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November 14, 2014
9:00am - 6:00pm (UTC -5hrs)
Charlottesville, VA
United States
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Paramount Theater
215 East Main St
Charlottesville, VA, 22902
United States
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Dr. Andrea Douglas

Dr. Andrea Douglas, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center executive director. Dr. Douglas founded adouglasproject an arts consultancy that specializes in exhibition development and strategic planning for start-up and small nonprofits. Douglas was curator of collections and exhibitions and curator of contemporary art at the University of Virginia Art Museum. Her scholarship considers the cultural and social connections in the biographies of 20th and 21st century artists of the African Diaspora. Douglas serves on the Emily Couric Leadership Forum board, City of Charlottesville PLACE Design Task Force, co-chair of Piedmont Council on the Arts’ cultural plan steering committee, and is a member of the University of Virginia’s Commission on Slavery.

Dean King

Dean King is a best-selling author of nine books, including Skeletons on the Zahara, a Salon Book Award winner, and The Feud, which the Wall Street Journal calls “popular history the way it ought to be written” and USA Today gives four stars (out of four). His biography Patrick O’Brian: A Life Revealed was serialized in the Daily Telegraph, which named it a book of the year. He has appeared on NPR, the BBC, and as a storyteller on two History Channel documentaries, and his writing has appeared in Outside, Garden & Gun, Granta, National Geographic Adventure, and the New York Times.

Donald Davis

Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. "I didn't learn stories, I just absorbed them ," he says as he recounts tales and more tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781. Davis remembers, "I discovered that in a story I could safely dream any dream, go anywhere I pleased, fight any foe, live or die. My stories created a safe experimental learning place. And that is the way that Donald Davis has approached all of his learning a graduate of Duke University; as a retired Methodist minister; as featured teller at the Smithsonian Institution; as a guest host for the National Public Radio Program "Good Evening"; and as father of four sons. For Donald Davis storytelling " not what I do for a is how I do all that I do while I am living.”

Ghislaine Maxwell

Ghislaine Maxwell is the president and founder of The TerraMar Project (TMP), a web-based non-profit organized to protect the ocean commons by empowering a global community of ocean citizens. In addition to promoting awareness and responsibility for the high seas, TMP collaborates with stakeholders to make the oceans part of the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. TMP publishes an online daily newspaper called "The Daily Catch" which aggregates the best marine and water news from around the world. Miss Maxwell is also the President of the global consulting firm Ellmax where she has led a number of private equity deals. Miss Maxwell previously was the Founder and Managing Director of Maxwell’s Corporate Gifts. She was also Senior Relationship Manager for Maxwell Communication Corporation. Miss Maxwell has sat on a number of boards, most notably Oxford United Football Club and Seed Magazine. She holds a B.A. - M.A. from Oxford University. She is a licensed helicopter pilot, certified EMT, and a Deepworker submersible pilot. She is fluent in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Greg Fairchild

Gregory Fairchild teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship and ethics in Darden’s MBA and Executive Education programs. His research is likewise renowned, as he was recently the lead investigator studying business models and public policy issues in the field of community development finance. Fairchild was named one of the Top Ten Business School Professors in the World by CNN/Fortune and one of the 50 Best Business School Professors by Poets & Quants. He was featured in the David Guggenheim documentary, “Spent: Looking for Change.” Fairchild and his wife, Tierney Temple Fairchild (D '94) are the founders of Resilience Education, an organization committed to providing high quality Socratic education to those that might not otherwise afford it. This is the conduit through which the Darden Prison Program is administered, among other initiatives

Hollistic Life Foundation

Ali Smith learned yoga and meditation from his parents, and by visiting ashrams as a child. He has over 12 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations. He has helped develop and pilot yoga and mindfulness programs with at-risk youth at drug treatment centers, mental crisis facilities, and in many other underserved communities around the world. Atman Smith is a native of Baltimore, MD who's parents were yogis that taught him contemplative practices as a very young child. For the past twelve years he has been teaching yoga and mindfulness to a diverse population. Andres Gonzalez has been practicing and teaching yoga for the past 12 years to diverse populations. For the past three years, he has partnered with the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health and Penn State’s Prevention Research Center on a federally funded yoga and mindfulness based study involving urban youth.

