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All SpeakersLast Name A-GLast Name H-MLast Name N-TLast Name U-Z see full biography Jane Beck Jane, founder and former executive director of the Vermont Folklife Center, is the author of Daisy Turner's Kin, An African American Family Saga, based on sixty interviews with the daughter of slaves. see full biography Judith Black Judith has been featured on stages from the Montreal Comedy Festival to the Smithsonian Institution, and is the winner of the Oracle Award, storytelling’s most coveted laurel. see full biography David Book David has written and published two books describing the lives of Civil War soldiers from Vermont. see full biography Adam Boyce Adam is a fiddler, composer, and author who studied the traditional music and dance history of New England with the legendary “Yankee” fiddler Harold “Chuck” Luce. see full biography Jeanne Brink Jeanne serves as a Native American consultant to schools and organizations, and holds a master’s degree in Native American Studies. see full biography Tim Brookes A graduate of Pembroke College, Oxford, Tim is the director of the Professional Writing Program at Champlain College and founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project. see full biography Douglas Brooks A boat builder, writer, and researcher, Douglas specializes in the construction of traditional wooden boats for museums and private clients. see full biography Carrie Brown Carrie has been a museum curator and exhibit developer for more than 25 years, and is the author of books, magazine articles, and exhibition catalogues. see full biography Nancy Marie Brown Nancy is the author of six general interest books and one young adult novel, and spends part of each summer in Iceland leading history and horseback tours. see full biography Rowly Brucken Rowly is a professor of history at Norwich University specializing in international human rights law and Cold War foreign policy. see full biography Howard Coffin A seventh-generation Vermonter, Howard Coffin is the author of four books on the Civil War with a focus on Vermont and the Champlain Corridor. see full biography Jim Cooke Jim is an actor and historian whose performances have been featured at the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, on television, and at numerous presidential libraries. see full biography William Edelglass William teaches philosophy, environmental studies, and Buddhist studies at Marlboro College. see full biography Erik Esckilsen Erik is an associate professor at Champlain College, where he teaches courses on digital storytelling, rhetoric, heroines/heroes in western culture, and international cinema. see full biography Vincent Feeney Vincent is the author of numerous books and articles on Vermont history and a former professor of history at the University of Vermont. see full biography Mary Dingee Fillmore Mary earned an MFA in Writing at Vermont College in 2005 and published award-winning poems based on her research into the Dutch Holocaust and Resistance. see full biography David Fitz-Enz Col. Fitz-Enz is a historian and lecturer, and most recently the author of 2012’s Hacks, Sycophants, Adventurers, and Heroes: Madison’s Commanders in the War of 1812. see full biography Sanjukta Ghosh Sanjukta teaches media and women’s studies at Castleton State College and has written and lectured widely on media constructions of race, gender, and sexuality. see full biography Mark Greenberg Mark is an educator, writer, musician, and media producer who has taught at Goddard College and the University of Vermont. see full biography Amanda Gustin Amanda has studied military, religious, and women’s history in the medieval period and nineteenth-century America, and is the Public Programs Coordinator at the Vermont Historical Society. see full biography Christine Hadsel Christine is the Project Director for the Curtains Without Borders conservation project and was the first Executive Director of the Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance. see full biography Geof Hewitt Geof is the author of four books of poems and three books for teachers, and is Vermont’s reigning poetry slam champion. see full biography William Hosley William is a collector, photographer, and preservationist, and is the principal at Terra Firma Northeast, which specializes in cultural resource development and preservation services. see full biography Helene Lang Helene has taught in public schools and for the United States Navy overseas, and has been a professor of literacy and literature at the University of Vermont. see full biography Michael Lange Michael is a professor of anthropology and folklore at Champlain College in Burlington and has authored several academic works on cultural identity. see full biography Deborah Lee Luskin Deborah holds a PhD in English literature, and has worked as a journalist, novelist, radio commentator, blogger, pen-for-hire, office manager, farmer, and beekeeper. see full biography Jack Mayer Jack Mayer, a Vermont writer and pediatrician, is the author of numerous short stories, poems, essays, and two award-winning books. see full biography Rob Mermin Rob trained in Paris in 1969 with mentor Marcel Marceau, and founded Vermont’s award-winning youth circus company Circus Smirkus. see full biography David Mills David holds a PhD in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University and is a Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Core Division at Champlain College. see full biography Jill Mudgett Jill is a cultural historian with an interest in the connection between the people and the environment of northern New England. see full biography Lars Nielsen Lars has held jobs on Wall Street and in development, the music industry, and radio, and writes plays, fiction, poetry, and essays. see full biography Burt Porter Burt holds a BA from the University of Connecticut and a MA from Wesleyan University, and is the author of five books of poetry and a play in verse. see full biography Sean Prentiss Sean is a National Outdoor Book Award-winning author and editor and serves as an assistant professor of English at Norwich University. see full biography Linda Radtke A classically trained singer, Linda was a Vermont high school teacher for thirty-one years and now produces the VPR Choral Hour on Vermont Public Radio. see full biography Rebecca Rupp Rebecca is the author of nearly 20 books for both children and adults, and blogs on food science and history for National Geographic. see full biography Gregory Sharrow Gregory Sharrow is the co-director at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. He holds a PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania and is a former Vermont classroom teacher. see full biography James Sturm James is a cartoonist and co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. see full biography Mark Timney Mark is an award-winning mass communications practitioner and educator with more than twenty years of professional experience. see full biography William Tortolano William is an author, composer, conductor, and organist, and was a professor of fine arts and music at Saint Michael’s College for 50 years. see full biography Michael Tougias Michael has written 24 books, including The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue, which was adapted into a Disney film in 2016. see full biography Luis Vivanco Luis is a professor of anthropology and Co-Director of the Humanities Center at the University of Vermont. see full biography Paul Wainwright Paul holds a PhD in physics from Yale, and his book, A Space for Faith: The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England, was published in 2010. see full biography Tim Weed Tim is an award-winning novelist and lecturer who teaches at GrubStreet in Boston and Western Connecticut State University. see full biography Donald Wickman Donald is a historian from Rutland specializing in the American Revolution and the Civil War. see full biography Jane Williamson Jane holds a masters degree in historic preservation from the University of Vermont and was the director of the Rokeby Museum for over 20 years. see full biography Rick Winston Rick has taught film history at Burlington College, Community College of Vermont, Goddard College, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. see full biography Kathryn Woods Kathryn has acted on stage, screen, television, and radio, and guides tours of the Freedom Trail in Boston.