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Mike Adler, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Executive Director, SMU-inTaos

Topic: How SMU Ended Up in New Mexico


Mike Adler is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Executive Director of the SMU-inTaos program and Fort Burgwin campus at Southern Methodist University.  His academic training is in archaeology, and his primary research focus is the complex ancestries of Native American, particularly Puebloan, communities in the American Southwest. He has a strong interest in the current roles (and sometimes, failures) of archaeology in the creation of knowledge about the past.  He collaborates with Pueblo communities to investigate concepts of ancestry, cultural identity and how communities create that complicated concept called “the past.” He also works with traditional acequia irrigation cooperatives in Northern New Mexico to document their ancestral land and water use systems. He works with his students and colleagues to bring archaeology and knowledge of the past to the public, and considers experiential education as one of the most important legacies we can provide for future generations.  



Sabri Ates, Associate Professor, Department of History, SMU

Topic: After ISIS: How the Middle East Would Look in the Aftermath


Sabri Ates is an Associate Professor in the Clements Department of History, and teaches courses on various aspects of Islamic and Middle Eastern history and society. Ates’ research focuses on Ottoman-Iranian relations, Kurdish history, borderlands and the borderland peoples, and the history of sectarianism in the Middle East. His first book Tunalı Hilmi Bey: Osmanlıdan Cumhuriyet’e Bir Aydin, (Istanbul: Iletişim Yayınları, 2009), examines the Young Turk movement. His second book, Ottoman-Iranian Borderlands: Making a Boundary (Cambridge University Press, 2013) discusses the making of the boundaries that modern states of Iraq, Turkey and Iran share. At present he is working on his third book  Sheikh Abdulqadir Nehri (d. 1925) and the Pursuit of an Independent Kurdistan that will explore the absence of an independent or autonomous Kurdistan and will draw on sources in many different languages and from a wide range of humanities fields.The research and writing for this book is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Dan Boeckman, Book Collector

Topic: Stalking Contemporary Literary Greats: An Obsessive-Compulsive Confession with Tips


Dan Boeckman is a Dallas businessman and art and rare book collector who is involved in numerous civic activities. His life-long love of literature and books began at an early age with a visit to Shakespeare and Company in Paris and continued at Sewanee where he majored in English and Columbia University where he received an MFA in creative writing. His personal library contains over 3000 signed first editions. In the early 1990's, his passion for collecting books took an interesting turn when he, much to the chagrin of his wife and three daughter, began stalking authors in whom he was interested. It began when he realized, using business principles, that there was a classic market opportunity. While celebrities in film and the visual arts were under constant pressure from their fans, writers and poets were being ignored.


Krys Boyd, Host and Managing Editor, Think (KERA-FM)

Topic: How to Get the Most Out of Non-Fiction Books


Krys Boyd has been host and managing editor of KERA FM’s flagship midday talk show Think since 2006, and hosted the weekly television program of the same name from 2007 until 2011.

A graduate of TCU’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication, Krys began her career as a journalist along the U.S./Mexico border and returned to North Texas in 1999 to serve as News Director for, and later Senior Producer of Broadcast News at Yahoo. Krys joined KERA in 2001, hosting the nightly radio talk show Conversations. Later, she wrote and produced documentary and educational television programs, including the critically-acclaimed, nationally broadcast JFK: Breaking the News in 2003, and served as producer and co-host of the Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On The Record.

Think has been called the best radio talk show in Dallas numerous times by D Magazine and by the Dallas Observer and has earned honors as PRNDI’s best call-in program. Krys and her husband, Matt, live in Dallas and have four children.

Carolyn Brown, Photographer

Topic: The Painted Tombs of Swift, Fort Worth, Texas


Carolyn Brown has been photographing ancient architecture since 1980, when her talents were commissioned to illustrate the text, Upper Egypt, by Longman of England, and later for Aswan and Abu Simbel, by American University of Cairo Press. 


