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PANELISTS

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Ramón H. Rivera-Servera Northwestern University / Associate Professor

Ramón H. Rivera-Servera’s research focuses on contemporary performance in the United States with special emphasis on the ways categories of race, gender and sexuality are negotiated in the process of migration. He is author of Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance, Sexuality, Politics (University of Michigan Press, 2012).

Rebel Diaz Hip-Hop Duo

Fronted by MC’s Rodstarz (Rodrigo Venegas) and MC/Producer G1 (Gonzalo Venegas), Rebel Diaz pulls from influences ranging from Dirty South bounce to South American folk, combining classic boom bap tradition with Hip Hop’s global impact. Building on the growing network of positive young people in Hip Hop, the group recently opened a community arts center in the South Bronx, the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective.

Roberto Rodríguez University of Arizona / Journalist and Assistant Professor

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Roberto Rodriguez is a longtimeaward-winning journalist/columnist who returned to school in 2003 in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Mass Communications (Jan. 2008) at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He teaches at the University of Arizona. His book, Centeotzintli: Sacred MaizA 7,000 Year Ceremonial Discourse, will be published by UA Press in 2013.

Rosalba Rolón Pregones Theater / Artistic Director

Rosalba Rolón is Artistic Director of Pregones Theater, based in The Bronx, NY, which she co-founded in 1979. Ms. Rolón is a 2008 United States Artists Fellow, a Ford Foundation New Works Visionary Fellow and a performer, director and dramaturg. She favors the art of stage adaptation in an ensemble setting, working from non-dramatic texts.

Graciela Sanchez Esperanza Peace and Justice Center / Executive Director

For over 25 years, Graciela Sanchez has been a leader in this country challenging the notions of arts and politics as separate work environments, leading the vision and operations of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center as a

community social justice center, art exhibition and performance space, and policy change hub.

Vicky Holt Takamine PA’I Foundation / Executive Director

Vicky Holt Takamine is the kumu hula (master teacher) of Pua Ali’i ‘Ilima, a hālau hula (school of Hawaiian dance) she established in 1977. She is the co-founder and executive director of PA’I Foundation, an arts organization that is established to preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian cultural traditions for future generations.

F. Javier Torres The Boston Foundation / Senior Program Officer

F. Javier Torres is a well-versed and passionate arts leader and advocate who as Senior Program Officer at The Boston Foundation is responsible for the re-articulation and implementation of the Foundation’s sector strategy, leveraging national arts investments, and philanthropy for Greater Boston. He is an alumnus of the 2011 American Express Leadership Academy, board chair for the Boston Cultural Council, and NALAC Board member. 28 10/5/12 5:22 PM

2012 NALAC Conference Program Booklet  

The 2012 NALAC National Conference: Seizing the Moment NOW! was hosted in Philadelphia on October 17-21, 2012. Learn more about the National...

2012 NALAC Conference Program Booklet  

The 2012 NALAC National Conference: Seizing the Moment NOW! was hosted in Philadelphia on October 17-21, 2012. Learn more about the National...

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