Featured Speakers

Keynote Address

Dr. Ulla ConnorIntercultural Communication: Language, Culture, and Learning - Ulla Connor, PhD, Indiana University-Purdue University

Ulla M. Connor, PhD is the Barbara E. and Karl R. Zimmer Chair in Intercultural Communication, Chancellor’s Professor of English, and Director of the International Center for Intercultural Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Dr. Connor received her BA and MA in English philology from the University of Helsinki, an MA in English literature from the University of Florida, an MA in comparative literature and PhD in English linguistics from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Connor has held academic positions at the University of Florida, University of Wisconsin, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Purdue University, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She has also held guest and visiting professor positions in linguistics and applied linguistics with Temple University in Japan, Lund University in Sweden, Åbo Akademi University in Finland, and Leon University in Spain. She is an elected member of the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters.

Dr. Connor has authored and co-authored 10 books and over 100 articles and book chapters, including Contrastive Rhetoric (Cambridge U. P., 1996), and Intercultural Rhetoric (U. of Michigan P., 2012). In her research on writing and intercultural communication, Dr. Connor combines theories and methods from both linguistics and rhetoric. Results of her intercultural rhetoric research have been applied in ESL and EFL, intercultural business communication, and, most recently, the language of health care among U.S. immigrant populations.


Closing Address

Dr. Jose Octavio Tripp VillanuevaEducational Challenges, Opportunities, and U.S.- Mexico Relations - José Octavio Tripp Villanueva, PhD, Consul-General of Mexico in Dallas

A member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1994, Dr. José Octavio Tripp Villanueva holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a master’s degree in Diplomatic Studies from the Matías Romero Institute of Diplomatic Studies, and a PhD in Government and Public Policy from the National University of Costa Rica.

He previously served as Consul General in Guatemala and as Political Counselor in the Mexican Embassy in the United States of America. In other government assignments, he has worked as an advisor in the National Public Security System. Until May 2013, he served as Director General of Scientific and Technical Cooperation at the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) at the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs.

His academic work includes the publication of several articles, and he is the co-author of the book Drug Trafficking in the Framework of Mexico-United States Relations: Guidelines for Designing and Intermestic Policy and editor of the collective work Mexico and Central American in the Threshold of the XXI Century.