Recent book projects include the award winning, Caddo: Visions of a Southern Cypress Lake in collaboration with historian Thad Sitton, (Texas A&M Press), The Painted Tombs of Swift (Craighead Green Gallery), and Architecture Speaks: The Legacy of SCP Vosper, Texas A&M University 1928-1932 in collaboration with Nancy McCoy FAIA and David Woodcock FAIA, available in November 2017 (A&M Press).  She published four books on the city of Dallas including one with Annette Strauss and the latest published in 2015.


Through the years, she received travel grants to photograph in Iraq, Rwanda, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Lebanon and Syria.  With the assistance of the Mexican Government Tourist Bureau, she created a large body of work on Mexico, which along with collections from Guatemala and Southwest United States, became the Sacred Space, Man and the Divine exhibition, including over 200 murals, several over 30 feet in length and was a very large exhibition funded by the Institute for the Study of Man at Southern Methodist University in 2000.   In 2001 and 2002, she joined the American Foundation for the Study of man archaeological team at Ma'rib Bilquis, Marib, Yemen, to document the excavation at the legendary site of the Queen of Sheba. 


In 2015 she traveled as guest of the Turkish Government to Istanbul to document important historic sites.  This work became a part of the archival collection as well as on exhibit at the Edith O’Donnell Art History Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas and the Dallas Museum of Art under the leadership of founding Director Dr. Richard Brettell and Islamist Dr. Sabiha al Khemir. 


Carolyn produced preservation photography for various local clients including Fair Park, Main Street Buildings, White Rock Boat House, Caruth Homeplace, Charles Dilbeck architecture, Mark Lemmon Architecture (Crafting Traditions at the Meadows Museum 2005), Texas courthouses, Texas A&M University SCP Vosper buildings in College Station, and most recently, the Swift Meat Packing Buildings in North Fort Worth. 


Carolyn frequently provides presentations on her work including a recent lecture at the Edith O’Donnell Institute at the DMA. Her fine art photography is on view at Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas. 


Marc Christensen, Ph.D., P.E., Dean and Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Professor of Engineering Innovation, SMU

Topic: Innovation: Failing to Succeed


Marc P. Christensen is one of the nation’s key leaders in mapping photonic technology onto applications.  In 2007, DARPA identified him as a “rising star in microsystems research” for his development of an adaptive multi-resolution imaging architecture, and selected him to be one of the first of the 24 DARPA Young Faculty Award recipients. 


From 1991-1998 he was a staff member and technical leader in BDM’s Sensors and Photonics group (now part of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems).  His work ranged from developing optical signal processing and VCSEL-based optical interconnection architectures, to infrared sensor modeling, simulation, and analysis.  In 1997, he co-founded Applied Photonics:  a free-space optical interconnection module company.  His responsibilities included hardware demonstration for the DARPA MTO FAST-Net, VIVACE, and ACTIVE-EYES programs, each of which incorporated precision optics, micro-optoelectronic arrays, and micro-mechanical arrays into large system level demonstrations.


In 2002 he joined Southern Methodist University where he rose through the ranks and served as the Department Chair of Electrical Engineering.  In 2010, he was selected as the inaugural Bobby B. Lyle Professor of Engineering Innovation and is currently serving as Dean of the Lyle School of Engineering.  Dr. Christensen’s research has focused on solutions using light to transmit, process, and sense information (photonics). 


At SMU he has led a number of large multi-institutional collaborations focused on sensing and imaging at resolutions that previously defied quantification.  In computational imaging, his research group transitioned an adaptive multi-resolution digital imager with performance surpassing the detector limited resolution to defense partners.  In analog super-resolution his group demonstrated for the first time an active imaging system with performance surpassing the diffraction limit (6x) of the passive camera system in an uncalibrated uncontrolled 3-D macroscopic environment.  In biophotonic sensing, the team demonstrated an unprecedented sensitivity electric field sensor which was simultaneously orders of magnitude smaller than previous designs, thereby enabling a biophotonic sensor for nerve action potentials.  Today he leads a team of researchers from SMU, Harvard, Rice, and Northwestern to enable indirect imaging – developing cameras that see around corners and the backs of object.


