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Terry Abraham, a native of Oregon, has lived in Idaho since 1970. Now retired from the University of Idaho Library, he is the recipient of the Idaho State Historical Society's Esto Perpetua award. Author of Mountains So Sublime: Nineteenth-Century British Travellers and the Lure of the Rocky Mountain West (2006), he is the editor of Chinese Servants in the West: Florence Baillie-Grohman's "The Yellow and White Agony" (2007).
David Gray Adler was a professor of political science at Idaho State University for 25 years. A prize winning teacher and author, Adler has written more than 100 scholarly articles on the Constitution and the Presidency and has published four books. A former journalist, Adler earned a B.A. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. Dr. Adler has lectured internationally on the Constitution and is a former President of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association. In 2010 he received the IHC's Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities Award, given annually. Dr. Adler is currently the Director of the Sun Valley Institute.
Brian Attebery has received many honors for his work on science fiction, fantasy, and children’s literature, including the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pilgrim Award for lifetime achievements in scholarship in science fiction and fantasy and the Idaho Humanities Council’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities. The anthology he edited with Ursula K. Le Guin, The Norton Book of Science Fiction, is widely used in classrooms and was instrumental in bringing a number of new writers to the attention of scholars. In addition to teaching literature at Idaho State University, he is a reviewer for the Los Angeles Review of Books, editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and principal cellist in the Idaho State Civic Symphony. His most recent books are Decoding Gender in Science Fiction, published by Routledge, Parabolas of Science Fiction, edited with Veronica Hollinger, published by Wesleyan University Press in 2013, and Stories about Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth, published by Oxford University Press, 2014.
Judith Austin is the retired coordinator of publications at the Idaho State Historical Society and former editor of its quarterly journal Idaho Yesterdays. She received her undergraduate degree in history from Duke University and her master's in the history of education at Columbia University. Austin has lived in Idaho since 1967. She served on the staff of the Society from 1967 to 2002. She is an active member of the Western History Association.
Barton H. Barbour, a transplanted New Yorker who has traveled and lived all over the West, has a long-standing passion for Western North American history. He is the author of five books and several articles about fur traders and Indians, and he teaches US History at Boise State University. Barton’s recent research resulted in the publication of Fort Union and the Upper Missouri Fur Trade, and a new biography of Jedediah S. Smith. An engaging and experienced speaker, Dr. Barbour is eager to share his love of the American West with audiences.
John Bieter graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Social Science and a concentration in Economics. He completed his Masters degree at Boise State University and his thesis was published as An Enduring Legacy: A History of the Basques in Idaho. John earned his doctoral degree from Boston College where he focused his research and teaching interests on Immigration and Ethnicity, the American West, and American Catholicism. Currently, John serves as an advisor for pre-service educators in the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs and as Director of the Center for Basque Studies. He is associate professor in the history department as well.
Marsha Bjornn is an adjunct faculty member at BYU-Idaho where she has taught for 22 years. She holds a B.A. degree from Utah State University. Bjornn has performed on both the Piano and Organ through out the western United States and at BYU-Idaho. Mrs. Bjornn resides in Rexburg where she is active in a number of community and civic organizations.
Tom Blanchard received his graduate training in history with emphasis on U.S. and Western history at San Francisco State University. Since moving to Idaho in 1977, Blanchard has focused on Idaho history, doing projects and research in Idaho for the past thirty years. He taught U.S. and Idaho and the Pacific Northwest history for the College of Southern Idaho and served on the board of the Idaho Humanities Council. He currently is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Idaho State Historical Society. In addition, Blanchard served three terms as County Commissioner from Blaine County and five years as a city administrator adding a very contemporary public policy perspective to historical issues which shade our lives.
Dr. Lisa Brady is associate professor of History at Boise State University. She teaches courses in environmental and world history and conducts research on the environmental causes and implications of warfare. Her book on the American Civil War is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press (expected publication, 2011). She has published articles on the Civil War and on the Korean DMZ. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Idaho Humanities Council and the DMZ Forum, an international, non-profit organization.
