Herman Beavers is a Professor of English and Africana Studies at Penn. His latest book, Changing the Order of Things: Geography and the Political Imaginary in the Novels of Toni Morrison, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. He has published numerous scholarly articles on August Wilson, Charles Johnson, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison. He has also published poetry in MELUS, The Langston Hughes Colloquy, Versadelphia, Cleaver Magazine, and The American Arts Quarterly.
Suzana Berger is a theatre artist and educator who focuses especially on community-based (and community building!) arts. She is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Dragon’s Eye Theatre, and has directed numerous plays. She has developed thought-provoking, original theatre with young people through Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Mural Arts Program, and InterAct Theatre Company, Epic Theatre Ensemble and Vital Theatre (New York), and Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington DC). She is currently the Coordinator of the Urban Arts, Culture, & Humanities Partnership Program for Penn’s Netter Center of Community Partnerships.