SRRT Afternoon of Social Justice - Speaker Bios

Native American Treaty Rights in the Time of Covid-19

Cindy Hohl is President-Elect of the American Indian Library Association.

Tadd Johnson is the University of Minnesota’s first senior director of American Indian Tribal Nations Relations. An enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Professor Johnson has served as a tribal attorney, as tribal court judge, and tribal administrator. He spent five years with the U.S. House of Representatives, ultimately becoming staff director and counsel to the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Professor Johnson to chair the National Indian Gaming Commission. He is currently on the Board of the Native Governance Center; serves as Director of the Tribal Sovereignty Institute; and is on the Board of Trustees of the Udall Foundation.

Winona LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe), who is internationally known as an activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. She was twice the vice-presidential candidate for the Green Party, is a former board member of Greenpeace USA, and is presently an advisory board member for the Trust for Public Lands Native Lands Program and board member of the Christensen Fund. Winona LaDuke was also the founder, and is currently Executive Director, of Honor the Earth, whose mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable native communities.

Dallin Maybee is a member of the Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming, and is also Seneca. He is the Assistant Director of Development for the Native American Rights Fund, which is the oldest, largest nonprofit legal organization defending the rights of Native American tribes, organizations, and people. Dallin Maybee has a Juris Doctor from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He is also an award-winning artist, whose works can be found in museum and private collections worldwide, including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Tom Twiss is Co-Chair of SRRT's International Responsibilities Task Force.



Democracy in the Time of COVID

Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide, a New York Times Bestseller, Washington Post Notable Book of 2016, and a National Book Critics Circle Award winner. She is also the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955; Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960, and One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy, which was long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Galbraith Award in non-fiction.

David Daley is a senior fellow for FairVote and the author of Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy, which helped spark the recent drive to reform gerrymandering. Dave's second book, Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy, chronicles the victories and defeats in state efforts to reform elections and uphold voting rights. A frequent lecturer and media source about gerrymandering, he is the former editor-in-chief of, and the former CEO and publisher of the Connecticut News Project. He is a digital media fellow at the Wilson Center for the Humanities and the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Guardian, New York magazine, the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, Details, and he's been on CNN and NPR. When writing for the Hartford Courant, he helped identify Mark Felt as the "Deep Throat" source for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Mac Heller  is executive producor of Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook. Before starting American Issues Initiative, Mr. Heller was co-head of Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division, and after Goldman, he went on to become Executive Chairman of CODA Automotive, an electric car manufacturer. His interest in starting the film project stems from his belief in fairness and the simple notion that democracy only works when everyone can vote. His mantra is “voters should choose their politicians, not politicians their voters.”

Tomas Lopez became Democracy North Carolina’s Executive Director in January 2018. Previously, he was Counsel with the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a non-partisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve the nation’s systems of democracy and justice. As a voting rights attorney there, he litigated against restrictive voting laws in federal court and partnered with advocates to advance and defend election reforms at the state level. He has also commented on voting rights and election law issues in local and national media. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Tomas was a fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project, where he was part of efforts that successfully challenged anti-immigrant legislation in Alabama. He also previously served as the Bacon Immigration Law and Policy Program Fellow at the University of Arizona, Rogers College of Law, where he co-authored a report on the impact of Arizona’s immigration law on young people. Tomas is a graduate of Duke University and Yale Law School.

Melanye Price is Endowed Professor of Political Science at Prairie View A&M and author. Price’s research and teaching interests include black politics, public opinion, political rhetoric, and social movements. Her most recent book, The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race (NYU, 2016), examines the multiple and strategic ways that President Obama uses race to deflect negative racial attitudes and engage with a broad cross-section of voters. Her first book, Dreaming Blackness: Black Nationalism and African American Public Opinion (NYU, 2009), examines contemporary support for Black Nationalism. Her new project is called Mountaintop Removal: Martin Luther King, Trump and the Racial Mountain, which uses King’s “Mountaintop Speech” as a lens for understanding the rise of Trump and the 2016 election.



Herstory through Activism: Women, Libraries, and Activism

Emily Drabinski is Critical Pedagogy Librarian at the Graduate Center, CUNY in New York City where she also serves as liaison to the School of Labor and Urban Studies. Drabinski sits on the board of Radical Teacher, a journal of socialist, feminist, and anti-racist teaching practice. She is also editor of Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies, a book series from Library Juice Press/Litwin Books, and organizer of the Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium, a biannual event that convenes practitioners and scholars to explore these topics. Drabinski has published and presented widely on queer theory and classification studies as well as critical librarianship in general.

Sherre Harrington received a master of librarianship degree from the University of South Carolina's College of Librarianship in 1977. Previous positions include Librarian of the College at Amherst College, Massachusetts, and Director of the Stevenson Science and Engineering Library at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Harrington has long-held interests in feminist studies and social responsibility related to libraries, previously serving as coordinator of the Social Responsibilities Round Table Action Council. She has been involved with Feminist Task Force since the late 1980s, editing the FTF newsletter Women in Libraries and serving as coordinator multiple times.

Dalena Hunter is a Librarian/Archivist for Los Angeles Communities and Cultures in UCLA Library Special Collections. She received her MLIS and MA in African American Studies from UCLA. Ms. Hunter has over 10 years experience working in an ethnic studies library and has conducted research on womens and gender issues and activism.

Teresa Neely is professor of librarianship, and assessment librarian in the College of the University Libraries & Learning Sciences (College), University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Dr. Neely is responsible for providing leadership and planning for assessment in all aspects of the College. She has worked in academic research libraries for 28 years and is the author/co-editor of eight books and conference proceedings, and numerous scholarly and peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, conference papers, working papers, and a white paper. Her most recent publications include In our Own Voices, Redux: The Faces of Librarianship Today (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), co-edited with Jorge R. Lopéz-McKnight; and, “I AM My Hair, and My Hair is Me: #BlackGirlMagicinLIS,” a chapter in Pushing the Margins: Women of Color and Intersectionality in LIS (Library Juice Press, 2018), edited by Rose L. Chou and Annie Pho, and the 2019 winner of the ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section Award for Significant Achievement in Women and Gender Studies Librarianship.