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English Program presents Identity and Ideology Conference

The 2nd annual Texas A&M University–San Antonio Graduate and Undergraduate English Conference, “The Intersections: Identity and Ideology,” is scheduled for 8 a.m.–5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in the Patriots’ Casa.

For this year’s event, the students of the Master’s of English program served as committee chairs by gathering 29 presenters, 4 roundtable artists, and a keynote speaker, Dr. Kinitra Brooks, associate professor of English at UTSA, for this year’s conference.

“We are particularly excited about the conference this year, as it has doubled in size from last year. This is a conference that was started by our students and is quickly building valuable connections with other institutions across the region,” said Dr. Katherine Bridgman, assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Center.

The event is an interdisciplinary conference with attendees presenting from fields including women’s studies, literature, rhetoric and composition, history, sociology, and cultural studies.

In addition to engaging with the research of emerging scholars from the university’s region, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with established scholars and community leaders.

“Last year, the conference turned into a day-long discussion about the conference theme. This year, we are going to try to facilitate the same thing,” Bridgman said. “The goal is to give the students an opportunity to share their work, get feedback from those who are more advanced than they are, but also from their peers, and to gain the experience of sharing their work.”

Attendees can check the conference website for any changes to the day’s program at:


Registration and Breakfast: 8-9 a.m.

Patriots’ Casa Lobby – Session A: 9 – 10:15  a.m. 

A.1 Ceremony Room, “We Are Not a Monolithic People!”

Cale Carter: The Unsung Heroes: Understanding the Black Experience through Military History

Lexus McCullough: Long From the Motherland

Asia Walker: Redesigned Interactions

A.2 Patriots’ Loft, Evolving Praxis: Education at the Intersections

Billy Cryer: Student Motivation in the First-Year Composition Course

Norma Denae Dibrell: As Shown on TV vs The Real Life of a High School Teacher

Amanda Hernandez: Women Will Be Heard: Subverting Notions of Womanhood in the Church and Family as College-Attending and College-Bound Latinas

Patriots’ Casa Lobby- Session B: 10:30 – 11:45  a.m.

B.1 Ceremony Room, Public Perceptions of People and Communities of Color: How American Society uses Race, Class and Geography to Maintain the Dominant Hegemony

Shannon Breeding: Public Perceptions of People and Communities of Color: How American Society Uses Race, Class, and Geography to Maintain the Dominant Hegemony

Chermaine Haywood: Blaxploitation in America

Rémy Galán: Reinforcing Ideas and Beliefs through Contemporary Media

B2 Patriots’ Loft, The Empire Across Time: British Literature and Its Intersections

Leonila Espinoza: The Damages of War: Clifford Chatterley’s Masculine Identity Disjointed through Disability in D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lindsey Holmes: Toxic Ideologies: Food Adulteration in Victorian Britain

Marnie Cannon: Behind the Mask: Angellica, Power, and Self-Identity in Aphra Behn’s The Rover

Lunch: 12-12:30 p.m.

Patriots’ Casa Ceremony Room- Keynote Address: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Kinitra Brooks: ‘I Used to Be Your Sweet Mama’: Beyoncé at the Crossroads of Blues and Conjure in Lemonade

Patriots’ Casa Lobby- Session C: 1:45 – 3 p.m.

C1 Ceremony Room, Identity Now: Intersectionality and the Modern Moment

Ryan Hagen: Sexual Crossroads: The Conjunction of Gender and Racial Identifiers

Veronica Gonzalez:  LGBTQ Intersections: Gaitskill, Flores, and Russo

Sean Mardell: Enough with the Mommy Lesbians: Looking at the Maternal Overtones in Carol

Andrea Richards: Midwives, Mothers, and Moses: Maternity Beyond Biological Binaries

C.2 Patriots’ Loft, Identities at the Border: Intersectionality and Chicanx Literature

Raquel Torres: Expanding Latinidad: Navigating Inter-Latinx Identities and Spaces through Rubén Martinez’s The Other Side and Social Media Hashtags

Eva Duran: Estrella’s Converging Borderland Identity in Helene Maria Viramontes’s Under the Feet of Jesus

Delilah Hernandez: “Soy Chicana Primero”: Chicana Feminism and the Women’s Movement

Michelle Reich: Going Bananas: The Shifting Cubana Identity in Ana Menéndez’s The Perfect Fruit

Patriots’ Casa Lobby-Session D: 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

D.1 Ceremony Room, Recuperation: Intersectionality and Trauma

John Milam: “Like That of Job”: Frederick Douglass’s 1845 Narrative at the Intersection of Spiritual and Corporeal Liberation

Bernadette Marie Flores: Witness Me: Ts’eh’s Role as the Listener in Silko’s Ceremony

Swatie: 9/11’s Intersectional Dilemma: the popular canon problematic

Abby Mangel: Hidden Zones: Matrixial Space and Group Identity in “Impression of Heights”

D.2 Patriots’ Loft, The Sexualization, Domestication and Misidentification of African Americans in American Society

Sydney Richards: Sexualization, the Cult of True Womanhood, and the Misidentification of the Black Race

Kiera Percy: The Sexualization, Domestication and Misidentification of African Americans in American Society

Oluwaseyi Gabriel Adediwura: Sexualization, the Cult of True Womanhood, and the Misidentification of the Black Race

Patriots’ Casa Ceremony Room-Artists’ Roundtable: 4:45 – 6:00 p.m.

Naomi Williams, Christopher Martinez, Justin Korver, Victoria Garcia Zapata: Identity and Ideology in the Arts


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Tim Hernandez
Tim Hernandez
Tim Hernandez is a reporter for The Mesquite at Texas A&M-San Antonio and will graduate with his Bachelor of Arts in Communication in spring of 2018. Tim is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association, and the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists. Tim is also pursuing a minor in English and plans to earn a Teaching Certification so that he can teach English and Journalism at the high school level. Tim’s motto is, "Writing isn’t just about informing people. It’s also about educating people."

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