Teaching literature, Jean Arnaud has held positions at some of the most prestigious schools in the world. He received recognition from the French Ministry of Education for his significant contributions to academics through his creative projects and instructional strategies. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Jean Arnaud has launched numerous businesses as a serial entrepreneur, including Nova, a start-up that develops immersive learning environments in the metaverse. Jean Arnaud is also a digital NFTs artist, a published author, a speaker, and a mentor at SXSW 2023.
Dr. Mercédès Baillargeon is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a specialist of gender, queer and sexuality studies, 20th and 21st century French literature, cinema and media studies, and critical theory. Her book, Le Personnel est politique: médias, esthétique et politique de l’autfiction chez Christine Angot, Chloé Delaume et Nelly Arcan was published by Purdue University Press in 2019. More recently, she has published on the #metoo movement in France and the Québec New Wave of cinema.
Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is an Indian-American economist who is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Banerjee shared the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”.
Mathieu Beau teaches Mathematics at the International School of Boston. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics at the University of Marseille, France, in 2010, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies from 2010 to 2014 and at the University of Massachusetts Boston from 2015 to 2017. He has taught mathematics and physics at both College and High school level. He has published scientific articles on the topics of foundation of quantum physics, quantum thermodynamics, quantum simulation, quantum diffraction, Bose-Einstein condensation, and mathematical physics.
Dr Cynthia Boyer is an assistant professor at the Institut Champollion/ Framespa, Université de Toulouse, France. She holds a Phd in political science and is graduated in U.S constitutional law and politics (University of Massachussets). She regularly contributes to Amici Curiae on the 1st Amendement for American constitutional courts. Her scholarship has appeared in the Harvard CRCL, Berkeley Public Policy Press, the Institute of Governmental Studies and the California Constitution Center, The Constitutional Law Journal. Her field of research includes the intersection of politics and constitutional law, human rights, environmental transition and justice.
Barbara Cassin is a French philologist and philosopher. She was elected to the Académie française on 4 May 2018. Cassin is the recipient of the Grand Prize of Philosophy of the Académie française. She is an Emeritus Research Director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. Cassin is a program Director at the International College of Philosophy and the director of its Scientific Council and member of its Board of Directors. She was a director of Collège international de philosophie established by Jacques Derrida. In 2006 she succeeded Jonathan Barnes to the directorship of the leading centre of excellence in Ancient philosophy, Centre Leon-Robin, at the Sorbonne. In recent years she has been teaching seminars and writing books in partnership with Alain Badiou.
Stratis Chomenidis pursuing a PhD at the Doctoral School of Philosophy at the Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University. My thesis concerns the psychoanalytical, symbolic and imaginary foundations of deliberative democracy. Before that, he obtained a bachelor in Economics at the Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University and two Masters degrees, one in Political Philosophy at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and the other in Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
Victorien Coquery teaches French and Ancient literature at the International School of Boston. While studying at the École Normale Supérieure (2010-2015), he obtained a bachelor’s degree in history and history of art at University Paris Sorbonne. He wrote his master’s thesis upon “The philosophy of colours in Lucretia’s De rerum natura” under the direction of Carlos Lévy. After the agrégation, his teaching experience in Los Angeles, Paris, Montpellier, Longwy and Boston led him to explore innovative pedagogies such as the setting up of an interactive exhibition on Tocqueville or the creation of karaoke videos in Latin or ancient Greek.
Esther Duflo is a French–American economist who is a professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is the co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab which was established in 2003. She shared the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer,”for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”. Duflo is a National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)research associate, a board member of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and director of the Centre for Economic Policy Research’s development economics program. Her research focuses on microeconomic issues in developing countries, including household behavior, education, access to finance, health, and policy evaluation.
