Dr. Merjjena “Merj” B. Hemp holds a B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies and a PhD. in Curriculum & Instruction from New Mexico State University. Her research interests include Crisis Communication and Global Community Engagement. In 2009, she conducted original mixed-method research on Improving Crisis
Communication for her master’s thesis. She continued to explore the same topic for her doctoral research, exploring the multiple perspectives of Arab Muslim women in the post-9/11 era. She published her first book, Beyond the Shadow of 3000 Pairs of Shoes: A Story of Hopelessness, Persistence, and Survival in July of 2014, two months after receiving her doctoral degree. The memoir describes her experiences growing up during the Martial Law in the Philippines under the Marcos Regime and her life in the United States. Currently, she is focused on her work at the Complicated Conversations Post-9/11 Project (CCP911 Project), a global community engagement initiative and critical multimedia production that she founded in 2015. She engages different communities in hard conversations about how our lives in America and around the world, have significantly changed since 9/11. Dr. Merj Hemp is a licensed skydiver and uses the sport engaging people and bringing communities together from different backgrounds and cultures.
Her recent projects include #Jump4TheVets held in Missouri, Kansas, and New Mexico (2016), Florida (March 25, 2017 and January 2019), #Jump4Stars (iFly Tampa, October 21, 2017 and Fly Station in Munich, Germany, March 12, 2019), Battle of the Bay by Land Sea, and Air (Florida, February 9, 10, and 11, 2018), Podcast “Let’s Talk, It’s Time America!”, the hybrid world forum, “Global Dialogue For Justice” (St. Petersburg, FL, July 15, 2020), “Fly4Justice” , (Giessen, Germany, July 4, 2021), “Global Dialogue For Justice” (Frankfurt, Germany, July 15, 2021).
Dr. Hemp is the director/producer/writer of the documentary and scholarly film, “Beyond the Shadow of September.” The short version was selected for the Sunshine City Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida in January of 2020. The full documentary was launched as a miniseries on September 11, 2020 and now streaming at Vimeo On Demand. The documentary was filmed in Florida, NYC, Vianden (Luxembourg), Bovec, Ljubljana, Bled (Slovenia), Paris, London, Munich, Istanbul, The Hague, Amsterdam, and Prague. The film explores the global implications of 9/11 from multiple perspectives as well as attempting to understand the reasons for the apathy and complacency of people and communities to engage in conversations about the most pressing issues in the post-9/11 era.
Keynote Speaker for April 2021 LIC
Moderator for April 2021 LIC
Conference Chair for January 2021 LIC
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