Julie Dash was named to the 2013 Bob Allison Endowed Chair in Media at Wayne State University in Detroit. She is spending the current semester teaching two courses in the department of communication. Her film Daughters of the Dust, was the first movie in general theatrical release that had an African American woman director.
Dash is a graduate of the City University of New York. She holds a master of fine arts degree in film and television production from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Kevin B. Johnson was named the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He also serves as chair of the department of biomedical informatics and professor of pediatrics at the university’s School of Medicine. He has been on the faculty at Vanderbilt since 2002.
Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University and holds a master’s degree in medical informatics from Stanford University.