“When you walk over sand, you leave a mark in the sand that says that your foot was there in that place and time. And a photograph is like that, too. Someone was there. A camera was there in that place and time recording that event, recording that moment.”
Essential Lens Advisor, Dr. Julia Dolan, from A Closer Look video
Dr. Makeda Best is the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museum. Previously Dr. Best worked as an assistant professor at the California College of the Arts and at the University of Vermont. She is currently revising a book on the Civil–War-era photographer Alexander Gardner. She is co-editor of Conflict, Identity and Protest in American Art. She has received grants and fellowships from Duke University, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Phillips Collection, and the Andrew K. Mellon Foundation. She received her BA from Barnard College, BFA and MFA in studio photography from the California Institute of the Arts, and MA and PhD from Harvard University.
Dr. Brooke Bourdélat brings a background in science through degrees in biology, but has worked in science education for many years. Her curriculum development experience ranges from elementary through high school, recently working on middle school through the Diabetes Education Curriculum project, Technology in Practice, and BSCS Middle School Science/Inquiry Grade 8. As part of this work, Brooke has developed expertise in sense-making, literacy, and metacognitive strategies. With each project, Brooke is responsible for writing student and teacher materials, with a goal of helping teachers understand how to guide their students in learning. Brooke conducts professional development workshops on topics including sense-making, inquiry, leadership, and curriculum development. She also coaches teachers to help them develop skills related to their own professional goals.
Dr. Julia Dolan is The Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum. Founded in 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh-oldest museum in the United States. Serving more than 350,000 visitors annually, the museum is a premier venue for education in the visual arts.
Dr. Dolan holds a B.F.A. in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an MA in Art History from the Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD in Art History from Boston University. She has worked with the photography collections at a number of museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Fogg Art Museum. She has curated and co-curated more than fifteen photography exhibitions including “Transcending the Literal: Photographs by Ansel Adams from the Collection and Spectacle at the Philadelphia Museum of Art,” as well as “Likeness: Portraiture from the Photography Collection and Surface: Landscape Photography at the Portland Art Museum.” Dr. Dolan is currently working on an exhibition and book of esteemed landscape photographer Robert Adams’s Oregon imagery. She has published essays in multiple books and magazines including The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography (Routledge, 2005), An Endless Panorama of Beauty: Selections from the Jean and Alvin Snowiss Collection of American Art (Penn State University Press, 2002), and Bobby Abrahamson: North Portland Polaroids (Ampersand, 2012).
Lisa Espinosa has a master’s in education from National-Louis University and also received certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. She was a middle school teacher for nearly ten years in the Chicago Public Schools, where she worked primarily with Mexican immigrant students. In 2008 she was presented with the Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction award. Throughout her teaching career, Lisa received various grants, many to help fund an annual black-and-white photography project she did with her seventh- grade students. In 2005, this work was featured in the Annenberg Learner professional development video series, Teaching Multiculturalism Through Literature, produced by WNET Public Television in New York City. Lisa has published several essays, including the chapter, “Everything Flowers,” in the book, City Kids City Schools: More Reports from the Front Row. She has presented at various national and international education conferences, including the International Reading Association and the National Association of Multicultural Education. In 2009, Lisa left teaching to pursue a career in holistic healing and to bring these services to underserved communities in Chicago.
Dr. Bruce E. Larson is a professor of secondary education and social studies at Western Washington University's Woodring College of Education. He teaches courses in curriculum development, instructional strategies, assessment, and history/social studies teaching methods. Dr. Larson's book on the effective use of instructional strategies — Instructional Strategies for Middle and High School, 2nd Ed. 2013 — helps teachers purposefully select instructional strategies and valid assessment techniques. Another book — Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Social Studies: Methods, Assessment, and Classroom Management, 2nd Ed. 2017 —specifically examines strategies for helping students learn social studies content and skills. His work on using classroom discussion and on integrating computer-based technology into classrooms has been published in journals such as Theory and Research in Social Education, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, Social Studies and the Young Learner, The Social Studies, Journal of Curriculum and Supervision, and Social Education. He has published numerous curriculum guides and contributed chapters in edited books that cover both teacher education and social studies education. Dr. Larson was an advisor on America'''s History in the Making (2008), produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and distributed by Annenberg Learner.
Dr. Susan McWilliams was an educator at the High Desert Museum in Bend for 12 years, serving as a science educator and education director. Prior to working at the museum, Susan was an elementary teacher and science coordinator in American International Schools in West Africa and Portugal. She holds a BA in Biology and an MS in Biology/Environmental Education. Susan has also been an instructor at COCC (Central Oregon Community College), Eastern Oregon University and OSU-Cascades in Bend, WOU in Monmouth and adjunct faculty with Lewis & Clark College. Currently Susan is a science education consultant offering professional development programs for schools and districts around the state. She is the president of the Oregon Science Teachers Association and serves on the Advisory Council for Science and Children, the NSTA Journal for elementary educators.
Lesley Meyer has been the photo editor and archivist at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles for more than 4 years, focusing her expertise in publishing on the Photography Space's acclaimed exhibition and programming. Lesley’s previous experience as an award-winning photo director in magazine publishing spanned 17 years. Her eclectic talent for pairing photographers with assignments led her to work for such diverse magazines as Interview, JANE, VLife, and Outside. Her widespread knowledge of photojournalism, editorial photography and fine art began at an early age: getting lost in National Geographic magazines; looking at photography books with her father, who was an avid photographer; and growing up in Washington, DC, where she spent her free time in its abundance of museums. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with BFA in Painting.
Dr. Gary Nash is Distinguished Research Professor at UCLA, where he has taught since 1966. A BA and PhD graduate of Princeton University, he was president of the Organization of American Historians in 1994-95 and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Society of American Historians, and the American Antiquarian Society. He was a founding member of the National Council for History Education and has been Associate Director of the National Center for History in the Schools (1987-1996) and Director (1996-2012). He co-chaired the National History Standards Project (1992-1996). He has authored and edited more than thirty books and contributed more than ninety essays to scholarly journals and books. He served on the National Parks Service Second Century Commission in 2007-09 and co- authored Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Parks (2011). Over the past several decades he has served as an advisor to Oregon Public Broadcasting on three history and literature projects.
Dr. Shailja Sharma is the director of the MS program in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at DePaul University. Sharma's research and teaching interests include postcolonial theory and literature, migration and diaspora, South Asia, citizenship studies, race, and forced migration and displacement. She has written numerous articles and book chapters about forced migration, culture and identity, and citizenship, among many other topics. Sharma's scholarly and public presentations and panels cover a broad range of topics and include the recent "Panel on Citizenship, Migration, and State Policies in the Global South and East Asia" and a public talk on WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, titled "The Refugee Crisis in Calais." Her book, Postcolonial Minorities in Britain and France: In the Hyphen of the Nation-State, was published by Manchester University Press in 2016. Dr. Sharma advised on the Forced Displacement, Human Rights, and the Struggle for Social Justice collection.