Since the 1980s Steven Branting has been honored for the depth and variety of his research and field work by many of the nation’s premiere science, geography, history and preservation organizations, including NASA, the American Association for State and Local History, ESRI and the Society for American Archaeology. From 2001-2010, he was the lead investigator for the 5th Street Cemetery Necrogeographical Study, an internationally acclaimed project that modeled the best practices in historical field work and discovered scores of burials still remaining in Pioneer Park, the site of Lewiston's first and later abandoned graveyards. More than 25 of his outdoor historical displays can be found throughout the city. In 2011 the Idaho State Historical Society conferred upon him the Esto Perpetua Award, its highest honor, citing his leadership in "some of the most significant preservation and interpretation projects undertaken in Idaho," and he was awarded the year’s Outstanding Cultural Tourism Award for showcasing Idaho’s heritage. In 2013, The History Press (Charleston SC) published Historic Firsts of Lewiston, Idaho: Unintended Greatness, his signature study of events that have set Lewiston apart in Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, and the nation since the city's founding in 1861. Also in 2013, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded him its coveted Historical Preservation Medal, the first to an Idahoan. His popular series of Lewiston volumes has now reached five with the recent addition of Our Fruitful Dreams. The sixth and final volume --- Our Voices, Our Words --- is slated for release in September 2017.
Lynda Campbell Clark is the author of Nampa, Idaho: A Journey of Discovery, published in 1985 during Nampa's centennial celebration. She also has edited a compilation of oral history interviews for Nampa's People: Discovering Our Heritage (1986) and contributed a monograph to Religion and Culture (Richard W. Etulain and Raymond M. Cooke, editors; Albuquerque, NM: Far West Books, 1991). She has taught as an adjunct professor for Boise State University and Northwest Nazarene University. Currently, she is Development Officer for Northwest Children's Home in Nampa and is President of Nampa City Council. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Mercy Medical Center, Boys and Girls Club of Nampa and Nampa Council on Aging. Clark received her B.A. from Northwest Nazarene University, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Idaho; and additional graduate study at Washington State University.
Amy Canfield is an Associate Professor of history at Lewis-Clark State College. She earned her Ph.D. from Washington State University in 2008. She teaches courses in women's history, American Indian history, history of the American West, and U.S. popular culture. She has published articles in the Journal of the West, Idaho Yesterdays, and the Journal of American Culture. She has also served as a consultant for the Center for the State of the Parks, conducting cultural resource assessments on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Vicksburg National Military Park, and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
Allan Christelow is a specialist in the history of Islam in North and West Africa. His field experience began as a high school English teacher in the North African country of Algeria in the early 1970s. He completed a doctoral dissertation on the history of Muslim courts in Algeria at the University of Michigan in 1977, and then spent five years teaching at Bayero University in Kano, the largest city in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria, in West Africa. Christelow has published books on the application of Islamic law in both Algeria and Nigeria, and he has delivered invited presentations at many major U.S. universities, including Stanford, Notre Dame, Yale, and Northwestern, and in nine different countries, including Holland, Israel, Algeria, and South Africa. He has taught at Idaho State University since 1983. In 2011, the University Press of Florida published his book Algerians without Borders, which is a study of the experience of Algerian emigrants and refugees from the eighteenth century to the present.
David Christensen has been an adjunct instructor in the history and the international business departments at Boise State University for the past nine years. He has also taught several international business and economics courses at Northwest Nazarene University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Geology, an M.A. in History from the University of Nevada and postgraduate work in African Studies at Stanford. He was in the U.S. Foreign Service for 25 years with assignments at American embassies in Europe, West and Central Africa, Iceland, Australia and Indonesia. He subsequently served as Administrator for International Business for the Idaho Department of Commerce and accompanied Idaho business missions to Eastern Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Gail Olson Chumbley began her writing career following 33 years teaching in public schools. A nationally recognized instructor of American History, Gail was ready to make the transition from regaling tales of the past to her students, to trying her hand at writing stories for a broader audience. She is a recipient of the 2004 Idaho Preserve America Award, the Daughter’s of the American Revolution National Teacher of the Year in 2005, and in 2010, and the Idaho Humanities Council Teacher of the Year. A child of the Pacific Northwest, Gail was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, graduating from Joel E. Ferris High School, later earning her degree in History from Western Washington University in Bellingham. At retirement in May of 2013, Gail and her husband, Chad settled in the Idaho Mountains above Boise.
