Johanna Drucker | Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies, UCLA

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. A collection of her essays, What Is? (Cuneiform Press), was published in 2013, and Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production (Harvard University Press) appeared in 2014. In addition to her academic work, Drucker has produced artist‘s books and projects that were the subject of a retrospective, Druckworks: 40 years of books and projects, that began at Columbia College in Chicago in 2012. She is currently working on a database memoir: ALL the books I never wrote or wrote and never published. Recent creative projects include Diagrammatic Writing (Onomatopée, 2014), Stochastic Poetics  (Granary, 2012), and Fabulas Feminae (Litmus Press, 2015). In 2014 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Jamaica Kincaid | Novelist, Essayist, and Professor of African and African American Studies in Residence, Harvard University

Jamaica Kincaid is a world renowned writer of fiction.  She teaches at Harvard University, offering courses in both the English and the African and African American Studies Departments with a focus on creative writing and African American writers. In 2016, her papers were acquired by Houghton Library. The collection includes Kincaid’s book-length and short compositions (including her work for the New Yorker), diaries, photographs, 4 laptops, research files, correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, biographical, and family material.



Tez Clark | Harvard Undergraduate, Houghton Library/SHARP Undergraduate Fellow (2016)

Tez Clark (’18) is a Philosophy concentrator living in Adams House. A native of Tokyo, Japan, Tez also went to high school in New Hampshire. Last summer, she was supported by the SHARP-Houghton Fellowship as she encoded and analyzed several of W.V. Quine’s manuscripts, including “Epistemology Naturalized.” She has also received research fellowships through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, Schlesinger Library, and the Committee on the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. This summer, she will be conducting research for her thesis on the topic of ethics-based norms of belief and their application to issues of bias and disagreement. Outside of research, Tez works as a Peer Research Fellow with the Harvard Library, is co-Dialogue Chair for the Asian American Women’s Association, and is a member of the Student Advisory Committee for the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights.

Jarrett M. Drake | Ph.D. Student | Harvard University

Jarrett M. Drake is a PhD student in cultural anthropology at Harvard University and an advisory archivist for A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland, an independent community-based archive in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, that collects, preserves, and provide access to the stories, memories, and accounts of police violence as experienced or observed by Cleveland citizens. His lines of inquiry converge on issues of justice, state violence, accountability, and memory work. Prior to Harvard, Jarrett spent four years as the Digital Archivist at Princeton University. While there, he volunteered as an instructor in the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons (NJ-STEP) Consortium through the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative, teaching preparatory and introductory college composition. Jarrett earned a B.A. in history from Yale College and an M.S.I. from the University of Michigan School of Information in archives and records management.

Maria Estorino | Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, University of North Carolina

Maria R. Estorino heads the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A cultural heritage professional with 16 years of experience in special collections, she was previously the Esperanza Bravo de Varona Chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries and vice president for museum collections at HistoryMiami Museum. A native of Miami, Florida, she received a Master of Arts in public history from Northeastern University and a Master of Science in library science from Simmons College.  Maria also studied history at Loyola University, New Orleans, and participated in the Smithsonian Institution’s Latino Museum Studies Program.

Arthur Fournier | Bookdealer, Fournier Fine & Rare

Arthur Fournier is an independent dealer of rare books and archives based in Brooklyn, NY.

Michelle Habell-Pallán | Associate Professor of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, University of Washington

Michelle Habell-Pallán, associate professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at University of Washington, directs the Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities Oral History Archive; curated American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music (sponsored by Seattle’s Museum of Popular Culture, UW, & the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service); and makes community music with Seattle Fandango Project. Her co-authored book, American Sabor: Latinas and Latinos  in U.S. Popular Music, is currently in-press.  She is the author of Loca Motion: The Travel Chicana & Latina Popular Culture (NYU Press). She was recently awarded the Barclay Simpson Prize for Scholarship in Public by the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities.

Angela Lorenz | Visual Artist

Angela Lorenz (b. USA) is a visual artist based in New England who has spent part of each year in Bologna, Italy, since 1985, when she attended the University of Bologna for a B.A. in Fine Arts – Semiotics from Brown University. Letterpress books with Jan Baker and concrete books with Janet Zweig in the Graphics Department at RISD contributed to her undergraduate degree, together with papermaking at Brown, all courses in which Lorenz created her first editioned artists’ books. The artist’s paintings, prints, multiples, artists books, and installations are exhibited and collected across the US and abroad in museums, libraries, and universities where she is often invited to lecture and critique. Speaking venues include MASS MoCA, Brooklyn Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Addison Gallery of American Art, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Among the teaching venues are Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Resident Faculty), La Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia (Resident Faculty), and NYU (Adjunct Faculty). Lorenz’s work is present in national art libraries at the Victoria & Albert Museum and La Biblioteca Nazionale di Firenze, and in the Prints and Drawings Collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Fogg Art Museum, and Grafische Sammlung Albertina. For exhibitions, bibliography and digital archive visit Angela Lorenz Artists Books.

