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Amanda Berry studied at Duke University under the queer guidance of Eve K. Sedgwick in the early 1990’s. There she obtained her Master’s and PhD in English. Her work focuses on 19th Century British literature, especially Romantic literature and questions of public pleasure and sexuality. Amanda currently teaches in the Literature Program at American University in Washington, DC. Her more recent interests are the Sister Arts including comic books and she is at work on a project about masculinity and comics provisionally entitled No Man on Earth.

Katy Hawkins lives in Philadelphia where she studies (and teaches) mind/body relations, including Zazen and Samatha/Vipassana meditation, Sanskrit and Vedic chanting, and the eight limbs of Raja Yoga as defined by Patanjali. She is currently working on a book on Eve’s art and its relation to Eastern spiritual frameworks. Since completing her Ph.D in Comp Lit from NYU, her cross-disciplinary work (culled from dance, film, poetry, and theory) has appeared in Women and Performance, Criticism, and The Painted Bride Quarterly, and has been presented at venues such as Cornelia Street Café (NYC), Connelly Theater (NYC), and The Ear Inn (NYC), not to mention the esteemed archives of YouTube.

Gregory John Mercurio studied with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he earned his M.Phil in English literature and is currently completing the Ph.D dissertation he began under Eve’s supervision. His academic interests range from Proust and queer modernism to queer uses of Darwinian and post-Darwinian evolutionary thought. He is currently writing about Proust’s use of Ovidian metamorphosis in an evolutionary context. He has also been an artist and set designer Off-Broadway for the last 25 years, and was a resident scenic artist at Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company. He is the academic director of the Honors College at Adelphi University.

Jason Nielsen is in his fourth year in the English program at The Graduate Center. He is in the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate program at the GC, has previously taught courses in Digital Writing at Queens College, and will be teaching a class titled “The Digital Revolution.” Previous courses taught include American Studies and Representations of the Holocaust in literature and film. He is co-chair of the 20th-Century Studies Area Group and interests include American literature, memoir, affect, psychoanalysis, and digital culture. He is also working on archival materials of poet John Wieners for the CUNY Lost and Found Poetics project.

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