Jim Hubbard

In a distinguished career spanning almost five decades, Jim has been nominated thrice for the Pulitzer Prize. He has covered some of the world’s major stories on five continents including the massacre at Munich Olympics in 1972, Cambodian genocide in 1979, the Wounded Knee Siege in 1973 and the Detroit riots in 1967. Jim also served with the White House Press Corps during his 16 year staff position with United Press International (UPI) and has photographed five U.S. presidents In 2007, Jim was the first photographer to be given the prestigious Lewis Hine Distinguished Service Award by the National Child Labor Committee for his advocacy on behalf of disadvantaged youth. Hubbard pioneered the internationally renown ‘Shooting Back’ project, a form of participation photography that later galvanized citizen journalism. At the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Southern California (USC), Hubbard has been a faculty professor since 2008. His classes are the most popular at Annenberg. Jim has authored five book and has four daughters.

Natalie Foley

Natalie Foley is VP & COO at Peer Insight, a consultancy that combines design & business problem-solving techniques to help organizations innovate their services. With a background in strategy, design thinking, and change management, Natalie has led projects for IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers in various countries, functions, and industries. She has worked with clients such as Allstate, DTE Energy, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Kimberly-Clark, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Good Samaritan Society. Natalie serves on the board of DC Social Innovation Project. She holds an MBA from UVA’s Darden School of Business and a BA in Psychology from The College of William and Mary.

Peter Agelasto

Peter Agelasto has spent over 20 years in the music business. He works nearly everyday with recording and internet media technologies. Originally a Mayan archaeologist, Peter turned his focus to “digital culture” as the internet grew to prominence in the late 1990s. In 1998, he founded Monkeyclaus, a recording studio and digital music venture located in Nelson County, Virginia. Two years later, in the loft space above the studio, he founded the internet multimedia start-up, BlueWall Media, as a means of helping musicians, artists, and content creators rethink how media is organized and distributed. He has turned this adventure into a media platform called "Starchive" which counts Bob Dylan as its first client. Peter is in awe of the massive transformations happening to our individual and collective lives and the speed at which cultures are changing and responding to life in this new medium.

Russell Richards

Russell U. Richards is an artist and filmmaker with a studio at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville. His art typically uses elements drawn from life as a jumping-off point into fantastical, futuristic or conceptual territory. Though he jokes his work is too graphical for the fine art world but too fine for the comics, Russell’s art has been exhibited in galleries around the world and published extensively. He is the recipient of a Virginia Commission for the Arts grant, and was honored with a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Taubman Museum of Art in 2009.

Thomas Woltz

Thomas Woltz is the principal and owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) with offices in New York City, Charlottesville VA, and San Francisco CA. During the past 19 years of practice, Woltz and his staff have forged a body of work that integrates the beauty and function of built form and craftsmanship with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration ecology yielding hundreds of acres of reconstructed wetlands, reforested land, native meadows, and flourishing wildlife habitat. Currently NBW is entrusted with the design of 8 major public parks across the US, Canada and New Zealand. The firm’s work has been recognized with over 80 national and international awards and published widely. In 2011, Thomas Woltz was invested into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows, among the highest honors achieved in the profession, and in 2013, named Design Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal Magazine.

Yael Melamede

Yael Melamede is the co-founder of SALTY Features - whose goal is to create media that is vital, entertaining and enhances the world. Melamede’s recent film INOCENTE, directed by Sean and Andrea Fine, won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. Her last film DESERT RUNNERS, directed by Jennifer Steinman, won multiple audience awards in the US and around the world. Other producing credits include: WHEN I WALK, written and directed by Jason Da Silva and Alice Cook; BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN, written and directed by John Krasinski - based on the book by David Foster Wallace; THE INNER LIFE OF MARTIN FROST, written and directed by Paul Auster; and MY ARCHITECT, directed by Nathaniel Kahn and nominated for an Academy Award in 2004. Upcoming films include "(DIS)HONESTY - The Truth About Lies,” based on the work of the behavioral economist Dan Ariely. Melamede trained and worked as an architect before becoming a filmmaker.

Yiqi Cao

Yiqi Cao believes that food is an extraordinary tether for memories and traditions. In 2013, she traveled to China to explore food culture and family history while compiling a photo journal titled “Ginger and Scallion.” As Yiqi learned to make her grandparents’ favorite dishes, the stories that unfolded helped her understand her family’s legacy of creating something from nothing. This history drives her quest to improve healthcare quality and access for those in need. Yiqi is a fourth-year Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia, where she studies biomedical engineering and business and helps lead the student-run organization Engineering Students without Borders.

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Charlottesville, VA, United States