Terry Galloway is a little "d" deaf writer, director, and performer who recently received a cochlar implant. Her plays and performance pieces including, Out All Night and Lost My Shoes, Heart of a Dog, Lardo Weeping and In the House of the Moles, have been produced around the world in venues ranging from the American Place Theater in New York to the Zap Club in Brighton, England. In Austin Texas she was one of the founding members of Esther's Follies, one of the longest-running musical comedy theaters in the Southwest. There she also founded Actual Lives, a writing and performance workshop for adults with disabilities. In Tallahassee she is known as the co-founder of the Mickee Faust Club, a community theater for the weird community. "Annie Dearest," her parody of The Miracle Worker was just named one of Berkeley's Superfest International Disability Film Festival's most influential short films of the decade. She has been a Visiting Artist at the California Institute of the Arts, Florida State University, and the University of Texas in Austin. Her plays, personal essays and academic articles have been widely published and anthologized, most recently in Sleepaway, Writings on Summer Camp (Riverhead Books). Her memoir Mean Little deaf Queer, published in 2009 by Beacon Press was a Lambda Award finalist and the winner of the Golden Crown Award. She has received grants in the arts from the Texas Institute of Letters, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Capitalism is failing for most people in the world because it continues to be exclusionary. Two thirds of the world's population is poor and unless we include them in the game, they will bring down the current game as many times as it takes for them to participate.
SPEAKER BIO: Lucas Daniels is a Junior in International Affairs major, from McLean VA, at The Florida State University with a certificate in Global Pathways and Markets and Institutions. Lucas came to FSU to peruse musical theater but later decided to follow his passion for China. Lucas has been involved on campus as an executive board member of the Asian American Student Union, a resident assistant, Baritone for All-Night Yahtzee, Student assistant to Dean Rasmussen, and other activities. Lucas has also found time to give back to the community through his involvement with the Center for Multicultural Affairs and community development groups such as Habitat for Humanity and Gawad Kalinga. Lucas spent last summer in Beijing China volunteering with children of migrant workers and at a center for autistic children. He hopes to return China this summer, as well as D.C., through the support he has received though the Social Science Scholars Program, to peruse his research interests and further his honors thesis. In the future Lucas has plans to complete a Jurist Doctorate and work to lobby on such issues as international trade and intellectual property law.
Imagine how social media could engage a whole community. As technology continues to evolve in today's society it is important to have individuals who are able to use online resources to bring about desired change, even if the odds are completely against them.
SPEAKER BIO: Juan Escalante is a recent graduate from The Florida State University. He is the Communications Director at www.DreamActivist.org an organization that aides undocumented students in finding resources to achieve their dreams. As an undocumented student, Escalante relied on social media heavily prior to his academic career at Florida State. It was those same tools that eventually led him to graduate debt free with a dual degree in Political Science and International Affairs.Currently, he manages several social networks for various pro-migrant organizations across the United States. Additionally, he trains youth on how to properly speak to the media for interviews. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Escalante is the first of his family to graduate from an American university. His hopes are that his brothers can follow on his footsteps.
We do not need to present ourselves to others as images of perfection. Instead, we need to accept the flaws in others and more importantly in ourselves. Only then - when we accept our imperfections - can we move forward to create positive sustainable change for others, our communities, and ourselves. Our attempts are in vain if we do not own up to our imperfections.
SPEAKER BIO: Teagan Alexander is an 18 year old sophomore at FSU majoring in Literature, Art History and Theatre. She is a rape survivor and a coordinator of Slutwalk Tampa and Tallahassee. Teagan is also a writer, an actor, a vocalist, a dancer, and activist.
Mark A. Campbell, MS, LMT, ATC: Mark joined the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Performance and Resilience Enhancement Program (CSF-PREP) team in 2007 as the Master Trainer for the Warrior in Transition (WT) Mission. He currently acts as the lead on all Warrior Transition Unit related curricula, and as the CSF-PREP Liaison to the Warrior in Transition Command. Mark holds Bachelor degrees in English and Communication from Florida State University, Advanced Bodywork from The CORE Institute of Somatic Therapy, Exercise Science/Sports Medicine from the University of West Florida, and a Master's degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Mark has worked extensively with individuals with different abilities. He specializes in mental skills training for individuals with injuries, illnesses, and different abilities. His primary expertise lies in helping individuals manage adversity by learning to perform holistically at an optimal level in all domains of their lives. Before joining CSF-PREP, Mark worked with athletes at every level of competition, in both sports medicine and sport psychology capacities. He was selected to travel to the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games to work in a medical role. Mark will be a co-presenter at the 2012 Paralympic Leadership Conference, as well as a Director of Mental Training for the Army Warrior Games team. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Wellness.
Michael Bakan (Ph.D. UCLA 1993) is Professor of Ethnomusicology and Head of Ethnomusicology and World Music in the College of Music at Florida State University (FSU). He is the director of the ARTISM Ensemble and of the ARTISM Musicultural Center of Florida. ARTISM stands for Autism: Responding Together in Sound and Movement. The project is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Department of State's Division of Cultural Affairs, and additional state, regional, and corporate entities. Its programs provide direct services to children on the autism spectrum and their families while promoting autism awareness and new ways of thinking about autism that celebrate ability over disability, agency over intervention, and creative expression over skill acquisition. Bakan is the author of World Music: Traditions and Transformations, now its second edition with McGraw-Hill (2012), which has been adopted as a textbook at more than 150 universities nationwide and internationally. His earlier book, Music of Death and New Creation: Experiences in the World of Balinese Gamelan Beleganjur, published by the University of Chicago Press in 1999, was selected to the Choice Outstanding Academic Title list for the year 2000 and was reviewed in The Times of London as one of the two "most significant publications on Balinese music in almost half a century." His many other publications encompass topics ranging from Indonesian music and world percussion to electronic music technology, early jazz history, multicultural music education, film music, and the ethnomusicology of autism. These have appeared in scholarly journals such as Ethnomusicology, Asian Music, Ethnomusicology Forum, and College Music Symposium, and in books published by Oxford University Press, the University of California Press, and the Music Educators National Conference, among others. Bakan additionally serves as series editor for the Routledge Focus on World Music Series, directs both the Balinese gamelan ensemble and the Omnimusica intercultural music ensemble at FSU, and maintains an active career as a composer and percussionist, having performed with a range of artists including John Cage, Rudolf Serkin, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, A. J. Racy, I Ketut Gedé Asnawa, and Cuarteto del Sur during the course of his career. He formerly served as president of the Southeast/Caribbean Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology and has held residencies or served as a visiting professor at numerous institutions, including Harvard, Yale, and Indiana universities; the universities of Chicago, Maryland, Washington, and Illinois; and the Berklee College of Music.