Marion (Mame) Jackson, PhD, University of Michigan, is professor emerita of Art History and professor of community engagement in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College where she directs ArtsCorpsDetroit and teaches service learning courses on art and community engagement. She was on the faculty at the University of Michigan and at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, before coming to Wayne State in 1995 as chair of the Department of Art and Art History. Her primary research interests are Native North American art and the arts of the African Diaspora. She has undertaken extensive fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic and in northeast Brazil. Jackson has curated international touring exhibitions of contemporary Canadian Inuit art for the National Art Gallery of Canada the Canadian Museum of Civilization and is co-founder of Con/Vida – Popular Arts of the Americas (http://www.convida.org
), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding for the diverse cultures of the Americas through the arts. Dr. Jackson’s work has been supported by the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities; U.S. National Endowment for the Arts; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Secretariat for Culture and Tourism, Bahia, Brazil; and other agencies, and she held a Fulbright fellowship in Bahia, Brazil, in 2000-01.