Carl Crum - Producer, Brazos Film & Video / One Square Mile: Texas

Carl grew up in Austin, Texas and witnessed the rise of the independent film scene first-hand. His thesis film East of West which aired on PBS, documented the rural culture of East Texas, including cock-fighters and a self-taught taxidermist. In 2000, Carl co-founded the production company Brazos Film & Video with his wife Elisabeth. In addition to his documentary work, Carl also leads DOCshops documentary filmmaking workshops across the country. He is currently producing the ITVS/PBS series Women And Girls Lead which highlights stories of empowered and empowering women across the US. Carl’s documentary work has been nominated for nine Emmy awards and has won three.

I remember identifying myself as a Texan when I was eight years old. My father decided I was old enough to climb Guadalupe Peak, and as we drove across Texas I recall realizing how large the state was. In the years that followed, I would see Texas through overnight trips and vacations. I remember meeting Watt Matthews during a trip through Lambshead near Albany and watching in wonder as the gristmill turned at the Landmark Inn in Castroville. I remember watching the Texas Relays in Austin and sleeping on a canvas tarp under the stars in the Big Bend. My perspective of Texas has been honed over numerous trips and excursions as a child and adult, spectator and documentarian. The stories that I am capturing with OSMTX are not a tourist’s perspective, but first person accounts of what it means to be Texan. OSMTX allows individuals to be the ambassador of our collective Texas culture.


Elisabeth Crum - Producer, Brazos Film & Video / One Square Mile: Texas

Elisabeth was born in rural East Texas. Her mother was a photographer who documented the rural south during the 1970s and early 80s.  Elisabeth and her three brothers often tagged along and she recalls being surrounded by all types of people from a very young age. Initially, beginning her college career as a photography major, Elisabeth entered the cinema program - which provided a way for her to explore the world utilizing her skills as a photographer while putting a voice to her work.

Growing up in an East Texas town of 400 people, I often felt I had little or no connection to the world beyond my immediate community.  As an adult, I understand that the lack of connection is detrimental to who we are as people and manifests itself in many different ways. 

I believe intellectual growth is stimulated by new ideas from many sources. The more sources and perspective students and people are exposed to, the more empathetic and compassionate they, their communities, Texas and the world will be.  My goal is to create content that elevates the humanity of all people to realize that life is not happening to them, but that they are active participants and we are all in this together. I believe that in order to cultivate meaningful relationships, we have to be able to share our own experiences and perspectives and understand that while not everyone is just like us, that does not mean any perspective is less valid or heartfelt.


F. E. Abernethy - Executive Secretary - Editor Emeritus of the Texas Folklore Society 

Abernethy was executive secretary-editor of the Texas Folklore Society from 1971-2004. He has published numerous books including poetry, short stories and a history of the Texas Folklore Society in three volumes. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and Regents Professor Emeritus of English at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Abernethy holds degrees, including a doctorate in Renaissance Literature, from SFA and Louisiana State University. A World War II veteran, Abernethy explored the caves of Mexico and the Yucatan for more than 20 years and at one time held the Western Hemisphere record for the deepest descent into a cave – rappelling 360 feet into the Sierra Madre Oriental in Mexico.

Abernethy plays bass fiddle with the East Texas String Ensemble, a group that represented the U.S. State Department on tours of Central America and performed at the inaugural Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio in 1971. He was instrumental in the creation of the LaNana Creek Trail, which stretches from downtown Nacogdoches to East Austin Street.


Dr. T. Lindsey Baker - Author, Professor -Tarleton State, W.K. Gordon Endowed Chair of SW History

Baker holds the W. K. Gordon Endowed Chair in Texas History at Tarleton State University. He has written numerous books on Texas and Southwestern history, including Adobe Walls and The Birth of a Texas Ghost Town.

Baker received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history at Texas Tech University. He conducted extensive work in both the history of technology and social and cultural history, and published several books in those areas. Baker also served as a curator at museums in Canyon, Fort Worth and Waco, Texas. Thomas Lindsay is also the editor of the Windmillers’ Gazette, a publication devoted to the history and collecting of windmills.


Rose Bradshaw - Community Affairs & Fundraising - Bradshaw Consulting

Based in Fort Worth, Rose Bradshaw works as a freelance consultant - conducting research and writing grant proposals for nonprofit organizations. She was the Director of Development for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago, leading a $30 million capital campaign.

Bradshaw was also the Chief Operating Officer for the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and administered the Foundation's $17M+ grant portfolio. She also managed grant making activities in strategic markets, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore, Boston and Canada.

Bradshaw is a graduate of Mundelein College, Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts (BA), History/English.


