Lynn M. Harter is the Barbara Geralds Schoonover Professor of Health Communication in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. Guided by narrative sensibilities, her scholarly agenda focuses on the communicative construction of possibility as individuals and groups organize for survival and social change. Her research and creative activity encompasses a range of issues including pediatric cancer care, disability-related concerns, the organizing of healthcare for underserved populations, poverty and homelessness. She is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary The Art of the Possible, a film that chronicles the journeys of five families living with a member’s cancer, its treatment, and what remains in the aftermath. She has published over 75 journal articles and book chapters in interdisciplinary outlets and has edited three award-winning scholarly books.
Thomas S. Hodson is the Director and General Manager of WOUB Center for Public Media at Ohio University. He also is the Joe Berman Professor of Communication in the Scripps College of Communication. Formerly, he was director of the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University from 2003-2010. Hodson also served as a member of the Ohio University Board of Trustees from 1989-98, a special assistant to Ohio University President Robert Glidden from 1999-2003, and an adjunct instructor at Scripps for about 20 years. He has served as a trial attorney and was a trial judge in Ohio for eight years. He still sits, as a visiting judge, on assignment by the Ohio Supreme Court. Hodson also served as a Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States and won the Justice Tom C. Clark award as a Judicial Fellow (1986-87). He has spent extensive time training judges and court personnel across the nation in media relations, community relations, and community education programs. He has authored numerous articles about the topic and co-authored a book to assist journalists in covering Ohio courts.
Evan Shaw is a Producer/Director at the WOUB Center for Public Media at Ohio University where he oversees the production of documentary and special interest projects. Shaw has a passion for combining quality videography and editing to tell a compelling story. He recently completed production of "The 1900: Voices of the Athens Asylum," a feature length documentary focusing on the stories of patients in the Athens Lunatic Asylum during the institution's 100+ year history. From 2008 to 2013 he served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Multimedia Marketing at Ohio University and oversaw the production of more than 250 video projects per year. Since 2006, Shaw has also been employed as a cinematographer with NFL Films, with his work regularly featured on national networks such as ESPN, Showtime, NBC and FOX. Among other honors, he has received four Emmy Awards—one each for producing, directing, editing, and videography. He has been nominated for a total of 7 Regional Emmys and several National Emmys for his work with NFL Films.
Margaret M. Quinlan is an Assistant Professor of Communication and a Core Faculty Member of the Health Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her scholarly work explores the organizing of health care resources and work opportunities for people with lived differences. Maggie has published in Text & Performance Quarterly, Health Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, Communication Teacher, Communication Research Reports, Journal of Research in Special Education Needs, Qualitative Communication Research, and Communication Education. Over the past seven years, she has worked with numerous organizations including Dancing Wheels and Door to Door that rely on artistic encounters to empower vulnerable individuals.