Marcyliena Morgan | Professor of African and African American Studies and Founding Director of The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute, Harvard University

Marcyliena Morgan is a Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies and Founding Director of The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute (HARI) at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. She earned both her B.A. and her M.A. degrees at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She obtained an additional M.A. in linguistics at the University of Essex, England and her Ph.D. through the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written extensively on language and education, identity, gender, feminism, sexuality, and hiphop culture.   She is the author of many works that focus on youth, gender, racism, language, culture, linguistic philosophy, identity, sociolinguistics, discourse, and interaction.  These include the Daedulus (2011) publication “Hiphop and the Global Imprint of a Black Cultural Form” (with Dionne Bennett), “’The World is Yours’: The Globalization of Hip-hop Language” (2016), and her monographs: Language, Discourse and Power in African American Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2002), The Real Hiphop – Battling for Knowledge, Power, and Respect in the Underground (Duke University Press, 2008), Speech Communities with Cambridge University Press (2014), and more.

Trevor Muñoz | Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research at the University of Maryland Libraries and an Associate Director of Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

Trevor Muñoz is Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research at the University of Maryland Libraries and an Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). He works to foster digital projects that involve close collaboration among librarians, archivists, and other digital humanities researchers. As part of this work, he has written, spoken, and consulted about the strategic opportunities and challenges of doing digital humanities work within the institutional and cultural structures of academic research libraries. Muñoz holds an M.A. in Digital Humanities from the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He currently serves as a core team member for the African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities Initiative.

Sonnet Retman | Professor of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington

Sonnet Retman is an Associate Professor of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington.  She is the author of Real Folks: Race and Genre in the Great Depression (2011).  She has published essays on race, gender and genre in journals such as American Literature, PMLA Journal, Women and Performance, African American Review, and Museum Anthropology. She is a collaborator with the Women Who Rock Project, for which she was awarded a 2014 Digital Commons Faculty Summer Fellowship, sponsored by the University of Washington Simpson Center for Humanities and funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Jay Satterfield | Special Collections Librarian, Dartmouth College

Jay Satterfield is the head of Dartmouth College’s Rauner Special Collections Library. Since arriving at Dartmouth in 2004, he has worked to integrate special collections into the intellectual life of the College through intensive curricular use of the collection. He is an advocate for hands-on learning and creating meaningful connections between the past and the present with rare and unique materials. Jay’s research interests focus on the interplay between readers and texts, with an emphasis on the history of the book. He has recently completed an essay that examines how Random House’s marketing strategies built William Faulkner’s brand in the decade leading up to his winning of the Nobel Prize; it will be published by the University of Mississippi Press. He is the author of The World’s Best Books: Taste, Culture and the Modern Library and he holds a Ph.d. in American Studies from the University of Iowa.

Liz Ševčenko | Director, Humanities Action Lab

Liz Ševčenko is founding director of the Humanities Action Lab (HAL), a consortium of 20 universities led by The New School that collaborate with issue organizations and public spaces on community-created public memory projects around contested social issues. HAL’s first project, States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories, consists of a traveling exhibit, web platform, curricula, and public dialogues on the past, present, and future of incarceration created by over 700 students and others directly affected by incarceration. HAL grew out of the Guantanamo Public Memory Project, an international collaboration of universities and organizations Sevcenko launched from Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, to build a global conversation about the past, present, and future of the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay. Ševčenko was Founding Director of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a network of historic sites that foster public dialogue on pressing contemporary issues. Prior to starting the Coalition, Ševčenko served as Vice President for Programs at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, developing exhibits and educational activities that connect the stories of the neighborhood’s immigrants past and present. She writes on intersections of social justice, heritage, and memory in journals and edited volumes in a variety of fields. She received her B.A. in history from Yale University and her M.A. in history from New York University.

Jordan Alexander Stein | Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Fordham University

Jordan Alexander Stein is editor of Early African American Print Culture (2012) and author of a forthcoming monograph on novel reading and book history in the Anglophone world between 1620-1790. He regularly writes for the LA Review of Books and for Avidly.  Current and forthcoming research topics include the editing of Edward Taylor’s poetry manuscripts, the publication history of Melville’s “Bartleby,” and Nina Simone’s civil rights recordings.


Christopher Wilde | Co-founder of The Queer Zine Archive Project

Christopher Wilde is the co-founder of The Queer Zine Archive Project, a website and physical archive dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of queer zine culture. A 1988 graduate of Grinnell College with a B.A. in History, he is a 2017 recipient of a Grinnell Alumni Award for his volunteer work fostering community between LGBTQ+ students and queer alumni. A zine maker since 1992, he has created the zines Abrupt Lane Edge, Wicked Wipeout, and others. He was a 2009 Artist in Residence at The Anchor Zine Library and Archive in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He also works as a Sexuality Educator at Tool Shed Toys, an award-winning erotic boutique in Milwaukee, WI.

Remarks and Introductions

Henry Louis “Skip” Gates | Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University

Tom Hyry | Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library

Drew Faust | President of Harvard University

Sarah Thomas | Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences