Project Partners

The Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University is a collaborating organization focused on the development, with LETV, of educational materials for the classroom built around videos by local filmmakers from all regions of the world about their own cultures.


The PBS World Channel is a national sister channel to the main PBS channel, and is currently available to over 60% of American households.  PBS World will broadcast LETV's new English-language versions of four award-winning Chinese documentaries in the coming months.



Founder, President/CEO

Martha Foster is an anthropologist and film curator who has worked in all aspects of documentary film production and distribution.  She is the founder and President/CEO of Living Earth Television (LETV), a nonprofit organization based in the USA dedicated to intercultural education through documentary film and television.  LETV is currently working with PBS World to adapt Chinese documentaries for national broadcast, with PBS station WTIU as co-producer. 

Martha has traveled extensively in China since 1999, working with documentary production staffs at major television stations around the country and lecturing at many universities, as well participating in festivals and screening American documentaries for live audiences in several cities.  In 2010, she led the American Documentary Showcase’s first delegation to China, as a documentary expert for the US Department of State, and secured Fulbright funding for LETV from the American Embassy in Beijing to continue its work on documentary exchange with China.

As a staff producer for WTTW Public Television in Chicago, Martha won five Emmy awards and an additional fifteen nominations for her work on the documentary series Chicago Stories.  She is a Senior Consultant to the Western Branch of the Documentary Television Academic Committee of the China Television Artists Association.  She has programmed intercultural documentary series for the Smithsonian Institution and the Field Museum of Chicago, as well as for numerous film festivals, and founded and directed the Windy City International Documentary Festival in Chicago.  


Dr. Nancy Jervis

Director of China Programming

Nancy is a leader in the field of cross-cultural education, with extensive professional contacts and experience in China and the U.S.. Experience includes senior management positions in the U.S., with twenty years of progressive responsibility in education, event management, program development, and grantwriting at the China Institute of New York, a medium sized, not-for-profit, cultural institution, and several years of teaching and administrative experience in Chinese and U.S. universities.


Board of Directors

Earon S. Davis-Board Chair

 Part of the Living Earth Television vision since 2003, Earon has traveled the U.S. and China on behalf of the organization.   He has been instrumental in developing the vision and structure of LETV and is passionate about the organization’s mission.  Davis says "It is a thrill to be associated with LETV’s inspirational and talented group of non-profit and broadcast professionals."

In addition to degrees in Law, Public Health, and Sociology, Earon was named as a consultant to the Western Branch of the Documentary Films Academic Committee of the China TV Artists Association.   With his experience as an advocate, attorney, journalist, healthcare practitioner, media advisor, professor and publisher, Davis brings a truly rich perspective to LETV and its board.   He has received awards for his work on environmental health and the rights of people with disabilities and has numerous publications to his credit.

Barry Benson

Board Member

Barry Benson, board member, is Vice President for Development and Communications for ProLiteracy Worldwide, a leading international adult literacy organization based in Syracuse, NY.  His past positions have included as Executive Director of Literacy Chicago, where he directed a staff of 15 and volunteer corp of several hundred, and was responsible for development, programming, financial, HR, communications and marketing facets.  He led a successful turnaround of Literacy Chicago, growing grant revenue by over 500% in 18 months. 

 Prior to his work in adult literacy, Benson served as Director of Corporate Relations for Columbia College Chicago, and as Corporate Foundations Officer for St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY.  He also established, owned and directed a group of art galleries in St. Augustine, FL. 

 A gifted communicator and artist himself, Benson received his BA in World Politics and International Economics from the University of Michigan, and his MA in Psychology from Norwich University/Vermont College.  He has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including The Incurable Theater Company, Chicago, the Center for Asian Arts and Media, Chicago, and Story Week Festival of Writers, Chicago. 





                                                                             Xiaozhuo Lyu

                                                                            MARTIN O'NEILL

                                                                  SHARON AND DAN WISEMAN

                                                                             SARA LAUGHLIN

                                                                         ALAN BACKLER, PHD

                                                                                    JANE HU

                                                                            Yuanhan Wang


Honorary Board

Charles Benton

Chairman, CEO and Trustee,

Benton Foundation



Arun Gandi


MK Gandhi Institute for



Adlai Stevenson III

Former US Senator from




Jerome McDonnell

Host of Worldview

WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Betsy McLane, PhD


American Documentary



M.A. Partha Sarathy

UN Environmental


Global 500 Award


He Suliu


Communication University

of China


Nancy Roof

Editor and Publisher

Kosmos Journal


Earon S. Davis

Senior Advisor and Board




Ren Yuan


Founding Member, LETV



Rick Ulfik

Executive Director

We the World



Brother Wayne Teasdale


Founding Member




US China Educational Foundation

The Henry Luce Foundation

The Benton Foundation

The Rotary Club of Wilmette, Illinois

American Embassy, Beijing

Pauline Ministries Fund

Unity Northwest Church


Earth Circle Donors


Carole Stephenson

Nancy Foster 

Mary Zadrozny

Neighbors Circle Donors


Elaine Wood

JoAnn Ballard

Earon Davis

Peace Circle Donors


Richard Basofin

Barry Benson

Terry Edlin

Susan and Andrew Langan

Chris Ruggles

 Additional Donors

Christine Esposito

Linda Gerber

Ellen Katz

Karen Killinger

Jim Kline

Susan and Andrew Langan

Pat Lofthouse

Lance Lindquist

Kate Jia Ma

Brian Royer

Barbara and Don Kemp

Barbara Kurtz

Richard Rudy

John Yaworsky


      Volunteers and Interns


Xiaozhuo Lyu, Manager of the Chinese Business Partnerships

Yuanhan Wang, Assistant Manager, Website & Visual Designer, Volunteer Coordinator

Min Qi, Development and Marketing

Allen Zhu, Video Editing and Production Assistance