Speaker Bios

Dr. Wanda G. Addison
National University

Wanda G. Addison is Associate Professor of Literature at National University. She serves as staffing lead for BA English in San Diego Region, and teaches BA and MA English literature classes. She currently serves as a member of the American Folklore Society Executive Board’s standing committee on Cultural Diversity. Her literature and folklore research focuses, in part, on African American women’s personal narratives, storytelling, performance, and intangible cultural heritage.

Selected publications:

“Black History Month Programs: Performance and Heritage.” Material Culture Review. Forthcoming 2014.

“Anderson, Mignon Holland.” Writing African American Women: An Encyclopedia of Literature By and About Women of Color. Elizabeth Ann Beaulieu, ed., Westport: Greenwood Press, 2006, 2 Vols, (pp. 10-11).

“Forman, Ruth. .” Writing African American Women: An Encyclopedia of Literature By and About Women of Color. Elizabeth Ann Beaulieu, ed., Westport: Greenwood Press, 2006, 2 Vols, (pp. 345-46).

“McKissack. Patricia.” Writing African American Women: An Encyclopedia of Literature By and About Women of Color.

Elizabeth Ann Beaulieu, ed., Westport: Greenwood Press, 2006, 2 Vols, (pp. 612-14).


Dr. David Borgo
University of California, San Diego

David Borgo is a Professor of Music at UC San Diego where he teaches in the Integrative Studies and Jazz and Music of the African Diaspora Programs. He has a B.M. degree in Jazz Studies from Indiana University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Ethnomusicology from UCLA.

David won first prize at the International John Coltrane Festival (1994) and he has toured widely, including featured performances in Sweden, Holland, Armenia, Hong Kong, Macau and Mexico City. He has seven CDs and one DVD under his own name, and his book Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age (Continuum 2005) won the Alan Merriam Prize in 2006 from the Society for Ethnomusicology.

David’s scholarly work appears in Jazz Perspectives, Black Music Research Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, American Music, Journal of American History, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Parallax, Open Space and in the edited volumes Sounding the Body, Taking it to the Bridge, Sound Musicianship, The Oxford Handbook on Critical Improvisation Studies, and Jazz (Ashgate). He has given invited talks and/or performances at STEIM (the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music in Amsterdam), SARC (the Sonic Arts Research Center at Queens University Belfast), The University of Göteborg, The University of São Paulo, Escuela National de Musica-UNAM in Mexico City, The University of Chicago, The University of Minnesota, The Herb Alpert School of Music (UCLA), NWEAMO (the Northwest Electro-Acoustic Music Organization), UCHRI’s “State of the Arts” Festival, The Bronowski Art and Science Forum, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and Palomar College. http://musicweb.ucsd.edu/~dborgo/David_Borgo/Home.html


Tobin Chodos
University of California, San Diego

Tobin Chodos is a composer, pianist and musicologist.  He holds a degree in Classics from Columbia University and is pursuing a Ph. D. in music at the University of California at San Diego, where he is a student of Rand Steiger and David Borgo.  He is a Dave Brubeck Fellow and in 2014 was named a fellow of the Asian Cultural Council, who supported his travel to China to research the growing improvised music scenes of Shanghai and Beijing.  He has performed around the world as a jazz pianist, and his compositions have been performed by many noted contemporary music ensembles in the United States.  His jazz trio album, Salmon Up, was released in 2011.


Dr. Ricardo Guthrie
Northern Arizona University

Ricardo Guthrie is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at Northern Arizona University (NAU), and Faculty in Residence for the Ernest Calderón Learning Community. He examines political narratives of the Black Press, African-Diaspora studies, and writes about cinema as cultural political artifacts. Currently a member of the Working Group on Emergent Indigenous Identities at NAU and the University of Wollongong, Australia, he is an editor of the Journal of Global Indigeneity, and The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts.

Recent Publications

“Reading Radmilla: The Semiotics of Self (Black and Navajo),” in The Politics of Identity: Emerging Indigeneity (2013)

“Minstrelsy and Mythic Appetites: The Last King of Scotland’s Heart of Darkness in the Jubilee Year of African Independence,” in Hollywood’s Africa After 1994 (2012)

“The Real Ghosts in the Machine: The Haunting of Racial Space in DETROPIA and I, Robot,” in Afrofuturism 2.0, Vol. I (forthcoming: 2015).


