Dr. Eric Denker
Eric Denker is the Senior Lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, where he has been since 1978. From 1998 to 2006, Dr. Denker also served jointly as the Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, overseeing the permanent collection and coordinating an active exhibition schedule that included the catalogue and show of Whistler and his Circle in Venice. Dr. Denker attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he is now a Trustee as well as the President of the Friends of the Trout Gallery. He received his doctorate from the University of Virginia. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Cornell University’s CIW Program, Dr. Denker frequently lectures in Italy for the Smithsonian Institution and for the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice. He is the co-author, with Judith Martin, of the 2007 No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice, exploring the contemporary visitor’s passions for the unique lagoon city. He is the author of numerous articles for guidebooks about Venice and Italy.
Dr. Daniella Fridl
Daniella Fridl is an experienced researcher, professor and practitioner in the field of international development, conflict management and international security/terrorism studies. Dr. Fridl’s background includes working at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM) at the University of Maryland. Dr. Fridl has experience working in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors and academia, as well as international organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Dr. Fridl's expertise is in the area of state failure, state recognition, conflict management, terrorism and international security. She received her MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins SAIS University in Washington, D.C. and she currently teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in the areas of international development, conflict management, and international security/terrorism studies. She is fluent in Croatian and German.
Dr. John O'Connor
John O'Connor is a writer and editor. Recent publications include Shakespearean Afterlives (Icon, Cambridge), and the three-volume A Directory of Shakespeare in Performance (Palgrave Macmillan; co-edited with Katie Goodland at CUNY). Formerly principal lecturer in English and Education at Westminster College, Oxford, and a visiting lecturer at the Shakespeare Institute, he is also series editor for the Longman School Shakespeare.
Dr. David Pelletier
David Pelletier is a Professor of Nutrition Policy in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. His research, teaching and public engagement focuses on improved methods for the analysis, design and implementation of nutrition policy, tools for the scaling up nutrition interventions and the application of implementation science to nutrition. He has conducted or supervised research and project work in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Lesotho, Nigeria, Uganda, Indonesia, China, Bolivia, Guatemala, Peru and Haiti. He has consulted on nutrition strategy development with the World Bank, USAID, UNICEF, WHO, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Food Policy Research Institute and served on expert panels for WHO and the National Academy of Science. His most recent projects include the Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative, the Micronutrient Program Assessment Project and the African Nutrition Security Partnership, the latter being an engaged, action-research project to support and document the national-level operationalization of multisectoral nutrition in four African countries. He is a founding member and the current president of the Society for Implementation Science for Nutrition.
Dr. Jason Rao
Jason Rao is currently the Director of International Affairs at the American Society for Microbiology, where he oversees global health and “Science Diplomacy” world-wide. Dr. Rao recently served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Global Science Engagement in the White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy, where his responsibilities included President Obama’s Global Engagement initiative, aimed at renewing science and technology partnerships to meet grand challenges around the globe.
Dr. Rao also served in the U.S. Department of State for a decade, where he was responsible for a range of foreign assistance programs aimed at enhancing global health and national security.
During his time with the State Department, Dr. Rao held the position of Advisor for Health Security at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan and was instrumental in building the U.S.- Pakistan collaborative science framework, as well as a range of security programs in the region.
In 2009 Dr. Rao was a Brookings Legislative Fellow in the 111th Congress, working with both the Senate Foreign Relations and Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committees, contributing to new legislation on international science cooperation.
Dr. Rao was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Diplomacy Fellow, as well as a research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and earned his bachelor’s degree in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Dr. David Silbey
David Silbey is a military historian, focusing on modern warfare. Dr. Silbey's first book, The British Working Class and Enthusiasm for War, 1914-1916 was published by Taylor & Francis in 2005. His second book, A War of Empire and Frontier: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902 was published by Hill & Wang in Spring 2007. His The Boxer Rebellion and the Great Game in China, 1900 was published by Hill & Wang in March 2012. He got his B.A. from Cornell and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University.