Fall 2014




Michael Holquist received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1963, and his Ph. D. from Yale in 1968. He taught at Yale (where he was Chair of the Comparative Literature Department) for many years, becoming emeritus in 2005.  He is now a Senior Fellow in the Heyman Center at Columbia University.   He also taught at the University of Texas, Austin, and Indiana University, Bloomington.  He has published as author, co-author, or translator seven books and over ninety articles on topics as varied as utopian fiction, Lewis Carroll’s nonsense, detective stories, and several Russian writers.  He is best known for his work on the Russian thinker, Mikhail Bakhtin.  He has lectured in virtually every major research university in the United States and in several abroad, including China, Australia, Russia, Finland, Spain, Israel, etc.  His honors include several endowed lectureships (Christian Gauss, Princeton; Northrop Frye, Toronto, Wei Lun, Chinese University of Hong Kong), etc. For his work in Directed Studies, he won the Byrnes-Sewell Prize, Yale’s highest award for undergraduate teaching. He holds an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University (2001).  He served as President of the Modern language Association of America in 2007.


Brian Matthew Jordan is Lecturer of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College, where he teaches a variety of undergraduate courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction.  He earned his B.A. in History and Civil War Era Studies from Gettysburg College, and an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in History from Yale.  His dissertation, “Embattled Memories: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War,” earned both the George Washington Egleston Historical Prize for Best U.S. History Dissertation and the University-wide John Addison Porter Literary Prize.  Dr. Jordan’s articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in Civil War History, The Civil War Monitor, Ohio Valley History, the Florida Historical Quarterly, and The Journal of the Civil War Era. In addition, he is the author of Unholy Sabbath: The Battle of South Mountain in History and Memory, September 14, 1862.    His most recent book, based on his doctoral dissertation, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in November.


 Frederick John Lamp is The Frances & Benjamin Benenson Foundation Curator of African Art at Yale University Art Gallery since 2004.  He also teaches in Theater Studies and African Studies at Yale, and has taught art history at Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, and George Washington Universities, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. From 1981 to 2003, he was Curatorial Department Head of the Arts of Africa, the Americas & Oceania at The Baltimore Museum of Art.  He holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University, 1982, where he studied Black Atlantic traditions with Robert Farris Thompson, and he studied movement with Irmgard Bartenief at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies, New York.  Specializing in the performance art of Sierra Leone and Guinea in West Africa, Dr. Lamp has concentrated on the Temne and Baga peoples.  He has also worked in Jamaica, the Virgin Islands, Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, and throughout West Africa. He has conducted research and published on male and female initiation, chieftaincy ritual, ancestral ritual, masquerade, power relationships and art, sexuality and art, systems of thought, and ancient African art. His publications include Accumulating Histories: African Art from the Charles B. Benenson Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery, (2012, co-author); See the Music, Hear the Dance: Rethinking Africa at The Baltimore Museum of Art (2004, editor); Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 2005: African Art at Yale (editor); Art of the Baga: A Drama of Cultural Reinvention (1996); and La Guinée et ses Heritages Culturels (1992), as well as numerous articles in African Arts, The Drama Review, The Dictionary of Art, International Encyclopedia of Dance, the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts, and The Art Bulletin, among many others with invited essays. 


Stephen R. Latham, JD, PhD is Director of Yale's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. His two undergraduate lecture classes in bioethics draw hundreds of Yale College students annually. A graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the UC Berkeley doctoral program in Jurisprudence, Latham is a former healthcare business and regulatory attorney, and served as Director of Ethics Standards at the American Medical Association before entering academics full-time. He has been a graduate fellow at Harvard's Safra Center on Ethics and a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. He is a former member of Connecticut’s Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee, and of the board of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities (“ASBH”), from which he received a distinguished service award in 2010. He does clinical ethics consultation on the Pediatric Ethics Committee at Yale's Children's Hospital. His scores of publications on bioethics and health policy have appeared in leading medical and bioethics journals, in law reviews, and in numerous university-press books.