Cort Conley is director of Literary Services at the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He has an extensive background as a writer, editor, and publisher of books. He was a river guide for more than 30 years on rivers throughout the West. He holds a Jurisprudence Doctorate from the University of California.
Kathy Deinhardt Hill is a retired teacher living in McCall. Raised in northern Idaho, she received her B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Idaho. Since her first trip down the Salmon River in 1989, she has focused her attention on the history of Idaho. Hill has published several books.
Ted Dyer is a part-time teacher, tutor, free-lance journalist, and musician. He has a long work history as a player and teacher of jazz, and lectures on many subjects including Louis Armstrong, Ernest Hemingway, and Ezra Pound.
Sara Edlin-Marlowe moved to spokane in 1992 after a five year stint in Grand Forks, N.D. Inspired by William Borden's opera, Sakakawea: A Woman of Many Names, she went on to create her dramatic interpretation of Sacagawea's life. Sara teaches communication courses and theatre at Spokane Falls Community College. Other programs include A Conversation with Georgia O'Keeffe and The Six Women of the Hawaiian Monarchy. Her Emily Carr presentation is still a work in progress. Sara recently did a Prime Time Family Storytelling workshop through Humanities Washington and is currently directing a play at SFCC.
Gary Eller has played American roots music since he grew up in rural West Virginia. Following a thirty year career as a nuclear scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, he retired to Nampa and immediately became deeply involved in Idaho history and music. With funding from the Idaho Humanities Council in 2007 and 2008, he compiled almost 200 historically rooted songs of our region and performs them at many events throughout Idaho. Eller works closely with regional museums and universities to collect, archive and bring to life through performance and interpretation the wonderful windows into Idaho’s heritage that these songs present.
Richard Etulain is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of New Mexico. He taught previously at Northwest Nazarene University and Idaho State University. His book, Lincoln and Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era, was published in 2013 and a new biography of the Old West woman, Calamity Jane, is forthcoming in 2014.
Lauren Fins was born in New York City, earned her B.A. degree at New York University, her M.S. degree at Colorado State University, and her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. She moved to Idaho in 1979 where she was a professor of Forestry at the University of Idaho in Moscow for 33 years. In addition to the more traditional forestry courses that she taught, Dr. Fins was one of three professors who developed and taught an undergraduate course entitled, "Fire, Myth and Mankind." In this course, students wrote and performed plays that integrated themes about fire and myth. Dr. Fins also developed and taught a seminar entitled “The Natural History and Culture of Chocolate.” In 2010, Dr. Fins spent 7 months in Costa Rica on a Fulbright fellowship that enabled her to develop a graduate-level course on chocolate and resulted in the publication of English and Spanish versions of an illustrated book titled “The History of Cacao and Chocolate.” Dr. Fins’ theatrical experience includes the Jewish Children’s Theater in New York, Idaho Repertory Theater, Moscow Community Theater, Washington State University’s Summer Palace, Regional Theatre of the Palouse, and productions sponsored by the University of Idaho Department of Theatre and Film.
In 2010 Jim Gentry retired from the College of Southern Idaho after teaching since 1969, along with chairing the Social Science Department after 1997. While completing his Ph.D. in History at the University of Utah in the 1980s, he became aware of the potential of local studies. The College of Southern Idaho published his In the Middle and On the Edge, The Twin Falls Region in Idaho in 2003, and more recently his Meeting Needs and Developing Opportunities. A History of The College of Southern Idaho in 2015. Believing in the power of history he began sharing observations about Bliss and Hansen, Idaho, along with the experiences of Czech people in the Buhl-Castleford area. More recently he has focused on insights from the above two books. The Idaho State Historical Society granted him an Esto Perpetua Award in June 2013.
