Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City was published by Yale University in 2008. Her second book, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (37Ink/Atria/) was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and a winner of the 2018 Frederick Douglass Book Prize. The young readers version of Never Caught (Aladdin/Simon and Schuster) was published in January 2019. Ms. Dunbar’s op-eds in outlets such as The New York Times, The Nation, TIME, Essence, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, her commentary in media outlets such as CNN and the Los Angeles Times, and her appearances in documentaries such as “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” as well as “The Abolitionists” an American Experience production on PBS, place her historical expertise in high demand.
Weiping Wu is Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preparation and Director of the M.S. Urban Planning program. Trained in architecture and urban planning, Prof. Wu has focused her research and teaching on understanding urban dynamics in developing countries in general and China in particular. She is an internationally acclaimed urban and planning scholar working on global urbanization with a specific expertise in issues of migration, housing, and infrastructure of Chinese cities. Her publications include eight books, as well as many articles in top international journals. Her recent publications include the Sage Handbook of Contemporary China, vol. 1, with Mark Frazier and The Chinese City, with Piper Gaubatz. Professor Wu is also the President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning. She has been a member of the International Advisory Board for the Urban China Research Network, as well as serving on the editorial board of four journals.
Michael A. Rebell is an experienced litigator, scholar, and administrator in the field of education law, and one of the nation's foremost authorities on education adequacy, disability rights and the role of the courts in educational policy. He was co-counsel for the plaintiffs in CFE v. State of New York, a major challenge to the system of funding public education in the State of New York, which has established the constitutional right of all students in the state to the "opportunity for a sound basic education." Mr. Rebell currently chairs the New York State Civic Readiness Task Force, and is convener of the DemocracyReadyNY Coalition. He is also lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Cook v. Raimondo, a major federal litigation that seeks to establish a right to an education adequate for capable citizenship under the U.S. Constution. Mr. Rebell is the author of Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts and Civic Participation and five other books and dozens of articles on law and education issues, including educational equity, education finance, civic education, rights of students with disability and the role of the courts in educational policy