Paul Carlson - Professor Emeritus at Texas Tech University

Paul Carlson is an historian of Texas, the American West, and Native Americans. He is a professor emeritus at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Carlson received his Ph.D. in 1973 from Texas Tech, taught at Texas Lutheran College in Seguin in Guadalupe County, and returned to Tech in the early 1980s as a professor of history. He retired from the university in 2009. He has also been active throughout his career as a fellow of both the West Texas Historical Association, based at Texas Tech, and the Texas State Historical Association, headquartered at the University of North Texas in Denton. Carlson concentrates on ranching, frontier life, the military, and Indian affairs.He has published 18 books and more than 200 articles, essays, and book reviews.


Jeff Ferrell - Author, Texas Christian University Professor of Sociology

Jeff Ferrell is professor in the department of sociology, criminal justice, and anthropology at Texas Christian University and Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Urban Anarchy. and the editor of NYU's Alternative Criminology Series.

In December of 2001 Jeff Ferrell quit his job as tenured professor, moved back to his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, and, with a place to live but no real income, began an eight-month odyssey of essentially living off of the street. His book Empire of Scrounge tells the story of this unusual journey into the often illicit worlds of scrounging, recycling, and second-hand living. Existing as a dumpster diver and trash picker, Ferrell adopted a way of life that was both field research and free-form survival.


Glenn Frankel - Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Director of the UT Austin School of Journalism

Glenn Frankel is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and former editor of the Washington Post Sunday magazine. He is also the acclaimed author of two books, "Beyond the Promised Land: Jews and Arabs on the Hard Road to a New Israel" and "Rivonia's Children: Three Families and the Cost of Conscience in White South Africa". He currently serves as the director of the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin.

Frankel graduated from Columbia University and began working as a reporter in 1973 for the Richmond Mercury (Virginia). After working for two years with the Mercury, Frankel joined "The Record", a newspaper servicing Bergen County in New Jersey, in 1975. Frankel left "The Record" to join The Washington Post in 1979; he remained with the Post for the next 27 years, covering international and national news in a variety of capacities. Frankel was awarded the prestigious Knight Fellowship at Stanford in 1983. Between 1983 and 1986, Frankel worked as the Southern Africa bureau chief. From 1986 to 1989, Frankel served as the bureau chief in Jerusalem, a stint that brought him the prestigious Pulitzer award. From 1989 to 1992, he worked as the London Bureau chief. After 1992, Frankel returned to the US to work in the Washington Post newsroom.


Meera George - Attorney

Meera was born in New Jersey but had the good fortune to live all over Texas.  She grew up in San Antonio and graduated from Texas A&M in College Station.  

Meera received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin where she was an editor for the Texas Review of Law and Politics, a legislative intern for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, and co-founder of Blackacre, the law school literary journal.  As a post-graduate fellow for the Houston Center for Quality Care and Utilization Studies, she researched Texas’s aging population and her article “Behind the Curtain of Disability” was published in the Journal of Geriatrics and Aging.  

Most recently, Meera worked as an attorney in Dallas and Fort Worth for Legal Hospice of Texas, representing low income Texans living with terminal illnesses and HIV.


Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva - Historian, Writer, Professor of History at the University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva is a Chicana historian and writer who was born and raised on the border. She is an associate professor of history and Chair of the Department of History at The University of Texas at El Paso. She has spent her life listening to and now documenting the lives of people who live on la frontera.

She has published numerous articles on Mexican American history with a special emphasis on women, children, and the Texas-Mexico border. She is the public historian at UTEP and has worked with museums as a consultant. She is also a published poet who has led community writing workshops. Professor Leyva specializes in border history, public history, and Chicana history. She has directed various public history projects focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border over the past decade.In the past, she has directed an oral history project with the Socorro community and a “museum for a day” project involving UTEP graduate students and high school students as well as the creation of a website, “Border Public History.”


Bill O’Neal - Texas State Historian (2012 - 2014), Author

O'Neal is an award-winning nonfiction author and a history instructor at Panola College. He is a member of the Texas State Historical Association, West Texas Historical Association, Society for American Baseball Research, Western Writers of America, and Wild West History Association Advisory Board, and a fellow and past president of the East Texas Historical Association. He is also a board member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, volunteer Sunday school director for Central Baptist Church, and past board president of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System. O'Neal received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in history from East Texas State University and attended post graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bill O'Neal is a native Texan whose grandmother came to Texas in a covered wagon in 1881, and whose great-grandfather drove cattle up the Chisholm Trail in the 1870s. He is a member of the Western Writers of America.Bill enjoys sharing his favorite subjects with various audiences, speaking frequently to historical groups. Gov. Rick Perry named Bill O'Neal as Texas State Historian for a term to expire Aug. 22, 2014.