Bonita (Bonnie) Gilbert teaches history at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene and is the author of Building for War: The Epic Saga of the Civilian Contractors and Marines of Wake Island in World War II (Casemate Publishers, 2012). Gilbert has an MA in history from the University of Oregon, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and taught at colleges in the Denver-Boulder, CO area for a decade before moving to North Idaho. She is actively aiding the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command in its Wake mission and was honored to be invitied to Wake Island in the fall of 2011 where she provided a historical tour for visiting USAF generals of the Pacific Command. Gilbert provides more information including regular blog posts at www.bonitagilbert.com.
Patricia Hart is a social and cultural historian with a focus on change in times of national crisis and the role of media in that process. Her most recent book, A Home for Every Child (University of Washington Press), addresses the 19th century origins and practice of non-relative adoption in the United States. Previous books include the edited Women Writing Women (University of Nebraska Press), and, with Ivar Nelson, Mining Town: The Photographic Collection of T.N. Barnard and Nellie Stockbridge (University of Washington Press).
Earning M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history at Kent State University, Ron Hatzenbuehler taught at Idaho State University from 1972 until his retirement in 2013. In addition to his teaching career, Ron also has written and lectured to the general public on Idaho migration and population trends and the legacies of presidents. Over the years, he has served on the advisory boards for Idaho State University Press, for ISU’s magazine Rendezvous, and for the Idaho State Historical Society magazine Idaho Yesterdays. In 2006, he published ‘I Tremble for My Country’: Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia Gentry to much critical praise. In 2008 he received the Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities Award, given annually by the IHC.
Zackery M. Heern is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Idaho State University. Dr. Heern specializes in Middle East and Islamic history and his research and teaching interests include Iran, Iraq, modern Islamic movements, Shi‘i Islam, Intellectual History, and World History. His book, The Emergence of Modern Shi‘ism: Islamic Reform in Iraq and Iran, was published by Oneworld Publications in 2015 and was featured in The Economist. Dr. Heern is passionate about encouraging people of all backgrounds and levels of education to learn more about the Middle East and Islam.
Clark Heglar is a noted photographer whose images have been published worldwide. After serving as staff photographer for Oh! Idaho magazine, he started a series of presentations based on his knowledge of Idaho and the West. People throughout the state have praised his presentations. He is a recipient of an Idaho Humanities Council grant to tour his Robert Limbert presentation. He holds a B.F.A. in photography from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.
Because Clark Hegler now resides in Oregon, it is necessary for hosting groups to share in his travel costs. IHC will pay travel expenses from the state line to the hosting site. Please discuss this additional expense with Clark before applying. (Oregon mileage will be paid directly to Clark Hegler by the host).
Scholar-librarian Philip A. Homan, M.A., M.L.S., is a catalog librarian and an associate professor at Idaho State University’s Eli M. Oboler Library in Pocatello. Descended from early settlers in Owyhee and Twin Falls counties and a fourth-generation Idahoan, Phil received the Master of Library Science degree from St. John’s University in New York City in 2002 and then returned to Idaho, after fifteen years in The Bronx, where he was a tour guide for The Bronx County Historical Society. He is a member of the Idaho Library Association Executive Board, a frequent presenter at library conferences, and a contributor to Idaho Magazine. Phil received an IHC Research Fellowship and is writing the first biography of Kittie Wilkins, the Horse Queen of Idaho. His research has been supported also by grants from Nevada Humanities and from Colorado Humanities.
