Alice Walker

Alice Walker

Esteemed Special ZORA!™ Festival Presenter

Special Guest Speaker Session

Saturday Evening, February 2, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Closing Banquet — CAAR & ZORA!™ Festival 2019
Featuring Alice Walker
University of Central Florida, Pegasus Ballroom
[PLEASE NOTE:  Because of limited space, there are NO SINGLE TICKETS available for the Alice Walker event. ONLY Full-Access ($650) and Weekender Package ($295) holders will have this ticket.] 

 

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Speaker Biography

Alice Walker has been defined as one of the key international writers’ of the 20th century. Walker made history as the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature as well as the National Book Award in 1983 for her novel “The Color Purple,” one of the few literary books to capture the popular imagination and leave a permanent imprint. The award-winning novel served as the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film and was adapted for the stage, opening at New York City’s Broadway Theatre in 2005, and capturing a Tony Award for best leading actress in a musical in 2006.

An internationally celebrated author, poet and activist, Walker’s books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. Walker has written many additional best sellers; among them, Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992), which detailed the devastating effects of female genital mutilation and led to the 1993 documentary Warrior Marks, a collaboration with the British-Indian filmmaker Pratibha Parmar, with Walker as executive producer. Walker’s work has been translated into more than two-dozen languages, and her books have sold more than fifteen million copies.

Walker has served as jurist, 2010 and 2012, for two sessions of The Russell Tribunal on Palestine – Cape Town, South Africa, and New York, NYC. Walker writes a regular blog on her author’s website: www.alicewalkersgardens.com

Chef Jenn-Ross-Profile

Chef Jen

Speaker Session

Special Guest Speaker Session

Monday, January 28, February 2, 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Closing Banquet — CAAR & ZORA!™ Festival 2019
Special Garden-to-Table Lunch at DaJen Eats Cafe & Creamery in Eatonville

Ticket required: $75

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Speaker Biography
I am the owner of DaJen Eats Cafe & Creamery, first established in Orlando –  the first vegan restaurant in a gas station. While there we were selected as best Caribbean restaurant by Orlando Weekly and Orlando Sentinel. We later relocated to the historic town of Eatonville, where we continue to spread the joys of a compassionate, plant-based lifestyle.
I proudly create Irie Cream, my line of deliciously dairyfree ice cream – recently listed as one of the Top 50 Desserts in the US, by VegNews Magazine. I came to America aloneat 16,quickly learning in order to continue enjoying certain luxuries like eating and living inside, I needed to stop eating out. That started my love-affair with cooking and food science. I’ve learned some great tips and techniques along the way. I’ll share them with you.  Let’s cook together.
Find us at www.DaJenEats.com and on Instagram and Facebook @DaJenEats.
Dr Grant Cornwell

Grant Cornwell

Speaker Session

Speaker Session

Tuesday – Wednesday, January 29 – 30
“Global Conversations” Round Tables – Rollins College [This 2-day conference will explore the question of liberal arts, in a global context, or precisely, how education in a liberal arts ethos, can address present challenges facing democracy. Foci will also include information and technology transfer, economic empowerment and collaboration on a global stage.]
9:00 – 10:15 Round Table #1: “The Role of Policy in the Global Community,” Rollins President, Dr. Grant Cornwell, Convener

 

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Speaker Biography

President of Rollins College, Grant Cornell is nationally recognized for his work in defining liberal learning in a global environment. He writes regularly about multi-culturalism, freedom, diversity, and global citizenship. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and biology from St. Lawrence, and master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of Chicago.

