Biographies

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2018 Featured Speakers

2018 World Affairs Conference speaker Kerry EmanuelKerry Emanuel
Cecil & Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science
Co-Director of the Lorenz Center
MIT

Dr. Kerry Emanuel is the Cecil and Ida Green professor of atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has been on the faculty since 1981, after spending three years on the faculty of UCLA. Professor Emanuel's research interests focus on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. His interests also include cumulus convection, and advanced methods of sampling the atmosphere in aid of numerical weather prediction. He is the author or co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and three books, including Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes, published by Oxford University Press and aimed at a general audience, and What We Know about Climate Change, published by the MIT Press. He is a co-director of MIT’s Lorenz Center, a climate think tank devoted to basic, curiosity driven climate research.

2018 World Affairs Conference speaker Jane KleebJane Kleeb
Founder
Bold Nebraska

Jane Kleeb is an experienced grassroots organizer, manager, political strategist and nonprofit entrepreneur. In 2010, she founded Bold Nebraska, leading farmers, ranchers and Native allies in an effort to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. Jane’s organizing style earned her the title “Keystone Killer” and she was featured in the NY Time Magazine. Bold Nebraska expanded into the national Bold Alliance, focusing on protecting property rights, water and the clean energy transition. Kleeb lives in rural Nebraska with her husband, Scott, and three daughters.


2018 World Affairs Conference speaker Sami MirandaSami Miranda
Educator, Poet and Visual Artist
Washington, DC.

Sami Miranda’s work has been published in several journals and anthologies. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The Arts Club of Washington, GALA Theatre, and other venues. Sami has curated reading series in Washington DC, bringing poets, musicians and visual artists into conversation, and is currently working with DC based artists and musicians to create collaborations between the arts. He develops and facilitates interactive poetry workshops for youth and adults in the mid-Atlantic region.

2018 World Affairs Conference speaker ose BallesterosJosé R. Ballesteros
Steven Muller Distinguished Professor of the Arts
St. Mary's College of Maryland

José Ballesteros is the co-founder and editor of Zozobra Publishing, a bilingual press that seeks to publish exceptional Spanish language poetry in the United States. He is also a translator of Latin American poetry and an editor for the Library of Congress' Handbook of Latin American. Under his pen name Cacayo he has published poetry in the US and abroad. He has read his poetry from coast to coast and has facilitated workshops in Washington DC, Maryland and beyond. His first book of poems Love Dust/Polvo Enamorado was published in 2014 by Izote Press.

Ballesteros and Miranda's recent collaboration, Knocking on the Door of the Whitehouse: Latina and Latino Poets in Washington DC, showcases activist voices protesting the treatment of Latinos under the current presidential administration.