Peter Hajnal currently teaches at Bard College Berlin. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University. He was founding co-dean of the B.A. program in Value Studies at the European College of Liberal Arts. His current research and teaching interests focus on the development of a genuine interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of painting, sculpture and architecture in dialogue with philosophical texts, where the artworks themselves are taken seriously as partners in that dialogue. Additional research interests include the philosophies of interdisciplinary and general education, theories of rationality (and normativity more broadly construed), Marxist conceptions of literature, the philosophy of mathematics, a little bit of cognitive science, and some areas of intellectual history.
Ilya Lensky is director of the Museum "Jews in Latvia."
Nils Roemer received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. He teaches at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he is the director of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies. His research interests lie in the fields of modern and Jewish history, with a specific emphasis on German-Jewish history. He has a particular interest in cultural and intellectual history. Roemer offers graduate supervision in the areas of modern European and modern Jewish history, literature, art and philosophy.
He is the author of the recent books Jewish Scholarship and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Germany: Between History and Faith (2005) and German City – Jewish Memory: The Story of Worms (2010). He is also co-editor of many publications including German History from the Margins (2006); Crossing the Atlantic: Travel and Travel Writing in Modern Times (2011); and Longing, Belonging, and the Making of Jewish Consumer Culture (2011).
Elana Shapira is senior researcher in the Austrian Science Fund Project: Émigré Cultural Networks and the Founding of Social Design at University of Applied Arts Vienna. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her research focuses on Jewish cultural life, architecture and design in Vienna.