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MemberOladipupo Abiodun Oyeleye

Oladipupo Oyeleye is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Oladipupo studies Post-2000 African and African diasporic literature and music through the prism of Afropolitanism as a theory of reading Global Africa. Oladipupo holds Masters degrees in English and African American studies. Oladipupo is also a blogger, and an advocate for connecting scholarship in the Humanities to the needs of the public. He currently works at the Center for the Public Humanities as the Public Humanities Exchange Program (HEX-U) coordinator for undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Oladipupo works with HEX-U scholars to design and implement community projects that draw upon humanities scholarship and methods.

MemberValeria Castelli

Valeria G. Castelli is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. Her research project examines political documentary films made over the last ten years that deal with migration to Italy, particularly with migrants’ journeys to Europe through the Central Mediterranean route and their precarious lives once in Italy. Valeria is part of the Center’s Andrew W. Foundation seminar on the topic of migration and the humanities. Before joining the Mahindra Humanities Center, Valeria was a 2016-17 College Core Curriculum Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at New York University. Valeria received her Ph.D. in Italian Studies from New York University in 2016. Her dissertation is entitled “Rhetoric, Politics and Ethics in Contemporary Italian Documentary Film.” Valeria received her Laurea in Lettere moderne with a specialization in Philology from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano and her M.A. in Italian Studies from the University College of London. Valeria was a 2015-16 Public Humanities Fellow at the Humanities New York and the NYU Center for the Humanities. Valeria was a 2015-16 Public Humanities Fellow at the Humanities New York and the NYU Center for the Humanities, where she designed and developed a Public Humanities Project in collaboration with the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. From 2013 to 2016, Valeria has worked as Assistant Editor and Chief Assistant Editor of the online peer-reviewed journal gender/sexuality/Italy.

MemberAnna Newman

I am a librarian who is passionate about open knowledge and public humanities. Currently I’m a Librarian for Digital Academic Strategies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. I previously worked as the Open Access Specialist at Boston University and received my M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. In my career as a librarian, I have advocated for open access to information, educated others about open access practices, and coordinated programming to promote the use of open educational resources. I am also active in a number of public humanities projects that promote community building, self-reflection, and social justice. I am a member of the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program 2018-19 cohort.