I’m Dr. Kommu Kiran. I’m from India. My name is Kitty Zhai and I am from New York. My name is Ibeku Ijeoma, and I am from Nigeria, Federal University Oye-Ekiti. My name is Dr. Danilo Leon, and I am coming from Colorado, and I teach at Colorado State University Pueblo. Well, my name is Juan Jesus Payan. I’m from Spain from Southern Spain for more details. My name is Andrew Korn. I am from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. I am a lecturer in Italian. Yes, indeed, it’s the first NeMLA. Yes, it is with me, it is the first time. Ok, for me, it is the third one. No, this is not my first NeMLA. I’ve been coming to NeMLA for the last four or five years. Every year I think it’s a great occasion to come and share our research and keep learning and growing. So there are so many conferences that are going on, so many lectures, so many presentations are going on and they are very interesting and for an Indian scholar like me, it’s great being exposed to them and to communicate with the great professors with scholars. For these different reasons, I feel very happy to communicate with the people. I think it is amazing; it is wonderful; it is my first time here and I feel so welcome. People are very ready to help you, to assist you, in a lot of things. like I don’t know my way around here and anybody asking is just so willing; and I have been to different sessions and I think I am getting a lot from the conference and I am so happy about it. I am glad to be here. It’s been a really positive first conference experience for me For this edition of Nemla, today’s Saturday morning, and we barely arrived to DC yesterday I was able however to attend Dr. Homi Bhabha’s presentation; that was outstanding. His commentary drew a lot from literature. He was talking about V.S. Naipaul; he quoted other postcolonial writers as well, but it had an overriding social orientation so it was more about present day problems. For me, It showed how an academic can step out of her ivory tower and connect with the larger issues which affect us in the present day. The keynote address with Homi Bhabha And also I did my first pedagogy workshop as well this time which actually just finished and I found very very productive, very useful. I would say yesterday’s keynote delivery by Homi Bhabha because again, I do a lot of research on his work and to have the opportunity to meet him was outstanding. So I would have to go back to my previous point where I signed up for the publishing mentorship program and it was a great pairing, so a lot of thought went into assigning the mentee to the mentor and it helped me immensely in furthering my writing skills, my approach to getting an academic publication in place. As part of the exploring a topic, it’s great to get together with colleagues and get feedback in this kind of events Well, I’m in the Spanish department at my University. This expands my frontiers exponentially because I am also a Latin Americanist and there are some wonderful Latin American panels, roundtables, etc. This year, we had a keynote speaker who was from Cuban studies, queer Cuban studies, so it is directly relevant for me. Having this type of convention, it’s critical to share the scholarship that we do, to show that the research in the humanities has true value and meaning. It’s a great place to meet colleagues and spark new ideas, moving forward. It is the seed for future publications and ideas and future research. I don’t know, I would say early diversity, opportunity, and scholarship. Knowledge Diversity Hmmmm …. Two or three or five words will be very difficult, but I would put definitely: Academic, liberalism, humanity, and … connectivity. Invigorating, hmmm, Productive, and … caring.