Speakers & Panelists

Elaine Tuttle Hansen, President, Bates College

On July 1, 2002 Elaine Tuttle Hansen became the seventh president of the College since its founding in 1855. Before coming to Bates Hansen served as provost at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. She earned her A.B. at Mount Holyoke College, her M.A. at the University of Minnesota, and her Ph.D. at the University of Washington.

Hansen’s accomplishments at Bates include the successful completion of a $121 million comprehensive fund-raising campaign; a thorough assessment of campus facilities and infrastructure through the commissioning of a Campus Facilities Master Plan; subsequent new construction of new student housing, a dining facility, and the Alumni Walk; and leadership of an integrated series of recruitment, retention, and post-Bates networking initiatives aimed at increasing diversity at Bates.

Leslie I. Hill, Associate Professor, Department of Politics, and Special Assistant to the President

Leslie I. Hill joined the Bates faculty in 1988. She earned her B.A. at Barnard College (Columbia), her M.A. at Atlanta University and her Ph.D. at The Union Institute.  She researches and teaches in two, sometimes overlapping, fields: women, gender and politics and African politics.  Her research focuses on the comparative study of gender politics, particularly in democratizing states. 

In her role as the Special Assistant to the President Hill works closely with the Dean of Faculty, Director of Affirmative Action and Manager of Institutional Diversity, and Dean of Students to create, formulate, and develop diversity initiatives—in particular, the Benjamin Mays ‘20 Initiative–and to recommend and implement programs and policies that promote diversity and inclusion in the Bates community. She collaborates with and coordinates efforts among administrative offices, academic departments and programs, and student organizations as they work to achieve a campus climate conducive to generating and maintaining an increasingly diverse and inclusive environment.

Anna Everett, Professor and Chair, Department of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Anna Everett works in the fields of Digital Media Technologies, film and TV history/theory, and African-American film and culture. She is currently at work on books including one titled Digital Diaspora: A Race for Cyberspace. Recent articles by Everett include: “The Revolution Will Be Digitized: Afrocentricity and the Digital Public Sphere” (Social Text, Summer 2002), and “The Black Press in the Age of Digital Reproduction” (The Black Press, 2001). She is founder and managing editor of the Internet newsletter, Screening Noir Online; and she is currently co-organizing the conference titled “Race in Digital Space 2.0.” Everett is the recent winner of the prestigious UCSB Plous Award, the top recognition for younger faculty at UCSB.

Everett earned her B.A. from San Jose State University, her M.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles, and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

Eszter Hargittai, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, and Faculty Associate of the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University. 2008-09 Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Univeristy.

Eszter Hargittai’s research focuses on the social and policy implications of information technologies with a particular interest in how IT may contribute to or alleviate social inequalities. Her research projects have looked at differences in people’s Web-use skills, the evolution of search engines and the organization and presentation of online content, political uses of information technologies, and how IT are influencing the types of cultural products people consume. At Northwestern Hargittai heads the Web Use Project (www.webuse.org).

Hargittai earned her B.A. from Smith College, her M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University where she was a Wilson Scholar. Before joining the faculty at Northwestern, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton. In 2006-07 she was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

Joline Blais, Associate Professor, New Media, University of Maine at Orono, Co-Director of Still Water, and Co-Founder of LongGreenHouse.

Joline Blais’ publications and creative work explore the overlap of digital culture, indigenous culture and permaculture. This cross-cultural braid suggests tribal and networked alternatives to conventional socio-political and cultural structures, and co-creates models of deep sustainability.

At the Edge of Art (2006), co-written with Jon Ippolito, investigates how new strategies of empowerment–execution rather than representation, arrest rather than entertainment–work in communities of new media artists, and how these practices reshape both art and real world contexts.

LongGreenHouse (2007), for example, weaves the Wabanaki Longhouse, permaculture gardens, and networked collaboration together in a hybrid “communiversity”, in partnership with UMaine, Wassookeag homeschool, and ESTIA Eco-Peace Network.  Other projects include FC: Request for Ceremony, a call for re-investing quotidian life with ceremony; and the Cross-Cultural Partnership, a legal framework for developing trust networks with indigenous peoples.

Blais earned her A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the Univeristy of Pennsylvania.