Ingabire Adam, is a Junior at Emerson School of Hospitality and a Fellow with the Western New York Environmental Alliance’s Youth & Climate Justice Initiative, and works at the Massachusetts Avenue Project, an urban farming program for youth located on Buffalo’s West Side. [Session 1, RM 301 and Session 3, RM 301]

Carrie Tirado Bramen, Director, UB Gender Institute and Professor of English, University at Buffalo, is the author of two books, the most recent of which is American Niceness: A Cultural History (Harvard University Press, 2017). She has also written for The Washington Post, The Conversation, The Black Agenda Report, and The Political Theology Network. [Session 1, RM 302]

Thomas A. Chambers is Professor of History at Niagara University and author of Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic (Cornell University Press, 2012). He currently serves as President of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and has served on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Path Through History Task Force and the State Historian’s War of 1812 Bicentennial working group. The recipient of three National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks in American History and Culture grants, Dr. Chambers was recently appointed to the Niagara Frontier State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Commission. [Session 3, RM 305]

Kim Diana Connolly, Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Advocacy and Experiential Education, University at Buffalo, began her work in environmental justice as a VISTA volunteer in rural North Carolina, after undergraduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her current work as a law professor (both research and clinical work with students) includes environmental justice law on multiple levels, from on-the-ground work in post-Maria Puerto Rico, to equity and access in Buffalo, to assessment of protections in terms of lives and livelihoods that depend on healthy wetlands worldwide. [Session 2, RM 301]

Colleen Culleton is Associate Professor of Spanish and Catalan Studies, University at Buffalo and Faculty Fellow for Civic Engagement in UB’s Honors College. Her first book, Literary Labyrinths: Narrating Memory and Place in Franco-Era Barcelona (Routledge, 2016) studies the urban landscape and its impact on social memory. Her more recent projects focus on water as a natural resource and cultural object in modern Catalonia, and on global citizenship in contemporary Spanish fiction and film. [Session 2, RM 301]

Emily Dyett is the new Youth & Climate Justice Coordinator for the Western New York Environmental Alliance (WNYEA), where she works to increase youth engagement in the climate justice movement in our region and more broadly through the Youth & Climate Justice Initiative and Fellowship. [Session 1, RM 301]

Eve Everette, Assistant Director, Anne Frank Project (AFP), is passionate about traveling and storytelling. She recently returned from Rwanda with AFP’s fifth student delegation and completed the Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program through the Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma. Eve holds two degrees in Art History and Theater Arts from SUNY Buffalo State and an MA in Classical and Contemporary Text (acting) from the Royal Conservatoire in Scotland. [Session 2, RM 302]

Mark Gallimore is Director of the Center for Online Learning and Innovation, Canisius College, where he assists faculty use of the internet. His graduate degrees are in U.S. History, with an emphasis on technology, and he continues to teach U.S. history courses at Canisius College. [Session 2, RM 306]

Mark Hammer has been writing and teaching poetry as a Lecturer at SUNY Buffalo State, Canisius College, in Buffalo Public Schools, and at Attica/Wyoming/North Collins Correctional Facilities for 30+ years. He ran the Red Flannel performance series and press in Buffalo for a decade and has published work in Giants Play Well In The Drizzle, O’blek, Shuffaloff, No Trees, Artvoice, Exquisite Corpse, Rolling Stock and many other publications. He is currently working on a lengthy piece that addresses postmodern addiction. [Session 1, Ciminelli Recital Hall]

Lorna C. Hill is Founder and Artistic Director of Ujima Company, Inc., the oldest professional repertory theatre company in Western New York. Ujima is a multicultural membership organization dedicated to providing a vehicle for African American theatre artists, technicians, and administrators. Ms. Hill has received numerous awards for her service to the community as an educator, artist, and advocate for youth, women, persons of color, and those disadvantaged by poverty. [Session 3, RM 301]

Dan Hoyle is a performance artist whose brand of journalistic theater has been hailed as “riveting, funny and poignant” (New York Times) and “hilarious, moving and very necessary” (Salon). His solo shows Each and Every Thing, The Real Americans, Tings Dey Happen, Florida 2004: The Big Bummer, and Circumnavigator—all created at The Marsh Theater—have played around the country and overseas. He has been an artist-in-residence at Trinity College, Dublin and Columbia University’s Heyman Center for Humanities. More info at:

James N. Jensen is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo. He received a BS degree from Caltech in 1980 and MSPH and PhD degrees from the UNC Chapel Hill in 1983 and 1988, respectively. Dr. Jensen’s research and teaching interests are in sustainable drinking water treatment. [Session 2, RM 301]

Karen King, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women. She has been closely involved in the Commission’s initiatives and educational efforts, such as Pay Equity and Women’s History Month. She is currently chairing the Women’s Action Coalition. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from University at Buffalo. [Session 1, RM 302]

