Hailing from Texas A&M University, Dr. Craig Kallendorf's areas of interest include Renaissance Comparative Literature, Classics and Rhetoric. In 2006, he was the proud recipient of a $25,000-grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to organize the "Books of Venice" conference, set for spring 2007 in Venice, Italy.
Dr. Hilaire Kallendorf (Texas A&M University): Sin & Sensibility: Moral Economies of Early Modern Spain
Also hailing from Texas A&M University, Dr. Hilaire Kallendorf is assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Hispanic Studies. She is the author of two books, Exorcism & Its Texts: Subjectivity in Early Modern Literature of England and Spain & Conscience on Stage: The Comedia as Casuistry in Early Modern Spain. In April 2006, she was awarded the $50,000 Hiett Prize in the Humanities.
Dr. Harry R. Lewis (Harvard University): When Universities Abandon Their Mission
Dr. Harry R. Lewis, Harvard professor and former dean of Harvard College, led a book discussion on his latest release, Excellence Without a Soul: How a Great University Forgot Education. His insightful publication offers a provocative analysis of how America's great universities are failing students and the nation.
Rev. Ramiro Peña Jr. (Baylor University Board of Regents): Why Are We Afraid of Mexican Immigrants?
Rev. Ramiro Peña Jr. is a Baylor graduate and a current member of the Baylor University Board of Regents. He also serves as spiritual adviser to several members of Partido Acción Nacional in Mexico and is the founder and pastor of Christ the King Baptist Church in Waco, Tex.
Dr. Weldon Thornton (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): The Roots of Modernism
Dr. Weldon Thornton is a professor in the Department of English & Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His teaching interests include Great Books, modern British fiction and Anglo-Irish literature. Thornton's areas of research focus on Anglo-Irish literature, the modern novel and D.H. Lawrence. Books by his hand include Allusions in Ulysses: An Annotated List and D.H. Lawrence: A Study of the Short Fiction.