JAMES A. BANKS is Professor of Diversity Studies and Director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is a specialist in multicultural education and in social studies education and has written widely in these fields. He is a past president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). He is a member of the National Academy of Education. His books include Teach¬ing Strategies for Ethnic Studies, 8th Edition (Allyn and Bacon); Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives, 6th Edition (With Cherry A. McGee Banks) (John Wiley & Sons); Cultural Diversity and Education: Foundations, Curriculum and Teaching, 5th Edition (Allyn and Bacon); An Introduction to Multicultural Education, 4th Edition (Allyn and Bacon), among many others. Professor Banks is the editor, with Cherry A. McGee Banks, of the Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education, published by Jossey-Bass. This landmark publication is the first research handbook on multicultural education to be published.
BARBARA BAGILHOLE is Professor of Social Policy and Equal Opportunities and Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities at Loughborough University, UK. Her major research and teaching interest is equal opportunities and diversity policies. In particular, she specialises in gender, ‘race’, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief, age, and intersectionality issues. Barbara was publically appointed to the UK government’s Expert Group on ‘Promoting Women in Science, Engineering and Technology’. She is an invited member of the World Institute for Engineering and Technology Education (WIETE) in recognition of a significant contribution to engineering and technology education. In terms of her published academic research, Barbara’s books include: Gender, Power and Management: A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Higher Education, (2010), Palgrave Macmillan; Understanding Intersectionality: Keeping Gender at the Centre, (2009) Utrecht University Press, The Netherlands; People and Culture in Construction, (2007) Spon Press, Taylor and Francis Books Ltd; Understanding Equal Opportunities and Diversity: The Social Differentiations and Intersections of Inequality, (2009), Policy Press; Women in Non-Traditional Occupations: Challenging Men (2002), Palgrave, Macmillan, among others.
MÁRIO JORGE TORRES is an Associate Professor and Researcher in the Centre for Comparative Studies at the Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon. One of the leading Portuguese names in the field of film studies, he has taught extensively on various aspects of cinema, both at graduate and post graduate levels for many years. He is one of the most relevant contemporary Portuguese film critics, having written regularly for Ípsilon the cultural supplement of the well-known national newspaper Público. He has published extensively on different aspects of cinema including American cinema, genre, the star system, melodrama, European cinema, literature & cinema, among others. Some of his most relevant recent publications include:’The Phosphorescence of Edgar Allan Poe on Film: Roger Corman’s The Masque of the Red Death’, Edgar Allan Poe Review, (Spring 2010); ACT 17: Não vi o livro, mas li o filme, (2008), Húmus, Vila Nova de Famalicão, and Concerto das Artes (org.), (2007), Porto, Campo das Letras.
JOHN NAYSMITH was Head of the School of Languages at the University of Portsmouth. He has considerable experience as a language teacher and language teacher educator, in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, as well as in Africa, South America and the Far East. During his career, he has worked at secondary school level, as a freelance education and management consultant, and in higher education, in both the public and private sectors. He has experience of capacity building in higher education, especially in Malaysia and China, and has worked in bilingual education and CLIL, particularly in higher education settings, since the 1990s. He is now one of the external evaluators to the CLIL Cascade Network.