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Keynote Speakers

Ronald Steel
USC Professor of International Relations and Whitney Shepardson Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Steel researches American foreign policy through a hybrid lens of history, political science, sociology, psychology, economics, and political anthropology. His books focus in particular on both the impact of U.S. relations with other nations, especially Europe, and the individuals who have driven world events: In Love With Night: The American Romance with Robert Kennedy (2000), Temptations of a Superpower (1996), Walter Lippmann and the American Century (1980), Imperialists and Other Heroes (1971), Pax Americana (1967), and The End of Alliance (1964). In addition to publishing a long and diverse list of journal articles, he is a frequent and longtime contributor to the New York Review of Books. Among other achievements, Professor Steel has won the National Book Critics' Circle Award, the Bancroft Prize in American History, the American Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Washington Monthly Book Award, and the Sidney Hillman Prize; he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist; a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center (1985); senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin (1988).

Richard Falk

Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. One recent book, The Great Terror War (2002), considers the American response to September 11, including its relationship to the patriotic duties of American Citizens. In 2001 he served on a three person UN Human Rights Inquiry Commission for the Palestine, and previously, on the UN Independent International Commission on Kosovo. He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Religion and Humane Global Governance (2001); Human Rights Horizons (2002); Predatory Globalization: A Critique (1999); On Humane Governance: Toward a New Global Politics (1995); Explorations at the Edge of Time: the Prospects for World Order (1993); and, forthcoming, This Endangered Planet: Prospects and Proposals for Human Survival. He serves as Chair of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's Board of Directors and as honorary vice president of the American Society of International Law. Falk also acted as counsel to Ethiopia and Liberia in the Southwest Africa Case before the International Court of Justice.

Performance Artists

Guillermo Gómez-Peña
Performance artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña resides in San Francisco where he is artistic director of Pocha Nostra. Born in 1955 and raised in Mexico City, he came to the US in 1978. His pioneering work in performance, video, radio, installation, poetry, journalism, and cultural theory, explores cross-cultural issues, immigration, the politics of language, "extreme culture" and new technologies. A MacArthur fellow and American Book Award recipient, he is a regular contributor to National Public Radio, a writer for newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Mexico, and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (NYU-MIT). Gómez-Peña’s performance, installation and video work has been presented at over seven hundred venues across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, Russia, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela and Argentina. Most recently, he has presented work at Tate Modern(London), the House of World Cultures(Berlin), MACBA(Barcelona), The Chopo Museum(Mexico City), the Encuentro Hemisférico (Lima, Rio de Janeiro, and NYC) and the Habana Bienale. Among numerous fellowships and prizes, Gómez-Peña was a recipient of the Prix de la Parole at the 1989 International Theatre Festival of the Americas (Montreal), the 1989 New York Bessie Award, and the Los Angeles Music Center’s 1993 Viva Los Artistas Award. In 1991, Gómez-Peña became the first Chicano/Mexicano artist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. In 1995, he was included in The UTNE Reader’s "List of 100 Visionaries." In 1997 he received the American Book Award for his book The New World Border (1996). Chronicles, essays and scripts of his large-scale projects can be found in his books: El Mexterminator (2002), Dangerous Border Crossers (2000), Codex Spangliensis (2000), Mexican Beasts and Living Santos (1997) and Warrior for Gringostroika (1994).

Michelle Ceballos
Michelle Ceballos is an accomplished artistic director, educator, choreographer, performance artist and dancer. Her dance performance history includes numerous international ballet companies. Ceballos danced professionally in Colombia, England, Germany, Russia, and throughout South America and the United States. Born in New York, Ceballos began studying ballet at the age of six in Bogota, Colombia under the exiled dancer Vladimir Volski of the Bolshoi Ballet. She continued her studies in New York City at Thalia Mara's National Academy of Ballet and Theatre Arts, the School of American Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre School and the Joffrey Ballet School. She joined the Royal Ballet School in London at sixteen, where she spent two years studying under the sponsorship of Margot Fonteyn and toured with the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet. In 1990, Ceballos founded Opendance, (OD) an intergenerational dance theatre company which performs in established theatrical venues as well as in community settings. OD conducts educational programs for children throughout Arizona. For the last 10 years, Ceballos has been collaborating with Guillermo Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra, performing in venues and festivals around the world.

