Farai Chideya is an award-winning journalist and professor who has worked in print, television, radio, and digital media. Over the years, Chideya was a producer for MTV News; an on-air political analyst for CNN; a reporter and guest host at ABC News; a host at Oxygen Media; and the host of the NPR program News and Notes. She is the author of four books: Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans; The Color of Our Future; Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters; and the novel Kiss the Sky. She blogs at Farai.com; is a contributor to New York Public Radio; and appears on cable television programs and radio programs regarding politics. Awards include a National Education Reporting Award; an award for best radio documentary from the National Association of Black Journalists; and a special awards for coverage of AIDS in communities of color from the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists' Association.
Shimon Dotan is an award-winning filmmaker with twelve feature films to his credit. He was born in Romania and in 1959 moved to Israel where he grew up in an agricultural cooperative, served five years in the Israeli military and received his BFA at Tel Aviv University. He has taught filmmaking and film studies at Tel Aviv University, Concordia University in Montreal and The New School University in New York. Dotan is fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and a member of the Writers Guild and Directors Guild of America. He presently teaches seminars on political cinema at New York University on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Dotan is the recipient of numerous awards including the Special Jury Prize for Best World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival (Hot House); the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival (Smile of the Lamb); and, twice, the Israeli Academy Award for Best Film and Best Director (Repeat Dive, Smile Of The Lamb).
Ruth Franklin is a book critic and contributing editor at The New Republic. She has written for many publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, Bookforum, Granta, and Salmagundi, to which she contributes a regular film column. Her first book, A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, was a finalist for the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature. She is a 2012-2013 fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library and is also the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in biography. She is currently at work on a biography of the American writer Shirley Jackson.
Dennis Lim writes about film and popular culture for various publications including The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently Editorial Director at the Museum of the Moving Image and was formerly the film editor of The Village Voice. His work has also appeared in The Believer, The Oxford American, Blender, Spin, Espous, Indiewire, New York Daily News, The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, and the film quarterly Cinema Scope, where he is a contributing editor. A member of the National Society of Film Critics and the editor of The Village Voice Film Guide (2006), he is working on a biography of the filmmaker David Lynch for John Wiley & Sons.
Susie Linfield is the author of "The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence" (University of Chicago Press, 2010). She writes about culture and politics for a variety of publications including The Washington Post Book World, The New Republic, The Boston Review, Dissent, The Nation, Guernica, The Forward, and The New Humanist; her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Dance Ink. Linfield was formerly the arts editor of The Washington Post, the deputy editor of The Village Voice, the editor-in-chief of American Film, and a critic for the Los Angeles Times Book Review. She has taught in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program since its inception in 1995.
CRC director Susie Linfield's book "The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence" was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and for the Infinity Writing Award from the International Center of Photography. The book has been widely written about and reviewed, both here and abroad; here are some of the articles, interviews, and reviews that have appeared:
The Guardian, November 16, 2010 “Photography So Good It Hurts,” by Sean O’Hagan
The New Yorker, November 29, 2010 “The Exchange: Susie Linfield on Photography and Violence,” by Ian Crouch
The New Republic.com, January 19, 2011 “Yesterday’s Heroes: Can we rescue great photojournalism?” by Jed Perl
Artforum.com, November 1, 2010 “500 Words” with Susie Linfield, by Brian Sholis
The Chronicle Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, November 12, 2010 “Don’t Look Away,” by Evan R. Goldstein, p. B18.
Bookforum.com, December 20, 2010 Review by Parul Sehgal
Times Higher Education Supplement, December 2, 2010 “Why the Camera Never Lies Idle,” by Paul Lowe
The Nation, December 13, 2010 “The Thin Artifact: On Photography and Suffering,” Frances Richard.
