Suzanne Seggerman is an award-winning new media thought leader and public speaker on games and media for social impact. Founding the award-winning non-profit Games for Change (G4C), she has served as an advisor for a wide variety of social impact projects including The President's Innovate To Educate STEM Initiative and Michelle Obama's Healthy Kids Campaign.
Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon's latest book is the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, published by Workman Publishing. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including The Force of Kindness (2005), Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (2002), and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995).
Owen Pell is a litigation partner at White & Case in New York City (www.whitecase.com). His areas of practice include complex commercial litigation, litigation involving foreign sovereigns, and litigation involving issues of international law. Mr. Pell has handled important cases in the area of corporate social responsibility, including cases relating to companies that did business in Europe during World War II, in South Africa during the former apartheid regime, and in America during the time of African slavery. In 2000, Mr. Pell participated in the negotiations between the United States and France to resolve Holocaust-related claims. More recently, he completed a case for the Republic of Peru that resulted in an agreement by Yale University to return to Peru artifacts from Machu Picchu. Mr. Pell has formulated a proposal for a title-clearing and dispute resolution body to address claims relating to works of art looted from individuals during the Holocaust. In 2003, the European Parliament overwhelmingly adopted a resolution supporting further study of this proposal. More recently, Mr. Pell was invited to be the only private lawyer on the US delegation to the June 2009 Prague Conference on Holocaust Era Assets, which culminated in the signing of the Terezin Declaration.
Al Biles is a professor in the School of Interactive Games and Media at RIT, where he teaches software development, computer music, and interactive media courses to students in RIT’s Game Design & Development and New Media programs. He has been developing GenJam since 1993 and performs with it a couple of times a month. He also performs with people as well, and he honestly can’t decide which he prefers playing with. Al will soon launch an open source community whose goal will be to port GenJam to a computing environment from the current millennium in order to make it generally available.
A native of upstate N.Y., Stenger was appointed president at Binghamton University in Nov. 2011. Prior to that he served as interim provost at the University at Buffalo, where he had been dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences since 2006. He is a chemical engineer by training, earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University in 1979 and his doctorate in the same discipline from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983.
Prior to joining the administration at UB, Stenger was a professor at Lehigh University's College of Engineering and Applied Science, where he also served as dean for six years and served terms as co-chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and director of the Environmental Studies Center.
Stenger’s research focuses on aspects of alternative energy, including hydrogen production, selective catalytic reduction of nitrogen oxides, mercury reaction pathways, catalytic destruction of chlorinated hydrocarbons, and fuel cell modeling and optimization. As an administrator, his emphasis has been on improving student quality, strengthening academic programs, and increasing international research and academic partnerships.
Steven Kurtz, Professor of Visual Studies at SUNY Buffalo, is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed art and theater group Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). Critical Art Ensemble is a collective of tactical media practitioners of various specializations, including computer graphics and web design, wetware, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and performance. Formed in 1987, CAE’s focus has been on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. The collective has performed and produced a wide variety of projects for an international audience at diverse venues ranging from the street, to the museum, to the Internet. Critical Art Ensemble has also written six books on aspects of art, political economy, and new media.
Leigh Ann Wheeler
Leigh Ann Wheeler is an associate professor of History at Binghamton University and co-editor of the Journal of Women's History, the premier scholarly journal in the international field of women's history. Her first book, Against Obscenity: Reform and the Politics of Womanhood in America, 1873-1934, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2004, and her second, How Sex Became a Civil Liberty, will be published by Oxford University Press later this year. She loves to teach women's history in addition to courses in the history of sexuality, and finds the Modern U.S. History survey course particularly enjoyable when she can teach it with her husband, who is also an historian. Their eight-year-old son, whether in self-defense or out of genetic inclination, is also a fan of history and a stern critic of whatever strikes him as sexist.