A Pacific Northwest native, William Johnson holds a doctorate in Medievel Studies from the University of Denver. He is a former Professor of English at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston. Johnson is the author of What Thoreau Said: ‘Walden’ and the Unsayable (University of Idaho Press, 1991) and Out of the Ruins (poetry) from Confluence Press, 2000. He has won fellowships from the Idaho Humanities Council, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the University of Montana’s Environmental Writing Institute, and Oregon’s Fishtrap.
Diane Josephy Peavey writes stories about her life on a sheep and cattle ranch in southcentral Idaho - its people, history and the changing landscape of the American west. These pieces have aired weekly on Idaho Public Radio for 15 years and many are collected in her book Bitterbrush Country: Living on the Edge of the Land (Fulcrum Publishing, 2001). Her writings also have appeared in numerous magazines, journals and in anthologies. Diane has been an invited poet at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada and a panelist in discussions on Women in Ranching at this event. She was the first director of the Idaho Rural Council, the Literature Director for the Idaho Commission on the Arts and is the co-founder with her husband John of the October Trailing of the Sheep Festival in the Wood River Valley.
Rick Just worked for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation for 29 years. He served as agency historian, and edited the book, 100 Years, Idaho and its Parks, which was published in 2008. He has read extensively on the Morrisite War, has interviewed decendants, and done primary research on the war and the resulting trial. He founded the non-profit organization Friends of Idaho State Parks in 2013 and currently serves as the organization's president.
Ben Kemper has been telling stories since the second grade. In 2007, he was awarded the title of Grand Torchbearer of America for the National Youth Storytelling Showcase. His professional storytelling career began in Boise, and has carried him to festivals and schools across America and to China. In addition to storytelling, Ben researches, writes, and produces historical stories pertinent to Idaho and the American West. He is also a seasoned stage performer with over 15 theatrical roles performed for productions in Chicago, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the Idaho Theater for Youth. He holds a B.S in Theater from Northwestern University.
Joanne Klein is Professor of History at Boise State University. Growing up in Kirkland, WA, she earned her M.A. at Brandeis University, Boston, and her doctorate at Rice University, Houston. Her research focuses on the everyday life of English police constables with a broader interest in modern British policing. She is the author of Invisible Men: the Secret Lives of Police Constables in Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham, 1900-1939 (2010), as well as numerous articles. She teaches courses in Modern Comparative European History and workshops on Middle Eastern history. She is active in the Criminal Justice/Legal History network of the Social Science History Association, an international consortium of scholars.
Dave Lachiondo, is the son and grandson of Basque immigrants to Idaho. Born in 1947, he is career educator who has served as a teacher, guidance counselor, school and district administrator in Idaho’s public and parochial schools. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College of California in 1969, his Master’s in Education from Idaho State University in 1973 and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education from the University of Idaho in 1985. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Education for the University of Idaho as well as a Special Lecturer of Basque Studies at Boise State University. He is presently the Director of the Basque Studies Program at Boise State.
Along with teaching courses in Basque History, Dave has given workshops or lectures on the following topics:
• Modern Basque Politics
• Spain and the Basque Country since the Spanish Civil War
• The Spanish Civil War
• Basque Identity
• Basque Pre-history
• Idaho’s Basques
Rob McIntyre is a native of southwestern Idaho. After graduating from Northwest Nazarene College in 1987, he spent four years teaching choral and instrumental music in the public schools of Oregon and Idaho. He received his M.A. in music from the University of Idaho in May of 1993 and is currently pursuing postgraduate work at the University of Idaho. His thesis, A Survey of Musical Activity in the Mining Camps of Idaho Through June of 1865, currently is being developed into a book. He has published articles concerning Idaho’s pioneer musical heritage in Idaho Yesterdays and Idaho Music Notes.
Barbara Meldrum is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Idaho. Her extensive research on the life and career of Harriet Beecher Stowe has been supported by an Idaho Humanities Council fellowship as well as by an NEH-sponsored residency fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society in Massachusetts. Dr. Meldrum's area of specialization also includes western American writers.
