Keynote Speakers

Ivonne Garcia

Dr. Ivonne Garcia

DEGREES: B.A., Harvard University; M.A. Harvard University; M.A. The Ohio State University; PhD The Ohio State University
Associate Provost at Kenyon College

Ivonne M. García specializes in nineteenth-century U.S. literature, the American Gothic, and postcolonial and Latin@ studies, with an emphasis on issues of nation, race, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity. Her teaching and research are interdisciplinary and mainly influenced by frameworks of cultural analysis, including transhemispheric and post-nationalist approaches. She also teaches a course in literary journalism.

Associate Provost García joined the Kenyon College faculty in autumn of 2006 as a Visiting Instructor, and was awarded a Marilyn Yarbrough Dissertation/Teaching Fellowship by Kenyon for 2007-08. In 2011, she won the Whiting Teaching Fellowship, a one-year research leave awarded to tenure-track junior faculty in the Humanities in recognition of teaching excellence. In addition, she was also selected for the Board of Trustees Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. Also in 2011, her essay, “Transnational Crossings: Sophia Hawthorne’s Authorial Persona from The Cuba Journal…

Frederick AldamaDr. Frederick Aldama

DEGREES: B.A., UC Berkeley; PhD Stanford
University Distinguished Scholar and Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor at The Ohio State University

Frederick Luis Aldama teaches Latino and Latin American literature, comic books, TV, and film in the departments of English, Spanish/Portuguese, and Film Studies. He was honored with the 2016 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education’s Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education award as well as a recipient of the White House Bright Spot for Higher Education Award for his Latino High School outreach program. He is the author, co-author, and editor of over twenty-four books, including The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez, Latinos and Narrative Media, and The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Pop Culture. He is editor of two book series, Latino Pop Culture (University of Arizona) as well as Latino and Latin American Profiles (University of Pittsburgh Press). He coedits an additional three book series: Global Latino/a Americas (The Ohio State University Press), Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture (The Ohio State University Press), and World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction (University of Texas Press). He is a member of the standing board for the Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies.

Denison Guests

Adam Weinberg HeadshotPresident Adam Weinberg

Adam Weinberg joined Denison University as its 20th president on July 1, 2013. He previously served as president and CEO of World Learning, one of the premier international education, exchange and development organizations. World Learning works with young people from more than 140 countries, helping them develop the ability to address critical global issues.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues, and has served on a variety of national and local boards including the Alliance for International Education and Cultural Exchange, InterAction and Vermont Campus Compact. When he arrived at Denison, Weinberg joined the boards of Ohio Campus Compact, The Works and Our Futures of Licking County.

Mr. Erik Farley

Erik FarleyDEGREES: B.A., Denison University; M.A., Eastern Michigan University
Associate Dean of Students & Director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement

Erik Farley’s work at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., as the Assistant Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs, included serving as the administrative department head for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and director of their Diversity Center. His primary objective was to actively develop and sustain various aspects of multiculturalism throughout the university and Fox Cities communities in general, and the division of Student Affairs in particular. He established working relationships with students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community agencies based on the importance of diversity in leadership development. He also helped establish Lawrence’s Posse Foundation, Inc. partnership with the New York site office.

Currently, Farley serves as the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs at Denison University. His responsibilities include providing the overall design and coordination of programming with regard to diversity and multi-cultural relations. He organizes and conducts the Paving the Way pre-orientation to assist traditionally underrepresented student populations in transitioning to the academic, cultural and social climate at Denison University, as well as collaborates with other academic and administrative offices in collecting, analyzing and disseminating data on multi-cultural students including longitudinal retention studies. Farley also oversees the Posse program at Denison as its Program Director.

Denison Faculty Panel

Lauren AraziaDr. Lauren Araiza

DEGREES: B.A., Williams College; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Associate Professor: History & Black Studies Department 

Dr. Lauren Araiza joined the faculty at Denison in the spring of 2007. She teaches survey courses in African-American history and the U.S. since 1865. She also offers seminars on the Civil Rights Movement, the intellectual history of Black Power, the American West, and comparative social movements. Her other teaching interests include labor history, comparative race and ethnicity, and oral history.

Dr. Araiza’s first book, To March for Others: The Black Freedom Struggle and the United Farm Workers, was published in the fall of 2013 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Her book examines the complexities of multiracial coalition building in Amerian social movements by examining the relationships between the major organizations of the black freedom struggle and the UFW, a union of primarily Mexican American farm workers. Dr. Araiza has also published in the Journal of African American History and has contributed an essay to the edited collection, The Struggle in Black and Brown: African American and Mexican American Relations During the Civil Rights Era (University of Nebraska Press, 2011).

Dr. Lauren Hammond

Lauren HammondDEGREES: B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Visiting Assistant Professor: History
Consortium for Faculty Diversity Post-Doc Fellow 

Dr. Lauren Hammond is a historian of the African Diaspora in Latin America and the United States, with a focus on the Dominican Republic. Her research interests include racial identity formation, diasporic practice, U.S. empire, dictatorship, the island of Hispaniola, and African-American—Dominican relations. She offers survey courses on colonial and modern Latin America and upper level courses on the African Diaspora.

Her current research project examines African-American interventions in U.S.-Dominican relations from Reconstruction to the height of the Civil Rights Movement. The work shows how African-American elites, moved by the African ancestry they shared with Dominicans, sought to use their limited influence in U.S. foreign policy circles to attempt to shape U.S. policy in the Dominican Republic. In doing so, the project also highlights the limits of Afro-diasporic politics, particularly between African-descended groups who identify as black and those whose histories preclude them from doing the same. Prior to coming to Denison, she taught at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX.

Pedro Torres

Pedro TorresDEGREES: B.S., University of Puerto Rico; Ph.D. Candidate in Ecology in the Odum School of Ecology at The University of Georgia

Visiting Assistant Professor: Biology
Consortium for Faculty Diversity Post-Doc Fellow 

Pedro has been a teaching assistant in the Odum School of Ecology having taught the lab portion of their Ecology, and Ecological Basis of Environmental Issues courses. He has also been a teaching assistant during two summers for the Tropical Ecology and Evolution Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program of the University of Puerto Rico based at El Verde Field Station. Mentoring is an important part of PJ’s work. He has mentored many undergraduate students in their independent research at El Verde and is also actively involved as a mentor of the INSTARS program of the Society for Freshwater Science. INSTARS is a mentoring program during the society’s annual meeting that provides help to undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who are interested in the study of freshwater systems.

Here in Denison he will be teaching in the Biology Department. This fall (’15) he is teaching “Use and Abuse of Freshwaters” which will focus on current freshwater issues and their biological consequences or causes, covering topics from life histories of aquatic organisms and how these are affected by local pollution, to global scale water conservation issues. In the spring semester he’ll be teaching the Introductory Ecology and Evolution course.

Luis Villanueva

Luis VillanuevaDEGREES: B.Sc. Universidad Autonoma Chapingo, Mexico;  M.A. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) Mexico; Ph.D. The New School for Social Research, New York 
Assistant Professor: Economics & Philosophy, Politics an Economics (PPE)
I am an assistant professor of economics at Denison University where I teach Macroeconomics and Economic Development. As a teacher I focus my effort in creating a classroom environment that inspires students to be imaginative, critical and rigorous thinkers as well as socially responsible individuals. I believe that the diverse intellectual background of faculty members together with the engaged, creative and critical mind of Denison students creates positive synergies and brings unique learning opportunities for both students and faculty. As a scholar I greatly value the academic freedom that the economics department offers for me to pursue my intellectual passion in studying development issues from a political economy perspective.