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MemberClara Salina

Born in Italy in 1961, Clara Salina is an Italian photographer and contemporary visual artist, resident in Chile since 2006. She hold a Maximum Honor bachelor in Visual Arts and a Diploma in Film Script. As a scenic photographer, she has had the opportunity to photograph staging or concerts in theaters and extremely different places on the planet. In Chile, it is due to highlights her collaboration with the Nescafé de las Artes Theater (2009/10) and the WOMAD festival (2014/18) In September 2009, he made her first personal RE-VISIONS exhibition in the Oriente Theater Hall of Providencia. Later, the two books of the Nescafé de las Arte Theater include many of her photos. After collaborating with the “Nescafé”, since 2012 she opts for a freelance career and goes into photographic, sociological, historical and environmental research projects. In July 2017, at the “Italian Institute of Culture” in Providencia (Santiago, Chile) she exhibited “Due ma non Due” (Two but not Two): two installations focused on science, philosophy and environment. In November of 2017 the same, she launched the photographic book “Cielos of Santiago” that include the first 50 photos of an artistic, visual and semiotic research she begun in 2013, about the architectonical inner ceilings as a memory repository. From April to August 2018, two of the photographs of the series “Cielos”, titled “Salón Rojo” and “Camarín”, were exhibited in the La Moneda Cultural Center (Santiago-Chile) in a collective exhibition with the title “Cambio de lugar” (Change of location – curatorship of Mariagrazia Muscatello and Montserrat Rojas) Those two photos have been later included within the MAC Museum Collection (Chile) and been exhibited at the Quinta Normal MAC seat between December 2018 and January 2019. Her last exhibition “El poder de los Cielos” (10 photos and one installation) with the curatorship of Mariagrazia Muscatello has been exhibited from July 17 to September 9, 2019 at the Italian Institute of Culture in Santiago and from October 12 to 12 December 2019 at the MAM Museum in Chiloé.   The “Cielos” research is constantly under development and a second stage is adding on Valparaíso and Viña del Mar.

MemberMario Lugarinho

Associate Professor of the University of São Paulo. Bachelor’s at Language and Literature from Rio de Janeiro State University (1988), Master’s (1992) and Ph.D (1997) at Language from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro . Between 1994 and 2007 was Professor at the Federal Fluminense University. Has experience in Literature, focusing on Portuguese-speaking African Literature, acting on the following subjects: post-colonial studies, cultural studies and queer studie

MemberHolger Szesnat

Theologian. Born and raised in Germany. Lived, worked and learned in South Africa (1987–1998), England (2001–2009) and Fiji (1998–2001; and again from 2010 to mid-2021). Worked as a lecturer at the University of Natal [Pietermaritzburg, South Africa] (later: KwaZulu-Natal); University of the North [Mankweng, South Africa] (later: University of Limpopo); Eastern Region Ministry Course and Cambridge Theological Federation [Cambridge, UK]; Pacific Theological College [Suva, Fji]. Hoping to make my way to Papua New Guinea later in 2021 to take up a post as lecturer at the Senior-Flierl-Seminary, Logaweng, Morobe Province.

MemberDhananjay Suresh

I am a Nanotechnologist in the United States, specializing in bionanomaterials for biomedical and healthcare applications . I hold a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Missouri and investigate atomic and nanoscale phenomena in nanomaterials to harness their unique properties for nanomedicine or bioelectronic use. The significant advancements achieved through my work have been noted by media such as the U.S. Govt. of Veteran Affairs and MIT Technology Review. I currently develop RNAi nanotherapeutics using siRNA or CRISPR gene editing technologies towards efficacious Cancer therapies and to progress our understanding in the evolution of Drug-resistant oncogneic mechanisms.

MemberKathryn Holliday

Kathryn (Kate) Holliday is an architectural historian whose research and teaching focus on the built environment in American cities. She studied architecture, art history, and environmental studies at Williams College and the University of Texas at Austin and she brings this interdisciplinary approach to the classroom and to her writing. Her most recent project is The Open-Ended City: David Dillon on Texas Architecture, a collection of essays by the late architecture critic that delves into issues of downtown redevelopment, urban sprawl, planning, and historic preservation in Texas cities in the age of postmodernism (University of Texas Press, 2019). Her two prior books are Leopold Eidlitz: Architecture and Idealism in the Gilded Age (W. W. Norton, 2008, winner of annual book awards from the Victorian Society’s New York chapter and SESAH, the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians) and Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century (Rizzoli, 2012). Both monographs reposition little-known New York architects who reshaped the profession and argue that the narrow canon of architectural modernism has limited our ability to understand the complex dynamics of practice. She has also contributed chapters to books on O’Neil Ford (forthcoming from Wasmuth Fall 2020) and Howard Barnstone (University of Texas Press, 2020) which reinterpret ideas about modernism in Texas. Her scholarly essays and articles on the history of architecture education, the AIA, and urban history have appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of Architectural Education, the Journal of Urban History, Journal of Urban Design, Studies in the Decorative Arts, the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and the Dictionnaire des Creatrices. She has also lectured widely on her work in public venues like the 92nd Street Y and the Skyscraper Museum in New York, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, as well as at universities and academic conferences from Havana to Singapore. She is currently at work on several projects, including Telephone City, a history of telephone buildings since the invention of commercial telephone service in 1876. She contributed a thematic essay to the SAH Archipedia based on that research titled “Building a National Network: Telephone Buildings in the United States” and her work is featured in the short film “Urban Giants: The Telecom Palaces of Ralph Walker.”  She is also working longer term to assess the history of urban and suburban development in Dallas-Fort Worth in the 1960s and 1970s, looking especially at the effects of civic fragmentation on the design of democratic space in the Metroplex. As founding director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, she established the annual Dillon Symposium, which brings together scholars and experts from across disciplines to discuss issues related to architecture and urbanism in north Texas. Topics have included the history and future of Freedman’s Towns in Dallas-Fort Worth, African American architects in Dallas, and changing conceptions of regionalism in Texas. The Center’s growing Oral History of Texas Architecture Project serves as a repository for the memory of the design profession in the region and is growing to include neighborhood histories gathered by students and residents. The Dillon Center works as a partner on research and public programming with non-profits in the region including bcWorkshop, ADEX (formerly the Dallas Center for Architecture), Preservation Dallas, Historic Fort Worth, AIA Dallas, and AIA Fort Worth. Dr. Holliday also serves on the editorial board for Columns Magazine, the AIA Dallas quarterly publication and has contributed frequently to its pages. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Historic Fort Worth, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the value of historic preservation, and chairs its education committee. In the past, she served on the State Board of Review for the Texas Historical Commission’s National Register programs between 2009 and 2015 was also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education. Her work has been supported by grants from the the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the National Park Service Civil Rights Grant program, the Hagley Library, Nasher Foundation, the McDermott Foundation, and the Rose Family Foundation.