Tracy Morrison is a songwriter, folksinger and storyteller. She has studied American Folk music for more than 30 years and performed at festivals, museums, libraries, community gatherings and theatres around the country. She’s written songs about historical Idaho women such as Sacajawea, Polly Bemis, Pegleg Annie and more. She has published a self titled EP and full length album, Dancing Through Medbury. She is featured on the Boise 150 “Our Town” CD and “Idaho Ho Ho Ho Volume 6” CD. She’s an avid outdoors woman, land researcher and Idaho native. She holds a B.S. in Geology from Boise State University.
Ivar Nelson is a former Director of the University of Idaho Press. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, and a Foreign Service Officer in Africa and to the United Nations. He has published books and magazines (including Palouse Journal), directed the University of Idaho Press, and written Mining Town: The Photographic Collection of T.N. Barnard and Nellie Stockbridge with Patricia Hart. He co-founded Bookpeople of Moscow and is currently active with the revitalization of the Kenworthy Theater in Moscow.
Barbara Perry Bauer received her B.A. in history from Boise State University in 1985 and her M.A. in Public History from Boise State University in 2000. She has worked for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming, and served as director of the Basque Museum and Cultural Center in Boise. A founding member of TAG Historical Research & Consulting (a/b/n The Arrowrock Group, Inc.) she has been a principal investigator with the company since 1993. With a special interest in the history of neighborhoods and urban development, she has been the project manager for historic site surveys in Boise, Caldwell and Ada County, and has given public presentations on local and neighborhood history. She has written the text for the Oregon Trail Marker project in Boise, and was the project manager for the development of interpretive exhibits for Boise Depot, the Idaho Black History Museum in Boise, the Pioneer Interpretive Center/Hatch House in Franklin, and the Rock Creek Station Interpretive Center/Stricker Ranch near Hansen.
Marty Peterson is the co-author of “Idaho 100: The people who most influenced the Gem State.”
He has spent 53 years in public service in Idaho. He is a graduate of Columbia Basin College, the University of Idaho, and Harvard University’s Senior Managers in Government Program.
His professional career has included serving on the staff of U.S. Senator Frank Church; executive director of the Association of Idaho Cities; budget director of the State of Idaho under Governors John V. Evans and Cecil Andrus; the transition team for Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter; directed the planning and administration of Idaho’s statehood centennial celebration in 1990; and serving as an assistant to seven presidents of the University of Idaho. He also served as director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Idaho. He is active in many community affairs organizations, and he is also a well-known Hemingway scholar.
Bill Rossiter spent ten years as an actor and club and coffeehouse entertainer during the 1960s and early 1970s, and then taught literature and folklore for 25 years and chaired the Humanities Division at Kalispell’s Flathead Valley Community College before retiring in 1999. Since about 1980 he has traveled throughout the Northwest, presenting songs and stories from various eras of American history, as well as teaching Elderhostels and short courses for teachers on the use of folklore in the classroom. His wife, Sharon, travels with him, helps research and co-present several programs, and makes use of her experience as director of a Montessori school when she and Bill present children’s and women's programs. Rossiter has a large repertoire of “roots music,” and has performed for western and heritage museums, arts and cultural centers, town festivals, and library series. He has performed and written music for theater and public television. He recently traveled throughout Idaho and Montana with the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibits, “Barn Again!,” Key Ingredients” and “New Harmonies.”
Rossiter makes use of his background in folklore and literature to adapt and create presentations for specific groups and themes, and often writes a song for the sponsoring group or occasion.
Because Rossiter is from Montana, it is necessary for hosting groups to share in Bill's travel costs. IHC will pay travel expenses from the stateline to the hosting site. Please discuss this additional expense with Bill before applying. (Out of Idaho mileage expense will be paid directly to Bill Rossiter by the host).
Renée Silvus taught high school English for seventeen years, with an M.A. from the University of California at Irvine. In 2007 she left teaching to practice bodywork therapy and coaching. Renée offers a unique blend of perspectives as an educator, therapist, and small business owner. She holds facilitator training with the Boulder Integral Center and initiation in the Bharati lineage of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition. She currently offers coaching, courses, retreats, and workshops through her brand Luminaire. Read more at reneesilvus.com.
