Anaïs Saint-Jude is the founder and director of the BiblioTech Program at Stanford University. She organized the inaugural conference, "BiblioTech: Bringing Humanities Ph.D. Innovation to Silicon Valley." Anaïs has a passion for making the humanities relevant in the 21st century. Her research interests include seventeenth-century French literature, humanities education, social media, leadership, and the intersection of humanities and technology. She holds a Ph.D. in French Literature from Stanford University.
Russell Berman - Russell A. Berman, the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Professor Berman joined the Stanford faculty in 1979. In 1982-83 he was a Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Harvard, and in 1988-89 he held an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in Berlin. In 1997 he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz of the Federal Republic of Germany. Professor Berman is the editor of the journal Telos.
Berman specializes in the study of German literary history and cultural politics. He is a member of both the Department of German Studies and the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford. From 1992 through 2000 he served as director of the Stanford Overseas Studies Program. He is currently director of the German Studies program at Stanford as well as director of the Introduction to the Humanities Program.
He is the author of numerous articles and books including Enlightenment or Empire: Colonial Discourse in German Culture (1998) and The Rise of the Modern German Novel: Crisis and Charisma (1986), both of which won the Outstanding Book Award of the German Studies Association (in 1987 and 2000, respectively). Hoover press published his book Freedom or Terror: Europe Faces Jihad (2010) and Anti-Americanism in Europe: A Cultural Problem (2004). His other books include Cultural Studies of Modern Germany: Representation and Nationhood (1993), Modern Culture and Critical Theory: Art, Politics and the Legacy of the Frankfurt School (1989), and Between Fontane and Tucholsky: Literary Criticism and the Public Sphere in Wilhelmine Germany (1983). He has published numerous articles in Hoover Digest, most recently The Psychology of Appeasement (Summer, 2004).”
David Demarest - As Stanford’s senior public affairs official, David Demarest reports to the President of the University and is responsible for directing Stanford’s community initiatives, and overseeing communications, government relations and special events.
Demarest served four years as an assistant to President George H. W. Bush and member of the White House senior staff. As White House communications director, he worked directly with the president, the White House chief of staff and the Cabinet, and in that capacity managed a broad range of White House communications activities, including presidential speechwriting, public liaison, media relations and intergovernmental affairs.
Upon concluding his duties at the White House, Demarest served as executive vice president and director of corporate communications at BankAmerica Corp. and then as executive vice president for global corporate relations at Visa International. He founded AspenLine Reputation Strategies, a specialized reputation management and communications consulting firm based in Sausalito, Calif. He participates as a guest lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He also serves on the board of Jobs for America's Graduates, the George Bush Presidential Library Advisory Council, and the Stanford Research Center of Innovation in Journalism.
Gavin Jones is the Stanford Department of English chair. He is the author of Strange Talk: The Politics of Dialect Literature in Gilded Age America (University of California Press, 1999) and American Hungers: The Problem of Poverty in U.S. Literature, 1840-1945 (Princeton University Press, 2007). He has published articles on George W. Cable, Theodore Dreiser, W.E.B. DuBois, Sylvester Judd, Paule Marshall, Mark Twain, and Herman Melville, in journals such as American Literary History, New England Quarterly, and African American Review. He is currently completing a book about American literature's obsessive efforts to describe and theorize the experience of failure.
David Palumbo-Liu is the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor, and Professor of Comparative Literature, at Stanford. He was the faculty co-organizer of the first BiblioTech conference. He is a Contributing Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books , and blogs for Truthout, the Boston Review , and Arcade . For more, see www.palumbo-liu.com
Gabriella Safran is the Eva Chernov Lokey Professor in Jewish Studies and the chair of the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. She is the author of Rewriting the Jew: Assimilation Narratives in the Russian Empire (Stanford, 2000), Wandering Soul: The Dybbuk’s Creator, S. An-sky (Harvard, 2010), and articles about Russian and Yiddish literature and issues of identity, memory, translation, and the politics of language. She is currently working on a set of articles about literature and the history of listening in the Russian Empire and beyond.
Elaine Treharne is Professor of Early English at Stanford University. She is a medieval manuscripts' specialist and a historian of text technologies. Author or editor of some two dozen books and fifty articles, Treharne focuses principally on medieval English literature and its physical and historical contexts. She is especially interested in the architextuality of the book and efforts at the digital representation of textual objects. Treharne is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries, and she is editor of Essays and Studies, Oxford Literary Perspectives, and Review of English Studies. She is delighted to serve on the Board of Bibliotech, a program in which she has a deep interest as a fully qualified archivist herself, and, briefly, a former PR officer in Warwickshire.