Chris Hedges is an American journalist, activist, and author. He is known as the best-selling author of several books including War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002), Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009), Death of the Liberal Class (2010), and Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015). He spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than fifty countries and, in 2002, Hedges was part of a group of eight reporters at The New York Times awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University and the University of Toronto. He currently teaches prisoners at a maximum-security prison in New Jersey.
Fazal Ilahi Sheikh was born in New York City. Since 1987 he has worked as a photographer documenting the lives of individuals in displaced communities across East Africa, in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Brazil, Cuba, India, and the Occupied Territories. He has received many awards, including the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography (1995), the Leica Medal of Excellence (1995), Le Prix Dialogue de l’Humanité, Rencontres d’Arles (2003), the Henri Cartier-Bresson International Grand Prize (2005), and the Lucie Humanitarian Award (2009). In 2005 he was named a MacArthur Fellow. His books include: A Sense of Common Ground (1996), The Victor Weeps (1998), Ramadan Moon (2001), Moksha (2005), Ladli (2007), Fazal Sheikh (2009), Portraits (2011), and The Erasure Trilogy (2015).
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak was born in Calcutta, West Bengal. She was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh till 1991, and is currently University Professor at Columbia University, where she also was the founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Spivak has been active in hands-on educational reform and teacher training in aboriginal India for more than two decades, and is active in other social movements. Her publications include In Other Worlds, The Post-Colonial Critic, Outside in the Teaching Machine, and Death of a Discipline. Spivak has followed up on this question. She has translated many texts, including Jacques Derrida’s Of Grammatology and Bengali author/activist Mahasweta Devi's Imaginary Maps.
Liana Theodoratou was born in Athens, Greece. She is Clinical Professor, and Director of the A. S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies at New York University. Trained as a classicist, she specializes in modern Greek literature and culture and, in particular, on the poetry of the postwar generation of Greek poets, including Takis Sinopoulos, Manolis Anagnostakis, Miltos Sachtouris, Titos Patrikios, Aris Alexandrou, and Yannis Ritsos. She has translated writings by Walter Benjamin, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida into modern Greek and she recently co-translated Nadar’s memoirs, When I Was a Photographer, for MIT Press. She is presently completing a book entitled Mourning Becomes Greece: Poetry of the Greek Civil War. Since the 1980s, she has been a public advocate for civil rights and justice in Greece and in the U.S. In 2016, she was the President of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival in Greece.
Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. He has written more than 20 books. He is best known for his classic Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as on his dear Brother, Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show. He has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand. Cornel West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.