This Year's Conference: Featured Speakers
Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and in 2015 she was honored with a Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. Her novels, Across a Hundred Mountains (Atria, 2006) and Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009), were published to critical acclaim. In her latest book, The Distance Between Us (Atria, 2012) Reyna writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. The book received a 2017 Honor Book Award for the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, a 2016 Eureka! Honor Awards from the California Reading Association, and an International Literacy Association Children’s Book Award 2017.
Gary Y. Okihiro
Gary Y. Okihiro is a professor of international and public affairs and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. He is the author of eleven books, including his latest, American History Unbound: Asians and Pacific Islanders (2015). He’s also the author of recent books Pineapple Culture: A History of the Tropical and Temperate Zones (2009) and Island World: A History of Hawai’i and the United States (2008), all from the University of California Press. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Studies Association and from the Association for Asian American Studies, where he served as past president. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, and he's considered one of the founders of the fields of Asian American and comparative ethnic studies.