David Berreby is the author of “Us and Them: The Science of Identity.” He has written about human behavior and other science topics for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Smithsonian, The New Republic, Nature, Discover, Vogue and many other publications. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Paris, a Science Writing Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory, a resident at Yaddo, and in 2006 was awarded the Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship for the first edition of “Us and Them.”
Philosopher, performing artist and internationally acclaimed Tao master, Chungliang Al Huang is the founder-president of the Living Tao Foundation and the international Lan Ting Institute in the sacred mountains in China, and on the Oregon Coast, USA. He is one of the most sought after speakers in the field of human potentiality, on cultural diversity and creative dynamism in global business, education and all arenas of life. He is a research scholar of the Academia Sinica, and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, and an assembly member for the Council for A Parliament of the World Religions. He received the highest rated Speaker’s Award from Young Presidents’ Organization, the New Dimension Broadcaster Award, and the prestigious Gold Medal from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China. A close colleague and collaborator with the late scholar Alan Watts and mythologist Joseph Campbell, Huang was featured in the inaugural segment of Bill Moyers’ renowned PBS “World of Ideas” series. He is the author of numerous best-selling books, including the classic, “Embrace Tiger, Return To Mountain”, “Essential Tai Ji”, “Quantum Soup”and “Chinese Book of Animal Powers”
Terrence Roberts is a civil rights activist, diversity consultant, and member of the ‘Little Rock Nine’ who desegregated Central High School in 1957. Dr. Roberts is CEO of Terrence J. Roberts & Associates, a management consultant firm devoted to fair and equitable practices. A graduate of California State University at Los Angeles (BA) and UCLA (MSW), Dr. Roberts obtained his Ph.D. In psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He has appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show, The Newshour, Tavis Smiley and the BBC, among others.
Nick Troiano is the National Campus Director for Americans Elect, a nonpartisan organization that will hold the first-ever online convention to nominate a third ticket for president and vice-president in the 2012 election. He recently graduated with a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University, where he spearheaded the creation of the Georgetown Social Innovation and Public Service Fund. Nick serves as policy director for the National Campus Leaders Council and on the youth advisory board for the Concord Coalition. He is passionate about youth civic engagement, political reform and the intersection of technology and democracy. Nick hails from Milford, PA and enjoys bike riding and photography.
Brian C. Campbell, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), developed and directs the anthropology minor and applied environmental anthropology research program at UCA. He received his PhD from the University of Georgia, Environmental and Ecological Anthropology Program. His film production venture, Ozarkadia Films, allows Campbell to collaborate with independent film-makers, many of whom are former students, in the production of ethnographic films related to environmental anthropology, primarily in his Ozark Highlands research sites. His research and service project, Conserving Arkansas’s Agricultural Heritage (CAAH!), focuses on agrobiodiversity conservation in Arkansas (and in the Missouri Ozarks) through seed banks, campus and community gardens, and the establishment of public seed exchanges to distribute and conserve open-pollinated crop species and reawaken the public to their agrarian roots. Campbell has produced two independent documentary films: Seed Swap (2010) and The Natural State of America (2011).
Mission IMPROVable is a nationally touring improv comedy group based in both Chicago and Los Angeles. They were named the 2011 Comedy Act of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine after years of second place finishes. They also own M.i.’s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, CA.