The inaugural speaker for the Sandra Cypress Lecture series is Dr. Debra Castillo. Debra Castillo is Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Emerson Hinchliff Chair of Hispanic Studies, Professor of Comparative Literature, and director of the Cornell Migration Studies minor. She is past president of the international, interdisciplinary Latin American Studies Association.
She is the holder of a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowship, which is Cornell University’s highest teaching award, and is granted for excellence in undergraduate teaching. She regularly teaches courses on Latinx, Border Studies, and Migration issues for both graduate and undergraduate students.