Faculty and Presenters

The rich experience students enjoy in the Enlightenment Seminar is due in large measure to the work of dedicated academic faculty and other presenters in Cincinnati and in England. Each year, the seminar is led by one or both of the Course Directors introduced below. Students in the Enlightenment Seminar have a chance to meet and interact with all or several of the U.K. based presenters (varies by year).


Cincinnati Faculty and Presenters

Professor Terry Grundy, Course Director


Terry Grundy is Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Cincinnati School of Planning, lecturer in the Department of Political Science, and affiliated faculty with UC Honors.  At UC, he teaches humanities courses and courses on intellectual history.  He is a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom.  Grundy is founder of The Urbanists, an influential Cincinnati-based movement that advocates for an asset-based approach to the revitalization of historic American cities so they will again be the preferred places to live for the country’s most educated and productive people.  In recognition of that effort, he was named Resident Urbanist at the Niehoff Urban Studio at UC.  Grundy received his M.A. degree from the Athenaeum and has pursued post-graduate studies at Cambridge University.


Dr. Zvi Biener

Dr. Biener is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati.  His work is in the  early-modern conceptions of the unity of science and the large-scale structure of fields of knowledge.  He’s particularly interested in how early-modern conceptions of the unity of knowledge were used to justify the authority of philosophy over the physical sciences.  When not engaged in academic pursuits, he works on web-related projects or code, compiles, and, as he says, generally makes a mess with programming languages.  His computer concerns mirror his academic concerns: he likes thinking about how knowledge is organized in the computer age and explores database and information management technologies.  Dr. Biener earned his Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.A. in Philosophy from the same university.  He has B.A. degrees in both Physics and Philosophy from Rutgers University.


Dr. Mary Sue Morrow

Mary Sue Morrow

Dr. Morrow is Professor of Musicology in the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music.  Her research interests include 18th-century music, aesthetics and criticism, reception history, nationalism, and the sociology of music.  She is the author of two books, German Music Criticism in the Late Eighteenth Century: Aesthetic Issues in Instrumental Music and Concert Life in Haydn’s Vienna: Aspects of a Developing Musical and Social Institution.  She has contributed to many other books as well and her articles and reviews have appeared in a variety of journals of musical scholarship.  She is past president of the Southern Chapter of the American Musicological Society and has served on the boards of the Mozart Society and the Society for Eighteenth Century Music.  She held a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship (1981–1982), an Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Fellowship (1991–1992), and a National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Grant (2006–08).  Dr. Morrow taught previously at Loyola University New Orleans and the College of the Ozarks.  She earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University, her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and her B.A. from Rhodes College.


Dr. Patrick Snadon

Patrick Snadon

Patrick Snadon was until recently Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati, where he taught design studios, the history of interior design, and historic preservation studios. His scholarship and writing focus on American architecture and interiors and he is completing a book on the houses and interiors of architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820).  He consulted on the restoration of two Latrobe houses, Decatur House in Washington, D.C. and the Pope Villa in Lexington, Kentucky, and is an expert on the White House.  He has published numerous articles, essays and encyclopedia entries on American architecture and interiors.  Dr. Snadon earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University and his Master’s in Interior Design from the University of Kentucky.  Before coming to UC, he taught at the University of Kentucky and at Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture.


Professor Jay Zumeta

Jay Zumeta

Jay Zumeta was for many years Professor of Art History at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where he served as chair of the Art History Department.  His highly popular courses included Art History, Aesthetics, and Creativity and Criticism.  He pursued doctoral studies at the University of Michigan where he earned an M.A. in Art History and another M.A. in History.  His baccalaureate degree in History is from Columbia University.  Recently, Professor Zumeta was called upon by the Cincinnati Art Museum to serve as Consulting Curator for the reinstallation of the ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman collections at the museum.


