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Department of English

UCMLA Conference

Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas

California State University, Fresno

14th annual conference: Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, 2023

Location: Online (Zoom)

Full conference program coming soon

Featured Speakers


Evening Keynote: Shadab Zeest Hashmi

Bio and photo to come.


author photo of leilani nishime, woman in short haircut and wearing glasses

Afternoon Keynote: Dr. LeiLani Nishime

Dr. LeiLani Nishime is a Professor of Communication at the University of Washington. She is also affiliated with the departments of Cinema and Media Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. She received her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Michigan and began her career in the American Multicultural Studies department at Sonoma State University. Her research interests are mixed race Asian Americans, race and the environment, science fiction, technology, and gender. She is also the Grants Manager for the Seattle Asian American Film Festival.

She is the author of Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture, and the co-editor of East Main Street, Global Asian American Media, and Racial Ecologies. She has published over 25 articles and book chapters in journals such as the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and the Journal of Asian American Studies.

2022 Organizing Committee

Luis Granados Torres
Jasmine Kaur
Joseph LeForge
Alvaro Lozano
Ashley Rivera-Garcia

Email the committee

Faculty Advisers

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


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


Peters Business Building
Room 382