Bios

Arden Kirkland specializes in building digital collections for teaching with material culture. As Costumer for the Drama Department at Vassar College, she is also a curator of Vassar’s research collection of historic clothing. While pursuing a Masters of Library and Information Science at Syracuse University, she is building upon her MFA in Costume Design to promote inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional approaches to teaching with artifacts.

Elisa Lanzi is a visual arts librarian working with image collections, libraries, and museums. Her focus is metadata, digital curation, and teaching with technology. As Director of the Imaging Center at Smith College, she is involved in building digital collections and tools for teaching and learning. As Project Manager, Digital Asset Management and Preservation, Elisa is developing a foundation strategy for digital asset management and preservation at Smith College as part of the Information Technology Strategic Plan.

Marla Miller is a historian of women and work in the U.S. before industrialization.  In a series of articles and in the book The Needle’s Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution she has explored gender and craft skill in the garment trades of early New England.  More recently, her study Betsy Ross and the Making of America sought to recover the life of the nation’s best-known and most misunderstood craftswoman.  As director of the Public History program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she helps trains students pursuing careers in museum practice, historic preservation, and other venues beyond the classroom that engage historical insight.

Kiki Smith (Professor, Theatre Department, Smith College)

 

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