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Kristana Arp is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Long Island University. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. She specializes in feminist theory and 20th century French and German philosophy. She is an authority on Simone de Beauvoir and Edmund Husserl, and has written a book on Beauvoir's existential ethics, entitled Bonds of Freedom: The Existential Ethics of Simone de Beauvoir. Her articles have appeared in a number of anthologies, including Feminist Phenomenology (1997) and Re-Reading the Canon: Feminist Interpretations of Simone de Beauvoir (1995).

Linda Belau is Assistant Professor of English at The George Washington University. In 1997-1998, she was a Rockefeller Fellow at the Institute on Violence, Culture, and Survival for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy. She received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2000. She is currently completing a book length manuscript entitled "Encountering Jouissance: Trauma, Psychosis, Psychoanalysis." She co-edited the volume Topologies of Trauma: Essays on the Limit of Knowledge and Memory.

David Theo Goldberg is the Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute and formerly Director and Professor of the School of Justice Studies, a law and social science program, at Arizona State University. He is the author of Racist Culture: Philosophy and the Politics of Meaning (1993), Racial Subjects: Writing on Race in America (1997), and Ethical Theory and Social Issues (1990/1995). He edited Anatomy of Racism (1990) and Multiculturalism: A Critical Reader (1995). He is the founding co-editor of Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. His current book, The Racial State, will be appearing this year, as too will co-edited collections on Race Critical Theories and on Rethinking Postcolonialism.

Lewis R. Gordon received his Ph.D. in Philosophy, with distinction, from Yale University in 1993. He is currently chairperson of the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University and Ongoing Visiting Professor of Political Philosophy in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. He is author of Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism (1995), Fanon and the Crisis of European Man: An Essay on Philosophy and the Human Sciences (1995), Existentia Africana: Understanding Black Existential Philosophy (2000), and Her Majesty's Other Children: Sketches of Racism from a Neocolonial Age (1997), for which he recieved the Gustavus Myer Award for Outstanding Book on Human Rights in Northern America. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the City University of New York, and in 1998, he received the ONYX award for teaching at Brown, the Presidential Fellowship at the Pembroke Center for the Study and Teaching of Women, and was listed in Round About Providence as one of the seven best professors with whom to study at Brown. He was honored, as well,by the Southwest Philosophy Association, which devoted its 1997 meetings to his work, and in 1999 by a special meeting of sister colleges in the Philadelphia area, that was devoted to his thought, and discussions of his work have appeared in several encyclopedias, anthologies, journals, and dissertations in his field of specialization. He is a former Danforth Fellow, a Fellow of the Society for Values in Higher Education (on whose board he served from 1996 till 1999), a member of the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Blacks in Philosophy and a member of the Steering Committee for Philosophy of Religion in the American Academy of Religion. Interviews with Professor Gordon appear in a variety of forums, including volumes on African American Philosophy and the forthcoming PBS documentary Parliament of Minds, which focuses on several of the most influential philosophers worldwide.

Virginia Held received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University. Her research interests include Social and Political Philosophy, ethics, Feminist Philosophy, limits on markets, and group responsibility. Her representative publications include Feminist Morality: Transforming Culture, Society and Politics (1993), Rights and Goods: Justifying Social Action (1984), and The Public Interest and Individual Interests (1972). She has edited several anthologies, including Justice and Care: Essential Readings in Feminist Ethics (1995), Property, Profits, and Economic Justice (1980), and Philosophy, Morality, and International Affairs (1974).

Jonathan Moreno is the director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia. He is also a member of the National Human Research Protest Advisory Committee, a Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, and a Fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine. He graduated from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York with highest honors in philosophy and psychology. He was a University Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, receiving his doctorate in philosophy in 1977, and was later a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in cooperation with the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. In 1988 he received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hofstra, honoris causa. A frequent commentator on ethical issues in the media, Professor Moreno has been a regular columnist for ABCNEWS.com and a guest on numerous radio and television news programs. Among his books are Undue Risk: Secret State Experiments on Humans, Deciding Together: Bioethics and Moral Consensus, and Ethics in Clinical Practice.

Julie Reiser is a Doctoral Candidate at The Johns Hopkins University where she is writing a dissertation on the relationship between consciousness, mental experience, and subjectivity in postmodern fiction and film. She is also interested in the history and theory of poetics, cyberpunk novels and films, Eastern philosophy, and critical theory. She received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Utah and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins. She can be reached at julie.reiser@jhu.edu.

Brent Dean Robbins is a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Duquesne University. He is currently at University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center, where he is completing his pre-doctoral internship and developing the final stages of his dissertation, Joy and the Politics of Emotion: Toward a Cultural Therapeutics via Phenomenology and Critical Theory. His work has appeared in a number of periodicals, including the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Biomed, Metapsychology Review, and Janus Head. This past summer 2001, at the American Psychological Association's Annual Convention, he was granted the Sidney M. Jourard Award for his empirical, phenomenological study of joy; the research will be published in Constance T. Fischer's edited volume, Qualitative Reseach Methods for Psychologists: Case Demonstrations. He is also a partner of Trivium Publications, a co-editor of Janus Head, and a Regional Director of the International Network on Personal Meaning. This August of 2002, he will begin work as Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

John Rudisill is currently teaching as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Philosophy at The George Washington University. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree from Coe College in English and Philsoophy where he wrote an honors thesis on the short fiction of Graham Greene. John recently completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Iowa. He has published a book review of Geoffrey Hartman's "The Fateful Question of Culture" in the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies and an article entitled "The Neutrality of the State and its Justification in Rawls and Mills" in Auslegung.

Stuart Umpleby is a professor in the Department of Management Science and Director of the Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning in the School of Business and Public Management at The George Washington Unviersity. He teaches courses in the philosophy of science, cross-cultural management, and systems thinking. His interests include total quality management, interactive planning methods, and the use of computer networks. He received his bachelor's degrees in engineering and political science, a master's degree in political science, and a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He has published articles in Science, Policy Sciences, Population and Environment, Science Communication, The Futurist, The Journal of Aesthetic Education, Simulation and Games, Business and Society Review, Telecommunications Policy, Systems Practice, and Cybernetics and Systems. He is a past president of the American Society for Cybernetics. He is Associate Editor of the journal Cybernetics and Systems.

John R. Wright is a Doctoral student in Philosophy at State University of New York at Stony Brook.