Bob Sobba served thirty -six years in law enforcement in the Boise Valley, including eighteen as chief of police in Caldwell, Idaho. He also spent four years on the Caldwell City Council. He is a graduate of Boise State University, the FBI National Academy, and has a Masters degree in Administration.
Bob has published several articles on law enforcement and history subjects. He has written a history of the Caldwell Police Department, and recently published a book on the history of Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, A Century of Conservation: Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge 1909-2009.
He has had a life long interest in the history of lawmen and outlaws of the Old West and has given numerous presentations on the famous and infamous characters of that era. He is a member of the Wild West History Association and gave a presentation on the Steunenberg murder at their last national convention. He is the Vice President of the Canyon County Historical Society and is responsible for scheduling history programs for their meetings and supervising the historical booth at the Canyon County Fair.
Susan Swetnam is Professor of English at Idaho State University. She has lived in Idaho since 1979. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has been named ISU's Distinguished Teacher, Distinguished Public Servant, and Distinguished Researcher. She researches and writes about narratives ranging from Idaho pioneer life stories to novels, and about Intermountain West history and culture. Her book Lives of the Saints in Southeast Idaho: An Introduction to Mormon Pioneer Life Story Writing appeared in 1991. She is also a freelance essayist who has published in numerous magazines, including Gourmet and Redneck Review of Literature.
Dr. Stephen Sylvester is a former Board member of the Minnesota Committee for the Humanities and Humanities Montana, and a current member of the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau and Speakers in Schools. Dr. Sylvester holds a doctorate in American History and Journalism from the University of North Dakota. He has lectured at MSU Northern, Peru State College, Nebraska, the University of Minnesota Crookston, and the University of Hawaii and Alaska to name a few. He has conducted more than 80 field trips along the Lewis and Clark Trail, and has traveled extensively as he studied social, political, and econmonic changes in China.
Raja Tanas joined Whitworth's faculty in 1983 after completing his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in sociology at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and a doctorate in sociology at Michigan State University. Raja has carried out extensive research in the areas of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. Since 2007, he has served as chair of the Sociology Department. He is listed in the 1998, 2000, and 2010 editions of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers." Raja was recognized by his colleagues with the Burlington Northern Teaching Excellence Award in 1989 and with the Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 1997. Voted Most Influential Professor by the Class of 2010 and received Whitworth's Diversity Award from the Class of 2011.
Lin Tull Cannell was born in Coeur d’Alene, attended school in Lewiston, ID and Moses Lake, WA, started college in Cheney and finished, years later, at the University of San Francisco. After working in the legal and library fields and dabbling in free-lance writing, she retired a Senior Analyst of Yolo County, California. She and her husband returned to Idaho and Lin began another career – that of author and historian. Lin devoted more than a dozen years to researching the movements of early Idaho settler William Craig, and her book, The Intermediary: William Craig Among the Nez Perces, was published in 2010. Lin is the mother of three children, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of four. Besides history, Lin and her husband (who plays guitar and sings) enjoy family, music and travel. They have visited every continent except Antarctica and often give travelogues of their experiences.
Betti VanEpps-Taylor is an independent scholar, writer, lecturer, and historian specializing in the multi-cultural history of the Northern Great Plains and the American West. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and an M.A. in history from the University of South Dakota. She taught history at Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska. An Idaho resident since 1998, she enjoys an active life of lecturing, study and working on a new book, entitled Shadow Walker: The Life of Joseph Brown Bear.
David Walker is a lecturer at Boise State University, where he teaches classes in military and diplomatic history, as well as terrorism, world history, historiography and historical methodology.
