War Photography


    Washington, D.C.

    October 30-November 2, 2008

Liberty, Language, and the Origins of

                                               American Intellectual Identity



    April 17-20, 2008


    San Diego

    April 26-29, 2007

Liberty and Necessity in Emerson and Nietzsche


    Big Sky, Montana

    July 9-12, 2009

Individual Liberty, Self-Reliance,

and Private Property in

Emerson and Mill


    San Diego

    April 23-26, 2009

* invited

Presentation of Work by Fellows of The Moving Picture Institute*

             New York, November 2011

“On Film-Making:  An Introduction to the Craft of the Director” with Paul Cronin*

             New York, May 2011

Stanley Cavell’s Little Did I Know Symposium

             Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins Humanities Center, April 2011

“Liberty and Responsibility in the work of Franz Kafka”*

              New Orleans, March 2011

“Freedom and Film”*

              Palm Springs, CA, January 2011

“Journalistic Bias in a Free Society”*

              Washington, D.C., January 2011

“Economics and Liberty in Film and Fiction”*

              Cambridge, UK, December 2010

Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies:  Consequences of Skepticism

              Cambridge, MA, October 2010

Welsh Philosophical Society Annual Meeting

              Gregynog, Wales, UK, July 2010

British Wittgenstein Society Annual Meeting:  Wittgenstein and Aesthetics

              Southampton UK, June 2010

“Liberty and Limited Government”*

              Washington, D.C., April 2010

“Freedom of the Press from Milton to Tocqueville”*

               Santa Fe, October 2009

“Resistance, Responsibility, and Authority in Contemporary Drama”*

               Pasadena, September 2009

“Liberty and Obligation in Roman Stoicism”*

               Palo Alto, September 2009

“The Market Economy in the Welfare State”*

               The Mont Pelerin Society, Stockholm, August 2009

“Liberty in the Works of Mont Pelerin Nobel Laureates:  Hayek, Friedman, Stigler, Buchanan,

               Coase, Becker, and Smith”*

               Stockholm, August 2009

“Liberty, Individualism, and Rebellion in Westerns and Samurai Films”*

               Tucson, May 2009

“Swansea at Stern:  An International Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Wittgenstein, Literary Criticism,

               and Judaic Studies”*

               New York City, April 2009

“The End of Globalizing Capitalism?”*

               Special Meeting of The Mont Pelerin Society, New York City, March 2009

“Neo-Calvinism and the Foundations of Liberty”*

                La Jolla, February 2009

“Massenet’s Werther*

                Louisville, November 2008

“The Moral and Political Economy of Freedom:  Lord Kames and Adam Smith”*

                San Francisco, November 2008

“Henry Hazlitt and Economic Freedom”*

                Denver, September 2008

“Liberty, Responsibility, and Prudence in The Prince, King Lear, and Measure for Measure*

                San Diego, September 2008

“Walking and Talking in Wales”*

                Center for Wittgensteinian Studies, Swansea, Wales, May 2008

“Liberty and the History of the Early American Republic in the Writing of Lance Banning”*

                Lexington, March 2008

“Redemption and Human Freedom in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion*

                Houston, March 2008

“Freedom in Hannah Arendt”*

                San Diego, November 2007

“Verdi’s Aida*

                New York City, October 2007

“Socratic Leadership Seminar I”*

                Indianapolis, October 2007

“Liberty and Society in Alexis de Tocqueville and Edith Wharton”*

                Charleston, July 2007

“Aristotle’s Politics*

                Tucson, March 2007

“Henry Fielding”*

                Toronto, January 2007


                Concord, MA, November 2006

“Inner Liberty, Self-Mastery, and Transcendence”*

                San Diego, January 2006

“Liberty and Virtue in the Stoic Tradition”*

                San Francisco, November 2005

“Revolution, Secession, and Liberty:  American Independence, The Civil War, and Beyond”*

                Big Sky, Montana, September 2005

“Emerson’s Essays*

                Miami Beach, December 2004

“Freedom and Responsibility in the Thought of William James”*

                San Francisco, April 2003

“On Entering the Academy”

                Washington, D.C. October 2002

“Summer Seminars in Liberty, Politics, and Economics”

                Chantilly, VA  July 2002

Charles Sanders Peirce Readers Colloquium at Harvard University

                Cambridge, MA Spring 2002

“Liberty in Science Fiction Novels and Films”*

                Santa Monica, April 2002

“Liberty and Culture”

                Bryn Mawr, July 2000

“Competing Models of Liberty”*

                Lake Tahoe, June 2000

The New York Public Library

                “Everybody’s Autobiography:  Remarks on Anxiety and Pseudonymity in the work of Soren

                Kierkegaard and Charlie Kaufman”

               New York, February 2012—invited lecture

Swansea University

                “Unauthorized Autobiography:  Truth and Fact in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

               Presented along with work by two other contributors to The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman

                Swansea, Wales UK, July 2010—invited lecture

Universiteit Gent

                “Wittgenstein’s Remarks on Life-Writing”

                Ghent, Belgium, “Wittgenstein Reading” conference, June 2010


Le Moyne College

                “Not Following Emerson”

