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Liz Blood

Liz is freelance journalist and writer whose work focuses on place, contemporary art, indigenous peoples, immigrant issues, and the environment. She is currently working on a collection of essays. Liz holds an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA in English from Westminster College. Her work has appeared in Sierra, Oklahoma Today, AWP Writer’s Chronicle, Hunger Mountain, NonDoc, The Tulsa Voice, and elsewhere. She is the editor of Ekphrasis, a poetry and art column at Art Focus Oklahoma, contributing editor at Awst Press, former editor of The Tulsa Voice, and is an adjunct faculty member at The Red Earth MFA in Creative Writing program at Oklahoma City University, where she teaches fiction and nonfiction.

Lydia Cheshewalla

Lydia Cheshewalla is an Osage artist living and working in Tulsa. She graduated from OU with a BFA in painting and ceramics. Her work focuses on blending traditional methodology and rituals with modern material and process, keeping in mind sustainability and accountability. She draws inspiration heavily from her Indigenous background, referencing both earth and the unknown through repeated symbol and motif. Her work is created fluidly and intuitively, flowing from a primal place as an expression of her understanding and connection to the environment around her and draws attention to the simple beauty of the natural world. Lydia has recently started an art collective in Tulsa, called Holy Mother Collective, alongside fellow artist Cyterica Kahl. Holy Mother was created with the purpose of creating a space for collaboration, cultivating inclusivity, generating communication, and manifesting opportunity. Through art, Holy Mother is actively working to build community and empower individuals to create spaces that serve their specific needs while growing and maintaining a network of shared resources.

Mark de Silva

Mark is the author of the novel Square Wave (Two Dollar Radio, 2016). He holds degrees in philosophy from Brown (AB) and Cambridge (PhD). After six years on the editorial staff of the New York Times, first with its opinion pages and then with its Sunday magazine, he is now a contributing editor for 3:AM Magazine and an editor at large for The ScofieldFor 2018, he is a Tulsa Artist Fellow and a lecturer in the philosophy department at Oklahoma State University.


Jeff Drouin

Jeffrey Drouin is Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of The Modernist Journals Project at The University of Tulsa, focusing on modernism and digital humanities. His publications include articles and chapters on digital methods in periodical studies, archival theory, teaching the First World War with digital tools, and the book James Joyce, Science, and Modernist Print Culture: “The Einstein of English Fiction” (Routledge 2015). He is currently teaching a course on the First World War to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice, while recent seminar topics have included Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, and Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. He is currently working on Ecclesiastical Proust Archive (, a digital humanities project and book on church architecture and memory in Proust.

Jacob Howland

Jacob is McFarlin Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tulsa, where he has taught since 1988.A past winner of the University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award and the College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, Howland has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Littauer Foundation, and the Earhart Foundation.  He has lectured in Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Israel, Norway, and Romania, and at colleges and universities around the United States. His essays have appeared in Commentary, The New Criterion, and A Public Space, and he has published roughly fifty scholarly articles on subjects ranging from ancient Greek philosophy to Richard Wright’s Black Boy and Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah. His books, three of which have been or are being translated into Chinese, include Glaucon’s Fate: History, Myth, and Character in Plato’s Republic (Paul Dry Books, 2018), Plato and the Talmud (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Kierkegaard and Socrates: A Study in Philosophy and Faith (Cambridge University Press, 2006), The Paradox of Political Philosophy: Socrates’ Philosophic Trial (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998), and The Republic: The Odyssey of Philosophy (Twayne Publishers, 1993 and Paul Dry Books, 2004). He also edited A Long Way Home: The Story of a Jewish Youth, 1939-1948, by Bob Golan (University Press of America, 2005)

Destiny Hrncir

Destiny Hrncir is a Tulsa native and second year English Literature MA student at the University of Tulsa. Her research explores topics related to memory such as perceptions of time, mental illness, fragility of the mind, and the anxiety surrounding impermanence as expressed through literature. Her undergraduate program concluded with a semester spent at the University of York in England, after which she spent six months traveling in Europe. Often welcomed into the homes of strangers, she was ever struck by the persistent power of remembered grief when listening to the stories of those she met. This experience has contributed in further directing her research towards the remembrance and documentation of grief. She eagerly anticipates the discussions of the forthcoming year.

Jennie Ikuta

Jennie is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Tulsa. She has recently completed a book manuscript, Contesting Conformity: Democracy and the Paradox of Political Belonging and is now beginning work on a new project on race, collective memory, and American democracy. As a political theorist, her work has been published in Philosophy & Social Criticism and Constellations. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University and her B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Layla Mortadha

Layla is a sophomore at the University of Tulsa studying Political Science and French Language. She completed her first year having studied abroad on three occasions, traveling to Panama, France, and Washington D.C. Throughout her journey, she gathered insights from her identity as a second-generation Iraqi immigrant, immersion student, and Global Scholar, and found the intersection of her research interests in social inclusion, sustainable urban development, and peace building. As a recently awarded research fellow, Layla is excited to explore Tulsa’s urban memory and how it shapes communities across our city.

Elana Newman

Elana is McFarlin Professor of Psychology in Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences at The University of Tulsa. Her major area of work focuses upon assessing, understanding, and treating maladaptive responses to traumatic life events. Her current interests focus on disaster mental health, journalism and trauma, and the intersection of trauma and law. She has authored numerous articles based on her trauma research and is a co-editor of the book Trauma therapy in context: The science and craft of evidence-based practice. In April, 2013, she received the Henry Kendall of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Research Award. Outside of TU, she serves on the Council for Holocaust Education, which coordinates the education efforts of teachers and students in Holocaust education within the greater Tulsa area. She also helps with tours for the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture. Elana’s current work in her capacity as the Director of Research for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma examines many issues related to trauma and journalism such as the occupational health of journalists who cover trauma, best practices for covering trauma, effective interviewing techniques, and the ways disaster coverage affects the public.  With respect to memory, she is interested in how individual and collective memories are represented in news.