An American Tragedy
Contributors’ Biographical Information
Deborah A. Brunson, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). She has also served as director of UNCW’s Upperman African American Cultural Center. Brunson’s teaching revolves around courses in Communication Theory, Interracial Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and the department’s Discipline Capstone. In addition to her work appearing in such outlets as Communication Education and The Journal of Leadership Studies, she is co-editor of two volumes: Letters From the Future: Linking Students and Teaching With the Diversity of Everyday Life, and Interracial Communication: Contexts, Communities, and Choices.
Theodore W. Burgh, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. His research journeys have connected him with numerous peoples and cultures throughout the world. Through establishing relationships with various individuals, these relationships have challenged him to explore how many groups navigate the world in which they live. A number of challenges faced by people he met were familiar. Having grown up in central North Carolina, like many of the people he’d met, Burgh had a number of experiences with racial prejudice, profiling, etc. Although these were unwelcome events, each has helped him ← 181 | 182 → understand the world in which he lives, as well as the challenges of others. They have also given him a desire to educate others regarding this kind of thinking and to be an effective agent of change.
Todd Steven Burroughs, Ph.D...
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