Christine Ristaino is a college Professor of Italian Studies at Emory University, as well as an Atlanta author whose memoir, All the Silent Spaces, has earned numerous book awards in the categories of Inspirational Memoir, Social Change, and Women’s Issues. Her book confronts the topics of discrimination and overcoming violence. In addition, Ristaino has published articles in the Guardian, Pacific Standard, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on child advocacy, coping with violence, and diversity. Ristaino speaks and leads workshops on fostering social change, challenging and changing the paradigms around sexual assault, leadership through self-knowledge, women’s issues, and social justice. Ristaino is also an award-winning advisor and teacher.