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Dr. Carrie Lane is an anthropologist and Professor of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. She is a committed teacher and scholar of work, community, and gender in contemporary America. Professor Lane aspires to help her students become informed, self-aware, thoughtful members of their communities. Her courses encourage critical thinking, ample writing, and attention to the importance of difference in understanding American culture. She also leads study abroad courses that expose students to new ways of seeing themselves and their place in the world. Professor Lane is author of A Company of One: Insecurity, Independence, and the New World of White-Collar Unemployment, and co-author of Anthropologies of Unemployment: New Perspectives on Work and its Absence. She is currently writing a book on the changing nature of work and home life in the US through a study of professional organizers, who help people manage their homes, work spaces, and belongings. Professor Lane received her PhD in American Studies from Yale University and BA in Cultural Anthropology from Princeton University.

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Mai Lee has extensive nonprofit management, fundraising and communications experience. Among many other senior development positions, she served as executive director of HYPE Los Angeles, The Midnight Mission and currently, Ananda Sangha Worldwide where she is the primary fundraising strategist. She has consulted with multiple technology companies on apps and technology for the nonprofit industry. She is a former board member of FBI Los Angeles Citizens Academy, Operation Progress, and Central City Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sharing Nature Worldwide, a nonprofit that brings nature education experiences to adults and youths across the globe. Mai is a graduate of University of Minnesota with a degree in information technology.


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Jeffrey Brody is a professor of Communications and member of the Asian American Studies Program Council at California State University, Fullerton. He teaches advanced writing classes, courses on mass communication and society, and media and diversity. He has a distinguished record advising student publications. Brody founded Tusk Magazine,  the student magazine of Cal State Fullerton, and established an international journalism program that has taken students to Cambodia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Spain and Vietnam.

His research interests include the Internet, ethnic press, newspaper industry and the Vietnamese American experience. He is co-author of "The Newspaper Publishing Industry," and an oral history of Yen Do, the founder of the Nguoi Viet Daily  News, the largest Vietnamese-language newspaper in the United States. Brody also has been associate producer of "Saigon USA," a documentary film, and selections from his documentary photography exhibit, "The Vietnamese: Self Portrait of a People," were included for an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum in Washington, D.C. and for a touring Smithsonian exhibit in cities across the United States. He has presented juried papers at international conferences in Greece and Poland and been a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center Institute of Culture and Communications in Hawaii.

Brody has a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and received doctoral equivalency from California State University, Fullerton. He is an award-winning reporter with more than a dozen years experience the newspaper industry and has written freelance articles for newspapers and magazines. Brody has appeared on a ABC  Nightline segment,  National Public Radio, Which Way LA, AirTalk,  and been interviewed by  The New York Times,  The British Guardian, The Los Angeles Times,  and other major publications. He has received grants from the Ford Foundation, the McCormick Foundation and presented research papers and creative work before the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, American Sociological Association, Association of Asian American Studies, Associated Collegiate Press, College Media Advisers and the American Association of Colleges and Universities.

Brody has served as Director of Student Media for the College of Communications, Vice Chair of the Department of Communications, Chair of the Personnel and Search committees of the Department of Communications, among other university duties. He has been president of the Orange County Press Club and served on the board of directors of the Southeast Asian Archive at the University of California, Irvine.