DEBRA KAPLAN BRINDIS
Curriculum and Project Coordination: Deborah has a BS in Education and MA in Behavioral Psychology from Columbia University. She worked for the NYC Dept. of Education for 25 years as an educator and educational evaluator. Most recently she served as the 10th grade learning specialist at East Side Community High School where she collaborated closely with the 10th grade Humanities teacher around topics concerning World War II and the dropping of the atomic bombs. Ms. Brindis has worked with Dr. Kathleen Sullivan in bringing peace education into the high school classroom for over fifteen years and has been part of Hibakusha Stories for the past seven years.
MICHAEL F. CASSANDRA
UN Liaison: Michael is the retired Chief of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs Information and Outreach Branch. He was instrumental in revitalizing disarmament education at the UN and supervised the development of the UN Cyberschoolbus disarmament and non-proliferation education site.
Interpreter: Marie was born in a Japanese-American household and raised in a completely bilingual environment. She has a profound desire to do positive work that will endure for generations to come. Her background as a television and radio personality, as a musician and artist in both the US and Japan and as a freelance translator and editor have come to be invaluable assets in the interpreting of the Hibakusha Stories message.
CLIFTON TRUMAN DANIEL
Hibakusha Stories Fellow: Clifton is the oldest grandson of 33rd US President Harry S. Truman and his wife, Bess. He is the son of the late author, Margaret Truman, and her husband, former New York Times Managing Editor E. Clifton Daniel Jr. Mr. Daniel is a former journalist and public relations executive and honorary chairman of the board of the Truman Library Institute, the nonprofit partner of the Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, MO. He is the author of Growing Up With Grandpa: Memories of Harry S. Truman (1995, Birch Lane Press) and Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943 (2011, Truman State University Press). He has recently appeared on the Moth: True Stories Told Live and is currently at work on a memoir, a children’s book and a screenplay, all about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Blaise is a freelance recording engineer and producer. He has worked with diverse artists over his 30-year career, including Diamanda Galas, Wu Tang Clan and Philip Glass. Blaise worked as technical coordinator for the Hibakusha Stories concert event “With Love to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, A Concert For Disarmament” at the NY Society for Ethical Culture in 2015. He and his comrade in love, Kathleen Sullivan, currently host The Parlor Series, a monthly Sunday jazz concert at his family home in Chelsea.
Tom is an artist who documents journeys, experiences, thoughts, dreams, nightmares, beauty and discontents. His work ranges from metaphoric travel snapshots to fragmented self images and downloaded assemblages. He is interested in poetic beauty and explorations of the boundaries of the self. The internal structure of his photographs plays with the external architecture of their installation. The photos build a history of a world where language does not always belong. One moment is simple beauty, the next is that which we prefer not see. He lives between Pauling, NY, and Berlin, Germany, and is focused on permaculture and sustainable living.
Keith spent ten years as co-founder and teacher at the CAUSE Alternative School in Buffalo, NY, which became the model for citywide efforts at desegregating the school system in the 1970s with interest-based magnet schools. His involvement with photography began with two significant photo-history research projects in Buffalo. In 1981 he moved to NYC to become a commercial photographer, but 10 years later he realized his passion was for photo-documentary work. This work has largely been focused on modern music composers, community building and LGBT performance art on stage, in the street and in the studio. He was recently recognized for his efforts at saving 135 years of institutional archives at the YWCA of Brooklyn, preserving an important history of women in Brooklyn. Presently the restoration of his 1892 brownstone in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, takes up much of his time as does his efforts in community gardening with his neighbors.
Photography: Janis is a photographer in New York City, working for non-profits as well as publications. Now emphasizing her small-group workshops in Cuba and Peru, she creates customized workshops with participants’ interests in mind. Presently she has been teaching and working with communities in New York City, teaching private and individual classes and workshops on photography, Photoshop and photographic history. She has been widely exhibited and published, especially her decade-long work in Cuba. She has been photographing the work of the students of Youth Arts New York founder Robert Croonquist for over 20 years and teaches photography to cancer survivors at The Creative Center. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Aperture and Random House and is collected by museums and private collectors. At the moment she is working on a project on Latin America immigration to Queens, New York, continuing to expand her portfolio.
Consultant: Andrea has been a School Improvement and Literacy consultant since 1994, working throughout the United States and in Gabon, Liberia and Nepal. Her diverse experience has included improving education for incarcerated youth, assisting Liberian government agencies in their attempt to make education available to all, and helping administrators and teachers of high income students change the focus of education from competing in the free market to participation in civic life. She has worked with schools and school districts in adopting, adapting and/or creating curricula that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Andrea has taught middle school, high school and graduate school in areas that include English as a Second Language, Teacher Education and writing. She was Lead Regional Instructional Specialist for NYC Region Nine (that encompassed two hundred schools from Chinatown to the South Bronx); Coordinator of Literacy Staff Development for District Two; and a consultant and member of the Teachers College Writing Project.