ROBERT A. CLIFT - Hip Hop's Remix of Race and Identity
    When young whites embrace rap and hip-hop culture, is it an example of America moving toward being a colorblind society, or is it just another case of cultural theft and mockery? That's the fundamental question of Robert Clift‰'s provocative documentary, Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity, which aired on PBS stations across the country in January 2010. Clift, a filmmaker from Washington, D.C. whose previous film about Cuban baseball played on PBS in 2001, interviewed a number of notable entertainers, historians and cultural critics for Blacking Up.
    ericdeggansmenusmlERIC DEGGANS - Building Bridges Instead of Walls: Decoding Media's Confusing Coverage of Race and Culture
    In Eric's presentations, he shows how a focus on attracting more advertiser-friendly viewers has led CNN to skirt basic journalism values in courting GOP nominee Donald Trump and his media surrogates. How a focus on confrontation, especially in cable news, has stifled constructive debate. How online outlets focused on conservative audiences have grown more extreme, mainstreaming stereotypical views about people of color and women in an effort to push back against Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
    great-election-debate-menusmTHE GREAT ELECTION DEBATE - Cliff Kincaid & Jeff Cohen
    Months before voters go to the polls, powerful media outlets have shaped our opinions of the candidates – their haircuts and attire, their religious views and marital troubles. Are media now obstacles to serious discussion of the issues? Can Democrats get a fair shake at the hands of conservative media conglomerates? Are Republicans undermined by liberal reporters and public broadcasting? How is campaign coverage being changed by the Internet? By YouTube? By Comedy Central?
    MICHAEL FOSBERG - Incognito - A Solo Performance - Race, Diversity and Identity
    Incognito is a one-hour theatrical presentation that takes audiences on a compelling journey while covering issues of race, identity, diversity, and stereotypes. Writer/actor Michael Fosberg inhabits over a dozen characters as he masterfully tells the true story of finding his biological father. Raised in a working-class white family, Michael discovers at age thirty-two that his long-lost father is actually African-American. This entertaining and enlightening tale of self-discovery challenges audiences to carefully examine their assumptions about others.
    Jonathan-Gayles-Menu-smlJONATHAN GAYLES - White Scripts and Black Supermen
    Jonathan Gayles, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of African-American Studies and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Learning in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University. In 2012, Dr. Gayles produced an independent documentary on African-American comic book superheroes entitled “White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books.”
    MICHAEL LANG - The Road to Woodstock
    Music industry maverick and entrepreneur Michael Lang, is best-known as the mastermind and creative genius who brought the legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival to life.
    Maxine-Maxwell-Menu-smlMAXINE MAXWELL - Echoes Of The Past
    Echoes of the Past weaves in and out of history to explore the lives of five African and African American women of remarkable strength and courage. Spotlighted are the vital turning points in the lives of courageous and extraordinary women that include Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Elizabeth Eckford and Winnie Mandela. This dramatic performance takes a look at what it has been like to be Black and female over a time span of 150 years. These dramatic portrayals are an inspiring testament to the indomitability of the human spirit; sure to linger in the hearts and minds of all who see it.
    GEOFF NOTKIN - Rock Star - Adventures of a Meteorite Man
    Twenty years ago, Geoff Notkin did the one thing that everyone thinks about, but very few dare to do. He ditched his job as an art director and rock ‘n’ roll musician in Manhattan, and embarked on a daring quest for the elusive quarry he’d dreamed of since childhood: meteorites. The hunt for rare rocks from space – often worth more than gold – took Notkin to the far reaches of the planet and led to his starring role in the multi award-winning adventure TV series Meteorite Men, which aired worldwide on Discovery Science and other networks.
    MAXIM POZDOROVKIN - Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
    Maxim brings a unique perspective to presenting the story, as a friend and collaborator of the group, as well as through his past work exploring the relationship between art and politics. Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer tells the story of Russia's favorite radical provocateurs. From their origins to their most famous performance, at the altar of Russia's biggest Cathedral, the film tracks the group through their controversial trial on blasphemy charges and subsequent imprisonment.
    JENNIFER L. POZNER - Why Reality TV is Bad for Women
    In her eye-opening lecture -- Project Brainwash: Why Reality TV is Bad for Women (...and Men, People of Color, The Economy, Love, Sex and Sheer Common Sense!) -- Jennifer L. Pozner reveals who is creating this pop cultural backlash against women‰'s rights and social progress, who is profiting from it, and why. Pozner takes a fierce, funny, and in-depth look at how reality TV affects our beliefs, our behavior, and our culture.
    scienceoftelevision-menuSMSCIENCE OF TELEVISION - David Berman & Jon Wellner
    For the last 15 years David and Jon‰'s company, Entertainment Research Consultants (ERC) has been providing this crucial service for the industry. In this unique presentation, Jon and David will detail the exciting process of how each episode of procedural television is created, from the story’s conception in the writers room all the way through post production and finally on to your television screen. You’ll learn how the world’s most popular TV shows are researched and view excerpts that illustrate how that information is incorporated into each episode.
    Reed-Timmer-smlREED TIMMER - Extreme Storm Chaser, Meteorologist
    Having intercepted over 250 tornadoes and a dozen powerful hurricanes during the last decade, Reed Timmer is well-known as the most successful and extreme storm chaser in the world. Not only is Reed one of the few people in existence to document both an F5 tornado, and the most devastating hurricane in U.S. history (Hurricane Katrina), but also graduated with a PhD in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma in 2009.