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Meg Handler is Editor at Large for Reading The Pictures. She is the former photo editor of The Village Voice. Following The Voice, Meg worked at U.S. News & World Report, Blender, New York Magazine, COLORS and Polaris Images. She has edited a number of books, including the monograph, Phil Stern: A Life’s Work, PAPARAZZI by Peter Howe, Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 80’s, and DETROIT UNBROKEN DOWN by Dave Jordano. After 20 years of immersion in the photography business, and having worked with some of the great photographers in New York and abroad, Meg now lives in Chicago. Meg received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from The Rochester Institute of Technology.
Tamar is an Assistant Professor of History at Rochester Institute of Technology and the Program Director of Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, and the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences. Her book, Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty, and Feminist Activism, examines the history and legacy of three path-breaking social movements in New York City from the 1950s through the 1990s. She conducted more than fifty oral history interviews while researching this book; She also drew on organizational and personal archives, newspapers, films, posters, and photographs to bring these stories of activism to life.
Her research interests include modern U.S. history, women’s and gender history, public history, and digital humanities. At RIT, she teaches courses in U.S. History Since 1945; U.S. Women's and Gender History; The History of the Family in the U.S.; Oral History; and Research Methods. She trains undergraduate students to conduct oral history and archival research for digital and public history projects, including TransRochester Speaks and Monroe County Family Farms, which received a New York State Humanities Council Director's grant.
Tamar grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and studied history and journalism at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received her PhD in history at the University of Michigan and was Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. History at Cornell University before joining the faculty at RIT, where she is also affiliated with the Museum Studies and Women's and Gender Studies programs.
Josh Meltzer joined the faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology where he teaches photojournalism, video storytelling and interactive storytelling. Previously, Josh taught similar courses at Western Kentucky University. A native of Athens, Georgia, Josh is a 1995 graduate of Carleton College in Minnesota and received his Masters in Multimedia Communications from the University of Miami in 2013.
In 2008 Josh was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to photograph and teach in Mexico where he began working on a project about the migration of indigenous families within Mexico. A selection of his work from his Fulbright year won the Grand Prize Professional Award from Photophilanthropy in 2010. He completed this project, Internal Migration, in 2014 as part of his Master’s Thesis.
He has been a co-coordinator and instructor with the Truth With A Camera workshops in Mexico, Ecuador and Bosnia and has served for several years on the staff of The Mountain Workshops.
His still and multimedia work have been recognized by NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism competition, where he was the 2006 Photojournalist of the Year for markets less than 115,000 circulation, and Pictures of the Year International's Documentary of the Year award, while a staff photographer at The Roanoke Times, among others. He is also a recipient of the National Press Photographers Association’s Humanitarian Award in 2012 and is a 2014 recipient of the Carnegie Hero Award.
Michael Kamber has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. Between 2002 and 2012 he worked for The New York Times covering conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia, the Sudan, Somalia, the Congo and many other countries. He has also worked as a writer and videographer for The New York Times, which twice nominated Kamber’s work for the Pulitzer Prize.
In 2011, he founded the Bronx Documentary Center, an educational space dedicated to education and social change through photography and film.
Rod Metts teaches video production, media aesthetics, and media and culture in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University San Bernardino. His Ph.D. is in Communication Studies from The Ohio State University with specializations in Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Rhetoric. His B. A. (with honors) and M. A. are in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University.
Michael Wichman is a part-time faculty member at the University of California San Bernardino teaching in the Communications Studies Department.
Examining three interconnected case studies, Tamar Carroll powerfully demonstrates the ability of grassroots community activism to bridge racial and cultural differences and effect social change. Drawing on a rich array of oral histories, archival records, newspapers, films, and photographs from post-World War II New York City, Carroll shows how poor people transformed the antipoverty organization Mobilization for Youth and shaped the subsequent War on Poverty.
Highlighting the little-known National Congress of Neighborhood Women, she reveals the significant participation of working-class white ethnic women and women of color in New York City’s feminist activism. Finally, Carroll traces the partnership between the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and Women’s Health Action Mobilization (WHAM!), showing how gay men and feminists collaborated to create a supportive community for those affected by the AIDS epidemic, to improve health care, and to oppose homophobia and misogyny during the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s. Carroll contends that social policies that encourage the political mobilization of marginalized groups and foster coalitions across identity differences are the most effective means of solving social problems and realizing democracy.