Ambassador Peter Romero

Ambassador Peter Romero

Luncheon Presentation

Speaker Session

Luncheon Presentation
Tuesday, January 29, 12:00 Noon – 1:45 PM
A Conversation with Laura Bennett

 

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United States Ambassador
Ambassador Peter Romero, now retired, has spent over 40 years as a globalist practitioner. He served for twenty-five years as a career diplomat and was honored to have been chosen as Chief of Mission in El Salvador, Ambassador in Ecuador and Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State. He is the recipient of several awards for leadership under circumstances of duress. Since his retirement, he has advised multinational companies on foreign investments and advises governments on holistic approaches to security problems. He lectures at Georgetown University’s graduate School of Foreign Service, as well as military service schools at Fort Leavenworth (US Army) and Quantico, VA (Marine Corps headquarters). He is currently co-producer and co-moderator of the podcast American Diplomat.
Laura Bennett

Laura Bennett

Speaker Session

Speaker Session

Laura Bennett, Writer and Producer of the Podcast, American Diplomat
Interview of Ambassador Peter Romero
Tuesday, January 29,12:00Noon -1:45 PM

 

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Laura Bennett is a writer and producer for thepodcast American Diplomat.She earned an MFA in film and television production at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was awarded a merit-based Tisch School of the Arts scholarship. She has written, directed, produced and edited short films that have won 11 awards and screened at 35 festivals throughout the United States, and has also written three feature-length screenplays. Laura speaks Spanish, French and English and has traveled in five continents, often solo and working as a
volunteer. In addition to filmmaking, Laura has an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business and works as professor and as a strategy consultant on non-profit and government projects aimed at promoting the public good.
Henry (Hank) Okraski

Henry (Hank) Okraski

Speaker Session

Speaker Session

Tuesday, January 29 Schedule — Rollins College Campus, 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park 32789
“Global Conversations” Round Tables – Rollins College [This 2-day conference will explore the question of liberal arts, in a global context, or precisely, how education in a liberal arts ethos, can address present challenges facing democracy. Foci will also include information and technology transfer, economic empowerment and collaboration on a global stage.]

2:00 – 3:15 PM Round Table #2: “Technology Transfer” (Panelists with both the theoretical and practical expertise)

 

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Speaker Biography
Hank Okraski has over fifty years of experience in simulation and training research, acquisition and logistic support for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, non-DoD agencies and foreign governments. He is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in training simulation. A visionary, with a record of developing new and innovative concepts in simulation for military and civilian uses. He was a member of the Federal Government Senior Executive Service for ten years, led the way in Navy simulation and training research, serving on NATO Groups. Major participant in technology transfer and creating the Center of Excellence for Simulation and Training in Central Florida. Active in developing professional certification and academic programs to foster simulation technology in K-12, community colleges and universities.
Dr. Tadayuki (Tad) Hara

Dr. Tadayuki (Tad) Hara

Speaker Session

Speaker Session

Tuesday, January 29 Schedule — Rollins College Campus, 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park 32789
“Global Conversations” Round Tables – Rollins College [This 2-day conference will explore the question of liberal arts, in a global context, or precisely, how education in a liberal arts ethos, can address present challenges facing democracy. Foci will also include information and technology transfer, economic empowerment and collaboration on a global stage.]

2:00 – 3:15 PM Round Table #2: “Technology Transfer” (Panelists with both the theoretical and practical expertise)

 

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Tadayuki Hara CV | Expertise: Economic Impact Studies, Tourism Satellite Accounts, Culture Satellite Accounts, Aviation Satellite Accounts, Hospitality Finance, Casino Impact Studies, Indian Gaming, Tourism Taxation, DMO Funding, Cultural/Heritage Tourism and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
Dr. Tadayuki Hara, an associate professor & senior research fellow at the Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies, joined the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management in 2005 from School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. From 2008-2010, he served as interim associate dean, and in 2010 was named associate dean of finance and administration. Before his career in academia, he spent 19 years working in global wholesale investment banking and foreign services. He offered MOOC on tourism statistics and tourism satellite accounts to global participants three times since 2013, making it as the first MOOC in tourism and hospitality management field. He teaches fully-streaming video courses
Ed Jones

Mayor Edward Jones

Speaker Session

Speaker Session

Wednesday, January 30 — Rollins College Campus, 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park 32789
“Global Conversations” Round Tables – Rollins College [This 2-day conference will explore the question of liberal arts, in a global context, or precisely, how education in a liberal arts ethos, can address present challenges facing democracy. Foci will also include information and technology transfer, economic empowerment and collaboration on a global stage.]
9:00 – 10:15 Round Table #3: “Economic Development: ‘Up Close & Personal’ — Examples in Developing Communities

