Walter L. Hixson, “Rethinking the U.S.-Israeli ‘Special Relationship’ in an Insecure Age”

Walter L. Hixson is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Akron. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has taught, lectured, and traveled widely, including Fulbright Lectureships in China and the former Soviet Union. In 2012 he toured Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories with the NGO Interfaith Peace Builders. He is the author most recently of the textbook American Foreign Relations: A New Diplomatic History (Routledge, 2015). His previous work includes American Settler Colonialism: A History (Palgrave-Macmillan 2013), which received an Outstanding Academic Title designation from Choice; The Myth of American Diplomacy: National Identity and U.S. Foreign Policy (Yale University Press, 2008), which also received the Choice designation; Parting the Curtain: Propaganda, Culture, and the Cold War, 1945-1961 (St. Martin’s Press, 1997); Witness to Disintegration: Provincial Life in the Last Year of the USSR (University Press of New England, 1993); and George F. Kennan: Cold War Iconoclast (Columbia University Press, 1989; winner of the Bernath Book Prize). His current project interrogates and recasts U.S.-Israeli relations in light of settler colonial studies and his previous work on culture and diplomacy.

Timothy Melley, “Security's Fictions”

Timothy Melley is Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Center at Miami University. He was educated at Amherst College, the University of Cambridge, and Cornell University. He is the author of numerous essays and short stories and two books, Empire of Conspiracy: The Culture of Paranoia in Postwar America (Cornell University Press, 2000), and The Covert Sphere: Secrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State (Cornell University Press, 2012). His work has been covered by The Nation, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, Le Figaro, Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, Canadian Public Television, the BBC, and Public Radio International’s “This American Life.” He is currently writing about the cultural politics of security.