Jeff Metcalf is the Director of Humanities in Focus/Life through the Lens and an award winning writer and teacher. Metcalf lives in Salt Lake City, Utah where he teaches literature and playwriting in the English Department and in the Honors College at the University of Utah. A recipient of the 2016 Taft-Nicholson Artist-in-Residence Award, 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award University of Utah, the 53rd Utah Arts Council Award for Creative non-fiction (Requiem for the Living, University of Utah Press), the 2008 Career Teaching Award from the University of Utah, the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education, a Fulbright Memorial Scholar Award, the National Council of English Teachers Award, the Lifetime Advocacy Award from Writers @ Work, grants from both the Utah Humanities Council and the Utah Arts Council and numerous other teaching awards. His most recent work, Hope, Heart and the Humanities, a collaboration with four other professors, will be released in November by the University of Utah Press.
Metcalf’s play, ‘A Slight Discomfort,’ about his own prostate cancer, has been continuously performed since its world premiere at the Salt Lake Acting Company in October of 2008. ‘A Slight Discomfort’ has been broadcast on National Public Radio, Radio West, and performed in Croatia, Spain, Italy, Turkey and in fifteen states. He is hard at work on a series of fly-fishing essays as well as a book on social justice in education. When he is not writing, Metcalf can be found fly-fishing the great trout waters of the West.
Rachel Carr is a hospice volunteer coordinator and freelance editor. After attending the University of Montana to study literature, she moved down to Salt Lake City, Utah, to pursue further education. Rachel assists Humanities in Focus with grant writing and other administrative duties.
Judy Young Fuwell – BS-2010 University of Utah – Judy has 28 years experience working students of all ages from special needs and elementary, to college level in Community Education. Going through the community education system herself she understands both sides of the community stories she works with in Humanities in Focus.
Judy has been with the HIF since its conception as a documentary filmmaker, producer, director and editor first as a student, then a mentor and now part of the faculty. Her expertise is working one on one with student groups with editing and post production needs to bring their projects to the completion.
Long time television and documentary producer/reporter Craig Wirth joined Jeff Metcalf to establish Humanities in Focus over a decade ago. The four-time Emmy Award winner teaches the technical side of documentary making in Humanities in Focus in addition to also teaching production and journalism in the Department of Communication. Wirth, Metcalf, and other HIF faculty members teach students not only how to work the equipment, but how to enhance their stories through learning lighting, video techniques, scripting and interview techniques.
Matthew Bergstrom has been with Humanities in Focus since 2009. After studying journalism at the University of Utah I began exploring documentary filmmaking as an intern for Craig Wirth. I came to HiF as a volunteer, not knowing what to expect. The experiences I’ve had and the stories I’ve helped to share have kept me coming back year after year. When I’m not working on films I enjoy spending time with my wife and two kids. We love being outdoors hiking, camping or working in our garden. I love good food, whether I’m making it at home or exploring Salt Lake’s burgeoning restaurant scene. I’m also a passionate consumer of coffee. In my quiet moments I can be found reading, writing and playing the guitar.