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Mark Freeman, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Arthur Garrity, Sr., Professor in Human Nature, Ethics, and Society at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Freeman’s teaching and research interests include history and philosophy of psychology, the psychology of the self, narrative psychology, and the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of narrative, particularly in the context of autobiography. His first book, Rewriting the Self: History, Memory, Narrative (Routledge, 1993) received the Alpha Sigma Nu National Book Award in 1994. A second book, Finding the Muse: A Sociopsychological Inquiry into the Conditions of Artistic Creativity (Cambridge, 1993) was designated an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice magazine in 1995. Dr Freeman has also written numerous articles and reviews for a wide variety of scholarly books and journals. He is currently at work on two book projects: one titled The Priority of the Other and a second, yet to be titled, which furthers his exploration of autobiographical narrative, focussing on the relationship between life and literature. His address at Narrative Matters 2004 is entitled "Life and Literature: Continuities and Discontinuities. "

Sharon Butala is one of five daughters born to an Anglican Irish-Scots, English-speaking mother and French Canadian Catholic, French-speaking father. For the past 27 years, she has lived on a remote ranch near the Montana-Saskatchewan border. Here, using the shortgrass prairie as her setting, and the lives of the agricultural people among whom she lives as her subject, she became a writer. Her 1994 non-fiction book, The Perfection of the Morning, reached #1 on the Canadian bestseller list, where it stayed for over a year. She has published six novels, three short story collections, two works with photographers, and three works of non-fiction, as well as writing for magazines and newspapers. Shortlisted twice for the Governor General’s Award and for the Commonwealth Award, she was made an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2002. In 1996, she and her (second) husband turned their ranch over to The Nature Conservancy of Canada to become The Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area. She has one son and two grandchildren. Her latest book is Real Life (HarperCollins, 2002). Besides a keen interest in memoir, she continues to pursue, in both fiction and non-fiction, the question: What is Nature? Her address at Narrative Matters 2004 is entitled “The Memoirist’s Dilemma: Turning Life into Narrative”.

Tone Kvernbekk, PhD, is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her research focuses on epistemology and the philosophy of science applied to various problems in educational theorizing, e.g. the nature of educational theories, their applications to practice, insider epistemology, and experiential learning. Her doctoral thesis from 1994 won His Majesty the King's Gold Medal. In recent years her research interests have shifted toward narratives, mainly focusing on the possibilities and limitations of narratives and narrative research as employed in educational research. Topics include the role of hindsight in narrative configuration, the believability of narratives, and the importance attached to narrative form. The title of Dr. Kvernbekk’s address is “Narratives and Reality: What do Narratives Tell us about the World?”