About the Authors

Winter 2016

William Christopher Brown is a Lecturer of Composition at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Since 1999, he has taught First-year Composition, Business Writing, and Professional Writing; he teaches both on campus and online. He has English degrees from Indiana University Bloomington (Ph.D.) and the University of South Alabama in Mobile (M.A. and B.A.).

Lydia G. Fash is currently a post-doctoral fellow and a Lecturer of Humanities at Boston University. A committed scholar-teacher, she has taught rhetoric, composition, literature, theory, and philosophy at various universities in the past decade. Her writing has appeared in journals including The New England Quarterly and Narrative, and she is currently completing a manuscript about nineteenth-century American short fiction.

Lydje Lahens was born in Port-Au-Price, Haiti and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts; he is currently an undergraduate student at Boston University. Often referred to as the “Ambassador of Haiti” to Harvard University and Boston area research communities, Lydje has been instrumental in building relationships between the Joslin Diabetes Center (US) and the Fondation Haitienne de Diabete et de Maladies Cardio-Vasculaires (FHADIMAC; Haiti). When he is not studying or working, Lydje enjoys composing and writing music. He is a published songwriter (Warner/Chappell Music), and his biggest musical accomplishment was being commissioned to create an urban version of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose.”

Melissa Paz received her master’s degree in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College, where she focused her studies on cognitive mechanisms involved in learning. She currently works as a therapist with Apex Behavioral Consulting, performing applied behavioral analysis on individuals on the autism spectrum.

Brigitte Sion holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University. Her study focuses on the competing and conflicting activities taking place at memorial sites, particularly in Germany, Argentina, and Cambodia. She looks at commemorative practices, architecture, tourism, education and the politics of memory. She is the author of six books, most recently Memorials in Berlin and Buenos Aires: Balancing Memory, Architecture and Tourism (Lexington Books, 2015) and Death Tourism: Disaster Sites as Recreational Landscapes (Seagull Books, 2014).

Adrienne Stefan is a retired Foreign Service Officer. She served for more than 30 years with the Department of State, working in the Bureau of European Affairs and the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and International Scientific Affairs in Washington, and overseas in Moscow, Paris, and Vienna in a variety of positions, from Science Attache to Counselor at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. in Vienna. She currently lives in Northern Virginia and works as a part-time consultant for the State.

Terumi A. Taylor is a lecturer in the General Education Program at Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She grew up in Vancouver, Canada and studied microbiology. Taylor is working toward completing a Doctor of Education specializing in post-secondary leadership at the University of Calgary