Dr. Mike Mena
Brooklyn College, City University of New York
September 30, 2023 (In-person)
Dr. Mike Mena is a Mexican American researcher and Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College, CUNY. Mike focuses on the ideological perceptions of race and language in the context of American education and was awarded the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship (2021) to conduct his research. He has published in Language in Society and Educational Linguistics. As an educational technologist and public intellectual, Mike’s award-winning YouTube channel, The Social Life of Language, serves as a contemporary and activist pedagogical model to those interested in producing accessible and engaging educational content designed to engage wider publics, with special attention paid to reaching students of color as well as promoting the work of marginalized scholars. For his service and media expertise, he was awarded the Society for Linguistic Anthropology’s “Intellectually Informed Public Activism” Award (2019) and the Carnegie Educational Technologist Fellowship (2021).
Dr. Carmen Tafolla
The University of Texas at San Antonio
September 30, 2023 (In-person) and October 7, 2023 (Online)