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Department of English

UCMLA Conference

Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas

California State University, Fresno

13th annual conference: Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12, 2022

Location: Online, via Zoom

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Featured Speakers

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Evening Keynote: Amparo Ortiz

Amparo Ortiz is the author of Blazewrath Games and Dragonblood Ring (Page Street Kids). She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island’s northeastern coast. She’s published short story comics in Marvel's Voices: Comunidades #1 and in the Eisner-award winning Puerto Rico Strong (Lion Forge).

When she’s not teaching ESL, she’s streaming K-pop videos, vlogging for her eponymous YouTube channel, and writing about worlds both contemporary and fantastical.


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Afternoon Keynote: Dr. Rajini Srikanth

Dr. Rajini Srikanth is Dean of Faculty and Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston. In addition to the English department, she is affiliated with three other academic “homes” at UMass Boston: the Human Rights minor, the Asian American Studies program, and the graduate program in Critical Ethnic and Community Studies. Her research interests span literature and human rights, comparative race and ethnic studies, Asian American Studies, global Anglophone literature, South Africa, and literature and the political imagination.

Her recent publications include the co-edited volumes Interdisciplinary Approaches to Human Rights: History, Politics, Practice (2018) and The Cambridge History of Asian American Literature (2016). She is the author of two monographs: Constructing the Enemy: Empathy/Antipathy in US Literature and Law (2012) and The World Next Door: South Asian American Literature and the Idea of America (2004), as well as numerous other journal articles and book chapters that engage such issues as academic freedom, literary responses to the “global war on terror,” community activism, global public health, and critical multiethnic literary studies.

2022 Organizing Committee

Mia De La Cerda
Alvaro Lozano
Graciela Sierra-Moreno

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Faculty Advisers

Dr. Melanie Hernandez
Prof. Melanie Kachadoorian
Dr. Samina Najmi
Dr. René Rodríguez-Astacio


Fresno State, Dept of English
5245 N. Backer Ave., PB98
Fresno, CA 93740-8001


Peters Business Building
Room 382