Erin Roark has an M.A. in Spanish Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.A.Ed. in Spanish from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, a B.A. in Studio Art from Smith College,and is currently working on her PhD at Emory University. Her interests includecontemporary Latin American art, aesthetics, art theory, alternative modes ofcommunication, and art as social protest. She is also interested in thecontemporary and historical connections between Spain and North Africa and therepresentation of dance in film.
Sergio's interests trace the role of the intellectual as cultural gatekeeper when confronting industrialized aesthetic manifestations (from cinema to graffiti), mainly in contemporary urban literature from Latin America. His pedagogical project focuses on fostering language acquisition through the use of realia and the implementation of communicative techniques where beginner learners are at the center of the cognitive experience. He received an MA in education from Carthage College and an MA in Latin American literature from the University of Iowa.