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Session 1: Saturday, June 2nd: 10:00 - 11:50am
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Since the outbreak of the global financial crisis, we have seen the rise of authoritarian regimes, of populist parties, of growing inequality… These trends diminish social cohesion and undermine democratic governance. Our future depends on how we will address the unprecedented number of political, social, and economic challenges. It is necessary to revitalize democratic governance and preserve civil rights and fundamental liberties. Arts, Culture, Humanism play a vital role in contemporary societies, and can contribute to achieving this goal. The current panel aspires to present some visions on creative democracy: in what ways the current wave of authoritarianism can be transformed through the Arts, Culture, Health Visions and Humanism. In particular, the speakers will examine how poets use language as a way to stabilize their sense of self, reclaim language and resist homogenized meaninglessness; how to narrate from a path of unity in diversity and embrace integration; some cultural perspectives from migrants in the US, and today´s initiatives on creative attempts to promote social change and civic engagement.


Lea Diaz is a poet, artist and an academic. She has already published two books of poetry. Many of her poems have been collected in literary journals. She has also been a Scholar in prestigious Universities and Centers within Europe and the USA -EUI (Florence), ULB (Brussels), CRIE (Siena), MAX... Read more
Educated in Ecuador, Spain, and the United States, she received an Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Complutense University in Madrid; a Master’s degrees in Literature and Art from St. John’s University. Adjunct Professor Spanish, St. John's University and Director de Bi/coa: Bicentenario Iberoamericano... Read more
Ph.D., Columbia University. She is Director of the Graduate Program in Spanish. As Vice President for the Northeast, Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, she was awarded the Order of Don Quijote. She is the recipient of the “Civil Order of King Alfonso X el Sabio” from... Read more
President of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). He currently works as the Professor of Psychiatry and Director at the Division of Psychiatric Epidemiology and International Center for Mental Health at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University. During his life he was awarded the... Read more
Linda Morales Caballero is a writer, journalist and professor. She graduated Cum Laude from Hunter College with a BA in Media Communications and Hispanic-American Literature. She also obtained her Master Degree in Hispanic-American Literature from the same institution. While at Hunter she... Read more