Emiko R. Lewis
Emiko R. Lewis is a dancer, choreographer, director and experimental performance artist. Since school she has mainly collaborated with Argentine director Roberto Varea and composer/musician David Molina. Influenced by anime, action films and the United States' political hazards, she combines martial arts, butoh, ballroom dance, experimental and physical theatre with political, sexual, and violent imagery to create a psychotic nightmare. Aside from working with La Pocha Nostra, her credits include: Director of "Dolls Beneath the Rubble" performed at San Francisco Late Night Coalition's Ascension 2003; Director and performer for "Disarming Fear" performed at the Whitebox VIP Lounge's X-Mas Nuke; Performer for Roberto Varea and Nara Heeman. Performer in "#3 Hold", directed by Rafal Koplotowski (; Justine in "Half Lives", written and directed by Peter Tamaribuchi; choreographer and performer in "Rm 515", a piece for the 10 Min Max Festival produced by Dancer's Group; Assistant Director/Choreographer for Soapstone Theater Company and USF's production of "The Good Person of Setzuan", directed by Roberto Varea; Choreographer for Campo Santo's production of "Contagion: The American Book of the Dead", directed by Sean San Jose; Choreographer for the Magic Theatre's production of "Kissing the Witch", directed by Kent Nicholson; Assistant Director of USF's production of "The Camp", directed by Roberto Varea; director/writer of "The Unfolding of Jane"; director of the Metronome Ballroom's 1999 Christmas Show, "Alison in Wonderland"; and the role of Jeb in "Sal" directed by Roberto Varea. She was also the host for the Drum Machine Museum's Whitebox VIP Lounge and Drum Machine TV (


Conference Presenters

Helmut Anheier
Helmut Anheier is the director of the Center for Civil Society at the School of Public Policy and Social Research, University of California, UCLA and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. Prior to this he was director of the Center for Civil Society at the London School of Economics and a Senior Associate at Johns Hopkins University, Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University, and a Social Affairs Officer at the United Nations. His work has focused on civil society, the nonprofit sector, organizational studies and policy analysis, and comparative methodology. He is a founding editor of Voluntas, and author of over 200 publications in several languages.
Recent publications include Private Funds-Public Purpose (1999); When Things Go Wrong-Organisational Failures and Breakdowns (1999); The Nonprofit Sector in Developing Countries (1998); and The Emerging Sector - An Overview (1996).

Eileen Boris
Professor and Hull Chair of Women's Studies at UCSB, Boris studies gender, race and class; feminist theory; labor studies; social politics; women, work and welfare; and women's and gender history. She is the author of, among other titles, the 1995 Philip Taft Prize in Labor History-winner: Home to Work: Motherhood and The Politics of Industrial Homework in the United States, and Art and Labor: Ruskin, Morris, and the Craftsman Ideal in America (1986; paperback 1988). She co-edited several volumes including Voices of Women's Historians: The Personal, the Political, the Professional (co-edited with Napur Chaudhuri, 1999); Homeworkers In Global Perspective (co-edited with Elisabeth Prugl, 1996); Major Problems in the History of American Workers (co-edited with Nelson Lichtenstein, 1991).

Juan Campo
Professor of religious studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, Campo researches in particular Islamic culture, comparative religious studies, religious landscapes and architectures, modern pilgrimages (Islamic, Hindu and Christian), discourses on death and the afterlife, and modern Islamic movements. His recent publications include The Other Sides of Paradise: Explorations into the Religious Meanings of Domestic Space in Islam (1991), winner of the AAR award for best history book in 1993; articles on Islam and Baha'i in Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of World Religions, 1999; and several articles. His current research projects are on the comparative study of pilgrimages in modernity and shared Muslim and Hindu religious sites.

Inderpal Grewal
Director and professor of the Women's Studies Program at University of California, Irvine, Grewal focuses her research on feminist theories of internationalism, transnationalism and diaspora, cultural studies, British nineteenth-century studies, and South Asian cultures. She co-edited the forthcoming The Question of Women in Chinese Feminism and Wayward Reproductions: Genealogies of Race and Nation in Transatlantic Modern Thought. Additional publications include An Introduction to Women's Studies: Gender in a Transnational World (2001); Home and Harem: Nation, Gender, Empire and the Culture of Travel (1997); and Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practices (1994); and a number of essays and articles, many with her long-term collaborator, Caren Kaplan, the chair of Women's Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

Ramón Gutiérrez
Founder of UC San Diego's Ethnic Studies Department, founder and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and former UCSD associate chancellor, Gutiérrez studies race and ethnicity in America, border theory, and colonial US and Mexican history. His most recent project is Community, Patriarchy and Individualism: A Cultural History of the Chicano Movement, 1965-2000 (forthcoming.) He also wrote When Jesus Came, The Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846 (1991), co-edited Contested Eden: California Before the Gold Rush (1998), edited Mexican Home Altars (1997), co-wrote The Drama of Diversity and Democracy: Higher Education and American Commitments (1995) and co-edited the Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies (1993).

