BA Art History, University of West Florida MA Art History, State University of New York, Stony Brook PhD Art History, State University of New York, Stony Brook Tom Williams has taught at the School of Visual Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, New York University, and Vanderbilt University and is a graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. His writings have appeared in Art in America, Grey Room, and other publications. Williams has been co-facilitating the art workshop in Unit 2 (the Death Row unit) of the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution since 2013, and he has co-curated (with Robin Paris) a number of exhibitions of prisoners’ art, including Life After Death and Elsewhere at Apexart in New York City.
Born in Charlotte, NC, Timothy Charles Davis is a Nashvillian of ten years standing. He coauthored, with John T. Edge, Sara Roahen, Sheri Castle and others, The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook (UGA Press). Last year, he released The Hot Chicken Cookbook: The Fiery History and Red-Hot Recipes of Nashville’s Beloved Bird (Spring House Press). About to go into its third printing, the book has been reviewed or otherwise mentioned in Time, National Geographic, and Food Republic and was the subject of a feature on NPR’s Morning Edition. It was written with greasy hands, a fierce passion, and not a little antacid.
Davis’ partial publication credits include pieces for Salon.com, Mother Jones, First We Feast, Saveur, Christian Science Monitor, Travel + Life, Harp, Gastronomica, and Oxford American. He is a former staff writer and food columnist at Creative Loafing in Charlotte, NC and Weekly Surge/The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, SC. He also contributed as an associate editor to Gravy, the official newsletter of the Oxford, Mississippi-based Southern Foodways Alliance. Davis is a regular contributor to a number of area publications, including the East Nashvillian, Nashville Scene, Edible Nashville, Nashville Lifestyles, and NATIVE.
BA Anthropology, University of Memphis MA Medical and Urban Anthropology, University of Memphis
Nikki Edney works as a program evaluator at Centerstone Research Institute evaluating a homelessness program that covers 21 counties in Tennessee. Her areas of interest include health disparities, mental health, and cultural competency. Beyond her professional work, Edney is an avid marathon runner and triathlete.
BA History, Middle Tennessee State University MA History, Middle Tennessee State University
Zack McCullough’s research and writing focus on 19th-century U.S. history, the Atlantic world, slavery, and the history of race and ethnicity. He has written an unpublished thesis on Chinese migrant workers in the southern U.S during Reconstruction.
Tim Pierce is the founder and principle consultant for Experiential Learning Partners, a Nashville-based executive education consulting company. Pierce began his working life as a professional actor in New York City where he discovered the power of immersive experiences. He later served as Director of the Executive Development Institute at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Pierce always has believed that immersive experiences have the power to transform individual human behavior and create behavioral change. His development events incorporate live, immersive, and immediate activities directly tied to learning such as role playing, computer simulation, design thinking exercises, and facilitated small group discussions. Pierce’s clients include Nissan, FedEx, Cisco Systems, Eli Lilly, Hewlett Packard, LP Building Products, and many others.
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