José Casanova | Jocelyne Césari | Andrei Codrescu | Daniel Cohn-Bendit | Sean Cotter | Larry Cox | Krzysztof Czyzewski
José Casanova is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York City, where he has taught since 1987. Casanova has published widely in the areas of sociological theory, religion and politics, transnational migration, and globalization. His most important work, Public Religions in the Modern World (Chicago, 1994) has appeared in Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Polish and Arabic editions and is forthcoming in Indonesian. He is presently working on two main projects, Rethinking Secularization: A Global Coomparative Perspective and Transnational Migration, Transnational Religion and Diversity. (2006)
Andrei Codrescu is MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Born in 1946 in Sibiu, a small town in the Transylvania region of Romania, Codrescu immigrated to the United States in 1966, and became a citizen in 1981. He is author of several volumes of poetry, fiction, memoirs and travelogues, essays and anthologies. He is also a regular commentator on National Public Radio and editor of Exquisite Corpse. Codrescu has won many awards, including the Pushcart Prize (1980 and 1983) and the ACLU Freedom of Speech Award (1995).
Born in 1945, Daniel Cohn-Bendit became famous in the 1960s at “Danny the Red.” He grew up in Germany and France and became a spokesperson and leader of the “May Revolution” in Paris. After the May riots, Cohn-Bendit was expelled from France and lived in Frankfurt, where together with Joschka Fischer he was a member of the Frankfurt Sponti scene which was exercising the social revolution by means of squatting, street fighting and agitation in companies such as Hoechst and Opel. During the 1980s Cohn-Bendit joined the newly founded Green Party in Germany, and since January 200 he has been co-president of the Greens/Free European Alliance Group in the European Parliament.
Sean Cotter is a professor of Literature and Translation Studies at the University of Texas in Dallas, where he collaborates with the Center for Translation Studies. He worked in Romania from 1994 to 1996 as a Peace Corps volunteer, and from 2001 to 2002 on a Fulbright-Hays research grant. Published in various literary and academic periodicals in the United States and Romania, Cotter has translated several books of Romanian poetry, including Second-Hand Souls: Selected Writings of Nichita Danilov and Goldsmith Market by Liliana Ursu. (2008)
Larry Cox is Senior Program Officer of the Human Rights and International Cooperation Unit at the Ford Foundation. His work focuses on international human rights issues and events, international justice, and on advancing economic, social, cultural, and human rights in the United States. Prior to his role with the Ford Foundation, Mr. Cox was for five years executive director of the Rainforest Foundation, an international organization that works with indigenous peoples in the Brazilian Amazon to protect their land and rights. He worked for Amnesty International for 14 years, holding a number of positions, including communications director, director of the Program Against the Death Penalty and deputy director of Amnesty International USA. He also served for five years as deputy secretary general of Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in London. (2005)
Krzysztof Czyzewski is Chairman of the Borderland Foundation and editor-in-chief of the “Krasnogruda” magazine, devoted to Central and Eastern European cultures, art and literature. He is a well-known poet and essayist and the recipient of numerous international awards. About Czyzewski, Gail Kimberling of the New York Times has written that he “has based his life’s work on pushing the limits of borders, whether it involves going beyond the acceptable, bringing the past to the present, or bridging one country or culture with another.” (2005)
The Borderland Foundation is the avant-garde cultural foundation established in 1990 in Sejny, Poland, right at the border between Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, and Russia. The mission of the Borderland Foundation is the reinvention of the agora in the contemporary world. Much of its work involves an artistic rediscovering of the European borderlands’ rich multicultural heritage destroyed by two world wars. The Foundation has built bridges between cultures and made possible the communication between various and, at times, conflicting identities, memories, and religions. One of the first achievements of the Borderland Foundation was to reclaim the Sejny’s Jewish heritage, to restore the Jewish buildings and cemetery and to set up a publishing house. No Jews live in Sejny now; in one day, an entire community, culture and society were eradicated. But by transforming perceptions and roles in a community scarred by historical divides, the Borderland Foundation has created in Sejny a new vision for the future and a model of peaceful coexistence in other regions coming to terms with the past.