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Cross-Cultural Symposium Speakers

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Nicholas Aieta
Nicholas J. Aieta, Ph.D. History Professor, Westfield State University

Professor Aieta has pursued his interests in Native American history, American West, American Colonial History, Revolutionary America, The Early Republic, Jacksonian America, American Popular Culture, American Religious History, and the Pedagogy of History instruction.


Julianna Campbell
Ms. Julianna Campbell

Julianna Campbell is a junior at Westfield State University, where she is studying English Secondary Education. She has written a paper with Professor Christine von Renesse on the intersection between art, math and English that is awaiting publication in the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts. She is currently working on a book of poetry for her Senior Honors Project.


Carolyn Cooper

Carolyn Cooper

Carolyn Cooper, Professor Emerita, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica is a leading literary critic and cultural analyst. She is the author of two influential books - Noises in the Blood: Orality, Gender and the 'Vulgar' Body of Jamaican Popular Culture (1993) and Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture At Large (2004).  She is the editor of the award-winning reader, Global Reggae (2008). Cooper initiated the establishment of the Reggae Studies Unit at the University of the West Indies, Mona and directed this far-reaching enterprise for more than a decade. 


Macarena Hernandez
Macarena Hernández

Macarena Hernández is a multimedia journalist and educator. A former editorial columnist at The Dallas Morning News and the Rio Grande Valley Bureau Chief for The San Antonio Express-News, she’s currently The Fred Hartman Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Her work has been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, PBS and other media outlets. She’s covered issues such as immigration and education extensively and continues to research and study international border regions across the Americas.


Vicki Kemper
Pastor Vicki Kemper

Pastor Vicki Kemper from First Church Amherst, plans and leads moving worship services preaching powerful sermons that encourage us to make connections between the life of Jesus, the gifts and challenges of our own lives, and what’s happening now in the world. Pastor Kemper welcomes the homeless and the hungry into the hospitality of her church and leads Bible study and book groups; and otherwise ministers to the young and old, the sick and the hurting; the unchurched, the doubters, and the so-called pillars of the church.


Airin Martinez
Professor Airín Martinez

Airín D. Martínez is a medical sociologist whose research examines the sociopolitical and institutional arrangements that produce chronic disease disparities among Latinx immigrants and their US-born children. Dr. Martinez’s current research examines how the local implementation of immigration enforcement policies creates material deprivation and psychosocial stress among Latinx mixed-status families, with at least one unauthorized immigrant. She hopes that her research can reverse policies excluding US immigrant populations and inform community-based prevention strategies.


Nelly Rosario

Professor Nelly Rosario

Visiting artist in residence in Latino and Latina studies, Williams College


Cathy Schlund-Vials
Professor Cathy Schlund-Vials

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials holds a Joint Appointment as Professor in the Department of English and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut.  She has been Director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute at UConn since 2010. She is also currently the President of the national Association for Asian American Studies.