In 2008, Dr. Christensen was recognized for outstanding research with the Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship.  In 2011, he was recognized for outstanding and innovative teaching as a recipient of the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award.


Dr. Christensen has co-authored over 100 journal and conference papers. He has two patents in the field of free space optical interconnections, two in the field of computational imaging, one pending in the field of integrated photonics, and two pending in the field of computational imaging. 


Dr. Christensen received a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Cornell University in 1993, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University in 1998, and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from George Mason University in 2001. 

Deborah Crombie, Author

Topic: Why Do We Read Crime Fiction?


New York Times bestselling author Deborah Crombie is a native Texan who writes crime novels set in the United Kingdom. Her Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series has received numerous awards, including Edgar, Macavity, and Agatha nominations, and is published in more than a dozen countries to international acclaim.

Crombie lives in North Texas with her husband, German shepherds, and cats, and divides her time between Texas and Great Britain. Her latest novel, Garden of Lamentations, is available from William Morrow.  She is currently working on her eighteenth Kincaid/James novel.



Michael Grauer, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Art and Western Heritage, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Topic: Rounded Up in Glory: Frank Reaugh, Texas Renaissance Man


Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Mr. Grauer holds the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a double major in painting and art history from the University of Kansas and the Master of Arts degree in art history from Southern Methodist University.  He worked at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Meadows Museum at SMU, and the Dallas Museum of Art, before becoming curator of art at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in 1987.  He is also an instructor in art history at West Texas A&M University.

He has curated numerous exhibitions on historic Texas, New Mexico, and Southwestern art and history at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and as guest-curator for other institutions.  He guest-curated  “A Symphony of Shade and Light: Frank Reaugh and His Students,” for the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas (2001); “Of This Vast State: Women Artists of Texas, 1900-1960” for The Women’s Museum at Dallas (2006); and Frank Reaugh exhibitions for Abilene, Beaumont, College Station, Dallas, Denton, Houston, San Angelo, Terrell, and Tyler. He has lectured nationally on historic Southwestern art with an emphasis on Texas and New Mexico, and represented Texas at a national symposium on Regionalism at New York University in 2000. He is a charter member of CASETA and the Taos Society of Artists Historians. He was University of Kansas Kress Foundation Department of Art History’s distinguished alumnus for 2012.

Mr. Grauer is the author of W. Herbert Dunton: A Retrospective, co-author of Frank Reaugh: Windows on the American West (2015); Madonnas of the Prairie: Depictions of Women in the American West (2014); Dictionary of Texas Artists, 1800-1945 (with his wife, Paula) Frank Paul Sauerwein: The Biography; and A Fine Sense of Poetry: The Life and Art of Joseph Amadeus Fleck. Mr. Grauer also wrote the essay on 20th-century Texas art for Twentieth-Century Texas: A Social and Cultural History, the essay on Texas patrons of Taos art for Taos Artists and Their Patrons, 1898-1950, wrote biographies on Dunton and W. R. Leigh for the Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Book and Magazine Illustrators to 1920, and an essay on Dunton for a forthcoming book on the Taos Society of Artists.  Mr. Grauer's articles have appeared in American Art Review, Southwest Art, Persimmon Hill, The Pastel Journal, Western Art & Architecture, and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Review


Currently, Mr. Grauer does a living history program focused on 1890s cowboys in the Panhandle-Plains region, with an emphasis on the T Anchor Ranch. He lectures on historic cowboys, the Red River War, and historic Texas and New Mexico art across the American West.  Mr. Grauer is also working on a W. Herbert Dunton catalogue raisonne, a history of the T Anchor Ranch, and biographies of Texas artists H. D. Bugbee and Ben Carlton Mead. His biography on Frank Reaugh, Rounded Up in Glory: Frank Reaugh, Texas Renaissance Man, has just been released by University of North Texas Press.


