Dr. E. Michele Ramsey is an associate professor of Communication Arts & Sciences and Women’s Studies at Penn State, Berks College and founded the major in Communication Arts & Sciences at the college. Dr. Ramsey teaches: Public Speaking; Message Evaluation; Careers in Communication; Gender and Communication; Rhetoric of American Horror Films; Conflict Management, Black American Rhetoric, Issues in Freedom of Expression, U.S. Women’s Public Address, and Contemporary American Political Rhetoric. Her research interests include representations of gender in the media, women’s rights rhetoric, social movement rhetoric, and political rhetoric. Her research has been published in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Western Journal of Communication, Feminist Media Studies, Women’s Studies in Communication, Women and Language, Journal for the Association of Communication Administration, Journal of Media Literacy Education, the Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Management Design and Processing, and the Journal of Religion and Business Ethics. She’s won a number of awards for her research, teaching, and service including the following: 1992 and 1994 Outstanding Service to the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Texas, 1995 Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Texas, Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award at the University of Georgia, 2001 Cheris Kramarae Dissertation Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender; 2006 Penn State Berks Outstanding Faculty Advising Award; 2008 Penn State Berks Outstanding Faculty Service Award; 2009 Curricular Integration Award from the President’s Commission on LGBTQ Equity at Penn State University; the 2010 Achieving Woman Award (faculty category) from the President’s Commission on Women at Penn State University, the 2015 Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award from the President’s Commission on Women at Penn State University, and the Feminist Teacher/Mentor Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender. In her spare time she makes plans for next year’s Halloween, speaks to local groups about gender and media and media literacy, and runs a charity she founded, which awards new laptops to deserving high school seniors from her high school alma mater who are headed to some form of higher education but cannot afford a laptop computer to take with them.
Zak Jones completed his Honours BA in English, MA in English [In the Field of Creative Writing] at University of Toronto, where he is currently a Ph.D. student studying narratives of defeat in American “epics.”
I work at the University of New England in the high country of New South Wales. I teach and research in children’s literature and classical reception studies. I lead the Australasian wing of the ERC-funded Our Mythical Childhood project (Grant agreement No 681202) which traces the reception of classical antiquity in children’s and young adults’ culture. I am writing a Guide to the field of recent children’s literature inspired by classical antiquity.
Andrzej Klimczuk, PhD, a sociologist and public policy expert, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy of the Collegium of Socio-Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics, Poland. Editor and correspondent of publications about computer and video games in the years 2002-2009. In 2011-2013 Vice President of the Foundation’s Laboratory Research and Social Action “SocLab.” External expert of institutions such as the European Commission, URBACT III Programme, Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme, Fondazione Cariplo, and International Federation on Ageing. Member of various scientific organizations such as the Polish Sociological Association, Polish Society of Gerontology, and European Sociological Association. Author of many scientific papers in the field of gerontology and social policy, e.g., books: “Kapitał społeczny ludzi starych na przykładzie mieszkańców miasta Białystok” [Social Capital of Old People on the Example of Bialystok Residents], Wiedza i Edukacja, Lublin 2012; “Experts and Cultural Narcissism: Relations in the Early 21st Century”, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken 2012; “Aging in the Social Space” (co-authored with Ł. Tomczyk), The Association of Social Gerontologists, Białystok-Kraków 2015; “Economic Foundations for Creative Ageing Policy”, the two-volume set, Palgrave Macmillan, New York 2015, 2017; “Generations, intergenerational relationships, generational policy: A multilingual compendium” (co-edited with K. Lüscher and M. Sanchez), Universität Konstanz, Konstanz, 17 languages, editions 2015, 2016 and 2017; “Selected Contemporary Challenges of Ageing Policy” (co-edited with Ł. Tomczyk), Pedagogical University of Kraków, Kraków 2017; and “Between Successful and Unsuccessful Ageing: Selected Aspects and Contexts” (co-edited with Ł. Tomczyk), Pedagogical University of Kraków, Kraków 2019.
L. D. Joynes, Ph.D.
- Research Scholar, Art and Education, Columbia University
- International Committee, Collage Arts Association
- Visiting Professor, Renmin University, School of Art, Beijing
- Co-Chair, Young Researchers Conference Mongolia
- US Department of State Sponsored Research Fellow on Arts in Higher Education
- US Public Diplomacy Awardee Mongolia (2014)
- US Public Diplomacy Awardee China (2017)
L. D. Joynes is a research scholar on arts and education at Columbia University in New York and an education specialist for Europe and Asia. He has directed US Department of State sponsored research on arts in education at the American Center for Mongolian Studies and is 2017 Fulbright-Hays US Public Diplomacy Awardee for cooperation in the arts.He has conducted education research in Europe and Asia and is focused on new program development, joint degrees in the art, Doctoral research in the art, post-doctoral research in the arts. He has presented at Cambridge University, University of California, Columbia University, National University of Singapore, University of Coventry, UK, University of Lincoln, UK. As 2015 Visiting Fellow at the University of the Arts London (UAL) directed the PhD Master Class at Chelsea College of Art, London. He serves on the Editorial Board of ProjectAnywhere, a journal in Australia and is Fellow, Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC, member of the International Committee, College Arts Association, New York; member of the National Postdoctoral Association, (US) ; and was Co-chair for the Young Researchers Forum Mongolia.
P.B. (Bärry) Hartog is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the PThU in Groningen. His research concentrates on Early Judaism (including the Dead Sea Scrolls) in the context of the Graeco-Roman world. He has a particular interest in issues of textual scholarship and exegesis, the construction and development of identity, and intercultural contacts in an ever-expanding world.
Phil Bratta is an independent scholar whose work focuses on rhetorical theory, culture, digital-visual rhetorics, and embodiment in everyday, socially-engaged practices. He has published or has forthcoming work in several edited collections and journals, including The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, Rhetoric Review, College Composition and Communication, Computers and Composition, Enculturation, Feminist Teacher, Visual Culture and Gender, and The Journal of American Culture.