Sam Magavern, is Executive Director of the Partnership for the Public Good and teaches at the Cornell University International Labor Relations School and the University at Buffalo School of Law. He also serves as an attorney for the City of Buffalo Living Wage Commission and as a Niagara River Greenway Commissioner. [Session 3, RM 301]

Andrew Marcum, Adjunct Professor of Disability Studies for the City University of New York and Program Director at the Center for Self Advocacy in Buffalo, NY, received his Master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Alabama. He completed his PhD in American Studies at the University of New Mexico in 2014 and came to Buffalo as a postdoctoral research fellow with the Center for Disability Studies at the University at Buffalo in 2015. [Session 3, RM 301]

Tosca Miserendino, received her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University at Buffalo and is currently a Master’s candidate in the University’s School of Social Work, with an emphasis on trauma and trauma-informed policies. During the course of her studies, she interned at the Family Justice Center, a domestic violence agency, where she produced a short film that she presented as a featured speaker at the agency’s annual fundraiser. [Session 1, RM 302]

Safiya Umoja Noble is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication. She is the author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press, 2018). She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, and is the co-editor of two books: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online (Peter Lang, Digital Formations, 2016), and Emotions, Technology & Design (Elsevier, 2015).

Margaret Rhee is a poet, new media artist, and scholar. Her recent book of poetry, Love, Robot (The Operating System, 2017) , was named Best Book of Poetry by Entropy magazine last year. Her chapbooks include Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011) and the award-winning Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015). From 2008-2015, she co-led a feminist HIV/AIDS digital storytelling project, based in the San Francisco Jail System. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley in ethnic and new media studies. Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar at the NYU A/P/A Institute and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Study at University at Buffalo. [Session 1, RM 302]

Karen Sands-O’Connor teaches children’s and contemporary British literature at SUNY Buffalo State. She has been a Leverhulme Visiting Professor in Newcastle, England, and recently won a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. She has provided consulting for several British literacy and children’s charities on issues of race, including Amnesty International UK, and is the author of Children’s Publishing and Black Britain, 1965-2015 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). [Session 3, RM 306]

Antonina Simeti is the Executive Director of the Western New York Environmental Alliance, where she works to position the environment as a key factor in decision-making in the region through movement building, collective campaigns, advocacy, and supporting the work of the WNYEA members and partners. [Session 1, RM 301]

Ed Taylor, Lecturer, SUNY Buffalo State, is author of the novel Theo (Old Street Publishing, 2014), the poetry collection Idiogest (BlazeVOX, 2010) the chapbook The Rubaiyat of Hazmat (BlazeVOX, 2004), and with choreographer Carlos Jones co-created the spoken word-dance piece “5 Skandhas.” He teaches English and Communication and is the recipient of a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for teaching. [Session 1, Ciminelli Recital Hall]

Doug Tewksbury, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Media Studies, Niagara University, researches and teaches media, culture, and social justice. His research looks at the way social and mobile media technologies are being used by social movements to create new democratic possibilities. [Session 3, RM 302]

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, is the author of Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018)and The Googlization of Everything — and Why We Should Worry (University of California Press, 2011). Vaidhyanathan directs the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia, which produces a television show, a radio program, several podcasts, and the Virginia Quarterly Review magazine.

John Washington, Director of Organizing, PUSH (People United for Sustainable Housing) Buffalo, spent 10 years as a professional debt collector and collection manager prior to becoming active in the Occupy Movement; quitting his job in collections to work toward social and economic justice. He has gone on to lead campaigns around community reinvestment, economic development and energy democracy. John has won several awards for his grassroots activism work, including the Future of Justice Award from the Coalition for Economic Justice and the Emerging Leader Award from the Western New York Peace Center. [Session 3, RM 301]

Victoria W. Wolcott, Professor and Chair of History, University at Buffalo, has published two books, Remaking Respectability: African-American Women in Interwar Detroit (University of North Carolina Press, 2001) and Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle Over Segregated Recreation in America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). Her current book projects are: Living in the Future: The Utopian Strain in the Long Civil Rights Movement, which explores the role of interracial pacifist communities in the civil rights movement, and The Embodied Resistance of Eroseanna Robinson, a microhistory of a black pacifist woman during the cold war. [Session 1, RM 305]

Marshelle Woodward, Assistant Professor of English, Canisius College, teaches courses in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, science fiction and fantasy, and urban legends. Her research explores the intersection of religion, science, and literature in seventeenth-century England. Her most recent essay, on the poems of Lady Hester Pulter, is forthcoming in the collection Worldmaking Women: New Perspectives on the Centrality of Women in Early Modern Literature and Culture. [Session 2, RM 305]

The above list is a partial list of speakers and performers. Additional participants are listed in the festival program.