We hear from four alumni on their recent work and current projects plus ample time for current student questions and discussion.
Our panelists are:
Steven Alvarez (2012) is an Assistant Professor at St John’s University where he teaches, among other courses, his famous Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the US South. He is the author of Brokering Tareas: Mexican Immigrant Families Translanguaging Homework Literacies and Community Literacies en Confianza: Learning from Bilingual After-School Programs. Steven is an award winning poet.
Ria Banerjee (2014) is an Assistant Professor at Guttman Community College, CUNY. Ria is working on a monograph on modernism and architecture that offers re-readings of built spaces in novels and plays by E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, and T. S. Eliot, among others. Other research interests include film noir and contemporary South Asian fiction. Ria is a part of the Humanities New York, Public Scholars program.
Kate Broad (2012) is the author of six smart, feminist romance novels under the name Rebecca Brooks. Her passion for the romance novel genre emerged through her writing of her dissertation on the romance plot in feminist utopian and dystopian literature. Kate is a co-editor of Contemporary Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults: Brave New Teenagers (Children's Literature and Culture).
Lavelle Porter (2014) is an Assistant Professor at New York City College of Technology, CUNY. He is working on a book about representations of black higher education called The Blackademic Life: Academic Fiction, Higher Education and the Black Intellectual. Lavelle’s research interests include African American literature, higher education, intellectual history, science fiction, Afrofuturism, gender, and sexuality. He serves on the Board of Directors of the CLAGS Center for LGBTQ Studies.