Wall Street Journal, Jan. 4, 2011 “Two Sides to Every Photo,” by Steven Kurutz
The National (Abu Dhabi), January 7, 2011 “The Atrocity Exhibition,” by Dave Stelfox
New Humanist, November/December 2010 “Don’t Look Away, Look Around,” by Max Houghton
Library Journal, Oct. 15, 2010 Review by Donna Marie Smith
Design Observer Group, November 29, 2010: “Holiday Books 2010,” by Editors
Eleftherotypia, (Athens, Greece), December 11, 2010. “Interview with Susie Linfield,” by Katerina Economakou [in Greek]
La Semana (Bogota, Columbia), November 27, 2010 “Ojos que sí ven,” (author not credited)
Inside Higher Ed, March 16, 2011: "Photography and Political Violence" by Scott McLemee
Haaretz, March 4, 2011 “The Role of Photojournalism in a Violent World,” by Alex Levac
The Brooklyn Rail, September 2011 “TDeath Agents,” John Bengan.
The Times Literary Supplement, March 11 2011, "Photographers of the Cruel" by Alex Danchev.
Suketu Mehta is a journalist and fiction writer. His nonfiction book "Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found" won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. He has won the Whiting Writers Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta's work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harpers Magazine, Time, and Condé Nast Traveler. Mehta is currentlly working on a nonfiction book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he was awarded a 2007 Guggenheim fellowship.
Ben Ratliff is a staff critic at The New York Times, where he has been writing about jazz and pop music since 1996. He is the author of three books, including "Coltrane: The Story of a Sound" (FSG, 2007), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. His writing has appeared in Granta, Rolling Stone, Spin, The Village Voice, Slate, Lingua Franca, and other publications.
Mark Schone is the digital managing editor of the investigative unit at ABC News. Previously, he was the executive news editor at Salon.com and a senior contributing writer at SPIN magazine. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Wired, the New York Times, Outside and many other publications, and has also been featured on the radio program “This American Life” and in the books “Best American Crime Writing” and “The Encyclopedia of Country Music.” The winner of an Edgar Allan Poe award for the national non-fiction bestseller “Son of a Grifter,” he has also won duPont, Polk, Peabody, Sigma Delta Chi, IRE, and Murrow awards with the ABC News investigative unit.
Jennifer Szalai has written for The Nation, the London Review of Books, The Economist, and the New York Times Book Review, among other publications. She was a senior editor at Harper’s Magazine until 2010 and is currently a member of the National Book Critics Circle and staff editor at the New York Times Book Review.
Charles Taylor has written on movies, books, popular culture and politics for a variety of publications including the New York Times, Salon.com, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Dissent, The Nation, the New Yorker, the New York Observer, Lapham's Quarterly and others. A member of the National Society of Film Critics, Taylor has contributed to several of the Society's volumes, and his work appears in Best Music Writing 2009. He has taught journalism and literature courses at the New School and the Columbia School of Journalism.
Amy Waldman is a novelist and journalist. Her first novel, The Submission (FSG, 2011) won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction; was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Debut Fiction Award; and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. She has been a national correspondent for the Atlantic and a reporter for The New York Times, where she spent five years covering New York City and three years as a chief of the New Delhi bureau. She has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the American Academy in Berlin. She has done long-form reporting on a Harlem block; India's national highways; and American terrorism trials, among other subjects.
Lawrence Weschler, a graduate of Cowell College of the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been, since the early '80s, a staff writer for The New Yorker, where his work has shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award (for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting in 1992) and was recently granted a Lannan Literary Award. His books of political reportage include "The Passion of Poland" (1984); "A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers" (1990); "Calamities of Exile: Three Nonfiction Novellas" (1998), and the forthcoming "Vermeer in Bosnia." His "Passions and Wonders" series currently comprises "Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin" (1982); "David Hockney's Cameraworks" (1984); "Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonders" (1995); "A Wanderer in the Perfect City: Selected Passion Pieces" (1998); and "Boggs: A Comedy of Values" (1999). He has taught, variously, at Princeton, Columbia, UCSC, Bard, Vassar, and Sarah Lawrence, and is a contributing editor of McSweeney's and Threepenny Review.