Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education


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  • Kirsten Paige

    Kirsten Paige

    Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

    BioKirsten Paige is a postdoctoral fellow in the "Thinking Matters" Program at Stanford University, having previously served as a Lecturer in Music History at the San Francisco Conservatory (2017-2018). She studied first at the University of Chicago (2011) and the University of Cambridge (2012), before coming to the University of California, Berkeley to pursue a Ph.D. in Music History and Literature (2018). In her work, she demonstrates how the cultural and material histories of science—particularly environment, biology, and medicine—influenced developments in thinking about sound and the audiovisual senses in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly in Germany. Her scholarly and teaching interests more broadly encompass sound studies; media studies; opera and theater studies; music and philosophy; environmental history; and the history of science and technology, with a special investment in interactions among these areas. She has published her work in The Cambridge Opera Journal, MLA Notes, and European Romantic Review; an article based on her dissertation was recently accepted by Opera Quarterly.

    While Kirsten's dissertation considers the influence of nineteenth-century ideas about climate, environment, and atmosphere on Wagner's artistic theories and practices, her book project ("Richard Wagner's Political Ecology") will bridge sound, media, and science and technology studies to explore Wagner’s redefinition of operatic spectacle and spectatorship around nineteenth-century material and cultural histories of atmosphere and climate. The book’s final chapters will ask how this aesthetic paradigm shaped twentieth-century philosophies of music and communicative media, from Nietzsche and Adorno to R. Murray Schafer and John Durham Peters.

    Kirsten's second book project ("Sounding the Forest: Open-Air Opera in German-Speaking Europe, 1848-1945”) will examine the history of outdoor opera in German-speaking Europe and its role in defining modern German identity in relation to nature. This project will argue that this institution supported novel modes of operatic experience that held that national sounds and the climate of the Romantic forest constituted a unified multi-sensory dramatic form that could instill völkisch values in spectators as they sat outdoors breathing deeply and listening closely.

    Also a serious practicing musician, Kirsten studied for five years at the Juilliard School of Music, starting at age 13. As a double bassist, she performed in orchestras around the world including the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme at the Aldeburgh Festival, Banff Music Center Orchestra, New York String Orchestra Seminar, National Symphony Orchestra/Kennedy Center Fellows' Orchestra, Tanglewood Institute, Zermatt Festival Academy Orchestra under the Berlin Philharmonic's Scharoun Ensemble, and the Jeunesse Musicales International Young Artists Orchestra. She won the University of Chicago's Concerto Competition in 2010.

  • Michele Papa

    Michele Papa

    Overseas Studies - Faculty, Bing Overseas Studies

    BioMichele Papa (Rome 1959) is Professor of Criminal Law and of Comparative Criminal Law at the University of Florence. He was Dean of the Law School (2006-2009) and Vice President of the University from 2009 to 2011 when he moved to Columbia Law School as a Visiting professor for the Fall semester (2011). He returned as a Visiting professor to Columbia Law School again in the Fall of 2013. Ha has been a visiting professor at Miami Law School (winter 2017), Stanford University (Florence campus 2014-present), Osaka University (Winter 2014), Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (Fall 2003). He was an Academic Visitor at King’s College (London, 1995) and at De Paul University College of Law (Chicago, 1984-1986). Among his most recent publications, in Italian, are the books Fantastic Voyage, Attraverso la specialità del diritto penale, Giappichelli 2016; Lezioni di diritto penale comparato (co-authored with F. Palazzo, Giappichelli, 2013); Crimes against property in Anglo-Americam Criminal Law (Utet 2013), and a large number of other articles, including essays on Cesare Beccaria (Criminalia 2015) and on Federalisation of Criminal Law (Diritto penale XXI secolo, 2013). He is co-director of the Italian main Criminal Law treatise, Trattato di diritto penale, (Wolters Kluiver), member of the editorial board of the Law Review, Criminalia, and Co-director of the law books Series, “Quaderni di diritto comparato, internazionale ed europeo” (Giappichelli publisher). He has also been a scientific consultant for the United Nations and for the European Union Commission. His present research interests focus on Narrative, metaphors and the Criminal law as well as on the Iconographic component of criminal legislation.