Dagoberto Tejeda Ortiz
Dr. Tejeda has written numerous books on the Dominican carnivals and the influence of African heritage in the Dominican Republic. His book El Carnaval Popular Dominicano: Antecedentes, Tendencias y Perpectivas is widely considered the Dominican Republic’s foremost book on carnival. A sociologist and folklorist, he is Professor Emeritus at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo.
Dr. Torres-Saillant is a professor of English at Syracuse University where he is part of the Democratizing Knowledge initiative and has served as Director of the Latino-Latin American Studies Program (1990-2009). He founded the Dominican Studies Institute at theCity College of New York and is well known for his essay “The Tribulations of Blackness: Stages in Dominican Racial Identity” (1998).
Dr. Wood is a professor of English at Houston Community College Central College and the author of several books including Texas Zydeco (2006) and Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues. He was selected 2010’s best local author by The Houston Press.
Cornelius Moore is the Co-Director of California Newsreel, the non-profit film distributor and producer that focuses on race, African American life and history, Africa, and health and society. He has been with California Newsreel for 31 years and is an expert in African American and African Diaspora cinema and curates film programs for the San Francisco International Film Festival, the African Studies Association, and the Museum of the African Diaspora. He serves on the boards of Cal Humanities and the Priority Africa Network.
Dr. Lindahl is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society, a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, a Folklore Fellow of the Finnish Academy of Sciences, and an internationally recognized authority in folk narrative, medieval folklore, folktales and legends, festivals and celebrations, traditional healing strategies, and ways in which folk cultures seek and exercise covert power. His books include Cajun Mardi Gras Masks (1997) and Second Line Rescue: Vernacular Responses to Katrina and Rita (2013).
Anthony B. Pinn
Dr. Pinn is the Director of Research at the Institute for Humanist Studies and the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. His teaching interests include liberation theologies, black religious aesthetics, religion and popular culture, and African American Humanism. He is the author of numerous books including African American Religious Cultures.
Dr. Wright is a professor of Psychology at Houston Community College Central College and a student of dance forms including African, Brazilian and Haitian Dance. She has presented at the C. G. Jung Center and is the co-founder of Houston’s African Dance Society.