Da Fourteenth! We launch our podcast Professors’ Lounge: An Afrofuturism Scholar Production!

Launch!

Professor Eileen James
Dr. William Dalessio
Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin

Professors’ Lounge: An Afrofuturism-Scholar Production

January 14, 2 pm EST

Eileen James teaches literature, composition, and public speaking at the Community College of RI. She received an MFA in literary writing from Brown University, and her poetry has appeared in a variety of publications including RIBOT, Innisfree, Monsters and the Monstrous, and Rag Shock. She is currently finishing up her work in the PhD program at the University of RI, and her publications reflect her diverse critical interests, focusing on the rhetoric of power and privilege, the benefits of peer learning the writing classroom, and pop culture through a Black American lens. She excited to be a part of this pursuit and lend her curiosity, insight, and shameful humor to the group.

Bill Dalessio grew up outside of Providence, RI, in a working-class Italian American household with his parents, sister, paternal grandmother, uncle, and aunt. A first-generation college-student, he earned a B.A. in English at Rhode Island College and a M.A. and Ph.D., both in English, at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Dalessio has several publications, including his book Are We What We Eat? Food and Identity in Late Twentieth-Century American Ethnic Literature and articles in publications such as a/b: auto/biography studies, Studies in the Humanities, and The Southern Quarterly. Currently he is an Associate Professor of English at the Community College of Rhode Island, where he teaches multicultural American literature and composition courses.

Cherie Ann Turpin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the English Program at University of DC, an HBCU. Her  publications include the book How Three Black Women Writers Combined Spiritual and Sensual Love (2010), as well as articles and chapters in academic journals and anthologies. She is developing two books:  1) Afrofuturism and African spiritual traditions; 2)  Digital Humanities and Diversity. 

Together, we are the hosts for the newest academic podcast on the block:

Professors’ Lounge: An Afrofuturism-Scholar Production

Da Fourteenth!

Launch!

Professor Eileen James
Dr. William Dalessio
Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin

Professors’ Lounge: An Afrofuturism-Scholar Production

January 14, 2 pm EST [link coming]

Girlfriend Power! Vanessa Maddox, CEO, The Girlfriend Group, At the Edge 10/24/2012 8:00 PM EDT

Girlfriend Power! Vanessa Maddox, CEO, The Girlfriend Group, At the Edge 10/24/2012 8:00 PM EDT

After 20 years of working for Fortune 500 organizations, federal government agencies and federal contractors such as AOL, Nextel Corporation, Global Knowledge, Harris Corporation, QinetiQ North America the U.S. Senate and the Social Security Administration, Vanessa parlayed her 20 years of experience into her first entrepreneurial venture. She founded V.R. Maddox Consulting. V.R. Maddox Consulting is a full-service consulting firm that partners with organizations to build and manage world-class employee development programs. In July 2010, V.R. Maddox Consulting proudly became a Certified Virginia SWaM business (Small, Women & Minority Owned).

To pay tribute to her sister Valerie who passed away suddenly in 2009, TheGirlfriendGroup was born on August 22, 2009. TheGirlfriendGroup is a professional/social networking website. Its mission: women helping women in all aspects of life. It is a diverse, highly dynamic group of women that aspire to Network.Share.Encourage.”

Vanessa’s personal philosophy is “collaborate and remain open-minded”. She enjoys working with smart, talented people who are willing to learn and contribute to the success of mission, values and goals of the organization. She believes in giving 110%.

Vanessa resides in Leesburg, VA with her husband Roger, their sons Connor and Jamison, and their dog Sal.