“What She Said…: Language and Cultural Barriers in the Ivory Tower.”
Don’t miss award-winning performance artist Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz’s key note “lecture” using academic jargon outside of its intended context while wearing academic robes constructed from appropriated materials (including repurposed regalia). Through this strategy she targets the assumption that all academics are thoroughly groomed for academic culture.

Academia has an independent class system in which its vernacular often becomes an alienating factor to those who come within its scope. What, then, happens to the nature of inclusivity and diversity in academia? Due to the surge of college students from a variety backgrounds, there is an interest recruiting faculty members that reflect the needs of those communities. However, there is a disconnect between the Ivory Tower and everyone else.. isn’t there? Can you reach students and faculty recruits without simultaneously ostracizing them?