Political Science Association awarded her the Foundations in Political Theory Best Paper Prize for her work in the essay, "Theorizing Contemporary Practices of Enslavement: A Portrait of the Old and New," which also serves as the impetus for her next book project. Dr. Gordon currently serves as the President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart is the Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies with the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. Dr. Hart's research focuses on the discursive space between the disciplines of Philosophy and Theology as well as between the fields of Religion and Literature. Dr. Hart teaches courses on modern theology, mysticism, theology and poetry, and introduction to Christian theology, at the undergraduate level, and phenomenology and theology, the Trinity, and theology and poetry at the graduate level. Dr. Hart serves on the Comité Scientifique d'Oeuvres d'Emmanuel Lévinas (Scientific Committee of Emmanuel Levinas' Works). He also serves on the editorial boards of Cahiers Blanchot, Christianity and Literature, Expositions, Faith and Philosophy, the Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory, and New Literary History. Dr. Hart has published a number of books, book chapters, and journal articles throughout his career. Some of his works include, The Trespass of the Sign: Deconstruction, Theology, and Philosophy (1989; Cambridge University Press), A.D. Hope (1992; Oxford University Press), The Oxford Book of Australian Religious Verse (1994; Oxford University Press), Samuel Johnson and the Culture of Property (1999; Cambridge University Press), Postmodernism: A Beginner's Guide (2004; Oneworld), The Dark Gaze: Maurice Blanchot and the Sacred (2004; Chicago University Press), Counter-Experiences: Reading Jean-Luc Marion (2007; Notre Dame University Press), and Clandestine Encounters: Philosophy in the Narratives o Maurice Blanchot (2010; Notre Dame University Press), to name a few. Dr. Hart was awarded the H.B Earhart and Carrie F. Frost Fellowship in 2010-2011 and received in excess of $30,000 as part of the fellowship.

David Loy

David Loy is an independent scholar and is a writer and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. His research centers on the intersections of Buddhism and Comparative Philosophy. Dr. Loy has held academic appointments as a Senior Lecturer with the Philosophy Department of Singapore University from 1978 to 1984 and as a Professor with the Faculty of International Studies of Bunkyo University (in Chigasaki, Japan) from 1990-2005. From 2006-2010 Dr. Loy was appointed and served as the Besl Family Chair Professor of Ethics/Religion and Society with Xavier University. Dr. Loy was a Visiting Scholar with the University of Cape Town in 2007, a Research Scholar with the Institute of Advanced Study at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2009, and a Lenz Fellow and Scholar in Residence at Naropa University at Boulder in 2012. Dr. Loy serves on the editorial board for the journals Cultural Dynamics, Worldviews, Contemporary Buddhism, the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, and the World Fellowship of Buddhists Review. Dr. Loy serves on the advisory board of the Buddhist Global Relief Association, the Clear View Project, the Zen Peacemakers, and the Ernest Becker Foundation. Dr. Loy has published a number of texts including, Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy (1988; Yale University Press), Lack and Transcendence: The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy, Existentialism, and Buddhism (1996; Humanities Press), A Buddhist History of the West: Studies in Lack (2002; State University of New York Press), The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory (2003; Wisdom Publications), Money Sex War Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution (2008; Wisdom Publications), Awareness Bound and Unbound: Buddhist Essays (2009; State University of New York Press), and The World is Made of Stories (2010; Wisdom Publications).