MLA Conference Lisbon 2019 (1)
MLA International Symposium in Lisbon, Portugal

“A Myth of Wretchedness: Reinscribing Abjectified Individuals into Spain’s Endocolonial National Narrative in Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind/La Sombra del Viento.” MLA International Symposium, Universidade Católica Portuguese, Lisbon, Portugal. July 2019.

“Veni Cà, Picciridda; Viens-ci, Petite Chou: In Which a Sicilian-American Marries a French-Canadian and Raises a Family in Three Languages (Sort Of).” Italy in Transit Symposium, Florida Atlantic University/Consolato Generale d’Italia Miami, Boca Raton, FL. February 2019.

“Stories of Wretchedness: The Role of Fiction in Reinscribing Abject Individuals into Colonial, Postcolonial, and Endocolonial National Narratives.” When I Was Am Will Be: Interrupting Empire, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. October 2018.

“The Conspicuous Agency of the Absent Thing: An Exploration in Shards.” EGSS Conference, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. April 2018.

“What’s a Crankie?? Using International Story Exchanges to Build Global Competence and Connect Students across Borders.” 8th Annual Global Education Conference, Global Education Conference Network, Online. November 2017.

“Lorca in New York: The Power of the Querencia to Bring Otherness into Focus.” The (Dis)Order of Things: Mechanisms of Power and Control, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. October 2017.

“Tell Me Your Story: Using Creative International Story Exchanges to Introduce Students to Global Literacy and Global Issues.” Humanities and Social Justice Graduate Symposium, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. March 2017.

“Up, Up, Down, Down: Is It Only The Young Who Can’t Sit Still for an Unfamiliar Cultural Experience?” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI. January 2007.


Blue Planet Global Education Institute, Florida, USA

“Deathless Stories: How Ancient Myths Live on in Modern Literature and Films.” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Boca Raton, FL. March 2022.

“The Myth of National Purity: Who Writes the Story of Who Belongs?” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Boca Raton, FL. December 2021.

“Breadcrumbs of Imagination: Myths as Cultural Artifacts.” Blue Planet Global Education Summer Teacher Institute, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL. Upcoming, June 2021.

“Lorca: The Music in His Words.” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute/Edify at FAU, Boca Raton, FL. February 2021.

“Lorca: The Brilliant, Tragic Poet of Spain.” Institute for Learning in Retirement, Boca Raton, FL. January 2020.

“A Bridge of Birds: The Arts as Positive Resistance to Turmoil.” Blue Planet Writers’ Room Global Education Summer Institute, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL. July 2017.

“Using International Story Exchanges to Think Critically about International Affairs.” Guest Speaker, Lynn University EdD Program in Educational Leadership, Boca Raton, FL. April 2017.

“Sharing Stories: Connecting Students across Borders with Creative Story Exchanges.” Blue Planet Writers’ Room Summer Institute, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL. August 2016.

“Bringing the World Into Your Classroom: Creating an International Collaboration Project for Your Students.” Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Professional Development Series, West Palm Beach, FL. November 2014.

“Make a Book and Fill It Up: Combining Artist Books and Creative Writing.” Prime Time Palm Beach County Afterschool Symposium, West Palm Beach, FL. May 2013.

“Do Do That Haiku That You Do So Well! Using Haiku and Haibun to Reinforce Content Knowledge and Comprehension.” Palm Beach County School District Professional Development Forum, Morikami Museum, Boca Raton, FL. January 2013.

“Friends in Far-off Places: Creating International Projects in Your Classroom.” Palm Beach County Language and Culture Conference, Greenacres, FL. October 2012.

“Meet Me In The Third Space: International Collaboration in the Classroom.” 3-Way Split International Forum, Southend-on-Sea, England. July 2011.

“It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane—No, It’s Superheroes in Your Classroom!” Palm Beach County Arts Integration Conference, West Palm Beach, FL. June 2011.

“Integrating Visual Art into the Academic Curriculum.” Florida Alliance for Arts Education Symposium, West Palm Beach, FL. February 2011.

“Writing in the Everglades: Integrating Creative Writing and Visual Art into the Science Curriculum.” Palm Beach County School District Fine Arts Professional Development Forum, Loxahatchee, FL. February 2011.

“Drawing Conclusions: Integrating Visual Art into the Writing Curriculum.” Florida Atlantic University Arts Integration Professional Development Forum, Boca Raton, FL. October 2010.

“Tiger Paws: Creating a Multi-Disciplinary, Multi-Lingual, Multi-Cultural Webzine With Ethnically Diverse Students.” Palm Beach County Language and Culture Conference: A Global Vision, Greenacres, FL. June 2010.

“The Planet in Your Classroom.” Florida Atlantic University Global Education Symposium, Boca Raton, FL. April 2010.