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MemberMin Hyoung Song

Born in Seoul, Min grew up in Detroit and its suburbs, and has spent most of his adult life in the greater Boston area. His first full-time job out of graduate school is the same job he still has, which is teaching Asian American literature, American studies, and contemporary literature at Boston College. He went to a Catholic high school, so he finds it weirdly comforting to be working at a Jesuit university. Plus ça change. In recent years, he’s grown very concerned about the weather.

MemberTaryn Hakala

I serve as a member of the Modern Language Association’s Delegate Assembly, representing the Language Change Forum. My research interests lie at the intersection of language and literature. I am particularly interested in the linguistic performance of social identity and the ways in which stylistic variation is represented in literature. I am currently finishing my first book, Dialect Acts: Identity Performance on the Victorian Page and Stage.

MemberPatricia Akhimie

Patricia Akhimie is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark. She is the author of Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World (Routledge 2018). She is co-editor of Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World (University of Nebraska Press 2019), with Bernadette Andrea. Her research has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, and the John Carter Brown Library.

MemberTiffany Ng

Tiffany Ng is associate professor of Carillon and University carillonist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. An energetic advocate of diversity in contemporary music, she has premiered or revived over 60 works by emerging and established composers from Yvette Janine Jackson to Augusta Read Thomas, pioneered models for interactive “crowdsourced” carillon performances and environmental data-driven sound installations with Greg Niemeyer, Chris Chafe, Ed Campion, Ken Goldberg, John Granzow, and Laura Steenberge, and through her composer collaborations significantly increased the American repertoire for carillon and electronics. Her concert career has taken her to festivals in fifteen countries in Europe, Asia, and North America, including the 2018 University of Chicago Rockefeller Carillon New Music Festival, 2018 Canberra Carillon Festival, 2017 University of Michigan Bicentennial, UC Berkeley 2015 Campanile Centennial, Stanford 2014 CCRMA anniversary festival, 23rd International Carillon Festival at Bok Tower Gardens-Florida, 2014 International Carillon Festival Barcelona, and 2008 Post-Congress Festival of the World Carillon Federation. Dr. Ng’s previous appointments include visiting professor of Music History at St. Olaf College, associate carillonist at the University of California, Berkeley, and instructor of Carillon at the University of Rochester. Her musicology dissertation, “The Heritage of the Future: Historical Keyboards, Technology, and Modernism,” explores the carillon and organ in terms of music technology, the Early Music movement, and the Cold War in America and the Netherlands, drawing on media studies, urban planning, legal history, and the history of military electronics to reevaluate the Organ Reform Movement and the postwar use of carillons as diplomatic and urban planning technologies. Ng holds a licentiate diploma magna cum laude from the Royal Carillon School “Jef Denyn” where she studied with Geert D’hollander, a PhD from UC Berkeley where she studied with Richard Taruskin (musicology and new media), a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with William Porter (organ), and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University (English and music). She is a former special exhibit curator at the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments, former assistant director of the Women in Music Festival and the Contemporary Organ Music Festival in Rochester, New York, author of the multimedia catalog of the Municipal Carillon Museum of Mechelen, Belgium, and currently serves on advisory boards for the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs, and Organ Historical Society. Ng’s awards include the Shirley Verrett Award for outstanding support of women of color in the arts, the U-M Institute for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, the Center for World Performance Studies Faculty Fellowship, the Ronald Barnes Memorial Scholarship for Carillon Studies, the E. Power Biggs Fellowship of the Organ Historical Society, the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellowship, the UC Berkeley Arts Research Center Fellowship, the Westfield Center for Early Keyboard Studies paper award, and the Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship.