IRÈNE D’ALMEIDA is Professor of French and Francophone literatures in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Arizona. In addition to French language, Dr. d’Almeida’s teaching focuses on African literature and specifically on African women writers. Among her many publications, she is best known for her book Francophone African Women Writers: Destroying the Emptiness of Silence, the first major study of fiction and nonfiction by Francophone African women written in English.
ALAIN-PHILIPPE DURAND is Professor of French, Director of the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SILLC), and Interim Director of Africana Studies at the University of Arizona. Durand is also Honors Professor and Affiliated Faculty in Latin American Studies and LGBT Studies. His publications and courses deal with French cinema, hip-hop culture, contemporary novel, and the kind of popular culture that characterizes the extreme contemporary.
FABIAN ALFIE received his PhD in Italian from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a specialization in the Middle Ages. He has published extensively on medieval Italian literature and has given numerous talks on Dante. He is currently on the Board of the Humanities Seminars Program, where he has gotten two Superior Teaching Awards, as well as a Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Humanities.