Colleen Thurston is a media producer and film programmer from Tulsa, Oklahoma and holds a position as Assistant Professor of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Arkansas. She earned a B.A. from the University of Arizona in Media Arts and Anthropology, and completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Documentary Filmmaking at Montana State University. Specializing in non-fiction production, she has worked for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Channel. She also produced short documentaries for four seasons of the Cherokee Nation’s series Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People, earning two Emmy awards for her work as a producer and writer for the show. Colleen is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a seventh generation Oklahoman.