 

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Speaker Biography
Edward R. Jones was sworn in for his second consecutive term as the 7th mayor of the city of Grambling, Louisiana, on December 30, 2014 . He had previously served eight years (two terms) on the Grambling City Council and as Mayor Pro Tempore during his second term. He is primarily focused on economic development and growth and enhancing the lives of the city’s 5,000 plus citizens.
Prior to becoming an elected official, Mayor Jones spent nine years as a public school teacher in California and Louisiana.  He later joined the English faculty at Grambling State University, a position from which he retired after twenty-five years of service.   He is also a former real estate an insurance agent, Farmers Home Administration-certified apartment manager, and the owner of a Cingular and Sprint franchise.
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Nadia Ahmad, Esq.

Speaker Session

Speaker Session

Wednesday, January 30— Rollins College Campus,1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park 32789
“Global Conversations” Round Tables – Rollins College [This 2-day conference will explore the question of liberal arts, in a global context, or precisely, how education in a liberal arts ethos, can address present challenges facing democracy. Foci will also include information and technology transfer, economic empowerment and collaboration on a global stage.]
9:00–10:15Round Table #3: “Economic Development: ‘Up Close & Personal’ — Examples in Developing Communities

 

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Speaker Biography

Nadia B. Ahmad is an Associate Professor of Law at Barry University School of Law. Professor Ahmad’s research explores the intersections of energy siting, the environment, and sustainable development and draws on international investment law and corporate social responsibility. She has published over 30 scholarly articles and book chapters. In 2016, she was recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 honoree for her leadership and community involvement. Professor Ahmad earned an undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley with high honors, a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and a masters of law (LL.M.) in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She recently served as Co-Chair of the ABA Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice’s Environmental Justice Committee, which was presented with the 2016-2017 ABA Committee Excellence Award. Professor Ahmad is a member of the state bars of Florida and Colorado.

Harriet Elam-Thomas

Ambassador Harriet L. Elam-Thomas

Luncheon Speaker

Speaker Session

When: Wednesday, January 30, 12:00 Noon – 1:45 PM
Location: Rollins College Campus, 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park 32789
Summary:
“Global Conversations” Round Tables – Rollins College [This 2-day conference will explore the question of liberal arts, in a global context, or precisely, how education in a liberal arts ethos, can address present challenges facing democracy. Foci will also include information and technology transfer, economic empowerment and collaboration on a global stage.]

 

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In September 2005, Ambassador Elam-Thomas retired from the U.S. Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Career Minister. During her four-decade Foreign Service career, she demonstrated a life-long practice of bridging cultures.  With unique vision and insight, Ambassador Elam-Thomas placed a human face on diplomacy.  Her varied overseas assignments have taken her to Greece, Turkey, France, Belgium, Senegal, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire.  Domestic assignments include Counselor (the most senior career position) and Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Information Agency (now a part of the Department of State), Foreign Service Personnel in Washington, The United Nations in New York and The White House in Washington, DC.  Ambassador Elam-Thomas fulfilled her commitment to serve the national interest through public diplomacy during her overseas tours which included France, Senegal, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Greece, Turkey, Belgium and she returned to Africa to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Senegal from January 2000 to December 2002.
Everett Fly

Everett Fly

Zora Neale Hurston Arts and Humanities Lecturer

Speaker Session

Friday, February 1, “Education Day,” 3 concurrent programs – 2 in Historic Eatonville; 1 in Orlando
Concurrent Program #1: ZORA!™ Festival Hosts Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) Conferees in Historic Eatonville
9:30 – 10:45 AM, Everett L. FLy, Landscape Architect, FASLA; Architect, NCARB Certified;

 

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Everett Fly, Landscape Architect, FASLA; Architect, NCARB Certified
Everett Fly is the recipient of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, which honors ” . . .an individual or organization whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the  human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history and literature, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources.”
Deborah Plant

