Cindy Chopoidalo is the Assistant Editor of the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature and a member of Editors Canada. Her publications include Shakespeare’s First Tetralogy, Epic Poetry, and Historiography: How a Dramatist Creates a Fictional World (2014) and Shakespeare’s Possible Worlds (2018), and she also contributed to The Definitive Shakespeare Companion: Overviews, Documents, and Analysis (2017).

Catherine Ezell has an advanced education in English literature and is a self-taught artist. She has experience in scholarly editing and writing and has devoted her life to drawing and painting. Combining her passion for good writing and art, Catherine creates portraits of authors that are meant to reflect the tone of their works.

Iosif M. Gershteyn is the Chairman of the Ajax Biomedical Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute, Visiting Scholar at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a poet. His work has been published in International Immunology, the Journal of Translational Autoimmunity, Researchers.One, Quillette, and other publications. Alongside scientific and business pursuits he dedicates time to theater, philosophy, and literature.

Jonathan Locke Hart (Associate, Harvard University Herbaria) is Chair Professor, School of Translation, Shandong University, has held two Fulbrights at Harvard and visiting appointments in English and in Comparative Literature at Harvard as well as having various affiliations with Kirkland House, Harvard over 35 years, and is a poet, literary scholar and historian who has published widely and also taught at Toronto, Cambridge, Princeton, the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Peking University, and elsewhere.

Danilo Petranovich ’00 is the Director of the Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Institute provides supplementary humanistic education to the Harvard intellectual community by exploring questions of deep human concern that cut across the boundaries of academic disciplines. Previously, Dr. Petranovich taught political science at Duke University and Yale University. He is frequently seen in Harvard’s Kirkland House, where he is a dedicated member of the Senior Common Room.

Henry Stratakis-Allen is a junior at the College of William & Mary majoring in Medieval & Renaissance Studies and Mathematics. His past work has included research in Byzantine Studies and medieval Middle Eastern art and political history. He is currently conducting pre-research for an Honors Thesis focusing on religion and politics in medieval Iraq.


Born in England, Alfred Alcorn moved to the US as a child, grew up on a dairy farm in Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard, Class of ‘64. He is the author of 14 novels, which have been reviewed in the New Yorker, NYT Book Review, and other publications.

James Capuzzi graduated from Tulane University, where he concentrated in Classical Studies and Italian Language. He then completed a Master’s degree in Sustainable Cultural Heritage from the American University of Rome. This degree focused on the unique business and marketing challenges that heritage sites, museums, and humanities institutions present.

J. David Franks received his PhD in systematic theology from Boston College, and was professor of sacred theology for almost a decade at St. John’s Seminary. David serves as Chairman of the Board for Massachusetts Citizens for Life, which advances a liberal-arts and high-culture approach to reigniting civic conversation.

Anne Knechtges is currently a teacher of English Literature and Language Arts at Mason Classical Academy, in Naples, Florida. She is a previous employee at AAI and one of the original creators of The Great Conversation program. Her intellectual interests are wide-ranging, but her favorite disciplines are literature and philosophy.

Gabrielle Landry ‘22 is a junior from North Attleboro, MA, studying Philosophy and Education at Harvard College, and has worked as an AAI Student Intern. Outside of AAI, Gabby writes poetry, dances with Candela Dance Troupe at Harvard, and volunteers at the Beacon Leadership Program.

Yunfeng Ruan is a postdoc researcher in statistical genetics. Outside her job, she has an everlasting passion for literature and has always been a fan of art and history.