9th Annual Conference: Featured Speakers

Reyna Grande

Reyna GrandeReyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and in 2015 she was honored with a Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. Her novels, Across a Hundred Mountains (Atria, 2006) and Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009), were published to critical acclaim. In her latest book, The Distance Between Us (Atria, 2012) Reyna writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. The book received a 2017 Honor Book Award for the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, a 2016 Eureka! Honor Awards from the California Reading Association, and an International Literacy Association Children’s Book Award 2017.

Gary Y. Okihiro

Gary Y. OkihiroGary Y. Okihiro is a professor of international and public affairs and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. He is the author of eleven books, including his latest, American History Unbound: Asians and Pacific Islanders (2015). He’s also the author of recent books Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones (2009) and Island World: A History of Hawai’i and the United States (2008), all from the University of California Press. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Studies Association and from the Association for Asian American Studies, where he served as past president. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, and he's considered one of the founders of the fields of Asian American and comparative ethnic studies.

Conference Schedule

Conference program as a PDF

Friday, March 16, 2018

8:00 - 8:15 a.m. — Opening Remarks (PB 192)

Dr. Cheng Lok Chua, Fresno State Professor Emeritus of English, 2012-13 Senior Fulbright Lecturer, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal 

8:15 - 9:30 a.m. — Session 1: Faces of the Nation (PB 192)

Sabrina Gamboa (English Education) – “Native American Guides for Survival in a Destructive Home”

Alexandre Habib (English) – “Scapegoating in Modern America: A Jungian Analysis of ‘Young Goodman Brown’”

Mariah Santos (English) – “Contextualizing Intersectionality: The Unique Experiences of Two Transgender Characters in Alex Gino’s George and Kim Fu’s For Today I Am a Boy

Tony Vang (English Education) – “Teaching and Reteaching Americans the Importance of Saying Goodbye: How Hamilton’s ‘One’s Last Ride’ Became ‘One Last Time’”

Moderator:  Michaella “Missy” Gonzalez (M.A., Literature)

9:45 - 11:00 a.m. —  Session 2: Alienation and Belonging (PB 192)

Jamile Bucio (Psychology) – “Happiness in Latin America and One Hundred Years of Solitude

Alexandra Carillo (English) – “The Mother-Daughter Bond as Found in Louise Erdrich’s LoveMedicine

Annalyssa Ramirez (English) – “Sui Sin Far:  A Not So Feminist Feminist”

Sarah Warner (English) – “Love Medicine for the Insatiable Woman”

Moderator:  Nicholas Wogan (M.A., Literature)

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. —  Session 3: Destabilizing Identities (PB 192)

Reymundo Escobedo (English, French) – “Borderlands—Revisited:  Debilitating and Constricting Lands of Multiethnic, Culturaland Sexual Identity through Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands/La Frontera  and Junot Diaz’s ‘Drown’”

Eliana Llamas-Rios (English) – “Emasculation Fueling Performance in M. Butterfly

Hector Tapia (English) – “Insatiable Appetite: David Hwang’s Portrayal of the Starved Machismo in M. Butterfly

Destiney Warren (English Education) – “Not Your Native Stereotype: The Fiction of Leslie Marmon Silko and LeAnne Howe”

Moderator:  Aaliyah Green (MFA, Fiction)

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. — Lunch Break

Lunch on your own

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. — Keynote Speaker (Alice Peters Auditorium, PB 191)

Dr. Gary Y. Okihiro, scholar, comparative ethnic studies

3:45 - 5:00 p.m. – Session 4: Semiotic Disruptions: Color,  Language, Binary Oppositions (PB 192)

Marisa Gutierrez (English) – “Decentering Whiteness in James Welch’s Fools Crow

Shelby King (English) – “Black, White and Symbolic All Over:  Colored Images and Imperialism in Julia Alvarez’s How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

Jared Tafoya (English) – “50 Shades of M. Butterfly:  Challenging the Binary Critical Assumptions of Culture, Sexuality & Gender in David Henry Hwang’s Play”

Gao Yang (English Education) – “Silences & Oral Communication in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water

Moderator:  Megan Evans (M.A., Rhetoric & Writing Studies)


5:00 - 7:00 p.m. — Dinner Break

Dinner on your own

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. — Keynote Speaker (Kremen Education Building, Room 170)

Reyna Grande, novelist and memoirist


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Noon - 1:30 p.m. — Craft Talk (Philip Levine Reading Room, inside Henry Madden Library, HML 2124)

Reyna Grande, novelist and memoirist