Deborah G. Plant

Editor, Barracoon

Speaker Session

Friday, February 1, “Education Day,” 3 concurrent programs – 2 in Historic Eatonville; 1 in Orlando
Concurrent Program #1: ZORA!™ Festival Hosts Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) Conferees in Historic Eatonville
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM, Deborah Plant, Ph.D., “On Barracoon”

 

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Speaker Biography

Deborah G. Plant is an English literature and Africana Studies scholar and literary critic whose special interest is the life and works of Zora Neale Hurston. Her books on Hurston include Every Tub Must Sit on Its Own Bottom: The Philosophy and Politics of Zora Neale Hurston, The Inside Light: New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston, 20 essays on recent findings and issues in Hurston studies, and Zora Neale Hurston: A Biography of the Spirit. Plant has been the keynote speaker for National Endowment for the Arts Big Read programs on Their Eyes Were Watching God. She has served as a consultant, resource, and speaker at Fort Pierce’s ZoraFest over several years.

Ruthe Sheffey

Dr. Ruthe Sheffey

“The” Elder Zora Neale Hurston Elder

Speaker Session

Friday, February 1, “Education Day,” 3 concurrent programs – 2 in Historic Eatonville; 1 in Orlando
Concurrent Program #1: ZORA!™ Festival Hosts Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) Conferees in Historic Eatonville
2:00 – 3:30 PM, “On Zora Neale Hurston — The Reunion Panel of Distinguished Hurston Scholars: Drs. Ruthe Sheffey, Trudier Harris and Cheryl Wall

 

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Speaker Biography

Dr. Ruthe Sheffey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English form Morgan (now known as Morgan State University) in Baltimore; went on to earn a Masters of Arts degree form Howard University (Washington, D.C.) and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She also engaged in post-doctoral study at The Johns Hopkins University. Respected as an outstanding teacher, Dr. Sheffey is a distinguished member of the academy, having received numerous recognitions for her scholarly work as well as for her service to the field. As a pioneer of feminist scholarship in the United States, Dr. Sheffey inspired and guided the world’s appreciation for Zora Neale Hurston, and in 1984 established at Morgan State University the Zora Neale Hurston Society, “a first” on the campus of any American college or university. Dr. Sheffey is “A ZORA! Festival Favorite.”

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Trudier Harris

Distinguished Research Professor in English

Speaker Session

Friday, February 1, “Education Day,” 3 concurrent programs – 2 in Historic Eatonville; 1 in Orlando
Concurrent Program #1: ZORA!™ Festival Hosts Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) Conferees in Historic Eatonville
2:00 – 3:30 PM, “On Zora Neale Hurston — The Reunion Panel of Distinguished Hurston Scholars: Drs. Ruthe Sheffey, Trudier Harris and Cheryl Wall

 

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Speaker Biography

Trudier Harris is University Distinguished Research Professor in English at the University of Alabama and formerly J. Carlyle Sitterson Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is author and/or editor of 25 volumes, including Fiction and Folklore: The Novels of Toni Morrison (1991), The Power of the Porch: The Storyteller’s Craft in Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, and Randall Kenan (1996), The Scary Mason-Dixon Line: African American Writers and the South (2009), and Martin Luther King Jr., Heroism, and African American Literature (2014). Her most recent Hurston scholarship is “The Limits of Lovemaking and Community: Infertility in Their Eyes Were Watching God,” which appeared in Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos 21 in Seville, Spain, in 2017. In March of 2014, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill created the “Trudier HarrisDistinguished Professorship” in her honor. In September of 2017, The College of William and Mary honored Harris as its first tenured African American faculty member (in 1979) and presented her with an honorary degree at its 325th Charter Day celebration on 9 February 2018. In 2018, she also received the Richard Beale Davis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Southern Literary Studies and was awarded a Resident Fellowship to the National Humanities Center for 2018-2019. Harris was named the 2018 recipient of the Clarence E. Cason Award for Nonfiction Writing, an honor that she shares with six Pulitzer Prize winners.

