TEDxArcadiaUniversity: What's Next? Speakers

Judge Christopher Cerski

Honorable Christopher Cerski, J.D., is a pre-law adviser and adjunct professor of Historical and Political Studies. Judge Cerski received his J.D. at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. He has served as a Montgomery County District Judge since 2005, and advocates progressive restorative justice practices for teens and young adults. Additionally, he serves on the American Bar Association’s Racial Justice Improvement Project—Pennsylvania Task Force. In 2012, he received the Adjunct Faculty Award for excellence in teaching.

Ryan Genova

Ryan Genova has served as a course instructor and assistant coach of the Men’s and Women’s volleyball programs since 2015. An advocate of cross-cultural exposure, Ryan was drawn to Arcadia for its international wherewithal and friendly atmosphere, and he’s loved every minute of student engagement. He teaches a course on scientific literacy and parapsychology for the Honors program, a reflective course for the Religion & Philosophy department, Previews to Nicaragua and Costa Rica, an introductory course for Arcadia’s Jiangsu cohort, a Global Connections & Reflection course for study abroad students, and TOEFL courses for the FLS International School at Chestnut Hill College. After college, Ryan had the opportunity to visit 30+ countries while living in Spain (Almeria and Teruel), the Azores, the Republic of Maldives, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Israel, and Indonesia.

Dr. Geoff Haywood

Dr. Geoffrey Haywood, associate professor of Historical and Political Studies, has taught at Arcadia University for over 20 years. Born and raised in New Zealand, Dr. Haywood earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auckland University before earning a doctorate in modern European history at Columbia University in New York. In 2013, Dr. Haywood was named as the University’s Professor of the Year.

Kate Lombardi

Kate Lombardi received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts, along with more extensive dance training at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and the American Dance Festival. Kate began working with Dancing Classrooms Philly (DCP) in 2008 as a Teaching Artist, when she had the honor of being trained in the Dulaine Method by Dancing Classrooms (DC) founder, Pierre Dulaine. She then took on the position of Education Liaison and later Artistic and Education Director. In 2014, Kate received certification as DC Global Network Senior Teaching Artist. She finds true joy in her current role as Managing Director of DCP, which through social dance is helping to mold the lives and spark an artistic flare in children throughout the region. Kate recently began working more closely with DCP affiliate Musicopia as the Musicopia Drumlines Manager. Continuing to explore her own dance artistry, Kate performs with SHARP, Dancefusion, and Anne Marie Mulgrew & Dancers in Philadelphia, where she enjoys both reconstructing historical modern dance works and exploring new choreography by local artists.

Dr. Doreen Loury

Dr. Doreen Loury, assistant professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice and director of the Pan African Studies Program, is an expert in the areas of race, class and gender equity, culture and media, multicultural and pluralism educational competencies and organizational research and evaluation. She was recently appointed to the Defenders Association of Philadelphia board, and has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2019 Black History in the Making (BHIM) Legacy Award by One Village Alliance. She is founder and executive director of the Black Male Development Symposium (BMDS). Dr. Loury earned her doctorate in African American Studies from Temple University.

Dr. Joanne Lucena

Dr. Joanne Lucena, associate professor and chair of the Modern Languages and Cultures Department, research focuses on Spanish literature and culture. She received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from Temple University, and a doctorate in Spanish literature and linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Dr. Lucena received a Certificate of Women in Leadership from Cornell University in 2017. Dr. Lucena has authored a variety of articles in both Spanish and English publications.

Scott Rawlins

Scott Rawlins graduated from Earlham College with a degree in biology, and holds graduate degrees in museum education and medical & biological illustration from the George Washington University and the University of Michigan respectively. Scott is a Professor at Arcadia University where he teaches scientific illustration, general illustration and design. He regularly exhibits his artwork nationally and has served on the board of the American Society of Botanical Artists as well as the boards of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators. Before becoming a full time college instructor, Scott worked as a naturalist and museum curator. Scott’s illustrations have appeared in numerous books, including Your Inner Fish, The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration and Shackelford’s Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. Journals that have published his illustrations include Acta Zoologica, Records of the Australian Museum, Harvard’s Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Geobios and Zootaxa.

Kempis "Ghani" Songster

In 1987, at the age of 15, Kempis Songster was imprisoned for homicide. Despite his age, he was certified as an adult, convicted of first degree murder, and given a mandatory life sentence without parole, or what is increasingly known today as death by incarceration. Thus, he became one of America’s many juvenile lifers/condemned children. While in prison, he developed and facilitated programs to help people behind the walls with him, as well as programs to help people on the outside. He also co-founded outside organizations such as The Redemption Project and Ubuntu Philadelphia; and is a founding member of Right To Redemption (R2R), which helped launch Philadelphia’s Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI) (The Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration|Decarcerate PADecarcerate PA › CADBI). After 30 years of incarceration, Kempis was released from prison, at the age of 45. Since his release, he has joined the staff at the Amistad Law Project (Amistad Law ProjectAmistad Law Project › home), a grassroots abolitionist law collective working for the release of others, as they fight to end the sentencing of human beings to life without parole/death by incarceration and abolish prison industrial complex. He has also joined the membership of Ecosocialist Horizons. Kempis, or who a lot of us in the movement affectionately know as “Ghani,” continues to organize actively for healing justice and a more livable planet.