- Contributors' Notes
Jonathan Adler is a professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College, CUNY. He received a Ph.D. from Brandeis University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University. He has published articles on epistemology, the philosophy of psychology, pragmatics, and the philosophy of education. One current interest is the study of everyday reasoning as it intersects philosophy, cognitive psychology, and education.
Miri Ben-Shalom came to the United States from Israel in 1973. She completed her education at New York University's Film School and has been working as a film and videotape editor. She has worked on such Emmy Award-winning children's programs as the Children's Television's Workshop's 3-2-1 Contact and CBS's Thirty Minutes Magazine. She has also worked on acclaimed children's programs at Israeli Educational Television. During the course of her career, Ms. Ben-Shalom has come to realize her preference for working on children's programs. After 12 years of editing and post-production supervision, she has decided to move on to produce what the market is now largely lacking, quality children's videotapes. Her experience as the mother of two young children contributes to her knowledge and understanding of children's needs and to her desire to create high-quality programs for young children.
John Cech teaches children's literature in the English Department at the University of Florida. He is currently at work on a book about Maurice Sendak.
Bruce Chadwick was associated with the Brooklyn College Writing Center from 1975-1979. He has taught in New York City area colleges since 1977 and is currently an adjunct lecturer at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY. He recently completed a Master's degree in English at Georgetown University on a National Endowment for the Humanities scholarship and is now at work on a composition text-book, Steps to the Essay. [End Page 167]
Susan Drain received a Ph.D. from King's College, the University of London, in 1979. She is an assistant professor of English at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Canada, where she is able to combine and pursue many of her critical and research interests: women's studies, children's literature, nineteenth-century studies, composition, and hymnology.
Ellen Freyer has been part of the Wonderworks team since 1983. The show had its first broadcast season in the fall of 1984. As production supervisor and head of the New York office, she meets with producers and writers to identify and develop properties, and is involved in all aspects of production. A former independent producer of award-winning documentaries, Ms. Freyer has an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University and has taught at Syracuse University, Hunter College, CUNY, and St. Peter's College.
Richard J. McGowan is an associate professor of philosophy at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, specializing in the history of ideas, medieval philosophy, ethics, and gender issues. He has written articles on these subjects for various scholarly publications.
Jamie Pastor Bolnick has written numerous magazine and newspaper articles and is the author of Winnie: "My Life in the Institution" (St. Martin's, 1985). She is currently at work on a book about New York City's homeless.
Suzanne Rahn teaches children's literature in the English Department of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and is the author of Children's Literature: An Annotated Bibliography of the History and Criticism (Garland, 1981). She has written numerous articles in the field of children's literature, including several for The Lion and the Unicorn.
Carol A. Stanger is director of the Writing Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She admits to having read the Pooh stories for the first time at age forty. [End Page 168]
Mark West is an assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he teaches children's literature. His articles have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, and Hartford Studies in Literature. He is currently completing Trust Your Children: Voices Against Censorship in Children's Literature, to be published by Neal-Schuman, and Children, Culture and Controversy, to be published by Archon Books.