Pam Ellis, a graduate of Dartmouth College, holds a J.D. and Certificate in Federal Indian Law from the Arizona State University College of Law. Retired from the practice of law in Massachusetts, Ellis is an enrolled member of the Nipmuc Tribe, a tribal knowledge keeper, genealogist, and former tribal council member. A co-founder of the Nettukkuskq Singers, a traditional and contemporary Indigenous women’s singing group that has performed around the country, Ellis serves on the boards of the Native Land Conservancy in Mashpee, MA, the only Native-run, land conservation group east of the Mississippi; and the Clearing Brook, LLC, an intertribal land rematriation and food sovereignty project. Ellis is the Principal/Owner of Chágwas Cultural Resource Consultants, LLC. She is the 2022-2023 Distinguished Artists and Scholar in Residence at Bunker Hill Community College in sponsorship with the Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery.
Kim Frashure is a tenured Professor, Department Chairperson, and co-founder of the Environmental Science Program at Bunker Hill Community College. Frashure holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a M.S. in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont, and a B.S. in Science Studies from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include natural resource protection, estuaries, and GIS mapping. She is the founder and owner of a sole proprietorship cartography art business, Geospatial Art Maps. Frashure is a U.S. Air Force veteran, and a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians whose reservation land resides in Michigan. She is currently facilitating a college-wide project to embed Indigenous perspectives in college curriculum, and a co-co-Principal investigator to broaden participation in STEM as part of a NASA grant.
Growing up in France in a family of artists and sculptors, Cécile Ganne has a passion for color. Through her oil landscapes, she lends substance and form to the layers of impressions that deposit in our minds, just as sediment shapes geological landforms. Her imagined or re-imagined landscapes invite us to escape into vibrant vistas where the interior and exterior merge, creating a sense of time suspended.
Cécile holds a Ph.D. from B.U., Licences de Lettres and Art History from La Sorbonne and Toulouse le Mirail, France. When not creating, she teaches French at Wellesley College.
Léa Hirschfeld examines disability through the prism of intimate, true-life narratives. From personal reflection to her life’s work, her writings, photographs, and podcasts follow her conviction that our societies can grow through shared experiences. Her self-produced podcast Décalés features discussions with individuals living, either directly or indirectly, with disability. Since its creation in 2021, she has become increasingly active in the public representation of disability through the arts.
Zazie Huml is a student at Harvard University pursuing a degree in Social Studies and Global Health and Health Policy. As Global Health Lead for Harvard Effective Altruism, Zazie runs several research projects related to international development, including researching for Center for Effective Aid Policy. They are also the founding President of Makolekole US, a nonprofit drilling wells in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia. Before dedicating themselves to global health, Zazie was a World Cup athlete representing the Czech Republic in alpine skiing.
James E. Katz is the Feld Professor of Emerging Media and also directs the College of Communication’s Division of Emerging Media Studies at Boston University. His core interests revolve around societal and interpersonal aspects of communication technology. His pioneering publications on artificial intelligence (AI) and society, social media, mobile communication, and robot-human interaction have been internationally recognized and translated into a dozen languages. His two most recent books, Journalism and the Search for Truth in an Age of Social Media, co-edited with Kate Mays, and Philosophy of Emerging Media, co-edited with Juliet Floyd, were published by Oxford University Press.
Abby LaBreck is a Senior at Harvard majoring in Government and French, with a secondary in European History, Politics, and Societies. Her main academic interests include US-EU transatlantic relations, foreign policy and diplomacy studies, and French politics and culture. At Harvard, she is the founder and President of Harvard Undergraduate Women in Foreign Policy, an Undergraduate Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and a research assistant for French foreign policy expert, Philippe Le Corre. She has also worked for the Center for European Policy Analysis in DC on the Transatlantic Leadership team and for the French Consulate of San Francisco as a part of the Villa Albertine team. Upon graduation from Harvard, Abby will be pursuing a two-year Master’s degree in International Governance and Diplomacy at Science Po’s Paris School of International Affairs.
Dr. Matthias Lambert is a Scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Instructor at Harvard Medical School. His primary work focuses on understanding disease mechanisms and developing therapies for families with muscle diseases. Dr. Lambert is also a patient living with a rare form of congenital myopathy. At the age of 29, he launched a research program to find his own cure. Matthias comes from Saint-Omer, France.
