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Keynote Speakers


William Nericcio 


Jennifer Leeman 

 Literature Keynote Speaker


 Linguistics Keynote Speaker

William Nericcio is a Chicano literary theorist, cultural critic, American Literature scholar, and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. He is the Director of San Diego State University Press and the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences program, and author of Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America, The Hurt Business: Oliver Mayer's Early Works Plus, and Homer From Salinas: John Steinbeck's Enduring Voice for the Californias

Jennifer Leeman is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at George Mason University and Research Sociolinguist at the US Census Bureau. Her current research focuses on ideologies of language, race and nation in the US; language policy and language access in multilingual societies; the sociopolitics of language education, critical approaches to teaching Spanish as a heritage language; and multlingual surveys.

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Presentation entitled: 
Toxic "Mexican" Digital Mannequins, Viral HisPANIC Stereotypes, and Contagious, Smartphoneborne Hate: Existential Conundrums for Latinas/os on the Brink of 21st Century Mextasy in the Age of the Digital Humanities
Presentation entitled: 

The racialization of Spanish in the discursive representation of US Latin@s