About the Authors

Winter 2014

Brian Culver is a Master Teacher in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University, in which he teaches a three-course sequence called “Cultural Foundations”: a cross-cultural (both Western and Non-Western) historical survey (from antiquity to the present) of literature, the visual arts, and music. Although his doctorate is in English literature and he has written on the poetry of John Donne and John Milton, most of his current work is on global music and television.

Robert Frodeman is Professor of Philosophy and founding Director of the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity at UNT (www.csid.unt.edu). His work ranges across environmental philosophy, the philosophy of science and technology policy, and the philosophy of interdisciplinarity. Frodeman’s Sustainable Knowledge: A Theory of Interdisciplinarity (Palgrave MacMillan) will be published in 2013.

Dan Jay received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard University. He continued his career there as a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows and as a faculty member becoming the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences. He is currently Professor of Developmental Molecular and Chemical Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine. He has studied art with William Reimann and Paul Stopforth and has had solo exhibitions at Harvard University, the Gallery of Nature and Temptation, the Boston Public Library and most recently the Massachusetts State House.

Natalie McKnight is Dean ad interim and Professor of Humanities at the College of General Studies, Boston University. She has published three books on Victorian fiction: Idiots, Madmen and Other Prisoners in Dickens (St. Martin’s, 1993), Suffering Mothers in Mid-Victorian Novels (St. Martin’s/Palgrave, 1997), and Fathers in Victorian Fiction (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011). She has also co-authored and co-edited a two-volume anthology of art and literature, Culture in Context: An Introduction to Literature (Cognella, 2013, with Adam Sweeting). McKnight co-edits Dickens Studies Annual and is the Archivist for The Dickens Quarterly.

Bill Newell is long-time executive director of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, author of several books and forty articles and chapters on interdisciplinary higher education, and frequent consultant/external evaluator on interdisciplinary undergraduate courses and programs. Now an emeritus professor of interdisciplinary studies at Miami University, he taught interdisciplinary courses, largely in the social sciences, since 1969 at Temple University, the Paracollege at St. Olaf College, and then for over 35 years in the Western College Program at Miami University.

Kate Reavey has taught interdisciplinary courses for almost twenty years and has been a member of the Faculty Learning Communities with the Curriculum for the Bioregions Initiative (led by Jean MacGregor at the Washington Center for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education). She earned an M.A. in Poetry from U.C. Davis and has just completed her comprehensive exams in the doctoral program at Union Institute and University toward a PhD in Humanities and Culture with a focus on social justice. Her books of poetry include two limited edition letter-pressed chapbooks and one longer collection. She is the editor for Enduring Legacies: the Native Cases Initiative and was recently awarded an NEH Bridging Cultures grant to create a course on treaty rights and democracy in the United States. In 2010, Reavey taught literature and creative writing in Florence, Italy as the WCCCSA exchange professor.