John Sharify: Storyteller and FilmmakerManager of Seattle Community Colleges Television and Seattle Community Media, John Sharify is a 47 time Emmy award winner who has whole-heartedly devoted himself to the art of storytelling in film as he trains his lens on tales of hope, change, and the miracle of redemption.
Once a civil engineer at Hanford Nuclear Site, 2012-2014 Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken reveals the challenges in seeing how a technology designed to improve lives results in harmful consequences as well. Her crystalline, lyric poetry, bound in several books, questions our relationships with our environments -- whether they are catastrophic relationships with radiation in the environment, mundane relationships in domestic life, or the vivid, visceral existence of the city.
Dr. Peter Ward is a professor of Biology and Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington. He specializes in mass extinction events and also serves as an astrobiologist with NASA. Ward is the author of more than a dozen books, including Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe (with Donald Brownlee), Out of Thin Air: Dinosaurs, Birds and Earth's Ancient Atmosphere, and the Medea Hypothesis: Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive?
Terry Brooks has been a writer since the age of ten. His first novel, The Sword of Shannara, became the first work of fiction to appear on the New York Times Trade Paperback Bestseller List and remained there for five months. He has written thirty bestselling novels, the most recent published in August 2012, as well as a book adaptation of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
As assistant professor for Bastyr University's School of Nutrition and Exercise Science and Culinary Curriculum Director for the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Culinary Arts degree program, author and part-time comedian Cynthia Lair is dedicated to educating people about the benefits of whole foods and their role in disease prevention and the development of healthy children, young adults and families.
As Director of both the Benaroya Institute at Virginia Mason and the Immune Tolerance Network, biomedical researcher Gerald Nepom, MD, PhD, has dedicated himself to understanding the moment when the body turns against itself, causing diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis, and how by decoding our genes we can better relate to our immune system.
Crazy Love is Leslie Morgan Steiner's 2009 memoir about surviving domestic violence and was a New York Times bestseller. She is also the editor of the critically-acclaimed anthology Mommy Wars. Her next book explores surrogacy's impact on American families. She is also a regular guest on national television and radio programs and is a frequent public speaker about family violence. She currently writes the Two Cents on Modern Motherhood column for ModernMom.com.
For over thirty years Phil Borges has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures, striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face. His work is exhibited in museums worldwide and his award winning books have been published in four languages. His most recent book, Tibet: Culture on the Edge highlights the effect of climate change and technology on Tibetan Culture. Borges teaches and lectures internationally and is co-founder of Blue Earth Alliance.
James Arnold Taylor
The versatile vocal range of James Arnold Taylor has given him just as wide a range of success. As one of the most sought after voice actors in the business, he is heard world-wide daily. His credits range from leading roles in blockbuster films, the hottest animation on television, one of the promo voices of the Fox network, and national ad campaigns in commercials for TV and radio - from the voice of a Mini Wheat to the current voice of Fred Flintstone. James Arnold Taylor has a successful career doing what he loves best...entertaining.
Jonah Sachs - Author, Storyteller and Designer
An internationally recognized storyteller, author, designer and entrepreneur, Jonah Sachs is the co-founder and creative director of Free Range Media. Jonah's passion lies in exploring the crossroads of ancient storytelling techniques, social responsibility and emerging technologies. He has helped hundreds of social brands and causes break through the media din with campaigns built on sound storytelling strategies. He shows how value-driven stories represent humanity's greatest hope for the future.
Phillip Thurtle, Educator and Researcher
Phillip Thurtle is an interdisciplinary scholar using the tools of cultural and intellectual history, continental philosophy, media theory, and science and technology studies to discover how the material culture of information processing redefines life and the potential of human beings. He is director of the Comparative History of Ideas program, associate professor in History, and Adjunct in Anthropology at the University of Washington.
Lesley Hazleton: Writer
Lesley Hazleton's work focuses on the intersection of politics and religion, history and current affairs. She describes her blog The Accidental Theologist as "an agnostic eye on politics, religion, and existence." Her new book, The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad, will be published in January.
Howard Frumkin - Physician, Educator and Researcher
Howard Frumkin, Dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health, is an authority on the public health aspects of urban sprawl and the built environment; air pollution; metal and PCB toxicity; climate change and environmental and occupational health policy, especially regarding minority workers and communities. He recently held leadership roles at the U.S. Center for Disease Control in Atlanta in the areas of Environmental Health and Climate Change and Health.
Gabriel Teodros - Artist, Educator, Community Organizer
To know that another world is possible, and to bring it to life through music; this has always been the mission of Gabriel Teodros. He made a mark with groups CopperWire, Abyssinian Creole and Air 2 A Bird, and reached an international audience with his critically-acclaimed solo debut Lovework. Early 2012 saw the release of his newest solo project, Colored People's Time Machine, as well as CopperWire's Earthbound, a space opera of a hip hop ride (set in the year 2089) recorded with fellow Ethiopian-American artists Meklit Hadero and Burntface.
Jessie Woolley-Wilson: Education Technology Innovator
Jessie Woolley-Wilson is an eLearning leader who has served as President of LeapFrog SchoolHouse, Blackboard, and now as Chair, President and CEO of DreamBox Learning, creator of the Intelligent Adaptive Learning platform that teaches students at any level of understanding how to become better junior mathematicians.
Blaine Harden - Author and Journalist
Blaine Harden currently reports for PBS Frontline and is a contributor to the Economist. He has a long and distinguished career as a foreign correspondent for the Washington Post in Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa, and as a national correspondent for the New York Times. He has received numerous journalism awards and his most recent book, Escape From Camp 14, is an international best-seller.
New Old Time Chautaqua
New Old Time Chautaqua
New Old Time Chautauqua builds community through laughter, entertainment and delight. It has a 30+ year history of bringing its unique style of vaudeville entertainment to rural communities around the Northwest and beyond. Created by the Flying Karamazov Brothers, Patch Adams and others, and born out of the Oregon Country Fair, it has grown to include a second generation of performers. Through entertainment and education, New Old Time Chautauqua delights and inspires wherever it goes.
Logan Smalley, Filmmaker and Educator
Former TED Fellow and current Director of TED-Ed, Logan Smalley employs his background as a documentarian and teacher to develop and explore the potential of video as a supplementary learning tool in classrooms around the world. TED-Ed videos can be utilized by individuals for their own learning enjoyment or custom tooled by teachers to educate their students.
Mark Mueller-Eberstein Consultant, Business Leader
Professor Mark Mueller-Eberstein is an internationally acclaimed business leader, entrepreneur, consultant, researcher, best-selling author, and teaches at the Rutgers University Center for Management Development. Mark explores the dynamic between the human and technical factors that positively impact business operations and how businesses can leverage key technology trends.