Mira Krishnan: The Otherness of Being Indian, Autistic, or Transgender

Mira Krishnan knows a thing or two about otherness.  She grew up in mostly-white neighborhoods of Michigan, the child of Tamil Indian immigrants.  After college, she directed her professional skills from engineering and neuropsychology to helping families with autistic children.  As a transgender citizen, she uses her speaking and advocacy skills to speak on LGBT issues.  With such a broad range of life experiences, Mira is profoundly qualified to talk about community and the meaning of belonging.

Alan Headbloom

Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.