He has three children, Matthew (31), Hannah (24), and Sarah (20), and one grandchild, Otto Lee Grauer-Walls, soon to be two.


Craig Hill, Dean and Professor of New Testament, Perkins School of Theology, SMU

Topic: The Joy of Service


Craig C. Hill is Dean and Professor of New Testament at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology.

Dr. Hill came to Perkins in July, 2016, from Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, where he was Professor of Theological Pedagogy and the founding director of two degree programs. Prior to that, he was Professor of New Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary, where he also held a variety of administrative posts, including directing the Wesley Ministry Network project, which filmed some eighty scholars from eleven countries and produced educational DVDs used for adult instruction in nearly two dozen countries.

Dr. Hill is a native of Springfield, Illinois, and is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He served for a decade in various pastoral appointments, including the chaplaincy of Christ Church, John Wesley’s undergraduate Oxford college. He is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and the University of Oxford, where he completed his doctorate in New Testament History in 1989. Hill also served as a Fellow of Yale University and a Visiting Fellow of the University of Cambridge. His publications include Hellenists and Hebrews: Reappraising Division within the Earliest Church, In God’s Time: The Bible and the Future, the Romans portion of The Oxford Bible Commentary, and Servant of All: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus (autumn 2016). He is also the President of the Board of Directors of the Wesley Works Project, which was initiated more than thirty years ago by Albert Outler to publish the definitive, scholarly edition of John Wesley’s works.

Craig resides in Dallas with his wife, Robin, who is a Montessori school teacher. They have two grown children, Arthur and Victoria.

Alexis McCrossen, Professor of History, SMU

Topic: What is Time? Measuring, Marking and Understanding Time


Alexis McCrossen is Professor of History at Southern Methodist University, where she has been on the faculty since 1995, the year she received a doctoral degree in History of American Civilization from Harvard University. She is the author of HOLY DAY, HOLIDAY: THE AMERICAN SUNDAY (Cornell University Press, 2000) and of MARKING MODERN TIMES:  CLOCKS, WATCHES AND OTHER TIMEKEEPERS IN AMERICAN LIFE (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Professor McCrossen is now writing TIME’S TOUCHSTONE: THE NEW YEAR IN AMERICA, which the University of Texas Press will publish. She lives near SMU with her husband, teenaged daughter, and miniature poodle.


Pamela Nelson, Artist

Topic: How Visual Artists and Writers Influence Each Other


Pamela Nelson is an artist living in Dallas, working in painting, mixed media, and public art installations. Pamela has exhibited in over 100 national venues, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Austin Museum of Art, Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Beaumont Museum of Art, Texas, National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, and the National Arts Club in New York City.

Public artworks by Nelson include designing four Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail stations, designing 24 stained glass windows for a Richardson church, creating a terrazzo floor medallion at DFW Airport, and installing a color theory project at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

Pamela has been an instructor for Dallas County Community Colleges, the Arlington Museum of Art, the Gateway Gallery at the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Stewpot Open Art Program for the homeless in Dallas. She received her BFA in 1974 from Southern Methodist University.

Active in many community art organizations, Pamela has served on the boards of EASL, the Emergency Artists Support League that provides funds for economic or medical crises, and the MAC (the McKinney Avenue Contemporary), an alternative exhibition and performing arts space. She served for ten years as Vice Chair of the U. S. Commission of Fine Arts in Washington DC, a monthly review panel for public art and architecture in Washington; appointed by President G. W. Bush in 2001. She is currently serving on the Board of the College of Art and Design at UNT.

She was honored with the Legend Award in 2000 by the Dallas Contemporary, an alternative art venue in Dallas. Nelson’s work in included in U.S. Embassies in the Ivory Coast and Tajikistan,the Ukraine, at the El Paso Museum of Art, the corporate collections at MTV in New York, U. S. Trust in New York, and the Bush Presidential Center.

Gallery representation is Craighead Green Gallery. Dallas.

