Rachel Anderson: Speaker

Assistant Professor Rachel Anderson, M.F.A, earned her degree at the Academy of Art University. She previously served as in instructor in the department. Anderson uses creative research methods to construct multi mixed-media garment designs using non-traditional materials combined with using couture fashion design techniques. A major part of this research includes interdisciplinary collaborations between fashion and art, interior design, theatre/costume, jewelry design, metalwork, sculpture, and painting.

Dr. Joseph Hodes: Speaker

Dr. Hodes holds a PhD in Humanities from York University and a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University. During his doctoral studies he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His book, From India to Israel: Identity, Immigration and the Struggle for Religious Equality examines the creation of both India in 1947 and Israel in 1948, and the enormous migrations that accompanied the birth of those nations. He has served as a faculty member at SUNY Binghamton, Tulane University and Old Dominion University. He is the recipient of numerous academic awards including teaching awards from York University and Old Dominion University as well as prestigious international awards such as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant and the awards to scholarly publications program grant. He is currently working on his second book entitled Partition: The Creation of India and Israel, Pakistan and Palestine as well as a text book for University of Toronto Press entitled The Religious Foundations of Identity and Conflict.

Dr. Mark J. Charney: Moderator

Mark Charney served as Director of Theatre for the Department of Performing Arts at Clemson University for many years before retiring as a Professor Emeritus and accepting the role of Director of the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University. A past Chair for Region IV, a past member of the National Selection Team, and presently National Coordinator of Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy/Dramaturgy for KCACTF, Mark currently serves as Associate Director of the National Critics Institute for the O’Neill Theatre Center and works with the Artistic Director there each summer, Chris Jones from The Chicago Tribune. He is also on the National Board of NAST (the National Association of Schools of Theatre), the Board of Advisors for TETA, and Focus Group Representative for Playwrights and Creative Teams through ATHE.