Stephen Bradberry is the head organizer for the New Orleans chapter of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. ACORN has been active in communities of color for more than 30 years. Bradberry has served in low and moderate-income neighborhoods in Louisiana for more than a decade. His chapter of the national community group, ACORN, has more than 9,000 member families and works specifically in the area of Living Wages, Environmental Justice and Voting rights. At ACORN, Bradberry has worked extensively on issues of environmental and financial justice. He directs a staff of community organizers who go door to door throughout the city of New Orleans to mobilize residents to work for social change.
Alfred Hornung is Professor and Chair of English and American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. He previously taught at the Universities of Würzburg, Bamberg and Erlangen, held guest professorships at U of Texas at Austin, U of New Mexico at Albuquerque, SUNY Albany, Columbia U in New York, and York University, Toronto. He was a fellow at Harvard, Yale and the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. His publications are in the field of modernism, postmodernism, autobiography, postcolonialism and intercultural studies: Narrative Struktur und Textsortendifferenzierung: Die Texte des Muckraking Movement 1902-1912 (1978), Kulturkrise und ihre literarische Bewältigung: Die Funktion der autobiographischen Struktur in Amerika vom Puritanismus zur Postmoderne (1985), Lexikon Amerikanische Literatur (1991), 12 volumes on postmodernism and autobiography. From 1991-2002 he was the general editor of the journal Amerikastudien / American Studies. He served as President of MESEA (the Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas, 2000-04) and as President of the German Association for American Studies (2002-2005). He is director of the Center for Intercultural Studies and Vice Dean of Philosophy and Philology at Mainz. Currently he is a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi working on a History of American literary culture and intercultural relations of the South and the Caribbean
Since October, Andy Kopplin has served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA). Kopplin directs the day-to-day operations of the authority, makes policy and planning recommendations to the Governor and the board, oversees the implementation of the vision and policies that will guide Louisiana’s long-term recovery.
Prior to being appointed to the LRA in October of 2005, Kopplin served as Governor Blanco’s Chief of Staff. Kopplin also served as policy director and then Chief of Staff to former Governor M. J. “Mike” Foster, Jr. He is a 1988 graduate of Rice University and he earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1992.
After a long academic career, Frank Moya Pons spent a four-year term as the first Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources in the Dominican Republic (2000-2004). He earned his Ph.D. in Latin American History and Economic Development at Columbia University, where he taught for two years (1987-1989).
He was also a Visiting Professor at the University of Florida (1985, 1989-1991). He is the author of more than 20 books and more than 30 scholarly articles. His book, The Dominican Republic: A National History is considered the standard text on Dominican history. As a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Florida, he is presently writing the final chapter of his last book: A General History of the Caribbean.