6–8 April 2017 |
Brigham Young University,
Provo, Utah

Plenary Speakers

Jennifer Leeman

Jennifer Leeman

George Mason University

Jennifer Leeman’s research focuses on ideologies of language, race and nation in the US, language policy in multilingual societies, and language education.  Her recent scholarship includes an analysis of racialization of Spanish in the construction of Latinidad, a study of the construction and negotiation of ethnoracial identities in the US census, and an examination of the interplay of ideology, policy and measurement in the production of national language statistics. Within the realm of heritage and additional language education, Dr Leeman is particularly interested in language ideologies and issues of identity, as well as critical approaches to language teaching. Because she is committed to the application of academic research to public policy, In addition to her appointment at George Mason University, Dr. Leeman also serves as Research Sociolinguist at the US Census Bureau, where she conducts research on the production of language statistics, and the development and administration of multilingual surveys (with special attention to the race and ethnicity questions).

Jonathan Rosa

Jonathan Rosa, PhD

Stanford University

As a sociocultural and linguistic anthropologist, Jonathan Rosa's research theorizes the co-naturalization of language and race as a way of apprehending modes of societal exclusion and inclusion across institutional domains. Specifically, he analyzes the interplay between youth socialization, raciolinguistic formations, and structural inequality in urban contexts. Dr. Rosa collaborates with local communities to track these phenomena and develop tools for understanding and eradicating the forms of disparity to which they correspond. This community-based approach to research, teaching, and service reflects a vision of scholarship as a platform for imagining and enacting more just societies. Dr. Rosa's work has been published in scholarly journals such as Harvard Educational Review, American Ethnologist, American Anthropologist, the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Anthropology News, and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. In addition to his formal scholarly research, Dr. Rosa is an ongoing participant in public intellectual projects focused on race, education, language, (im)migration, and U.S. Latinas/os, and his work has been featured in media outlets such as MSNBC, NPR, CNN, and Univision.

Lalo Alcaraz

Lalo Alcaraz

Artist and Writer

Lalo Alcaraz is an award winning visual and media artist and writer based in Los Angeles who has been chronicling the ascendancy of Latinos in the U.S. for the last two decades. He is the creator of the syndicated daily comic strip, La Cucaracha as seen in the L.A. Times and other papers nationwide. A prolific political cartoonist, Lalo is the winner of five Southern California Press Awards for Best Editorial Cartoon, he produced editorial cartoons for The LA Weekly from 1992–2010, and he now creates editorial cartoons in English and Spanish for Universal Uclick and appears in the Daily Kos. Lalo recently wrote & produced for television on the animated show Bordertown for Fox TV and executive producer Seth MacFarlane. Lalo's books include Latino USA: A Cartoon History, 15th Anniversary Edition (2012 by Basic Books), Migra Mouse: Political Cartoons On Immigration (2005), La Cucaracha (2004). He is the co-host of KPFK Radio's satirical talk show, The Pocho Hour of Power, heard Fridays at 4:00 p.m. in L.A. on 90.7 FM. He is a graduate of San Diego State University (BA in Art) and UC Berkeley (Master's in Architecture).

Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch, PhD

University of Miami

The linguistic and social aspects of Spanish in the United States have been the topic of compelling cultural and political debates in recent years. These debates have attempted response to such popular questions as: What is Spanglish, who speaks it, and why? How much and how well do U.S.-born Hispanics/Latinos speak Spanish and English? What is involved in learning and using Spanish in the U.S. setting? Is there such thing as United States Spanish? In what ways do political and ideological factors serve to shape the Spanish language in the US? Is Spanish becoming the predominant language in some parts of the country, such as South Florida? These are the sorts of questions that have driven Andrew Lynch's research over the past decade. The philosophical basis of his thinking is that language, society, and identity are inextricably bound up together in human existence. To understand the nature of language, one must look to social conditions. Conversely, to understand society, one must contemplate the structures and forms of language.

Sandro Sessarego

Sandro Sessarego, PhD

University of Texas, Austin

Sandro Sessarego is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Hispanic Linguistics. He works primarily in the fields of contact linguistics, sociolinguistics and syntax. The linguistic study of the Afro-Hispanic Languages of the Americas (AHLAs)—the languages that developed in Latin America from the contact of African languages and Spanish in colonial times—and the socio-historical analysis of their evolution form the main theme of his research program. In particular, his investigation combines linguistic, socio-historical, legal, and anthropological insights to cast light on the nature and origins of these contact varieties. He current affilliations also include Affiliated Researcher, Foro Latinoamericano de Antropología del Derecho (CIESAS, México), Marie Skłodowska-Curie Junior Fellow, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, and in September, he will begin work at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

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