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Cross Cultural Symposium

Cross-Cultural Symposium

Beyond Our Borders

A day dedicated to the discussion of immigration, cross-cultural interactions and their influence on global cultures, followed by a social gathering with light refreshments and reggae music.

Date: March 22
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Scanlon Banquet Hall

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Meet Our Speakers


Cross-Cultural Symposium Program

9:00 a.m. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

Dr. Jennifer Hanselman
Dean, College of Mathematics and Sciences

Dr. Juline Mills
Dean, College of Education, Health, and Human Services

Dr. Emily Todd
Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

9:20 a.m. OPENING KEYNOTE

“Fronteras: The Arbitrary Lines that Define the Borders of Our Conversation”
Macarena Hernández
Journalist covering immigration and education in international
border regions across the Americas
Introduced by Audrey Therriault ‘20

10:25 a.m. QUESTIONS OF CITIZENSHIP: THEN AND NOW

Greetings from Dr. Christina Swaidan
Dean of Undergraduate Studies

“’Borders and Bifurcation - you’re an equal citizen or an alien, there is no middle ground’: Questions on American Citizenship, 1790-1882”
Dr. Nicholas J. Aieta
Professor of History, Westfield State University
Introduced by Jackie Caffarelli ’20

“Public Policies that Shape Health Outcomes in Mixed-Immigration Status Families”
Dr. Airín D. Martínez
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management,
University of Massachusetts
Introduced by Kristin Brouillette ’20

“Citizenship and Belonging in Turkey”
Melike Sayoglu
Ph.D. candidate, Clark University
Introduced by Nathan Vega ’20

11:30 a.m. EDUCATION AND SOCIAL ACTIVISM

Greetings from Ashiah B. Richeme-Alcide
Director of Diversity & Inclusion

“Deconstructing Invisible Borders and Subconscious
Abjection in the Middle School Classroom”
Julianna Campbell
English and Secondary Education student, Westfield State University
Introduced by Abigail Taylor ’20

“Faith, Love, and Immigration”
Rev. Vicki Kemper
Pastor, First Church Amherst
Introduced by Jailene Stapleton ’21

12:35 p.m. LITERATURE, MUSIC, AND CULTURE

Greetings from Nicholas Cream
Residence Director, Courtney Hall

Nelly A. Rosario
Visiting Artist in Residence in Latina and
Latino Studies, Williams College
Introduced by Ashley Gilligan ’20

“‘Christopher Columbus is a Damn Blasted Liar’:
Rewriting Narratives of Conquest In Jamaican
Popular Music”

Dr. Carolyn Cooper
Literary critic, cultural analyst, reggae scholar, author
Introduced by Benjamin Grainger ’21

1:45 p.m. PERFORMANCES AND LUNCH

Reggae and World Music
WSU Music Department

Luncheon

Closing remarks from Brianna Wright ’20
Event Chair

Music by DJ EC and Dr. Zahra Caldwell

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