“Humankind lingers unregenerately in Plato’s cave, still reveling, its age-old habit, in mere images of the truth. But being educated by photographs is not like being educated by older, more artisanal images. For one thing, there are a great many more images around, claiming our attention...
The inventory starting in 1839 and since then, just about everything has been photographed, or so its seems...”
Susan Sontag, On Photography
Dr. Makeda Best In addition to serving on the Essential Lens advisory board, Dr. Best co-wrote the Forced Migration: Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice collection, developed and wrote the Focus In content, the History of Photography, and contributed to additional website content.
Dr. Bruce E. Larson In addition to serving on the Essential Lens advisory board, Dr. Larson wrote the Disaster and Government Response: The Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and the New Deal collection, and co-wrote the Change and Resistance: Civil Rights Movements Across the Nation and the Forced Migration: Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice collections, as well as the social studies activity in the Garbage: The Science and Problem of What We Throw Away.
Dr. Lauren McClanahan is Professor of Secondary Education at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Prior to WWU, Lauren taught eighth grade language arts/social studies at Springfield Middle School in Lucama, North Carolina. An avid photographer, Lauren enjoys integrating photography and digital storytelling into her literacy classes for middle and high school pre-service teachers. Recently, Lauren has created the “First Person Singular” project, in which middle and high school students living in geographically sensitive areas tell their stories, through words and pictures, about how climate change is directly impacting their lives. Dr. McClanahan wrote the Immigration, Urbanization, and Identity: The Progressive Era City; Place, Culture, and Representation: The Politics of the Harlem Renaissance; and Economies and Empire: Colonialism and the Clash of National Visions collections.
Tullan Spitz was formerly the senior manager of content development at Oregon Public Broadcasting, where she developed ideas and spearheaded grants for prime-time public television documentary programming, websites, public outreach, and materials for teachers and students. Currently she is the senior grant writer for Portland Public Schools. Spitz designed the original concept for Essential Lens. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Spitz wrote the Protest and Politics: 1968, Year of the Barricades collection, and co-wrote the Change and Resistance: Civil Rights Across the Nation and the Economies and Empire: Colonialism and the Clash of National Visions collections. Spitz also crafted the outline for the Forced Displacement: Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice collection.
Dr. Chris Tachibana is a science writer and editor who lives and works in Seattle and Copenhagen, Denmark. Her freelance work includes writing feature articles for Science careers, The Scientist, MSNBC.com, and international biotechnology magazines. Chris also edits grant applications and journal manuscripts and has a part-time position as a science writer and editor for Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. Chris previously worked on the Oregon Public Broadcasting and Annenberg Learner project, “Rediscovering Biology, Molecular to Global Perspectives.”
Chris has a PhD in molecular biology. She has been a researcher and instructor at Penn State University and the University of Washington, and a visiting scientist at Carlsberg Research Labs and Copenhagen University. See more on her online portfolio. Dr. Tachibana wrote the Processes of Science: Mars, a Case Study; Earth, Climate and Change: Observing Human Impact; Energy: Capture, Storage and Transformation; Garbage: The Science and Problem of What We Throw Away; and Genetics and Bioengineering: The Societal Impacts of Mutations.