Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, and Centennial Visiting Professor, London School of Economics
Saskia Sassen's research and writing focuses on globalization (including social, economic and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), the new networked technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions.
In her research, she has focused on the unexpected and the counterintuitive as a way to cut through established "truths". Her three major books have each sought to demolish a key established "truth."
Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland
George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.
A largely self-taught sociologist, Ritzer is most widely known in the scholarly community for his distinctive contributions to the study of consumption, globalization, meta-theory, and classical, modern and postmodern social theory.
Daniel Libeskind, B.Arch. M.A. BDA AIA is an international figure in architectural practice and urban design. He is well known for introducing a new critical discourse into architecture and for his multidisciplinary approach.
His practice extends from building major cultural and commercial institutions, including museums and concert halls, to convention centers, universities, housing, hotels, shopping centers and residential work. He also designs opera sets and maintains an object design studio.
Chair of Compass, and writer for The Guardian and New Statesman
Neal Lawson is a writer, political commentator and activist in the United Kingdom.
He writes regularly for The Guardian and New Statesman about equality, democracy and the future of the left.
He is chair of the pressure group Compass whose goal is a more equal and democratic world, as well as a trustee of the liberal think-tank CentreForum.
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds, UK
Zygmunt Bauman is one of the most significant global social thinkers of our age.
His work, spanning nearly five decades, steadfastly refuses to be constrained by arbitrary disciplinary boundaries within the arts, humanities and social sciences.
An extraordinarily productive scholar, his writings continue to be relevant to his host subject of sociology, but also to social and political theory, philosophy, ethics, art theory, media/communications studies, cultural studies, and theology.
His unique contribution of the conceptual framework 'liquid modernity' has influenced international research within all of these disciplines.