Beth Newman, Associate Professor, English Department, SMU

Topic: Loving and Loathing the Victorians: Nostalgia and Contempt for the Era of Dickens, The Brontës, and an Iconic Queen


Beth Newman has taught in the SMU English Department since 1986.  Her book Subjects on Display: Psychoanalysis, Social Expectation, and Victorian Femininity appeared in 2005, and she has published teaching editions of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.  More recently she has published articles on two radically different Victorian poets, the notorious bad-boy Algernon Charles Swinburne and the lesser-known, more decorous woman poet Alice Meynell.   She is now beginning to work on the representation—and participation—of Jews in Victorian literature.  At this writing, she has just returned from the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.


Darwin Payne, Professor of Communications Emeritus, SMU

Topic: Methodists and Mustangs


Darwin Payne, Professor of Communications Emeritus at SMU, is the author of the university’s newly published history, One Hundred Years on the Hilltop: The Centennial History of Southern Methodist University. He has written a number of histories concerning Dallas, notably Big D: Triumphs and Troubles of an American Supercity in the 20th Century, and he also is the author of biographies of individuals such as the federal judge Sarah T. Hughes, western writer Owen Wister, editor and historian Frederick Lewis Allen (author of Only Yesterday), and Erik Jonsson, former mayor of Dallas and a founder of Texas Instruments.

Payne taught journalism courses at SMU for thirty years before retiring in 2000. Earlier in his career he was a reporter for the Fort Worth Press, Dallas Times Herald, and KERA’s groundbreaking “Newsroom” television program.

He holds a master of arts degree from SMU (1968), and a bachelor of journalism and a PhD in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the former president of the Texas Institute of Letters.

His Owen Wister: Chronicler of the West, Gentleman of the East, won the Texas Institute of Letters award for the best scholarly book and the Literary Festival Award for best non-fiction book published by a Texas author. His Indomitable Sarah: The Life of Judge Sarah T. Hughes won the Texas State Historical Association’s Liz Carpenter Award for the best book on the history of women.

Payne was one of the researchers who helped create the Old Red Museum of Dallas. He has been an occasional speaker at the Sixth Floor Museum on the topic of the Kennedy assassination, which he helped cover as a reporter for the Dallas Times Herald, and at meetings of the Dallas Historical Society

Hervey Priddy, Collector

Presidential Campagin and Inaugural Memorabilia


In the wake of a career change in the 1980s, Hervey A. Priddy left a successful business career to enter the world of academia. While auditing a course at SMU on twentieth-century United States presidential politics, Priddy ventured into a small shop in New Orleans that specialized in 19th and 20th century political Americana. The buttons, ribbons, and pins he saw there brought to life the candidates, issues, and elections he had been studying. Several hours later, Priddy recalls, he walked out of the shop with a sack full of buttons and a brand new passion—collecting campaign memorabilia.


He has since earned his MA in American History from SMU (1999) and his PhD in American History from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013.  In 2004, he donated his collection of over 500 items to the DeGolyer Library, SMU. The wide range of political materials he collects includes posters, ephemera, numismatics, textiles, ceramics, novelties, toys, buttons, pins, and ribbons from the early nineteenth century to the present. Always the collector and with his very patient and lovely wife, Dianne, he is continues to find treasures for his personal collection and for the Hervey A. Priddy Collection of American Presidential and Political Memorabilia housed at the DeGolyer Library.



Brett Shipp, Investigative Reporter, WFAA

Topic: Turbulent Times in Dallas and Other Salacious Tales: A Reporter’s Perspective


Brett Shipp has worked as an investigative reporter at WFAA-TV since 1995.


His body of work includes his on-going series of stories into the failure of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, inhumane conditions in the Texas prison system and mounting evidence of aquifer contamination in the Barnett Shale. His investigations have resulted in his being awarded the most coveted prizes in broadcast journalism: the rare duPont Gold Baton from Columbia University, two duPont Silver Batons, and three Peabody Awards. In October he received the national Edward R. Murrow Award for quality journalism.


Brett was also the first local reporter on the scene in New York City following the 9-11 attacks.