                Syracuse, Department of Philosophy, November 2009

                —invited, inaugural lecture in year-long speakers series—Cavelleria Siracusa—on the work of

                Stanley Cavell

The University of Edinburgh

                “Reading Cavell Reading”

                Edinburgh, Scotland, “Stanley Cavell and Literary Criticism” conference, May 2008

Lorand Eotvos University

                “Shakespeare’s Biographer:  Emerson, Cavell, and Henry James on the Author and his Text”

                Budapest, Hungary, “Shakespeare and Cavell” conference, March 2004

Vanderbilt University

                “Philosophy’s Stake in Emerson:  A Reflection at the Bicentenary”

                Nashville, April 2003, Emerson Bicentenary Celebration—invited lecture

Boston Theological Institute

                “The Revealed Interloper:  Amelie and the Tragic Disenfranchisement of Anonymity”

                Cambridge, MA, February 2003

America Literature Association

                “In the Mourning:  Questioning the Privations of the Private”

                Los Angeles, American Literature Association, May 2002—invited lecture

Brattle Theatre

                “Entertaining the Dispossessed:  The Uncanny Inversions of the Woman Stranger in

                Babette’s Feast and Chocolat

                Cambridge, MA, BTI Faith and Film Festival, February 2002

Harvard University

                “Hollywood’s Intellectual Ape; or, How Modernist Condescension in Inherit the Wind Helps the 

                Fundamentalists Win”

                Cambridge, MA 2001—invited lecture

Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy

                “Seeking Criteria for Loyalty:  Emerson and Royce”

                Las Vegas, February 2001—invited lecture

Episcopal Divinity School

                “Breaking Through:  Transgression and Transcendence in the Filmic Work of Lars Von Trier”

                Cambridge, MA, BTI Faith and Film Festival, February 2001

The University of Memphis

                “Skeptical Recitations:  Stanley Cavell and the Problem of Others”

                Memphis, Tennessee Philosophical Association, April 2000

                “Radical Auratical:  Reconceiving the Site of Aura in the Age of Mechanized Reproduction”

                Memphis, Mid-South Philosophy Conference, March 1999

Emory University

                “The Dexterity of Decision:  On Handling the Hand”

                Atlanta, April 2000

Vanderbilt University

                “The Body Philosophic:  Questioning the Character of Texts”

                Nashville, Department of Philosophy Lecture Series, February 2000

                “Approaching the Unapproachable:  Emerson’s Provocation to America”

               Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, December 1999

                “A Point in Time:  On the Representation of Time in Aristotle’s Physics

               Nashville, Tennessee Philosophical Association, November 1999

               “The Anxiety of Inheritance:  Claims from Authority and Imagination”

                Nashville, Department of Philosophy Lecture Series, April 1999

               “Young Nietzsche’s Emersonian Impulses:  Toward a Freedom and Fate”

                Nashville, Tennessee Philosophical Association, November 1998


               “Emerson and Cavell on the Man and Manner of Philosophy”

                Nashville, Tennessee Philosophical Association, November 1997

International Society for Neo-Platonic Studies

                “The Unseen Site of Plato’s Biography”

                Nashville, May 1998

                Published in Platonic Traditions in American Thought (The University of the South Press, 2008)

                ISBN:  1-931948-75-5

State University of New York at Oneonta

                “Inversion of Fate:  Boethius’ Philosophy from Within”

                Oneonta, NY, April 1997

                Published in Language, Ethics, and Ontology (Oneonta Philosophy Studies, 1998)

                ISBN 1-883058-74-0


Additional PAPERS


John Locke and

                   Algernon Sidney


    Portland, Maine

    July 15-18, 2010

American landing on Omaha Beach, D-Day by Robert Capa


Recent & Selected

The Messenger (2009)

dir. Oren Moverman

June 15

Return (2011)

dir. Liza Johnson

July 20

Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)

dir. Werner Herzog

August 17

Cinematic Dissonance:

Mediating the Marriage of Sound

and Image


6 pm, April 20, 2018

The University of Arizona, Tucson

From Lectiocentrism to


Translating Sound as

Cinematic Genre

May 23, 2018

Tel-Aviv University, Israel



International Conference


Book launch for Dan Geva’s

The Philosophy of the Documentarian (2018)

May 22, 2018

Three Film Screenings and Discussions

about Cinematic Representations of

Veterans Returning from the War Front

to the Home Front.

Presented during the summer of 2015

at the Brooklyn Historical Society

128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Curator and Moderator

of Film Series

Coming Home

Sound as Genre:

The Phenomenology of Geschlecht

October 2, 2018

Lund University, Sweden

Think Herzog!

April 5, 2019

Colloquium for Unpopular Culture

in association with the

Deutsches Haus at

New York University

with Richard Eldridge and

Paul Cronin

La Pensée du Cinéma:

En hommage à Stanley Cavell

Watching Home Movies with

Stanley Cavell

June 11, 13-15, 16, 2019

Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

Thomas Elsaesser

at Cornell University

Introductions for:

A screening of Elsaesser’s film

The Sun Island

and a Media Studies Colloquium on

Media Archaeology

September 18 and 20, 2019

Cornell Cinema and

Uris Library