Mark Juergensmeyer
Juergensmeyer is director of Global and International Studies and professor of sociology and religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics, and has published more than two hundred articles and a dozen books. His widely-read Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (revised edition 2003) was listed by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best nonfiction books of the year. A previous book, The New Cold War? Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State (1993) was named by the New York Times as one of the notable books of the year. His book on Gandhian conflict resolution has recently been reprinted as Gandhi's Way (2002), and was selected as Community Book of the Year at the University of California, Davis. He recently edited a textbook, Global Religions (Oxford University Press 2003), and he is working on a book on religion and war and an edited volume on religion in global civil society. He has received research fellowships from the Wilson Center in Washington D.C., the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for contributions to the study of religion, and the 2004 recipient of the Silver Award of the Queen Sofia Center for the Study of Violence in Spain. Since the events of September 11 he has been a frequent commentator in the news media, including CNN, NBC, CBS, BBC, NPR, Fox News and ABC's Politically Incorrect.

Lisa Lowe
Professor of comparative literature at UC San Diego, Lisa Lowe researches modern French, British, and American studies, and the topic of Asian migration within European and American modernity. She has published books on orientalism, immigration, and globalization. Her current project, The Intimacies of Four Continents, is a study of the international conditions for modern humanism and humanistic knowledge. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the UC Humanities Research Institute during the academic year 2003-04. Her publications include New Formations, New Questions: Asian American Studies (with Elaine Kim, special issue of positions: east asia cultures critique, 5.2, Fall 1997); The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital (with David Lloyd, 1997); Critical Terrains: French and British Orientalisms (1991); she is also author of multiple articles, published internationally.

Simon Ortiz
Assistant professor of English at the University of Toronto, Ortiz's teaching and research focuses on Native American literature, American literature, indigenous literatures of North, Central and South America, and literatures and writing of decolonization. He edited Speaking for the Generations: Native Writers on Writing (Sun Tracks , Vol 35, 98). An accomplished poet as well as critic, his poetry books include Out There Somewhere (2002); From Sand Creek: Rising in This Heart Which is Our America (Sun Tracks Vol 42, 2000); and Woven Stone (1996).

Berndt Ostendorf
Ostendorf is a professor of North American Cultural History in the Amerika Institut, Ludwig Maximilians Universität in München, and chairman of all M.A. and Ph.D. programs there. His research covers Americanization of Europe, anti-Americanism, globalization, cultural studies, modernization, fundamentalism, multiculturalism, the politics of difference, immigration and migration, and ethnicity. His publications in include Transnational America: The Fading of Borders in the Western Hemisphere (2003), Creolization and Creoles: The Concepts and their History (1997); Die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika (The United States of America) (2 vol. 2nd ed. 1992); Die multikulturelle Gesellschaft: Modell Amerika? (1995). Black Literature in White America (1983); as well as a large body of articles published in English and German journals. He is also on the editorial boards of Popular Music and History of Photography.

David Palumbo-Liu
David Palumbo-Liu is professor of comparative literature and director of the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University. A founding member of Stanford's Program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity established in 1997, he also helped found the Asian American Studies program and the Research Institute for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. He currently directs the Program in Asian American Studies, and is an affiliate member of member of East Asian Studies. Recent publications include Asian/American: Historical Crossings of a Racial Frontier (1999), The Ethnic Canon: Histories, Institutions, and Intervenions (1995), and Streams of Cultural Capital: Transnational Cultural Studies (edited with Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, 1998). His current research includes studies of border art; notions of affinity in literature; race, media and visuality; culture and public policy, the aesthetics and ethics of globalization.

Lisa Parks
Lisa Parks is an associate professor in the Department of Film Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is the author of several books and articles, inlcuding Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual (forthcoming) and co-editor of Planet TV: A Global Television Reader (2002) and Red Noise: Television Studies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (forthcoming). She serves on the editorial board of The Velvet Light Trap and the advisory board of CULTSTUD-L and has produced programs for Paper Tiger TV. She is producer of a DVD called Experiments in Satellite Media Arts with Swiss artist Ursula Biemann, and is developing an online gallery called Satellite Crossings. Her new book project "Kinetic Screens" explores how definitions of "motion," "movement "and "mobility" are changing with emerging wireless, computer and satellite interfaces.

