Dr. Natalie Khazal is an Assistant Professor at the International Studies Department for Texas A&M University. She grew up in the largest port city on the Black Sea, and received her doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of Los Angeles. Dr. Khazaal has taught classes on Arab culture, media, and globalization that develop students’ critical thinking, curiosity, and cultural tolerance at Georgetown University, UCLA, Carleton College, Middlebury College, and TAMU. She is the faculty advisor for No Lost Generation-Texas, a student initiative that connects with aid organizations, NGOs, governments, and the private sector to help with the global refugee/migrant crisis relief efforts. She was also a founding board member of the Cannon River STEM School and a cultural consultant for the 2005 Spielberg movie Munich and other popular productions. Dr. Khazaal studies the links among minorities, media, and language. She has published two books and several articles, including on Arab nonreligious groups, speciesism in the US and Spanish media, and EU policy on vivisection. Her latest book, Pretty Liar: Television, Language, and Gender in Wartime Lebanon, is a cultural study of the role of audiences in redefining trust in the media during violent crises and deep social divisions.