Michel Lussault, born in 1960, is full Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at University of Lyon, France in a Graduate School called Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. ). A well-known French specialist in urban studies and theoretical geography, his research focus is on the study of global urbanization as a new “milieu” for inhabitants and on the issue of urban vulnerability in an anthropocenic world. Since 1990, he has published 20 scientific books or special issues of scientific journals, 58 contributions in scientific books, and 28 refereed papers in scientific journals.
Jean-Luc Marion is a French Catholic philosopher and academician born on July 3, 1946, disciple of the theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. A former student of Jean Beaufret, Ferdinand Alquié and Jacques Derrida (École normale supérieure, 1967-1972), he is a specialist in Descartes and phenomenology. His philosophy is emblematic of what Dominique Janicaud has called the “theological turn of French phenomenology”. Some already present him as a new Jean Guitton.
Marie-Christine Nizzi earned a first Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University and a second Ph.D. in Psychology at Harvard University. Her interdisciplinary and international experience informs her research on the self. She asks: how do we form our identities in diverse cultural contexts, and how can we become more resilient when facing adversity? She was named “2018 Harvard Horizons Scholar” for her work with Veterans and face-transplant recipients. In her private practice, Precision Psychologie PLLC, Dr. Nizzi provides therapy in English and French, with a specialty in supporting high-achievers.
Born in Paris in 1974, Anne Plaisance is a French multidisciplinary visual artist who lives in Boston. Her work has been exhibited not only in the United States, but also in Europe and Asia. Her numerous works have been featured in publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Boston Voyager, Create Magazine, etc., and explore themes such as emancipation, empowerment, women’s self-determination, equality and diversity, and social justice issues.
A regular guest in the American media, she contributes to the dissemination of french values, particularly by exploring current societal issues of mutual interest to the United States and France. In 2022, Anne Plaisance worked on her Wonder Women Now project, dedicated to domestic violence and rebuilding through resilience. It consists of a multi-sensory art exhibition, currently touring internationally (2023-2025). This interactive art exhibition takes the viewer on a heroic journey of celebrities, women and children who have reclaimed their power.
Nicolas Prevelakis is the Assistant Director of Curricular Development at the Center for Hellenic Studies and Associate Senior Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard. He received a first Ph.D. in Moral and Political Philosophy from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 4) and a second one in Political Sociology from Boston University. His research focuses on the history of political philosophy, religion and politics, globalization, and the historical connection between nationalism and secularization throughout the world
Mathilde Radiguet is assistant professor in Geophysics at the Institute of Earth Sciences from University of Grenoble, France, and currently Fulbright Visiting researcher at MIT. Her research focuses on understanding various fault zone processes, from slow deformations to earthquakes, using space geodesy and seismology.
I have over two decades of experience in cooking professionally in a wide variety of kitchens, from the famed vegetarian restaurant Greens in my native San Francisco to my position as chef at True Bistro in Somerville since it’s inception in 2010. My decision to become vegetarian was born from my experience as an exchange student on a small family farm in Austria. My travels in Asia, Africa and Europe have shown me that there are those that share my values all over the world and a wealth of preparations that align with those values in many traditions.
Laura Rozenblum is a Nuclear Medicine Physician at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris and third-year PhD student in Neurosciences at Sorbonne University, France. Currently, she is a Research Fellow at the Gordon Center for Medical Imaging (Massachusetts General Hospital – Harvard Medical School). Her work focuses on the application of artificial intelligence to medical imaging techniques, specifically multimodal PET-MRI, to discover new markers of survival in cerebral lymphoma. She has been awarded several grants, including the prestigious Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award.
Mercedes Sapuppo is a Senior at Harvard majoring in Social Studies, with a focus on democracy and security in Central and Eastern Europe. Her main academic interests include democratic resilience, press freedom, and U.S. Foreign Policy in Eurasia. At Harvard, she is a Research Assistant at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and she has worked at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs . She has also worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Europe, the Atlantic Council, the Democracy and Culture Foundation, and Human Rights Watch.
