Irene Hasenberg Butter is a well-known peace activist, Holocaust survivor, and Professor Emerita of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Irene and Anne Frank lived in the same neighborhood in Amsterdam and had an encounter in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp shortly before Anne died. Irene is a frequent and inspirational speaker about her experience during World War II, stressing the importance of 'Never A Bystander' and that 'One Person Can Make A Difference.' Irene is a co-founder of Zeitouna, a group of Jewish and Arab women working for social justice, and she is a co-founder of the Raoul Wallenberg project at the University of Michigan, which honors the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews in Budapest, grants fellowships to students, and awards an annual peace medal to peace workers such as the Dalai Lama, Elie Wiesel, Desmond Tutu, and Bryan Stevenson. She received a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University and is author of Shores Beyond Shores from Holocaust to Hope, My True Story.
John D. Bidwell is consulting editor of Monique and the Mango Rains, the critically esteemed book authored by his wife Kris Holloway that chronicles their time in Peace Corps with the Malian midwife Monique Dembele. He is Executive Director of the United Way of Hampshire County, and a branding and marketing consultant, frequent presenter, and has lectured and taught at the University of Michigan, University of Massachusetts, Smith College, and Marlboro College. John has his BA from McGill University.
Kris Holloway is author of the critically acclaimed Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali, which has been called “a respectful, unsentimental portrait (and) a poignant and powerful book.” (Kirkus, Starred Review). She has delivered hundreds of presentations, and the book remains a favorite “common read” and is used in 150+ college and university courses. Kris is President of CISabroad, a leading education abroad organization responsible that has sent thousands of students to study and intern abroad worldwide. She holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan.