About the Authors

Summer 2015

Fred Hagstrom is the Rae Schupack Nathan professor of art at Carleton College. He has taught there since 1984 and has been leading students on international study trips since 1996. He teaches studio art, with a specialty in printmaking.

Kaz Hawkins was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is an ambassador for Eastside Arts, she uses her public profile to assist East Belfast Community Counseling, and she has won many awards and accolades for her singing. In 2015 alone she has been a nominee for the PURE M Magazine award for best female, a finalist for the Future of Blues, and a nominee for the European Blues Challenge.

June Grasso is Associate Professor in the Division of Social Sciences at Boston University’s College of General Studies. She has a Ph.D. in modern Chinese history from Tufts University and writes on China and U.S.-China relations.

Holly Connell Schaaf, a lifelong New Englander with family roots in Scotland and Ireland, is currently a lecturer in the CAS Writing Program at BU. She completed a Ph.D. in Irish and British Literature at BU in 2013 and has written poems and stories for as long as she can remember.

Gregory Stevenson is a Professor of New Testament at Rochester College. His research and publishing interests include the book of Revelation and religion and popular culture. He lives with his family in Clarkston, Michigan.

Christine Tannous is a graduate journalism student at Boston University’s College of Communication. She studied classical music, mathematics and biology as an undergraduate before moving across the pond and settling in Boston. Tannous is an avid storyteller with a taste for the eclectic and the peculiar.

Meg Tyler is a poet and a professor, a scholar of contemporary Irish, British and American poetry. Her chapbook of poems, Poor Earth, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014. She is also the author of a book on Seamus Heaney (Routledge, 2005). She directs the Poetry Reading Series at Boston University and is Chair of the Institute for the Study of Irish Culture.

Kathleen Vandenberg is a Senior Lecturer in Rhetoric at BU’s College of General Studies. She has taught Rhetoric & Composition for fifteen years, and written on the rhetoric of advertising, the history of imitation pedagogies, spatial rhetorics, and style. She is currently completing a monograph on Joan Didion and developing a quantitative research study on the effectives of classical imitation pedagogies. She continues to work on developing the Boston-London program, and is currently wrapping up her second year of teaching in it.