Who We Are

Southsider is a collaborative project between Lehigh University and the greater South Side community, involving a number of people in both staff and volunteer positions. If you’re interested in joining the Southsider team or learning more about how to write for us drop us a line at [email protected].

Mary Foltz

Mary Foltz

Mary Catherine Foltz teaches in the English Department, American Studies program, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Lehigh University. She is a scholar of contemporary U.S. literature with a particular focus on fictional representations of environmental crises and LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction. As the current Co-Director of the South Side Initiative (SSI), Foltz continues SSI’s long-term commitment to fostering democratic discussion of civic life by creating spaces to engage with the strengths and struggles of our communities. Southsider emerged from her desire to create a site that would celebrate local arts events and artists who work to create a unique identity for the South Side.
Mary Foltz

Adam Heidebrink-Bruno

Adam is a current MA student in Lehigh University's Literature and Social Justice program. He studies contemporary American literature and cultural productions, researching their relationship to the political economy. He also teaches first-year writing at Lehigh. As an advocate for the public and digital humanities, Adam works with the rest of the Southsider staff to make conversations of art and culture accessible to the broader Bethlehem community.

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Sam Sorensen

Sam Sorensen

Sam is a proud southside resident and a current Ph.D. student in the English department at Lehigh University, where her research focuses on contemporary African American literature, Latinx studies, and poetics. She also teaches first-year writing at Lehigh. Transplanted to South Bethlehem from another Pennsylvanian steel city, Sam understands the import of public art and supports initiatives designed by the community for the community.
Sam Sorensen
Ava Bertone

Ava Bertone

Ava is a graduate student in Lehigh University's English Department. Originally from northern New Jersey, she is intrigued by Bethlehem's rich history and its cultural significance. Ava is the editor for both Literary Arts and Theater & Film.
Ava Bertone
Lauren Fosbenner

Lauren Fosbenner

Lauren is an undergraduate junior at Lehigh University in the IDEAS (Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts and Sciences) program, where she studies environmental engineering, psychology, and sociology. She works as the Visual Arts editor and is excited to explore South Bethlehem's lively artistic community alongside Southsider's readers.
Lauren Fosbenner

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    Eric MacDougall

    Eric MacDougall

    Eric MacDougall is an undergraduate junior at Lehigh majoring in English and Cognitive Science and minoring in Philosophy. Eric is an avid cinephile and has found great joy in reviewing films and calling it 'work.' Besides this he also does psychology research on linguistic relativism and edits fiction for Lehigh's literary journal Amaranth. Eric is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and will repeat this fact whenever somebody complains about snow in Bethlehem.
    Eric MacDougall

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    Jason Pollack

    Jason Pollack

    Jason is an undergraduate senior at Lehigh University, where he is majoring in English and minoring in Economics. In an effort to better connect with his community before he graduates, Jason joined the Southsider team this year and is particularly interested in reporting on the vibrant Theater community in and around Lehigh.
    Jason Pollack

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      Quinn Iuliano

      Quinn is a senior in the IBE (Integrated Business and Engineering) program, where he is concentrating in Economics. Additionally, he is pursuing a second degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Originally from the suburbs of Boston, MA, he is curious in exploring the music culture of Bethlehem's Southside and the impact it has on the surrounding community.

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      Tyler Scanlin

      Tyler Scanlin

      Tyler Scanlin is an undergraduate senior at Lehigh University, as an English major and a Health, Medicine, and Society minor. She finds importance in recognizing the beauty and complex history of Bethlehem’s Southside, though different from her Connecticut hometown. Tyler is a writer for the Visual Arts section.
      Tyler Scanlin

      Blanche Wang Wang

      Blanche is an undergraduate junior at Lehigh University majoring in English and minoring in Asian Studies. She is originally from China and has appreciated her cross-cultural experience. She is the writer for Literary Arts. She joined the Southsider because it gives her an opportunity to explore South Bethlehem's arts and cultural events. She believes arts and culture enrich people's life substantively.

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