Matthew Bengtson

Matthew Bengtson is assistant professor of piano literature at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where he teaches piano, fortepiano, and courses in piano repertoire, history, and culture. Critically acclaimed as a “musician’s pianist,” Bengtson has a unique combination of musical talents ranging from extraordinary pianist to composer, analyst, and scholar of performance practice, and thus is in demand as both soloist and collaborator. An advocate of both contemporary and rarely performed music, he commands a diverse repertoire, ranging from Byrd to Ligeti and numerous contemporary composers. He has performed concerts in France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, and Mexico; in Washington, D.C., at Monticello; and in solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. His recordings can be heard on the Roméo, Arabesque, Griffin Renaissance, Albany, Navona, and Musica Omnia record labels. On his recording of the complete Aleksandr Scriabin Piano Sonatas, the American Record Guide writes, “Big-boned pianism, rich tonal colors, and dazzling technique are on display here. Has Scriabin ever been played better? Only Horowitz and Richter can compare.” Bengtson is a Steinway Artist.

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Susan Buck-Morss

Susan Buck-Morss is distinguished professor of political science at CUNY Graduate Center, and holds the title of Jan Rock Zubrow ’77 Professor Emerita of Government at Cornell University, where she was a member of the graduate fields in comparative literature, German studies, history of art and visual studies, romance studies, and the School of Architecture, Art, and Planning. Her books include Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History (Pittsburgh University Press, 2009); Thinking Past Terror: Islamism and Critical Theory on the Left (Verso, 2003); Dreamworld and Catastrophe: The Passing of Mass Utopia in East and West (MIT Press, 2000); The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project (MIT Press, 1989); and The Origin of Negative Dialectics: Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and the Frankfurt School (Free Press, 1977; 2nd ed., 2002).

Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick and a research associate in Warwick’s Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE). He is the author of numerous articles and books on Russia’s economic history, the economics of war, and the economic history of the KGB. Harrison’s 2011 article with Andrei Markevich in the Journal of Economic History was awarded the 2012 Russian National Prize for Applied Economics.

Minkah Makalani

Minkah Makalani, associate professor of African and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin, is an intellectual historian who works on radicalism, black internationalism, black political thought, racial formation, and African diasporic social movements in the Caribbean, U.S., and Europe. He is the author of In the Cause of Freedom: Radical Black Internationalism from Harlem to London, 1917–1939, and coeditor (with Davarian Baldwin) of Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem. His work has appeared in the journals South Atlantic Quarterly, Souls, Social Text, Journal of African American History, and Women, Gender, and Families of Color; in the New York Times, Slate, Ebony, and the New Yorker; and in such edited collections as White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism, Outside In: The Transnational Circuitry of U.S. History, and the forthcoming C. L. R. James’ Beyond a Boundary Fifty Years On. He is currently working on C. L. R. James’s return to Trinidad (1958–1962), giving particular attention to James’s thinking about democracy, the arts, and Africa in conceptualizing a Caribbean political future beyond liberal democracy.

Mark D. Steinberg

Mark D. Steinberg is professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of many books on the Russian revolutionary era, including The Fall of the Romanovs: Political Dreams and Personal Struggles in a Time of Revolution (Yale, 1995); Voices of Revolution, 1917 (Yale, 2001); Proletarian Imagination: Self, Modernity, and the Sacred in Russia, 1910–1925 (Cornell, 2002); Petersburg Fin de Siècle (Yale, 2011); and The Russian Revolution, 1905–1921 (Oxford, 2017). He is the coauthor (with the late Nicholas Riasanovsky) of recent editions of A History of Russia (Oxford), including the forthcoming ninth. He is beginning work on a new project on discipline and deviance in Leningrad, Odessa, Shanghai, and New York in the long 1920s.