Keynote Speakers

Anne Driscoll

Anne Driscoll

Anne Driscoll is an American award-winning journalist (BostonGlobe, New York Times, People) who has investigated wrongful convictions as senior reporter at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, as a US Fulbright scholar (2018-2019) at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and as a US Fulbright scholar (2013-2014) and project manager of the Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College Dublin. Originally trained as a social worker, who spent years counseling court-involved adolescent girls, she is the author of a self-help series of guidebooks for girls called Girl to Girl. As a journalist, she has devoted her career to covering issues of human rights, social justice, and human development and has sought to make a difference in the world, one story at a time.

She was the 2016 recipient of the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice, gave a TEDx talk We Are All Witnesses in 2018, is a Moth storyteller and the author of the Amazon Kindle memoir series about her life in Ireland called Irish You Were Here.

Jared Farmer

Jared Farmer

Jared Farmer is a professor of history at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a spring 2019 fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. Prof. Farmer specializes in environmental history and the history of the American West. He is the author of On Zion's Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape (Harvard, 2008), winner of the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians; and Trees in Paradise: A California History (Norton, 2013), winner of the Ray Allen Billington Prize from the Organization of American Historians. Prof. Farmer's current research on trees and temporality has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program.

Photo Credit: Annette Hornischer and the American Academy in Berlin.

Andrew Hartman

Andrew Hartman

Andrew Hartman is Professor of History at Illinois State University. He is the author of Education and the Cold War: The Battle for the American School, A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars , and co-editor of American Labyrinth: Intellectual History for Complicated Times. He is currently at work on his third book, Karl Marx in America, which is contracted to be published by the University of Chicago Press.

Hartman is the winner of two Fulbright Awards. He was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark for the 2013-14 academic year, and he is currently the Fulbright British Library Eccles Center Research Scholar for the 2018-19 academic year. Hartman co-hosts the intellectual history podcast, Trotsky and the Wild Orchids.

Laura Stevens

Laura M. Stevens

Laura M. Stevens is Chapman Associate Professor of English at the University of Tulsa. She is the author of The Poor Indians: British Missionaries, Native Americans, and Colonial Sensibility (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004), as well as articles dealing with the literature of Protestant Christian mission, emotion studies, Native American and First Nations literature, women’s writing, early modern scriptural interpretation, and transatlantic circulations of peoples, ideas, and texts. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the Huntington Library, the John Carter Brown Library, the American Philosophical Society, and the Oklahoma Humanities Council. She received the University of Tulsa’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009.

She was Editor and then Co-Editor of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature for 2005-16, President of the Society of Early Americanists for 2015-17, and President of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies for 2006-07. She is on the editorial boards of Early American Literature, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, and Studies in Religion and Enlightenment.