Donald Pease
Donald Pease is Avalon Foundation Chair of Humanities, Head of the Liberal Studies Program, and Director of the International Institute on the Future of American Studies at Dartmouth, as well as the series editor of New Americanists at the Duke University Press. Three recent edited volumes investigate the United States' global presence and the rhetoric masking its foreign policies: Revisionary Interventions into the Americanist Canon (1994), National Identities and Post-Americanist Narratives (1994), and his co-edited Cultures of United States Imperialism (1993). The recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment to the Humanities, Hewlett and Mellon Foundation Grants, Pease's other books include Futures of American Studies (2002) Visionary Compacts: American Renaissance Writings in Cultural Context (1987), the editor of New Essays on The Rise of Silas Lapham (1991), Revisionary Interventions into the Americanist Canon (1991), and The American Renaissance Reconsidered: Selected Papers of the English Institute, 1982-1983 (1989).

Carolyn Porter
Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, Porter researches 19th and 20th century American literature, American intellectual history, American Renaissance, and American literature of the 1930s and is author of Seeing and Being: The Plight of the Participant-Observers in Emerson, James, Adams, Faulkner (1981), as well as multiple articles. She has held several posts at UC Berkeley, including dean of undergraduate education, director of the women's studies program, co-director of the American studies program, and the division of undergraduate and interdisciplinary studies.

Wade Clark Roof
Roof is a professor in and the chair of the Department of Religious Studies and director of the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include American religious trends, sociology of religion and ethnography. Roof is also a columnist at His recent publications include Spiritual Marketplace: Baby Boomers and the Remaking of American Religion (1999); Contemporary American Religion (2000); "Spiritual Seeking in the United States; Report on a Panel Study," in Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions 109 (2000). Roof's current research is on religious pluralism and civic culture in California, and generations and religious change, and he is a frequent consultant to the major news media on all matters associate with American religion.

John Carlos Rowe
Professor Rowe teaches the cultures of the United States and critical theory at the University of Southern California. Some recent publications include At Emerson's Tomb: the Politics of Classic American Literature (New York: Columbia UP, 1997); Literary Culture and US Imperialism: From the Revolution to World War II (New York: Oxford UP, 2000); and A Future For American Studies (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2002); he has edited Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002); Post-Nationalist American Studies (Berkeley: U of California P, 2000); “Culture” and the Problem of the Disciplines (New York: Columbia UP, 1998); New Essays on the Education of Henry Adams (New York: Cambridge UP, 1996); and (with Rick Berg) The Vietnam War and American Culture (New York: Columbia UP, 1998). His specializations in critical theory include media studies, cultural studies, American Studies, postmodern theories, pedagogy, the history of critical theory, and queer theory. He has won several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Rockefeller Fellowship. He has won the Alumni Association Award for Teaching, the Academic Senate Annual Lectureship for Distinguished Teaching, and Outstanding Professor of the Humanities for 2000 at UC Irvine.

Gabriele Schwab
Schwab is Chancellor's Professor of English and comparative literature at University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include nineteenth-century English and comparative literature; modernism; American literature; contemporary theory; literature and psychoanalysis; feminist and gender studies; cultural studies and criticism; and Native American literatures. Her publications include Subjects Without Selves: Transitional Texts in Modern Fiction (1994) and The Mirror and the Killer-Queen: Otherness in Literary Language (1996).

Series Co-Directors

Giles Gunn
Gunn is Professor of English and of Global and International Studies and Director of the American Cultures and Global Contexts Center. The author and editor of fifteen books, his current research is situated at various intersections of literary and cultural history, critical theory, global ethics, and the study of international violence. Recent books include The Culture of Criticism and the Criticism of Culture (1987), Thinking Across the American Grain: Ideology, Intellect, and the New Pragmatism (1992), and Beyond Solidarity: Pragmatism and Difference in a Globalized World (2001), and he is currently working on a new study of the human in an age of terror.

Carl Gutiérrez-Jones
Gutiérrez Jones is Chair of the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on American studies, Chicano studies, contemporary fiction and critical race studies. He is the author of Critical Race Narratives: A Study of Race, Rhetoric, and Injury (2001), Rethinking the Borderlands: Between Chicano Narrative and Legal Discourse (1995), as well articles on contemporary literature, legal studies, film, and cultural theory. Professor Gutierrez-Jones is currently at work on a book that will treat questions of cultural literacy and humor. He is also the director of a four-year Chicano cultural literacy project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

This conference is part of a year-long project supported by the Critical Issues in America, administered by the Office of the Provost and the College of Letters and Science, UC Santa Barbara, that will involve a distinguished speaker series, an international conference, a film series, a UC System-wide Roundtable, and a tie-in with a number of courses offered during the academic year 2003-04. This project is co-directed by Giles Gunn and Carl Gutiérrez-Jones and co-sponsored by the Department of English's American Cultures and Global Contexts Center and the Program in Global and International Studies.