Dr. Lillie Johnson Edwards is Professor Emerita of History and African American studies at Drew University in Madison, NJ where she served as the Director of Pan-African Studies and American Studies and received awards for distinguished teaching. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Oberlin College and received her doctorate from the University of Chicago. Dr. Edwards lectures and consults for K-12 schools, libraries, historical societies, museums, and faith-based organizations. She has been a guest lecturer for the National Jewish Museum, Apple, the League of Women Voters, and the Montclair Adult School. She currently serves on the Oberlin College Board of Trustees; chairs the church council of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Montclair, NJ; and serves on the Board of Ordained Ministries of the New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Edwards is a native of Columbus, Georgia. She and her husband, Paul B. Edwards, reside in FL and NJ and have two adult children.
Dr. Ori Z Soltes teaches at Georgetown University across the disciplines of theology, art history, philosophy and politics. He is the former Director and Curator of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum where he curated some 80 exhibitions. He is the author of several hundred articles and catalogue essays, and the author or editor of 25 books, including The Ashen Rainbow: The Holocaust and the Arts; Symbols of Faith: How Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source; and Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art and Architecture and Immortality, Memory, Creativity, and Survival: The Arts of Alice Lok Cahana, Ronnie Cahana and Kitra Cahana (FAS 2020)