The web site for American Passages: A Literary Survey can be used alone or as part of a complete set of integrated materials, including web, video and print. Through a partnership between Oregon Public Broadcasting and W.W. Norton & Company, these materials have been developed to present recursive and complimentary content.
All materials in the American Passages project were supervised by an Advisory Board led by Laura Arnold, Academic Director.
Laura Arnold (Reed College) brings expertise to the project in the fields of technology and teaching, poetics, early American literature, and Native American literature. She has been the recipient of Fulbright, NEH, and Culpeper grants, and is working on a cultural edition of Experience Mayhew's Indian Converts.
Randy Bass (Georgetown University) is one of the leading national pedagogues in the field of technology and American Literature, and teaches courses on integrating media and electronic resources with the study of literature. Bass is the Director of the American Studies Crossroads Project and the Editor of the electronic resources supporting the Heath Anthology of American Literature.
Sacvan Bercovitch (Harvard University) has reshaped the way literary critics understand the field of early American literature, through groundbreaking books such as Puritans Origins of the American Self and The American Jeremiad and his role as an editor of the new Cambridge Literary History of the United States.
Janice Gould (Willamette University) is the author of several books of poetry including Earthquake Weather and Beneath My Heart. She is also an important voice in the study of poetics, particularly the poetics of witness. Gould is of Maidu descent.
Ann Green (Jackson Community College) has extensive publications and national presentations in the use of technology in the humanities at the Community College level and across the disciplines. She teaches her American Literature courses in computer-mediated classrooms using virtual classroom software and bulletin board systems, specializing in collaborative learning over networks.
Terri Johanson (Oregon Community Colleges) focuses on the uses of "distributed learning" (online, video, interactive television, particularly asynchronous and mixed-mode deliveries) and how those modalities can be employed to create active learning environments. She is Director of Distance Learning for OCC, and also serves as Co-Director of the Oregon Technology Infusion Project (OTIP).
Michael McLeod is an independent producer and director. His most recent projects include several programs for the PBS investigative series Frontline and the one-hour PBS documentary Y2K: The Winter of our Discontent.
Bruce Michelson (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana) brings both a broad-based knowledge of American Literature and a love of Mark Twain to the American Passages project. Michelson is the author of the Teacher's Guide for the Norton Anthology of American Literature and is the author of Literary Wit, Mark Twain on the Loose, and Wilbur's Poetry: Music in a Scattering Time..
Gary Nash (University of California, Los Angeles) is a critical voice in the world of U.S. History; before multiculturalism became buzzword he was arguing for recognition of the multiethnic origins of American literature. In addition to being an author of the National History Standards, Nash is the author of numerous books of his own, including Forbidden Love: The Secret History Of Mixed-Race America, First City: Philadelphia And The Forging Of Historical Memory. and The Urban Crucible.
Sonia Saldívar-Hull (University of Texas, San Antonio) contributes a strong feminist perspective and expertise in Chicano/a studies to the project. Professor Hull is the author of Feminism on the Border: Chicana Gender Politics and Literature (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000), and is currently working on creating a women studies program at the University of Texas, San Antonio.
Greg Sarris (Loyola University) is a writer, literary critic and author of numerous screenplays and teleplays, including his award-winning adaptation of his novel, Grand Avenue for HBO. Sarris is highly regarded for his work on orality and Native American Studies as well as for his work in the field of Ethnic Studies more generally. Sarris is the tribal chairman of the Coastal Miwok and a member of the Pomo Indian tribe.
Pancho Savery (Reed College) brings an emphasis on dramatic arts as well as African American Studies. A published poet, he also regularly teaches in modern drama, Native American Studies, African American Studies, and American literature. Savery is the co-editor of Approaches to Teaching Ellison's Invisible Man (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1989).
Eric Sundquist (University of California, Los Angeles) is a crucial voice in the field of American literature. In award winning, works such as To Wake the Nations, Home as Found, and The Hammers of Creation, Sundquist is known for his ability to pair canonical and noncanonical voices. With interests ranging from Faulkner, to Fredrick Douglass, to Jewish American literature, Sundquist's work focuses on understanding texts, authors and their cultural contexts.