Presenters in London and at Cambridge University

Dr. Piers Bursill-Hall


Dr. Bursill-Hall is Lecturer in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge and Panel Tutor for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.  He was educated in France, America, Canada, and England and has spent most of his academic life in the Department of Pure Mathematics at Cambridge.  He has taught undergraduate courses in the history of mathematics and most aspects of the history of science at Cambridge and elsewhere.  Though known for his irrepressible sense of humor, he is, however, serious about scholarship and teaching.  He believes that lectures should be lectures, and does not use PowerPoint.  His research and teaching concentrates on the history of Ancient, Renaissance, and Enlightenment science, mathematics and mathematical arts, the history of medicine, and more recently on early Islamic mathematics and science.


Dr. Nicholas James

Nicholas James

Dr. James is Director of Studies in Social Anthropology at Magdalene College, Affiliated Scholar in Archaeology, and Panel Tutor for the Institute of Continuing Education – all at Cambridge University.  As well, he is a consultant in the management and interpretation of historical resources.  His research topics include the post-medieval landscape history of the Fens, Aztec agriculture and urban culture, and urban cultural heritage management in India.  His courses for Cambridge’s Interdisciplinary Summer School on the rise and fall of civilizations and on landscape history are famous.


Dr. Emma Spary

Emma Spary

Dr. Spary is Reader in the History of Modern European Knowledge in Cambridge University’s Faculty of History and is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.  She studies the historical relationship between politics and nature, looking at food, health, natural history, agriculture, and chemistry in relation to French politics in the ‘long eighteenth century’, particularly in France but also elsewhere in Europe and its colonies. She completed her Ph.D. at Girton College, Cambridge, while holding a Research Fellowship there. She has  held a Research Fellowship in the Department of History at the University of Warwick, was appointed Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and joined the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London in 2006. 

Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor is Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts, a position he has held since 2006.  Before coming to the RSA, he was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to Prime Minister Tony Blair.  Matthew first was appointed by the Labour Party in 1994 to establish Labour’s rebuttal operation.  Earlier activities include being a county councillor, a parliamentary candidate, a university research fellow, and the director of a unit monitoring policy in the National Health Service.  Until December 1998, Matthew was Assistant General Secretary for the Labour Party.  During the 1997 General Election he was Labour’s Director of Policy and a member of the Party’s central election strategy team.  Between 1999 and 2003 he was Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research, Britain’s leading centre-left think tank.  Matthew is a frequent media commentator on policy and political issues, and has written for publications including The Guardian, The Observer, New Statesman and Prospect.


Dr. Tim Connell

Tim Connell

Dr. Connell is Honorary Life Fellow of Gresham College and Chairman of the Gresham Society.  He was Director of Language Studies at City University London, where he was made an emeritus professor in 2009.  He is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool and London universities, studied in Spain and Mexico, and holds the degree of Doctor of Letters from City University.  His particular interests are in the fields of professional training for translators and interpreters and international education.  He writes and broadcasts regularly on a wide range of themes relating to London, languages in the modern world and other cultural topics.  He has strong links to the City of London (London’s center of world-wide finance), is a Freeman of the City of London, and sits on the Court of the Stationers' Company.


Nicholas Chrimes

Nick Chrimes

Nick Chrimes is an enthusiastic historian of Cambridge – the town and the university – and is the author of Cambridge: Treasure Island in the Fens, which recounts the history and contributions of the English-speaking world's second oldest university.  He tells the tale of how a university founded by scholars fleeing Oxford in 1209 has had such a dramatic impact on the history and arts of the Northern Renaissance and upon the scientific age – along the way explaining how the university has won more Nobel prizes than the whole of France.  His book, available in English and Chinese, brings you up-to-date on Cambridge in our own time.  Nick describes himself as an academic-manqué who now writes for a modest living.  Earlier, he was a business man in large corporations and later a founder and proprietor of his own business.  His guided tours of Cambridge and its storied institutions are popular with scholars and laymen like.  He’s a columnist for The Chinese Weekly, translating the mysteries of Cambridge for their readership.

© Terry Grundy 2018