Robert is co-founder and co-chair of the University Film and Video Association’s Documentary Working Group, and served for years as chair of the UFVA’s Carole Fielding Grants Committee. He is currently a Trustee for the University Film and Video Foundation. A Fulbright scholar, he taught documentary filmmaking workshops in Rwanda, and served as an expert for the State Department’s Bureau of Educational Affairs’ program, American Documetary Showcase. He contributed three biographies to the African-American National Biography and has lectured at Harvard University, Rutgers University IEEE History Center, The Smithsonian Institute, and the Royal Society of Chemistry in England. He recently received a grant from the Wyncote Foundation for a collaborative documentary project on sexual assault on university campuses.
Diane co-authored Appetites and Anxieties: Food, Film and the Politics of Representation (Wayne State U Press, 2014). She has contributed to and co-edited several anthologies, including Sayles Talk: New Perspectives on Independent Filmmaker John Sayles (Wayne State U Press, 2006); More Than a Method: Trends and Traditions in Contemporary Film Performance (Wayne State U Press, 2004); and John Sayles: Interviews (U Press of Mississippi, 1999).
She has enjoyed Fulbright Field Study awards to China, South Korea and Japan in addition to being a visiting lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, England. She was the assistant director/co-writer on the documentary "Remembering Bonnie and Clyde," Turquoise Productions,1995, and she contributes weekly film reviews to St. Louis community radio KDHX (88.1 FM). Diane served as a film expert for the American Documentary Showcase, sponsored by UFVA and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.