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Amy Townsend-SmallAmy Townsend-Small

Dr. Townsend-Small researches the human impacts on global carbon, nitrogen, and water cycles; feedbacks between the carbon cycle, the hydrologic cycle, and climate change; greenhouse gas emissions and water quality associated with energy production; stable isotopes and radiocarbon dating. Her current research explores the sources and fluxes of methane, a very powerful greenhouse gas. For more on Dr. please see her research profile here.

Tara Houska imageTara Houska

Tara Houska is Ojibwe of Saulteaux, Couchiching First Nation. She is the a founding board member of Not Your Mascots, non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the misappropriation of Indigenous identity, imagery and culture, and is also currently the National Campaigns Director for Honor the Earth, an environmental justice group. Previously, Houska has served as the Native American advisor to the Bernie Sanders, Tribal Attorney, and lobbyist for Native American concerns. In her TAFTtalk, Houska discusses her work with Honor the Earth and fighting for trial rights and sustainable land practices.

Lewis Gordon Dr. Lewis Gordon

Dr. Lewis Gordon, Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, University of Connecticut at Storrs, with affiliations in Judaic studies, Caribbean and Latina/o studies, Asian and Asian American Studies.An internationally recognized philosopher, Dr. Gordon is also a political thinker, educator, and musician.

Dr. Rosi Braidotti is a Distinguished University Professor and the director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. Known as a Postmodernist Feminist, she is a pioneer in European women's studies.  She founded the Network of Interdisciplinary Women's Studies in Europe (NOISE) and ATHENA: Advanced Thematic Network in Activities in Women's Studies in Europe, both of which are part of the Socrates Thematic Network Project.  She directed the ATHENA network until 2005.  She also received a number of awards.  In 2013, Linköping University (in Sweden) awarded her with a Doctorate Honoris Causa.  She had received an earlier honorary degree from the University of Helsinki in Finland.

Slavoj ŽižekZizek

Dr. Slavok Žižek is a internationally recognized Slovenian Marxist philosopher and cultural critic. He is currently a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy, University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University, and international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. He writes widely on a diverse range of topics, including political theory, film theory, cultural studies, theology, and psychoanalysis.

Andrew Leong

Dr. Andrew Leong is an Associate Professor at the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His specialty is on law, justice, and equality pertaining to disenfranchised communities, with a focus on Asian Americans. From 1987 to 1993 he was Clinical Director of the Chinatown Clinical Program at Boston College Law School. He was Supervising Attorney of the Asian Outreach Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services from 1986 to 1990. Professor Leong has written about welfare and immigration reform, hate crimes, environmental justice, and community lawyering.

Paula BanerjeeBanerjee

Dr. Paula Banerjee specializes in issues of conflict and peace in South Asia. She has published extensively on issues of gender and forced migration and on autonomy. She is author of the book When Ambitions Clash and editor of the book Women in Peace Politics. She has been working on themes related to women, borders and democracy in South Asia and has published extensively in journals such as International Studies and Canadian Women's Studies on issues such as histories of borders and women in conflict situations. Currently, she is the Head of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Calcutta.

Henry Giroux

Dr. Henry Giroux is an American and Canadian scholar and cultural critic. One of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the United States, he is best known for his pioneering work in public pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, media studies, and critical theory. In 2002 Routledge named Giroux as one of the top fifty educational thinkers of the modern period. He currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest.

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