Brett grew up in Highland Park and is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University.

Lauren Smart, Arts Writer and Educator

Topic: Teenagers to the Rescue? On the Future of Journalism and Libraries


Lauren Smart leads Storytellers Without Borders, a Dallas Public Library initiative, in collaboration with the Dallas Morning News, which transforms high school students into community journalists using 21st century library resources. She is an arts writer and educator based in Dallas. Her work as a writer and critic has appeared in Dallas Morning NewsPatron magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, CultureMap Dallas, Where Traveler, Cowboys & Indians,  American Theatre magazine, among others.  She recently worked as the arts and culture editor for the Dallas Observer. She is an adjunct journalism professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she teaches arts writing and criticism. She’s been a critic fellow at the Chautauqua Institution and the O’Neill Theater Center. She’s also published poetry in several literary journals. She holds a master’s in arts journalism from Syracuse University and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and English from Southern Methodist University.




Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor of English, SMU

Topic: American Campus Architecture: Is SMU Really Beautiful?


Willard Spiegelman just finished 45 years in the SMU English Department, from which he will retire this summer as the Hughes Professor emeritus. Between 1984 and 2016 he was the editor-in-chief of the Southwest Review. He taught courses in English and American poetry, about which he also writes. He continues to contribute to the Leisure & Arts pages of The Wall Street Journal and Opera News. He has won grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Amy Clampitt, Guggenheim, and Rockefeller Foundations. In 2005 he won the Nora Magid Prize from PEN for excellence in literary editing. In 2015, he received the Literati Award from the Friends of the SMU Libraries. His memoir, Senior Moments, was published in 2016, and his latest book, If You See Something, Say Something: A Writer Looks at Art (published by DeGolyer Library) was just released.

Jeremy Spracklen, Moving Image Curator for the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection, SMU

Topic: From Movie Premieres to Archives: The Evolution of Movie Exhibition


Jeremy Spracklen has been working with the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection since joining SMU in 2011. The films that he manages in the collection range from 35mm theatrical prints of classics like Disney’s Pinocchio, Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider and original Looney Tunes cartoons to raw footage from local news stations WFAA, KRLD, and KERA that were created during the 1960s and '70s. He is in the process of digitizing many of the rare and unseen materials to make them available for appreciation by a wider audience.


He also works in projection and technical roles for the USA, Telluride, Mountainfilm, Sedona and Traverse City Film Festivals. He earned BA degrees in both History and Philosophy at UT Arlington as well as an MA in History in 2015. In his free time, he is also in the process of writing a book and contributing to a documentary about Dallas movie exhibition with a focus on the General Cinema NorthPark I & II.

Matthew Wilson, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Faith and Learning, SMU

Topic: American Politics in the Age of Trump


Matthew Wilson received his B.A. in history and political science from Louisiana State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Duke University.  He is currently Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of SMU’s Center for Faith and Learning.  His research focuses on public opinion, elections, representation, and the role of race and religion in politics, both in the United States and abroad.  He is the author, co-author, or editor of three books and several dozen articles and essays, including Understanding American Politics and Politics and Religion in the United States.  His teaching has been honored with awards from the Center for Teaching Excellence, the SMU Department of Residence Life, and the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.  He routinely serves as a commentator on political affairs for local, national, and international media outlets.


Hannah Wise, Engagement Editor, Dallas Morning News

Topic: How Social Media Is Changing the News


Hannah Wise is the Engagement Editor at the Dallas Morning News. She oversees the newsroom strategy on social media platforms and seeks ways to cultivate conversation around the News' journalism. Previously she has worked as a Breaking News Reporter covering politics and a UI Designer for GuideLive, the News' entertainment vertical. Wise is the Online News Association Dallas-Fort Worth chapter co-founder and president. She is the stitching maven behind the viral Instagram account @sewmanycomments where she doesn't read the comments, but sews them. She is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Kansas where she studied journalism and Germanic languages and literature humanities.