Marlene Booth is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked as both an independent filmmaker for her own production company, Raphael Films, and for public television station WGBH-TV in Boston. She has produced and directed several major documentary films. Her major films include: Yidl in the Middle: Growing Up Jewish in Iowa, When I was 14: A Survivor Remembers, The Double Burden: Three Generations of Working Mothers, The Forward: From Immigrants to Americans and Raananah: A World of Our Own.
Michelle Citron is an award-winning independent filmmaker who has received grants from the NEA and NEH. She is a professor in the Department of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University, where she is also Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts. She is best known for her films Daughter Rite and What You Take For Granted. She is the author of Home Movies and Other Necessary Fictions.
Muriel Hasbun is currently the Program Coordinator of Fine Art Photography at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. Her work explores the multiple facets of her cultural and religious heritage as well as the processes of remembering and remembrance. Her work has been widely exhibited and published in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, most recently at the Noorderlicht Photofestival in the Netherlands. Other venues include the Bienal Internacional de Fotografía (Mexico, 1999) and the 29ème Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie (Arles, 1998). Hasbun is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Janice Goldsten Community Artists Program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (2000-2001) and four Individual Artist Fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts/NEA (1999, 1996, 1994, 1991).
Marianne Hirsch is Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities at Dartmouth College where she teaches French, Comparative Literature, Women's Studies and Jewish Studies. Her books include Family Frames: Photography, Narrative, and Postmemory; The Mother/Daughter Plot: Narrative, Psychoanalysis, Feminism; the edited collection The Familial Gaze, and a special issue of Signs, 28:1, on Gender and Cultural Memory. She is currently writing a book with Leo Spitzer, entitled Ghosts of Home: Czernowitz and the Holocaust.
Joanne Leonard is a professor in the School of Art and Design and in the women's studies program at the University of Michigan. Her work has been widely exhibited recently at the International Center for Photography in New York as a part of "Eye the Beholder." Her photographs and photo-collage works have been published in Gardner's Art Through the Ages, Janson's History of Art, Time Life Library of Photography, Lucy Lippard's From the Center and Domna Stanton's Discourses of Sexuality, from Aristotle to AIDS. Her own writing appears in Modern Fiction Studies and
Michigan Feminist Studies.
Laura Levitt is the Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Temple University where she teaches in the Religion Department and the Women's Studies Program. She is the author of Jews and Feminism: The Ambivalent Search for Home and co-editor with Miriam Peskowitz of Judaism Since Gender. She is editing the forthcoming collection, Sighting the Holocaust: Contemporary Visions, with Laurence Silberstein and Shelley Hornstein. Her new book project, Ordinary Jews, uses family photographs to tell stories about the everyday lives of American Jews in the early 20th century from under the shadow of the holocaust.
Lorie Novak is an artist who has been using family snapshots in her work since the early 1980s. She is a professor of photography at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions, volumes and collections including solo exhibitions at the International Center for Photography in New York; the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; the Houston Center for Photography; Breda Fotografica, the Netherlands; Jayne Baum Gallery in New York; University Art Museum, Cal. State University, Long Beach; Addison Gallery in Andover, MA; Stanford University Art Museum. She has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Louis Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, and residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Djerassi Foundation.
Ruth Ost is Director of Temple University Honors Program and teaches in Religion and Women's Studies. Her work and teaching (alongside her interest in Death and Dying) is in the area of art, ritual and gender. She has organized exhibitions and symposia such as: Art Interfaces with Computers; Revolutionary Perspectives in the Renaissance; and Peter Rockwell at the Frank Lloyd Wright Snowflake House. Most recently, she organized the show Altared Gender at the Temple Gallery (2002). She is currently working on a major exhibition of Shimon Attie's White Nights, Sugar Dreams (with Laura Levitt and Kevin Melchionne). In addition, she and Kevin Melchionne are co-curating an exhibition on the year 1980 (2004), at the Temple Gallery. With Th. Emil Homerin, she is writing about Memory and Mourning, an exhibition at the Strong Museum, Rochester, New York. She has written and lectured on Helène Aylon.