Dr. Walker’s most recent publication is “The Early Nuclear Age and Visions of Future War” from the University of Tennessee Press as part of the anthology The Atomic Bomb and American Society: New Perspectives, 2009. Upcoming in 2011 are “Hybrid Wars, RMAs and the Gaza Flotilla Incident” in the anthology Operation Sea Breeze from Rowman-Littlefield, and entries on “Nuclear Strategy” and the “Pentomic Era” in the Encyclopedia of Military Science from Sage publishing. His current research is investigating the links between military innovation and imagining future war.
He earned his B.A. in History at Seattle University in 1996, an M.A. in Military History from the George Washington University in 1999, and his PhD from the same institution in 2004. His doctoral dissertation was titled “Eisenhower’s New Look, Tactical Nuclear Weapons and Limited War with a Case Study of the Taiwan Strait Crisis of 1958.”
Priscilla Wegars, Ph.D., of Moscow, is a historian, historical archaeologist, artifact analyst, editor, and proofreader. She founded the University of Idaho's Asian American Comparative Collection (AACC), a unique resource of artifacts, images, and documentary materials essential for understanding Asian American archaeological sites, economic contributions, and cultural history. Priscilla edited Hidden Heritage: Historical Archaeology of the Overseas Chinese (1993) and co-edited Chinese American Death Rituals: Respecting the Ancestors (2005). She wrote Imprisoned in Paradise: Japanese Internee Road Workers at the World War II Kooskia Internment Camp (2010) and As Rugged as the Terrain: CCC “Boys,” Federal Convicts, and World War II Alien Internees Wrestle with a Mountain Wilderness (2013). She is currently expanding her book for children, Polly Bemis: A Chinese American Pioneer (2003), into a biography, for adults, of Polly Bemis's life.
James Woods is the Director of the Herrett Center for Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. He has a BFA in Ceramics from Boise State University and a Masters of Arts degree in Anthropology from Idaho State University. Woods has worked in the northwest as well as in Guatemala specializing in the study of ancient stone tools. Most recently, he and his students have been conducting experimental studies designed to learn more about ancient stone technology such as the manufacture and use of stone arrow points and the ancient techniques used to fabricated polished stone jewelry. Wood is a recipient of the Idaho Humanities Council's "Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities" and "Professional Achievement Award" from Idaho State University.
For over 30 years, Dr. Janet Worthington has been presenting women and girls from history and literature. In period costume, she speaks as the noted woman and dramatically recounts her life experiences. She then answers questions both as the historic/literary figure and as herself. She has presented in Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Louisiana, South Carolina, and throughout Idaho.
Janet Evans Worthington received her B.A. from the University of Chicago, her M.S. from the University of Iowa, and her Ph.D. from Florida State University. She taught English at West Virginia Institute of Technology, Nicholls State University in Louisiana, and is a former dean and Professor Emeritus from Plattsburgh State University of New York. Dr. Worthington currently teaches seminars for the Center for Professional Development at Boise State University. For more information about Janet, Please visit her website at http://www.women-of-history.com.
Scott Yenor is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Boise State University where he teaches American political thought and the history of political thought. He received his Ph.D. form Loyola University in Chicago and now lives in Boise with wife and five children. He has been instrumental in gaining nearly $3 million in grants for teaching American history to Idaho's high school teachers.
Linda Marie Zaerr is a professor of Medieval Studies at Boise State University, where she specializes in the interdisciplinary study of Middle English romance. She is the author of a book and many articles about performance in the Middle Ages, and she has produced a number of audio recordings and videos. She plays the medieval vielle and frequently performs medieval tales and music. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Washington, and an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of York, England.
Michael P. Zirinsky is Professor of History at Boise State University, where he has taught modern history since 1973. Educated in the public schools of New York State and the Community School (Tehran, Iran), he holds degrees in government (A.B., Oberlin College), international relations (M.A., American University), and modern history (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). At Boise State he regularly teaches courses on the history of the Middle East and modern Europe, as well as seminars on the history of revolutions, Middle Eastern crises, and genocide. He researches in the general field of western relations with the Middle East in the twentieth century, particularly on British and American relations with Iran.