Estrus Tucker - Professional Facilitator, President & CEO at Liberation Community, Inc.

Estrus is an independent consultant and keynote speaker specializing in small and large group facilitation, designing and leading conversations and retreats across the country in support of personal, professional and community renewal, transformation, healing and reconciliation. He is President of Liberation Community, Inc. and is Past Pres./Moderator of the Minority Leaders & Citizens Council.

Estrus Tucker was named the 2012 recipient of the Individual Achievement Award from the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies.  Estrus was the long time Chair of Fort Worth's Human Relations Commission. Through that leadership position he became involved in the International Association where he shared his many gifts through their common efforts.


Ruth Ann Rugg - Executive Director, Texas Association of Museums

An established museum professional with over three decades of leadership experience, Ruth Ann Rugg is well-versed in museum challenges. A native Texan, Rugg received her education at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. She began her museum career in 1980 at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, where she worked in public affairs. Rugg continued her experience in communications at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, from 1991 until 1999. In 2000, she became Director of Interpretation at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas. Later she served as Acting Director for 15 months, 2004-2005. 

A long-time member and active participant in TAM, Rugg assumed her duties as executive director in April 2008. Under her leadership, TAM has grown its workshop program and its commitment to field service.


W.K. “Kip” Stratton - President of the Texas Institute of Letters, Author

William Kip Stratton was born in Guthrie, Oklahoma, a descendant on his mother's side from settlers who participated in the Great Land Run of 1889. His first book, Backyard Brawl, appeared in 2002. Chasing the Rodeo followed in 2005, as did a book he edited with his longtime friend Jan Reid, Splendor in the Short Grass. That year he was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. In middle age, Stratton became deeply involved in training as a boxer. This brought him into contact with prizefighters, promoters, and managers. One person he befriended was two-time female boxing champion Anissa Zamarron. In 2009, he published his book about her rise from a troubled adolescence to prominence in women's boxing, Boxing Shadows. 

In 2011, his book of poetry, Dreaming Sam Peckinpah, was published to acclaim. That same year, he was a speaker at the prestigious Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. Floyd Patterson: The Fighting Life of Boxing's Invisible Champion was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2012. Also in 2012, Stratton was elected President of the Texas Institute of Letters.


Wayne Nichols - Content Curriculum Specialist - Ft. Worth ISD, VP Ft. Worth Area Council of Social Studies

Currently, Mr. Nichols serves as social studies content specialist at Fort Worth Independent School District. For the last three years, Mr. Nichols has served as vice president for the Fort Worth Area Council for Social Studies.  He is also a part-time filmmaker and screenwriter, and is Vice President of the Dallas Screenwriters Association. He is also the co-founder and Creative Director of Pecha Kucha Fort Worth, an idea sharing organization which began in Tokyo in 2003 and is now in 600 cities around the world.

Wayne also won the "Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities" award for 2012 from Humanities Texas.

Mr. Nichols, along with his colleague Joe Niedziela, developed the Social Studies Teacher Playbook, a publication for social studies teachers that combines best practices and teaching strategies. Mr. Nichols has presented the Playbook at local and statewide teacher trainings, and it is currently used in classrooms across the state.

"I am proud of the fact that I have been able to impact so many other teachers with a useful tool...the Playbook has enabled me to reach many students other than my own and help them learn and achieve in meaningful ways," said Mr. Nichols.


Joseph Niedziela - Curriculum Specialist - Ft. Worth ISD, President Ft. Worth Area Council of Social Studies

Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Joe has lived and served the city of Fort Worth for much of the last 15 years.  During that time he earned a Bachelor’s degree at Texas Christian University, Master’s degree at the University of Texas at Arlington, and served eight years in the United States Marine Corps.  Currently, Joe works as a social studies content specialist for the Fort Worth ISD and teaches Government and Economics at the district’s night program - Success High School. 

Joe is invested in the future possibilities of his city both as a community member and public educator.  In this spirit, he currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Samaritan House, Inc., a local non-profit dedicated to providing housing and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs,  and is the sitting President of the Fort Worth Area Council for the Social Studies (FWACSS).  He‘s co-created the “Social Studies Teachers Playbook” and authors the blog FWACSS:  Uniting Educators and Their City.  Joe is also passionate about learning and exploring processes that lead to the exchange of ideas. Together with his wife Alesha and colleague Wayne Nichols, Joe helps bring together hundreds of people from the Fort Worth Area several times a year to participate in an international idea sharing format called PechaKucha.