We are pleased to introduce keynote speakers!

Robert Westerfelhaus earned his B.A. from Ohio Dominican College (1994) and his M.A. (1996) and Ph.D.(1999) from Ohio University. He is currently a Professor at the College of Charleston, in South Carolina, where he has been teaching in the Department of Communication since 2002. In 2009-2010, Dr Westerfelhaus was a Fulbright Fellow at UMCS in Lublin, Poland. He is currently back at UMCS as a Fulbright Fellow and the Distinguished Chair of Humanities for the 2021-2022 academic year. Dr Westerfelhaus has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries about American popular culture as viewed through the dual lenses of rhetoric and semiology. 

Simon Perry is Chaplain at Robinson College, University of Cambridge. He is author of several books, including Atheism After Christendom, and Resurrecting Interpretation. He is currently preparing a major commentary on the Greek text of the Gospel of Luke. In his Youtube Channel, he has recently interviewed several key thinkers from the US about the state of their nation today. 

Cecilia Woloch is a poet, writer, teacher, and performer based in Los Angeles. She is the author of six collections of poems and a novel, as well as essays and reviews. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, CEC/ArtsLink International and the Center for International Theatre Development; her work has also received a Pushcart Prize and been included in the Best American Poetry Series. She has taught at universities across the U.S., as well as in China, and has also led workshops for writers in Mexico, Turkey, France, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. She is currently teaching on a Fulbright fellowship in the English Studies Program at the University of Rzeszów.