Deborah Spears Moorehead is an internationally known fine artist, painter, sculptor, historian, and author from the Seaconke Pokanoket Wampanoag Tribal Nation. She holds a M.A. degree in Cultural Sustainability and a B.A. degree in Final Arts. She co-founded the Nettukkusqk Singers, a group that learns music from the Cultural Bearers of the Eastern Woodland Native American tradition that was lost through colonization. She is the recipient of the 2022 Fitts Family Grant, Artists in Residency Program at Brown University. In 2020, the Tomaquaug Museum honored her with a Princess Redwing Arts Award. Her drawing called Whoosh” won the Art contest award for the National Congress of American Indian. In 2015, the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts honored Spears Moorehead with a Community Leadership Award for her pioneering work in creating the First Ever” State Native American Art Exhibit. She currently creates and teaches art at her studio, Painted Arrow Studio, and consults on Native American culture through her business, Talking Water Productions. She is the 2022-2023 Distinguished Artists and Scholar in Residence at Bunker Hill Community College in sponsorship with the Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery.
Larry Spotted Crow Mann is a nationally acclaimed author, poet, cultural educator, traditional storyteller, drummer, dancer, and speaker on topics involving Native American sovereignty and identity. He is a member of the Nipmuc Tribe and has served as a board member of the Nipmuc Cultural Preservation. Mann also serves as a Review Committee Member at The Native American Poets Project at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. Mann is a founder and Co-Director of the Ohketeau Cultural Center and the Native Youth Empowerment Foundation. He is the first Native American to sing the opening honor song and land acknowledgement at the 2021 Boston Marathon, and the recipient of the 2021 Indigenous Peoples Award of the Berkshire County Branch of the NAACP. He was the 2021-2022 and current 2023 Distinguished Artist and Scholar in Residence at Bunker Hill Community College, in sponsorship with the Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery.
Dr. Karen Turman is a Preceptor of French at Harvard University. She earned her M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2013) in French Literature with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics and the Certificate of College and University Teaching at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include 19th-century Bohemian Paris, the Jazz Age in Paris, fashion studies, and popular culture studies. In Second Language Acquisition, Dr. Turman’s research and practice include community engagement scholarship in addition to topics of social justice and sustainability in the language curriculum. Her most recent publications include a chapter entitled “Prettyman in the Mirror: Dandyism in Prince’s Minneapolis,” featured in Prince and Popular Music: Critical Perspectives on an Interdisciplinary Life (Bloomsbury, 2020). She is the course head for French 20: Francophone Culture in Local Communities; French 50: Écrivons droit(s)/ Writing Right(s)—Justice, Equity, Rights, and Writing; and French 62: Exploring French Culture Through Industry—Fashion, Cuisine, and Cabarets.
Aristotle Vainikos is a senior at Harvard studying Government and Statistics. He is interested in U.S. national security, with an emphasis on technology policy and innovation. He has worked with the U.S. National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, U.S. State Department’s Western Europe Office, Center for European Policy Analysis, and Special Competitive Studies Project. On campus, he led the Harvard Political Union, helped run a conference for Members of the U.S. Congress at the Institute of Politics, and volunteers as a peer mentor for both high-school and college first-year students.
Jacob Waltuck is an actor, writer, and storyteller from New York City. In 2010, he discovered Zeno Mountain Farm, a community of people with and without disabilities that collaborates around cinema and theater projects. Jacob has acted in three Zeno movies: Finding Zack Efron, Bulletproof, and Becoming Bulletproof – which was an Oscar nominee. In Best Summer Ever, a Zeno feature film by Michael Parks Randa and Lauren Smitelli, he played Cody. The cast and crew were 100% inclusive.
Jacob is an active advocate for disability and diversity who has given numerous talks in America.