Lolis Eric Elie
Opening Plenary Session and Reception
Wednesday, November 16, 6:00pm–8:30pm
Lolis Eric Elie is a New Orleans-based writer and filmmaker. Most recently, he joined the staff of the HBO series Tremé. Working with the award-winning director Dawn Logsdon, he co-produced and wrote the PBS documentary, Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans. His essay, "America’s Greatest Hits," is included in Best African American Essays: 2009.
From 1995 to 2009, he wrote a thrice-weekly column for the New Orleans’ Times-Picayune. He is a recognized expert on New Orleans food and culture, a contributing writer to The Oxford American, and his work has appeared in Gourmet, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Downbeat and The San Francisco Chronicle among other publications.
A former commentator for CBS News Sunday Morning, he has also appeared often on National Public Radio programs. He has an M.A. from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York and an MFA from the University of Virginia.
To purchase Lolis’ DVD, please visit www.tremedoc.com.
Annual Conference Reception at Mardi Gras World
Thursday, November 17, 7:00pm – 9:30pm Sponsored by Terra Dotta, LLC
Dr. Michael White
Friday, November 18, 12:15pm – 2:00pm
Dr. Michael White is a leading figure in traditional New Orleans jazz and one of only a few to creatively carry on the rich clarinet sound and style of that city. He is a descendant of several first-generation jazz musicians and began his jazz career playing in local brass bands for social club parades and jazz funerals.
Today, White has an active career as one of the most respected and visible of New Orleans musicians. He has performed all over the world in many major jazz festivals and concert venues and has played on over 40 recordings with legends such as Wynton Marsalis, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, and Marianne Faithful. He also has ten recordings under his own name.
White received his Ph.D. in Spanish from Tulane University and currently teaches African American Music at Xavier University. White has also distinguished himself as a jazz historian, writer, producer, and composer. He is frequently interviewed and profiled on international radio, television, and for documentary films, books, essays, and major publications.
The history, sound, and meaning of traditional New Orleans Jazz—the original form of America’s greatest artistic contribution will be discussed by Dr. White. Important figures, song types, musical makeup, social significance, and the international cultural implications will also be presented in a manner that is both educational and entertaining.
To purchase Michael White’s music, please visit www.basinstreetrecords.com/artists/dr-michael-white.
Breakfast Plenary Session
Saturday, November 19, 8:30am–10:00am
Sponsored by the CIEE Academic Consortium
Michael McCarry has led the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange as its Executive Director since October 1994. Prior to joining the Alliance, he spent 18 years with the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) as a Foreign Service Officer. He served as U.S. Cultural Attaché in Beijing in the years immediately following the Tiananmen Square events of 1989, and led negotiations, which resulted in the restoration of the Fulbright program after its suspension by the Chinese government. He also served as director of USIS Chiang Mai, Thailand, and as Assistant Cultural Attaché in Bangkok. He speaks Chinese and Thai.
Michael’s domestic assignments with USIA include staff director/special assistant in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, chief of Advising and Student Services, policy officer for East Asia, Voice of America branch chief for Southeast Asia, and desk officer for Southern Africa. Michael received an M.A. from the University of Texas (Austin), a B.A. from Notre Dame, and spent a year at Melbourne University in Australia.
Mr. McCarry will explore the current Washington policy climate for exchange programs, international education, and public diplomacy. He'll review and analyze the FY2012 appropriations process and its impact on our field, and assess prospects as we move into the 2012 Presidential campaign. As always, there will be ample time for questions.
Michael McCarry included a video from Hilary Clinton International Education Week in his presentation. To view this video in full, please click here.
Carrie Kortegast, the 2010-2011 Ping Fellow and doctoral student at Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE), Educational Leadership and Policies Studies, Iowa State University, will also speak at this year’s Breakfast Plenary Session. Ms. Kortegast will present on her dissertation, A Visual Ethnography of Social Learning During a Short-Term Study Abroad Program, which explores how students engage in social experiences during short-term student abroad programs and examines how these social experiences lead to desired learning outcomes and inform student participation. Ms. Kortegast is Assistant Professor of the Practice in Higher Education Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.
Ping Doctoral Research Fellowships provide support for doctoral research focused on U.S. undergraduate study abroad. Funded through a small endowment, the Doctoral Research Fellowships are named after Dr. Charles Ping, a gifted teacher and scholar, a tireless advocate for the internationalization of U.S. higher education, President Emeritus of Ohio University, and a long-time former Chairman of the CIEE Board of Directors.