Traugott Lawler is a specialist in Medieval English literature, and has broad teaching experience across English and European literature.  He studied at Holy Cross, the University of Wisconsin, and Harvard.  He taught at Yale 1966-72, at Northwestern 1972-81, and at Yale again 1981 until his retirement in 2005.  At Yale he taught Chaucer, Old English, History of the English Language, and various seminars in Middle English, and he regularly taught both English 125, Major English Poets, and English 129, European Masterpieces, as well.  Since retiring he has filled in several times in 125 and Old English, taught a freshman seminar in Austen and Dickens, and taught both Dante and English Religious Poetry in the Divinity School.  He is the author of The One and the Many in the Canterbury Tales (1981), one of the editors of the Riverside Chaucer, and editor of various other medieval English and Latin works.  In recent years he has written extensively on Piers Plowman, and is one of five scholars preparing The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman.  He was master of Ezra Stiles College 1986-95 and 2002-3.  He is an avid golfer and plays every summer in the Cape Cod Senior Softball League.


Judith Malafronte, Lecturer in the Yale School of Music, Yale Institute of Sacred Music and in the Department of Music, has an active career as a mezzo-soprano soloist in opera, oratorio, and recital. She has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Mark Morris Dance Group, and has sung at the Tanglewood Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, and the Göttingen Handel Festival. Winner of several top international vocal competitions, Malafronte holds degrees with honors from Vassar College and Stanford University, and studied at the Eastman School of Music, in Paris and Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and with Giulietta Simionato in Milan as a Fulbright scholar. Malafronte has recorded for major labels in a broad range of repertoire, from medieval chant to contemporary music, and she writes regularly for Opera News, Stagebill, Early Music America Magazine, The Classical Review and Parterre Box. B.A. Vassar College; M.A. Stanford University.


Professor Fred Robinson is the Douglas Tracy Smith Professor Emeritus of English at Yale. Besides Yale, he has taught at Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard, including courses in the English language, Old English, Middle English, and Modern Linguistics. He has published books, articles, and reviews on Old English language and literature, the English language, and modern American poetry, and is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, and of the Meddeleeuvereinigung van Suidlike Afrika, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (President, 1983-84), and of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences (President 1980-85). Professor Robinson received honorary doctoral degrees from Williams College and the University of North Carolina, and has earned degrees at the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. levels.


Jeffrey L. Sammons  returned to Yale in 1964 after a three-year appointment at Brown University, continuing to serve on the faculty until retirement at the end of 2001. Chairman, Department of German, 1969-77, 1988-91; Director, Yale Summer Language Institute, 1980-84. Topics of his research include Heine, Young Germany and the Vormärz, literary sociology, nineteenth-century realists, especially Raabe and Spielhagen, and German fiction about America. Most recent book publications: Friedrich Spielhagen: Novelist of Germany’s False Dawn (2004), Heinrich Heine: Alternative Perspectives 1985-2005 (2006), and Kuno Francke’s Edition of The German Classics (1913-15): A Critical and Historical Overview (2009), as well as a translation with commentary: Heinrich Heine, Ludwig Börne: A Memorial (2006). Editor, North American Studies in Nineteenth-Century German Literature (43 vols.). Among his honors: Guggenheim Fellowship; American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship and travel grant; member, Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences; Humphrey Fellowship, Ben-Gurion University, Israel; Craig Distinguished Visiting Professor of German, Rutgers University.


Gordon Turnbull is General Editor of the Yale Boswell Editions, one of Yale's outstanding large-scale scholarly editorial enterprises, where he oversees a global editorial team bringing to publication selections of the vast archive of James Boswell's private papers. Boswell had been best-known to literary history for his pioneering biography, The Life of Samuel Johnson(1791), but his personal papers — most of which had been suppressed by his descendants and were recovered only in the twentieth century and are now in Yale's Beinecke Library — have brought him renewed fame as a compelling confessional diarist. Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 became an international best-seller when in first appeared in 1950, edited by Yale's Frederick A. Pottle. Turnbull, born and raised in Sydney, is an honors graduate of the Australian National University, in Canberra, and came to Yale for doctoral study as a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar. He taught in the Yale English Department and at Smith College before assuming directorship of the Yale Boswell Editions in 1997. His specialty is the literature of the British eighteenth-century, in particular of the Samuel Johnson circle, and he is a former course director of The European Literary Tradition, one of the Yale English Department's main introductory survey courses for literature students. He is the author of numerous scholarly and critical essays on Boswell, Johnson, and their circle, has taught and lectured widely on these authors, and is a featured speaker at the annual Boswell Book Festival at Boswell's family estate in Auchinleck, Ayrshire. He contributes a regular column, "Yale Boswell Editions Notes," to the twice-yearly Johnsonian News Letter. His edition of Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763, the first re-editing of this famous diary since Pottle's worldwide bestseller of 1950, appeared in 2010 in Penguin Classics, and has just been re-issued in 2013 in a second printing.