Dr Cheryl Wall

Cheryl Wall

Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston
Professor of English

Speaker Session

Friday, February 1, “Education Day,” 3 concurrent programs – 2 in Historic Eatonville; 1 in Orlando
Concurrent Program #1: ZORA!™ Festival Hosts Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) Conferees in Historic Eatonville
2:00 – 3:30 PM, “On Zora Neale Hurston — The Reunion Panel of Distinguished Hurston Scholars: Drs. Ruthe Sheffey, Trudier Harris and Cheryl Wall

 

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Cheryl A. Wall is Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English at Rutgers University, where she has taught thousands of undergraduates and directed a score of dissertations in the field of African American literary study. Zora Neale Hurston has been the subject of and inspiration for much of Professor Wall’s scholarship.   In each of the nine books she has written or edited, Hurston’s writing has played a role.

Hurston’s novel, Jonah’s Gourd Vine was the source for the title Changing Our Own Words: Essays on Criticism, Theory, and Writing by Black Women, a critical anthology edited by Cheryl Wall and published by Rutgers University Press in 1989. In the novel Amy Crittenden announces her determination to “change jes ez as many words ez Ah durn please!” What Amy Crittenden seeks and her husband denies her is the reciprocal give and take of ideas. The spirit of exchange is at the heart of the anthology’s conversation. Its contributors exchange ideas with black women writers, with critics, with theorists, and with each other.

Irina Morozova

Dr. Irina Morozova

Speaker Session

Speaker Session

Friday, February 1, “Education Day,” 3 concurrent programs – 2 in Historic Eatonville; 1 in Orlando
Concurrent Program #1: ZORA!™ Festival Hosts Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) Conferees in Historic Eatonville
3:45 – 5:00 PM, “On Zora Neale Hurston — An International Perspective,” Dr. Irina Morozova, Prof. Marumi Nishigauchi, and Dr. Tiffany Ruby Patterson[representing CAAR]

 

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Professor of Comparative Studies
Irina Morozova, Doctor Hab. of Philology, Professor, Professor of Comparative Studies of Literature Department, Institute for Philology and History, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia
Education/research
  • 1980 – graduated from Udmurt State University (Izhevsk)
  • 1984 – post-graduated study completed (Leningrad / St.Petersburg State University)
  • 2001 – Fulbright Research Program (University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fl.)
Dissertations
  • 1985 – “American Political Novel of the 3d part of the XIXth century”
  • 2006 – “Discourse of the Old South in the Women writings of the First Part of the XIXth  century”
Author of more than 100 articles and one  book “The Old South in the Women Prose of the XIXth century”
Scholarly interests:  American women literature, American South culture and literature, comparative studies,  African American literature, imagology
Marumi Nishigauchi

Marumi Nishigauchi

Speaker Session

Speaker Session

Friday, February 1, “Education Day,” 3 concurrent programs – 2 in Historic Eatonville; 1 in Orlando
Concurrent Program #1: ZORA!™ Festival Hosts Collegium for African American Research (CAAR) Conferees in Historic Eatonville
3:45 – 5:00 PM, “On Zora Neale Hurston — An International Perspective,” Dr. Irina Morozova, Prof. Marumi Nishigauchi, and Dr. Tiffany Ruby Patterson[representing CAAR]

 

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Speaker Biography
A professor at Nagano College of Nursing since 2004 and a president of Multi-Ethnic Studies Association of Japan since 2015. The recent main works: The Voices of Clothing and Fashion in American Literature (2017; anthology chief editor), “Women’s Messages in Disguise” (2017), Magnolia Flower: Selected Short Stories of Zora Neale Hurston (2016; co-translator), “Irish Colleens in America” (2016), “Julia Ward Howe and ‘The Battle Hymn of Republic’” (2016), “Traveling Opera Companies as a Reflection of a Country and an Era” (2015), The Frontiers in Ethnic Studies (2014; anthology co-editor), and “Reading the Short Stories of Zora Neale Hurston” (2014).