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Guest Speakers

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This was our 2015 Summer Institute Guest Speaker list.

Guest Speakers 

Robert Keith Collins, PhD, an anthropologist, is Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. He holds a BA in Anthropology and a BA in Native American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Collins also holds an MA and PhD in Anthropology from UCLA. Using a person-centered ethnographic approach, his research explores American Indian cultural changes and African and Native American interactions in North, Central, and South America. His recent academic efforts include being a co-curator on the Smithsonian's traveling banner exhibit "IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas", currently hosted by The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, a special edition edited volume for the American Indian Culture and Research Journal at UCLA on "Reducing Barriers to Native American Student Success", and two books in final preparation: "African-Native Americans: Racial Expectations and Red-Black Lived Realities" (University of Minnesota Press) and “Memoirs of Kin that Race Can't Erase: Kinship, Memory, and Self Among African-Choctaw Mixed Bloods” (University of North Carolina Press). 

Rina Benmayor is Professor of Oral History, Literature and Latina/o Studies at California State University Monterey Bay, where she directs the CSUMB Oral History and Community Memory Archive.  She has a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley. Her books include Romances judeo-españoles de Oriente (Madrid: Gredos, 1987);  Benmayor and Skotnes, Migration and Identity (Oxford U. Press, 1994; 2nd ed., Transaction Press: 2005);  Flores and Benmayor, Latino Cultural Citizenship: Identity, Space and Rights (Beacon Press, 1997); Latina Feminist Group, Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios (Duke University Press, 2001); and is currently co-editing a volume for the Palgrave Oral History Series on oral history research in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.  Benmayor teaches digital life storytelling and has written on digital storytelling as a signature pedagogy for Latino Studies.  She has published in oral history journals and anthologies on oral history and Puerto Rican women, testimonio, first generation college students, Holocaust narratives, and is currently directing a multiyear oral history project on pan-Asian memories of Salinas Chinatown.  Part of this project involves design and production of an augmented reality oral history walking tour of Chinatown. From 2004 to 2006 she served as President of the International Oral History Association, and from 2010-11 as President of the Oral History Association. 

Mateo Hoke studied journalism as an undergraduate at the University of Colorado-Boulder, which is where he met Cate. They were both interested in human rights journalism and they began a project for which they spent eight months interviewing undocumented Mexican immigrants about their daily lives. After this, Mateo embarked on his graduate studies right here at UC Berkeley. In addition to his work in the Middle East, he has reported from the Amazon Jungle and the Seychelles. His writing has received awards from the overseas Press Club Foundation and the Knights Foundation, among others.

Mimi Lok is the founding executive director and executive editor of Voice of Witness, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that uses oral history to illuminate contemporary human rights crises in the U.S. and around the world. Voice of Witness publishes an acclaimed book series which depicts these injustices through the stories of the men and women who experience them, and provides oral history-based curricula and holistic educator support through its innovative education program. Mimi has over fifteen years’ experience working in education and the literary arts in the U.K., China, and the U.S. She has contributed to various outlets and publications including the Washington Post, USA Today, Lucky Peach, and Hyphen, and has taught Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco and in schools throughout Hong Kong and China. She received the 2013 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Social Progress with Voice of Witness co-founder Dave Eggers.

Steven Estes was born in Charlotte, NC in 1972. Because his dad was a doctor in the Air Force at the end of the Vietnam War, his family moved to the airbase in Panama City, Florida late in 1972. The family eventually moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where his mom earned an MD-PhD at the Medical University of South Carolina. He graduated from high school in Charleston, and then went to Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he received a BA in History and Economics. After spending a short while working in San Francisco, he went to the University of Georgia for an MA in History and then to the University of North Carolina, where he received a PhD in 2001. Along the way, he worked as an interviewer for the Southern Oral History Program, a counselor at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, a teacher in the Sunflower County Freedom Project in Mississippi, a researcher at the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, DC, and a guest curator at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. He has been teaching history at Sonoma State University since 2002.

Quinn Dombrowski is the Digital Humanities Coordinator in Research IT at UC Berkeley, and the lead developer for the Bamboo DiRT digital research tools directory, and the DHCommons digital humanities project / collaborator matching hub. She holds a BA/MA in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Chicago, and an MLS from the University of Illinois. Quinnhas partnered with faculty on a diverse range of digital projects for pedagogy and research, including a virtual research environment for Bulgarian linguistics and folklore, a bibliography of secondary literature about German multitalent Ernst Barlach, and a digital textbook for clinical pathophysiology at the University of Chicago. Her own projects include a guide to using Drupal as a platform for digital humanities projects, and an ongoing study of graffiti in public areas of university libraries.

Sarah Jo Neubauer is responsible for designing, managing, and delivering in-person and virtual training programs to build the capacity of nonprofits in the Bay Area and throughout the Western United States. Her professional interests include research and instructional technology. Before joining Foundation Center in 2006, Sarah Jo worked at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Women's Studies Library and University Library. Prior to her library experience, she worked as a community organizer with a variety of nonprofit organizations. She recently served two terms as board secretary of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. She received her M.L.I.S from San Jose State University and completed her BA at UCSC.