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Learn more about the Remember! Symposium Panelists below. Please note we are still currently receiving this information, so the list below is not yet complete.

Panel 1: Student Activists

Megha Prasad recently graduated from Northeastern University with a combined degree in Political Science and Business. During her time at Northeastern, she was heavily involved with the Asian American community. At the Asian American Center, she served as the Northeastern University Growth & Opportunities for Asian American Leaders (NUGOAL) program co-chair for two years and contributed towards developing a program curriculum centered on helping students find strength in intersectionality and develop leadership skills. Megha also served on the Global Asian Studies Program Student Advisory Board, organized with fellow students, and collaborated with faculty to advocate for the expansion of Asian and Asian American studies at Northeastern. She is a recipient of the 2023 Huntington 100 Award and the 2023 College of Social Sciences and Humanities Award for Excellence in Work to Foster Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging.
Currently, Megha is an investment banking analyst on the Public Sector & Infrastructure team at Goldman Sachs where she supports state and local government clients seeking to finance infrastructure and transportation projects. In addition, she is serving in her third year as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Asian American & Pacific Islanders Commission.

Panel 2: Asian American Studies Scholars

Iyko Day is Elizabeth C. Small Professor and Chair of English, and affiliated faculty in the Department of Critical Race and Political Economy at Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism (Duke University Press, 2016). She currently coedits the book series Critical Race, Indigeneity, and Relationality for Temple University Press and is a member of the Critical Ethnic Studies journal editorial collective. Her current research focuses on Marxism and racial capitalism, colonialism and uranium extraction, and the visual culture of logistics.

Simeon Man is Associate Professor of History at UC San Diego, where he was also Inaugural Director of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies Program in 2020-22. His teaching and research focus on histories of race and US imperialism and Asian/American social movements in the twentieth century. He is author of Soldiering Through Empire: Race and the Making of the Decolonizing Pacific (University of California Press, 2018), and is writing a new book on contemporary antimilitary struggles in the Pacific amidst the “new Cold War.”

Hardeep Dhillon (pronouns are she/her/hers) is the child of immigrants, a storyteller, and a historian. She is currently Assistant Professor in Asian American History and core faculty in the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Dhillon is also a member of the Penn Migration Initiative Executive Committee. 

Prior to arriving at Penn, Professor Dhillon completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the American Bar Foundation, an interdisciplinary legal research institute based in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her doctorate at Harvard University in History with a secondary field of study in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. At Harvard, her teaching earned her the Faculty of the Year Award. 

Christine Bacareza Balance is Associate Professor of Performing & Media Arts and Asian American Studies and core faculty in the Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) at Cornell University. Her first book, Tropical Renditions: Making Musical Scenes in Filipino America, examines how the performance and reception of post-World War II Filipino/Filipino American popular music compose Filipino identities, publics, and politics. With Lucy San Pablo Burns (UCLA), she co-edited artist-scholar anthology, California Dreaming: Movement & Place in the Asian American Imaginary. Her current book project, Making Sense of Martial Law, analyzes the 21-year dictatorial rule of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and how U.S.- and Philippines-based performances and events critique the “Marcosian imaginary.” In 2017, Balance was awarded a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Engaged Humanities grant for “Afterlives of Martial Law,” a multi-site, multi-program public partnership with Visual Communications (VC), a Los Angeles-based Asian American media arts organization, to digitally preserve archival materials and present public programs that document the history of Philippine martial law and its impact upon Los Angeles-based communities. She is currently collaborating with Derek Chang (History/Asian American Studies) on Cornell’s Asian/Asian American Alumni Oral History Project (A4OHP).

Panel 3: Archives & On-site Exhibition

Keynote Speaker

Jason Oliver Chang