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Badger, Reid – Professor Emeritus, American Studies, University of Alabama, and author of  A Life in Ragtime: A Biography of James Reese Europe. Oxford University Press, 1993;  The Remarkable Life of James Reese Europe,” foreword to The Music of James Reese Europe: Complete Published Works, E.B. Marks Music Company, 2012. Dr. Badger will provide information for the study guide and  will lead several topics for the panel discussion for the 14 Points web class. 


Castillo, Marlo  -  Is an arts integration consultant who has been working in the field of arts integration both in and out of the classroom for over 15 years. After 16 years of teaching in various public elementary schools including six years in a Kennedy Center partnership arts integration model school, Marlo spent two years writing elementary social studies curriculum and four years as program manager for the Kennedy Center's Changing Education Through the Arts Program. She currently served as the Arts Integration Resource Teacher for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland. 


Coleman,  Kwami T. - Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor at the Gallatin School for Individualized Study, New York University.  He acquired his Doctor of Philosophy in Music (Musicology) at Stanford University, Stanford CA. He has presented papers / lectures at The African American Music in World Culture Conference at Boston University, Boston MA, the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco CA and the Jazz and Race, Past and Present Conference, Milton Keynes, UK. He is a member of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.


Dinwiddie, Michael – Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Associate Professor,  Dramatic Writing An associate professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study,  New York University and taught course entitled James Reese Europe and American  Music.; Harlem Heyday: 1920-1950, Sissle, Blake and the Minstrel Tradition. As an educator, Michael will provide information for the study guide and serve as a panelist for the 14 Points web class.


Dodson, Howard Director Emeritus of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, Howard Dodson brings a specialist’s knowledge not only of the history of Harlem and its Harlem-based 15th Infantry regiment but also the history of black New York. A leading scholar on African American culture and music, Howard Dodson also brings his wide ranging interests and insight to the historical significance of James Reese Europe. His publications include The Black New Yorkers (Wiley, 1999), In Motion: The African American Migration Experience (National Geographic, 2004), and Becoming American-the African American Journey (Sterling, 2009).


Francis, Jacqueline Ph.D. is an art historian, curator, and writer. Her teaching and research center upon critical questions about minority identifications in historical and contemporary US visual culture. She is the author of Making Race: Modernism and "Racial Art" in America (2012), and co-editor of Romare Bearden: American Modernist (2011). During the 2016-17 academic year, Francis is the inaugural Robert A. Corrigan Professor in Social Justice at San Francisco State University.


Keene, Jennifer D. is a specialist in American military experience during World War I.  She has published three books on the American involvement in the First World War: Doughboys, the Great War and the Remaking of America (2001), World War I: The American Soldier Experience (2011), and The United States and the First World War (2000).  She is also the lead author for an American history textbook, Visions of America: A History of the United States that uses a visual approach to teaching students U.S. history. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship, including Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to France and Australia and Mellon Library of Congress Fellowship in International Studies.  She served as an associate editor for the Encyclopedia of War and American Society (2005) which won the Society of Military History's prize for best military history reference book.  She co-edited, along with Michael Neiberg of Finding Common Ground: New Directions in First World War Studies (2011).  In 2011 she won the Jack Miller Center Prize for the best military or diplomatic history essay published in Historically Speaking.  She has published numerous essays and journal articles on the war, served as an historical consultant for exhibits and films, and as an associate editor of the Journal of First World War Studies. She is currently working on several projects related to the upcoming centennial of World War I, including a new synthesis of the American experience during the war under contract with Oxford University Press. She is also a general editor for the “1914-1918-online,” peer-reviewed online encyclopedia,, a major digital humanities project


Kelley, Gary – University of Northern Iowa; Faculty – Illustration Academy – Provided  illustrations for Harlem Hellfighters, Mankato, Minn: Creative Editions - illustration, 2014; The Soldiers Sang (2012), Boston Globe Horn Book honoree in 2013;  Both Books with J. Patrick Lewis (Children’s Poet Laureate); illustrated page for 12 Years A Slave (Jan/Feb 2014). Gary will support the study guide with WWI illustrations. 


Lentz-Smith, Adriane is Associate Professor of History and African & African-American Studies where she teaches courses on the black freedom struggle, the United States in the World, and modern United States history. Her book, Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I (Harvard, 2009) won the 2010 Honor Book Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She holds a BA in History from Harvard-Radcliffe and a PhD in History from Yale University


Morrow, John H., Jr. – Franklin Professor of History, University of Georgia,  Harlem’s Rattlers  and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for  Equality, Morrow’s co-authored book with Professor Jeffrey T. Sammons of New York University on the 369thRegiment of African-American soldiers who fought with the  French Army during the First World War, appeared in March 2014 from The University  Press of Kansas. As a expert in WWI, Dr. Morrow will provide information for the study guide and will lead several topics for the 14 Points web class.


Sammons, Jeffrey T. – Professor of History at the University of North Carolina; and coauthor of  Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African  American Quest for Equality, University Press of Kansas (2014), lead coauthor with John  H. Morrow, Jr. Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society, University of  Illinois Press (1988).  Dr. Sammons will serve as lead scholar for the study guide and the 14 Points web class.


Sissle, Noble , Jr. – Master of Education, Guidance and Counseling -   Florida A&M University - Tallahassee, FL. 1970  He served U.S. Army Infantry 1966 -1968. Mr. Sissle is the son of Harlem Hellfighter’s Nobel Sissle and will provide first hand information from his father’s book Memoir of James “Jim” Reese Europe. This primary source explains the creations of the Hell Fighters band and the eye witness account of Europe’s death.


Terry, David T. – Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Museum Studies, - Department of History  and Geography, Morgan State University. Will create a  resources guide for college students.  This guide will direct researchers to a trove of primary (archival, documentary, and literary), and secondary (articles, books, and web-based) materials germane to the topic writ large.  Not only will students have opportunities to explore resources that help them understand from first and second perspectives the lives and experiences of the men of the 369th Division, but also the broader context of their historical moment will be available as well.


Williams, Chad - Associate Professor and Chair, Department of African and Afro-American     Studies at Brandeis University and author of Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina  Press, 2010. Awards include Organization of American Historians 2011 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award for best book on any aspect of the struggle for civil rights in the United States, from the nation’s founding to the present.; Society for Military History 2011 Distinguished Book Award for United States History; - CHOICE 2011 Outstanding Academic Title.  Dr. Williams will chair the 14 Points web class and provide information for the study guide.

Badger, Reid
Castillo, Marlo
Coleman, Kwami T.
Dinwiddie, Michael
Dodson, Howard
Francis, Jacqueline
Keene, Jennifer
Kelly, Gary
Lentz-Smith, Adriane
Morrow, John H. Jr.
Sammons, Jeffery T.
Sissle, Nobel, Jr.
Williams, Chad
David Terry
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