Panel Discussion

Nancy Neiman Auerbach has been at Scripps College since 1993, and has taught a wide range of political economy courses including: Political Economy of Food, Food Politics Practicum, Markets and Politics in Latin America, the Power Elite, and Infrastructures of Justice. Professor Auerbach’s current research focuses on markets and social justice. Her case studies include an interfaith coffee cooperative in Uganda, economic reform in Cuba, and food politics in the United States.

Born in Venezuela, David Cubek began private piano and composition lessons at the age of 7 before entering the Simon Bolivar Conservatory. In 1999, Prof. Cubek went on to continue his education in Montreal, studying piano, music theory and orchestral conducting at McGill University and at the Conservatory of Montreal. In the latter institution, he was awarded First Prize with Great Distinction in orchestral conducting. Prof. Cubek completed doctoral studies in orchestral conducting at Northwestern University, where he served as assistant and guest conductor of the opera program, and the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. He was also a music theory lecturer at both Northwestern and McGill. In 2009, Prof. Cubek guest conducted the Ciudad Guayana Symphony Orchestra, one of the youth orchestras from Venezuela’s “El Sistema,” after which he was re-invited to perform with several other Venezuelan ensembles in the upcoming months. Prof. Cubek has also led orchestras in Brazil and the Czech Republic, and, from 2008 to 2010, served as director of the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra.

Jacque is an assistant professor of English, she teaches in GWS and Intercollegiate Media Studies as well. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in English Literature from Brown University and a B.A. with honors in English Literature from the University of Iowa, where she also studied Molecular Biology. Jacque’s scholarly interests include digital humanities, the role of the academic in the public sphere, and historical relationships between number and poetry. When she finds that these pursuits have exhausted her, she likes to recharge over baseball, football, or hockey.