EVELYN ALSULTANY - Arabs and Muslims in the Media: The Problem with Stereotypes and the Path to Social Change
Evelyn Alsultany is a leading expert on the history of representations of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. media. Her research, teaching, and lecturing are driven by a commitment to bringing Arab and Muslim Americans into the broader conversation about racial politics in the U.S. In her lectures, she seeks to educate audiences on the history of stereotypical representations of Arabs and Muslims in the US media, its consequences as evident in public opinion and government policies, and alternatives to foster greater human respect and dignity.
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.
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.
SCOTT FREIMAN - Deconstructing the Beatles
Scott Freiman (pronounced “Fry Man”), the creator of Deconstructing the Beatles, is a composer, musician, and software entrepreneur. He is probably the only person to have sold out Carnegie Hall and been a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year.In 2009, Scott created Deconstructing the Beatles, a series of multimedia presentations about the composition and production techniques of the Fab Four. Each Deconstructing the Beatles lecture is the result of countless hours of intensive research and deep analysis of Beatles’ outtakes and related recordings. Scott takes his listeners on a journey into the studio with the Beatles, giving new insight into their recordings.
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.
KAILA MULLADY - Finding Your Voice: Musings From a World Champion Beatboxer
Kaila Mullady is a world champion beatboxer, actress, producer, educator and social entrepreneur. At the heart of each of her performances is the boundary-pushing expression of the human instrument. Kaila’s lively and electrifying talk – part lecture and part performance – offers a freewheeling, intimate look at her journey through the often-challenging landscape of the male-dominated beatbox culture, how she made it to the top despite the odds being stacked against her, and the vital importance of owning her unique strengths and differences to stand out, thrive and achieve her goals.
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - The Beloved Indie Classic
“Napoleon Dynamite” was made almost 15 years ago. Since then much has changed; but the characters, as enduring as they are endearing, stay in our hearts. Appealing to the inner-teenager in each of us, the story, and more importantly the dialogue, makes “Napoleon Dynamite” one of the most quoted movies of our time. Napoleon Dynamite makes us laugh – and laugh hard – over and over again. This unique evening includes a full screening of “Napoleon Dynamite” followed by a lively, freewheeling, moderated discussion with fan-favorite cast members; Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico).
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.
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.
BILL ZAHN - One Artist's Journey to Pixar Animation Studios
Bill Zahn was a kid obsessed with movies. At the age of nineteen, he packed his bags, and with sixty bucks to his name, moved to Los Angeles to chase his dream. Even though he was completely self-taught and only had a modest portfolio, he quickly made his way into the world of live action creature and make-up effects, working as a lead artist on projects like Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Men in Black, Godzilla and the creation of the Budweiser Frogs. Only a couple of years later, he got the call he had been waiting for – from Pixar Animation Studios, and that’s where he’s been working as a character artist and designer for the past 15 years.
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