Kyna Hamill is the Assistant Director of the Core Curriculum and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Theatre at Boston University. She specializes in the iconography of the commedia dell’arte tradition and the intersection of theatre and visual studies. She has published articles in Print Quarterly, Theatre Symposium and Theatre Survey and is currently completing a monograph examining three centuries of theatrical encounters with the Baroque print artist, Jacques Callot (1592-1635). Kyna has been profiled on her research examining the history of “Jingle Bells” in the Boston Globe, The Guardian and NPR.
Zoliswa O. Mali is the Director of the African Language Program at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. She was born and raised in South Africa and went through apartheid schools. She studied and taught at the University of Fort Hare where Nelson Mandela had attended. She got a BA (Hons) and proceeded to a historically Afrikaans institution, the University of Stellenbosch. She got an MA (cum laude) in African Linguistics there before coming to the University of Iowa where she got a Masters in Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition.
Diana Wylie, professor of history at Boston University, has been studying southern Africa since 1977 and has written three books on the region: A Little God: The Twilight of Patriarchy in a Southern African Chiefdom (1990), Starving on a Full Stomach: Hunger and the Triumph of Cultural Racism in Modern South Africa (2001), and Art + Revolution: The Life and Death of Thami Mnyele, South African Artist (2008).