Judith Butler is a professor in the Rhetoric and Comparative Literature departments at the University of California, Berkeley, and is also the Hannah Arendt Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School. Her research ranges from literary theory, modern philosophical fiction, feminist, gender and sexuality studies, to 19th- and 20th-century European literature and philosophy.
A Jewish American herself, her most recent work focuses on Jewish philosophy, exploring pre- and post-Zionist criticisms of state violence. She is a member of the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace and a supporter of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. She identifies with “a Judaism that is not associated with state violence”, and emphasizes that Israel does not represent all Jews.
James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain), and is CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Lost in Translation, Milk, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Pianist, Coraline, and The Kids Are All Right. He is also Professor of Professional Practice in Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory. He is the author of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Gertrud: The Moving Word, published by the University of Washington Press. He earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in English from U.C. Berkeley.
Alisa Solomon, a drama critic and professor at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, is the author of Re-Dressing the Canon: Essays on Theater and Gender and, with Tony Kushner, co-editor of Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
Marilyn Neimark was a founder and longtime board member of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and has been active in the Palestine/Israel peace movement since her involvement with the International Jewish Peace Union in the 1980s. She is the author of The Hidden Dimensions of Annual Reports: Sixty Years of Social Conflict at General Motors (Markus Wiener) and of numerous articles on higher education, business ethics, and critical accounting. She is a Professor Emerita at Baruch College, The City University of New York and was the co-host of Econonews on WBAI during the early 1990s.
Alan David Sokal is a professor of mathematics at University College London and professor of physics at New York University. He works in statistical mechanics and combinatorics.