Dion Nittis holds a BA, U. of Michigan, MA, Ph.D. in English, UCLA. Dr. Nittis – educator, painter and poet – has been a professor of English at Boston University, Indiana University, Cairo University, and the University of the Andes in Venezuela, and a Fellow at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He also served as Fulbright Professor at the University of Haiti, and was for three years a Literature Specialist with the Fulbright Commission in Egypt. His extensive international experience includes lectureships at universities in Brazil, Japan and Greece, and administrative positions as Director of the American Section of the Lycée Marcel Roby in Paris, and International Baccalaureate Coordinator for the International School of Prague. His publications include four books of poetry and a translation of the seventeenth-century Cretan verse drama The Sacrifice of Abraham.
Alan Blum has been a senior Professor in Sociology, Social and Political Thought, and Communication and Culture at York University, Toronto, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology, University of Waterloo, Canada. Professor Blum’s recent work on birth, death and dying, the city, and mental disease and illness researches such topics as if they disclose in telling ways the underlying values that commonplace contents of social life can be made to reveal. Currently, Professor Blum is completing a work on the affective terrain of The Material City, and an ethnography of the aged and their attempts to maintain use value in the face of their declining exchange value in everyday life. Blum’s research on how the celebration of market value in urban life and its emphases on productivity and networking effect the self worth of subjects intends to lay grounds for a sociological approach to desperation under the shadow of capitalist euphoria.
Michael McCarthy has been teaching university art courses for more than twenty years while becoming expert in the full range of photography techniques and processes from the oldest photo processes (pinhole, cyanotype, gum bichromate, wet collodion and others) up to the most recent digital innovations. One of Michael’s specialties is his mixed media work which combines photography with painting, drawing and printmaking which he uses for a wide range of subjects from landscapes to figurative as well as experimental works. Michael has lived abroad for extended periods while teaching photography and art classes in the U.S., Italy, Greece and in France for the last nine years. Michael is bilingual in English and French with an advanced level in Italian. His art and photo work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the U.S. and in Europe and has won numerous prizes.