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Jennifer Brier directs the Program in Gender and Women’s Studies at UIC, where she is also an Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and the History Department. She specializes in US gay and lesbian history, the history of sexuality and gender, and public history. Brier is the author of Infectious Ideas: U.S. Political Response to the AIDS Crisis, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2009, and reissued in paperback in 2011.  Brier curated, with Jill Austin, Out in Chicago, the Chicago History Museum’s award winning exhibition on LGBT history in Chicago that ran from May 2011 to March 2012. She and Austin also co-edited an anthology that accompanied the exhibition and wrote the introductory essay entitled, “Out in Chicago: Exhibiting LGBT History at the Crossroads.” They have published several other articles on queer public history.
 
Brier is currently at work on a major public history project called History Moves, a community-curated mobile gallery that will provide a space for Chicago-based community organizers and activists to share their histories with a wide audience. Since 2015, History Moves has partnered with the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) to collect and curate the stories of almost forty women living with HIV/AIDS. I’m Still Surviving, is multimedia project that presents the women’s history to a wide audience.













 
Charlene A. Carruthers is a Black, queer feminist community organizer and writer with over 10 years of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development movement work. She currently serves as the national director of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), an activist member-led organization of Black 18-35 year olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. Her passion for developing young leaders to build capacity within marginalized communities has led her to work on immigrant rights, economic justice and civil rights campaigns nationwide. She has led grassroots and digital strategy campaigns for national organizations including the Center for Community Change, the Women's Media Center, ColorOfChange.org and National People's Action, as well as being a member of a historic delegation of young activists in Palestine in 2015 to build solidarity between Black and Palestinian liberation movements. Charlene is the winner of the "New Organizing Institute 2015 Organizer of the Year Award" and has served as a featured speaker at various institutions including Wellesley College, Northwestern University and her alma mater Illinois Wesleyan University. Charlene also received a Master of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Charlene was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago where she currently resides and continues to lead and partake in social justice movements. Her inspirations include a range of Black women, including Ella Baker, Cathy Cohen, and Barbara Ransby. In her free time, Charlene loves to cook and believes the best way to learn about people is through their food.

 
Danielle DeMuth is Associate Professor in and Chair of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at GVSU, where she has taught since 2006. WGS at GVSU has a major and a minor and also houses an LGBT minor. DeMuth has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toledo (2000). Her research interests include lesbian and queer literature and history and feminist pedagogy. She has been a Civic Engagement Fellow, National Women’s Studies Association, Teagle Foundation Grant (2010-11) and received two teaching awards at Grand Valley State University, the Pew Teaching Excellence Award (2010) and the Student Award for Faculty Excellence (2011). She has led study abroad programs in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies to Egypt (2008, 2009) and most recently to South Africa (2012, 2014, 2016).
Jami Mathewson is the Educational Partnerships Manager at the Wiki Education Foundation, where she develops partnerships with educational institutions and academic associations to systematically bring more student editors and high quality content to Wikipedia. Over the last three years, Jami has focused her volunteer editing on improving content about women's issues.



 







 
Nana Osei-Kofi is Director of the Difference, Power, & Discrimination Program, and Associate Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University (OSU). Prior to her appointment at OSU in 2013, Osei-Kofi was Associate Professor and Director of the Social Justice Studies Graduate Certificate Program in the School of Education at Iowa State University. Her areas of scholarly focus include critical and feminist teaching and learning, the politics of American higher education, Black Nordic studies, and visual cultural studies. Journals in which her work has appeared include, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of EducationFeminist FormationsEquity & Excellence in EducationLatino Studies, and The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies. She is currently working on a book project titled Cultural Production and the Construction of an Afroswedish Identity. Osei-Kofi serves on the editorial boards of Feminist Formations and The Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, and recently completed a two-year term as Vice-President of the National Women’s Studies Association.