James Damico is Chair and Associate Professor of the Literacy, Culture, and Language Education Department at Indiana University. He is a former elementary and middle school teacher in New Jersey where he grew up. He received his PhD in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from Michigan StateUniversity, and his scholarship and teaching center on critical literacies and inquiry-based approaches for working with digital media and complex topics, such as climate change. He is the author of many journal articles and book chapters and is co-author of the book, Social Studies as New Literacies: Relational Cosmopolitanism in the Classroom. James is currently working on a book and documentary film project that centers on memory and justice work in Argentina during the 40th anniversary commemorative events (1976-2016).  James is also the Director of the INSPIRE Living Learning Center (inspire.indiana.edu) and is Co-Director of the Harmony-Meier Institute for Democracy and Equity in Education. He also writes poetry and music, including songs on the album American Lullaby by his band Amigo Fields (http://www.amigofields.com/).