Christina Nichol, M.F.A., attended Hutchins as an undergraduate and completed her MFA in creative writing from the University of Florida. She has taught in India, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Russia, and the republic of Georgia, where her debut novel, Waiting for the Electricity, is set. Christina’s primary interests include documentary filmmaking, oral histories, impacts of globalization, creative process, sacred traditions, and environmental issues.
Laurie Stuhlbarg, M.A., M.S., received her MA in English at Stanford University and her MS in Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England, where she is finishing her doctoral dissertation on communitive and rewilding experiences in the landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted. She has taught writing and interdisciplinary courses in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University, the Integrative Thinking and Writing Program at Keene State College, and the English Department at Bridgewater State University. Her journalism and interviews have appeared in national and local publications, including Scene 4, Intuition, and various regional newspapers in New England and the Bay Area. In addition to teaching and writing, Laurie has worked as an editor for individuals composing scholarly and creative projects, and done fundraising, community outreach, and media relations for nonprofit arts and social justice organizations.
Carlos Torres, B.A., Ph.D., received his doctorate at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the subject of social anthropology with an emphasis in media anthropology. For his graduate research, he concentrated on the ethnographic media produced in Chiapas, Mexico. He has researched Maya-produced media in diverse formats, comprehensively documenting aesthetics, narrative devices, and the sociopolitical context of this media. He is currently looking at citizens' media produced globally to understand how this media is contributing to the world-wide mediascape through independent reportage and to the production of textual and testimonial truth.
Nancy Uber-Kellogg, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., writes memoirs and fiction. She has taught in the Saturday Hybrid Liberal Studies Program since it began in 1997. Initially the writing instructor, she later became a Senior Project course teacher as well. Nancy’s education includes a B.A. in Environmental Design (Antioch College), M.A.’s in Dance Criticism and in English (Sonoma State), and a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition (Purdue University). During graduate studies, Nancy focused on communication across cultural divides. She explored Zora Neale Hurston’s use of double voicing—the practice of creating statements that will be understood one way by members of a culturally dominant group and another way by members of an oppressed group. Her dissertation is a case study of Anglo college composition instructors who taught writing to Native American students, either at tribal colleges or at universities that offered classes especially for Native students. She was curious to hear about “moments of encounter” the teachers had with their students, times when they had to search for classroom practices that both they and the students could accept. One issue that they all struggled with was how to answer why should young students share their opinions when their cultures say the elders should speak on behalf of everyone. In addition to teaching, Nancy has worked as an editor and writer for nonprofits and individuals.
Barbara Widhalm, Ph.D., is a faculty member of the Saturday Hybrid B.A., Libs program. She currently also teaches at Peralta Community College District, St. Mary's College of California and John F. Kennedy University. Originally from Vienna, Austria, she has a Bachelors in languages with a minor in environmental economics, a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico and earned a Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change from the California Institute of Integral Studies. As a global citizen who has lived, studied, and worked in Russia, Austria, and the U.S. she has a passion for the wellbeing of the planet and all its inhabitants. Her dissertation research focused on designing dynamic learning experiences that congruently mimic living systems in learning content, process, and structure. She brings 20 years of experience working in social, environmental, and economic sustainability in various nonprofit and educational settings. She is also the owner of a small cottage food bakery making gluten-free low-and no-sugar treats derived from traditional Viennese recipes. She is also the proud mom of a recent high-school graduate who is about to embark on a global gap year.