Julia Kristeva is Director of the Institute for the Study of Texts and Documents at University of Paris VII and visiting professor at Columbia University.  She is the recipient of France’s distinguished "Chevalière de la légion d'honneur" and in 2004 won the Holberg International Prize for her “innovative explorations of questions on the intersection of language, culture and literature [that] have inspired research across the humanities and the social sciences throughout the world”.  A practicing psychoanalyst, she is a careful reader of Freud, and finds his voice in such contemporary concerns as desire, love, revolution, the poetic, the soul, faith.