Streamed live on November 21, 2020
Presented by the Department of Communication at Cal State East Bay
This event is organized in honor of Native American Heritage Month, a time to further recognize, understand and celebrate the history, culture and contributions of indigenous peoples throughout the U.S. Attendees explore the challenges of language endangerment and preservation on a personal level by sharing their own perspective through dialogue and creative expression.
Lonny J Avi Brooks is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at CSUEB, where he piloted the integration of futures thinking into the communication curriculum for the last 17 years. As a leading voice of Afrofuturism 2.0, Brooks contributes prolifically to journals, conferences and anthologies on the subject, and is co-creator, with Ahmed Best, of The Afrofuturist Podcast, co-designer of the imagination game Afro-Rithms From The Future and co-organizer for the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM).
Anita Chang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at CSUEB. She is the producer and co-director of Tongues of Heaven and Root Tongue. Her newly released book, Third Digital Documentary Theory and Practice of Transmedia Arts Activism, Critical Design and Ethic details the technocultural and sociopolitical landscape of expanded documentary production, distribution, reception and participation.
Kea‘iai‘maikalani (Kea) Kaholoa‘a is a fourth-year undergraduate student at CSU East Bay, currently double majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice with a concentration in Pre-Law. She serves as a member of the Associated Student, Inc. Board of Directors, as the Director of Sustainability. A native Hawaiian, she was raised on rural Moloka‘i, one of the smaller islands in Hawai‘i.
Panel moderator Sean Jacob Torralba, is a recent CSUEB Communication graduate from Honolulu, Hawai‘i. He writes and photographs to capture, explore and validate. He would like to thank his family, friends, and of course, ancestors, for getting him this far and pushing him to go further.
Andrew Wong (Ph.D., Stanford University) is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Global Studies Program at CSUEB. He previously taught at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His current project explores how the ongoing conflict between Hong Kong and mainland China is being played out on the terrain of language.
Support for this project was provided by a 2019-20 Faculty Support Grant from the California State University, East Bay Division of Academic Affairs