Kyle Motl
University of California, San Diego

Kyle Motl is a bassist, composer, and improviser based in San Diego. Active in a variety of ensembles and settings, Kyle’s work crosses the boundaries between idioms as wide as free jazz, contemporary concert music, and extreme metal. Current interests include extended solo improvisation, electroacoustic performance with live electronics and improvising software, modular schemes for group improvisation, recursive structuring, and exploration of complex sonic spectra.

In recent years, Kyle has been performing and recording as a member of the Abbey Rader Quartet, alongside saxophonists John McMinn and Noah Brandmark. Other activity includes performances and recordings alongside artists including Kidd Jordan, Mary Halvorson, Larry McKenna, Anthony Davis, and Kenny Millions, among others.

Kyle holds a BM from Florida Atlantic University and an MM from Florida International University. He is currently pursuing a DMA at UC San Diego, where he studies bass with Mark Dresser.


Dr. Bennetta Jules-Rosette
University of California, San Diego

Bennetta Jules-Rosette is Professor of Sociology at the University of California San Diego and Director of the African and African-American Studies Research Center. Her research interests include contemporary African art and literature, semiotic studies of Black Paris, religious discourse, new technologies in Africa, and museum studies. Since 1969, she has conducted a series of field studies in Congo (DRC-Kinshasa), Zambia, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, and France. Dr. Jules-Rosette’s major publications include: African Apostles (Cornell, 1975), A Paradigm for Looking (Ablex, 1977), The New Religions of Africa (Ablex, 1979), Symbols of Change (Ablex, 1981), The Messages of Tourist Art (Plenum, 1984), Terminal Signs: Computers and Social Change in Africa (Mouton de Gruyter, 1990), Black Paris: The African Writers’ Landscape (University of Illinois Press, 1998), Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and the Image (University of Illinois Press, 2007), and Reframing African Art (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming). Professor Jules-Rosette serves as a consulting editor for African Arts magazine and a senior editor of the visual studies journal Critical Interventions. She has also served as President of the Semiotic Society of America (1988-89) and President of the Association for Africanist Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association.


Juan David Rubio
University of California, San Diego

Juan David Rubio is a Colombian improviser, percussionist, experimental artist and scholar. He holds a BM in Jazz Studies from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia) and a MFA in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology from the University of California, Irvine. Currently, Juan is a PhD candidate in the Integrative Studies program in the University of California, San Diego. The work of Juan David is deeply rooted in improvisation and experimentation through new media. As a composer/performer he has developed and co-direct projects like the Bogotá Orquesta de Improvisadores BOI, and has recorded with his band Etcétera.


Dr. Lorna Lueker Zukas
National University

Lorna L.  Zukas serves as Faculty advisor for the Global Studies BA program and teaches sociology, Global Studies, and African Studies courses. She has published more than forty-three peer-reviewed reference works, numerous articles, and co-authored five international consultancy reports for USAID). Her publications focus on human rights, political transformations in Southern Africa, and gender and information technology in sub-Saharan Africa.

Selected Publications:

“Hutu.” Native Peoples of the World: An Encyclopedia of Groups, Cultures and Contemporary Issues. Steven L. Danver, ed. Mesa Verde Publishing/M.E. Sharpe, 2012, 3 Vols., (pp. 3-4).

“Todd, Judith.” Dictionary of African Biography. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Emmanuel Akyeampong eds., NewYork: Oxford University Press, 2011, 5 Vols., (pp. 36-37).

“Nyanjiru, Mary Muthoni.” Dictionary of African Biography. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Emmanuel Akyeampong eds., NewYork: Oxford University Press, 2011, 5 Vols., (pp. 518-519).

“The Interface Between Colonialization and Globalization: The Rise of Socialism in Africa, 1900-1949.” Colonial and Global Interfacings: Imperial Hegemonies and Democratizing Resistances. Gary Backhaus and John Murungi, eds. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, (pp. 205-223).


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