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June 1, 2019
10:00am - 5:00pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
United States
This event is invite-only.

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New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Avenue
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505
United States
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Allegra Love

Immigration Attorney
Allegra Love is an immigration attorney and the founder and executive director of Santa Fe Dreamers Project. She has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She is a licensed teacher and attorney in the State of New Mexico. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She volunteers on national and international legal aid projects to support refugees seeking asylum in the United States. She is passionate about ending immigration detention, abolishing ICE's operations in the US, and creating more humane refugee policies. She is fluent in Spanish and English and loves country music.

Chris Kempes

Lead Scientist & Professor of Biological Architecture
Chris Kempes is a Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He studied physics and mathematics as an undergraduate before earning a Ph.D. in physical biology from MIT. Using mathematical and physical techniques Professor Kempes studies how simple theoretical principles inform a variety of biological phenomena ranging from major evolutionary life-history transitions, to the biogeography of organisms on Earth, to the possibilities for detecting life beyond our planet. He is particularly interested in biological architecture as a mediator between physiology and the local environment. In the broadest terms, Chris’ goal is to find theories and principles that apply to a wide range of biological scales and hierarchies

Hollis Walker

Award winning Journalist and Author
Hollis Walker is a veteran professional journalist who has won dozens of awards for her writing and editing. She has worked as a reporter and editor for the Albuquerque Journal and the Santa Fe New Mexican, and has written for publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal, Ms. magazine and Mother Earth News. Walker has also worked as a radio personality and producer and as an art curator and gallery director. She was the recipient of the prestigious Pew National Arts Journalism Program Fellowship. At age 52, she went to seminary to become an interfaith minister, and subsequently trained for a year as a hospital chaplain, working primarily with the critically ill and dying. She has also worked in hospice and nursing homes. Walker offers support groups and counseling, especially to those in grief, and continues to write and edit, coach individual writers and teach writing groups.

Marsha Pincus

Award Winning Educator, Writer, Creative Consultant
Marsha Rosenzweig Pincus is an educator and writer who has been teaching and coaching writers for over 40 years. The only Philadelphia public school teacher to be awarded Teacher of the Year twice (1988 and 2005), Pincus co-founded the Crossroads program, an inquiry based, student-centered, school within a school. A founding member of Philadelphia Young Playwrights, her students’ plays were performed professionally on Philadelphia and New York stages. As a teacher educator, Pincus has taught graduate courses to new and experienced teachers at the University of Pennsylvania and lead workshops and seminars nationally on school reform, practitioner inquiry and literacy education. Her essays have appeared in several books about education including Going Public With Our Teaching: An Anthology of Practice. Today, she resides in Santa Fe where she is owner of Two Raven Studios, a boutique production company which supports women writers and develops socially conscious films.

Michael Davis

Chief Executive Officer of Merek Security Solutions
Michael Davis was born in 1976 in Greenville, South Carolina where he completed all of his formal education; during his high school years, he attended the Greenville County Fine Arts Center High school for Music Composition and Theory, but later decided to join the United States Navy upon high school graduation in 1995. Fast forward through a 21-year naval military career where he served in both domestic and overseas capacities for system engineering and network cyber solutions development, he was named name Principal Technical Program Manager for Information Security for LANL’s SIGMA Division in January 2018. Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Language, holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, and currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Information Technology with a focus on Technical Innovation Management. He is the CEO of Merek Security Solutions, LLC. His book, Cyber Happiness, is expected to be published within the next year.

Robert Whitaker

George Polk Award Winning Journalist
Robert Whitaker is a journalist and the author of five books, three of which tell of the history of psychiatry. His first, Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill was named by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of 2002. His second book on this topic, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, won the Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for best investigative journalism in 2010. His latest book which he co-wrote while a fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, is Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform. Winner of numerous awards, including a George Polk award for medical writing, and a National Association of Science Writers’ award for best magazine article. A series he co-wrote for The Boston Globe was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998

Stephen Guerin

Founder & Principal, Redfish Group
Stephen Guerin is the founder of Santa Fe-Based RedfishGroup and SimTable which develop software guided by the Santa Fe Approach vision. Their first product, SimTable, is a collaborative physical 3D sandtable with projected interactive geospatial simulations and data visualizations. Simtable was developed in 2009 and named one of Time Magazine's top 5 inventions in 2011 along with Apple's Siri and the Lytro camera. With over 100 installations, SimTable is now a world standard in Wildland Fire training and neighborhood outreach as citizens collectively explore public policies around the issues of Wildland Fire. SimTable is also used in schools and universities in STEAM education to explore geospatial agent-based models, novel forms of human computer interaction, and ultimately empowering students to develop models of their own world for collaborative exploration. Stephen lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Alison, and their two sons, Miles and Reed, of whom, he's insanely proud.

Tom Maguire

Creative Art Administrator
Tom Maguire's career in music and the arts spans nearly sixty years as a performer, arranger, conductor and arts administrator. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Maguire began his career in the classical music realm with the American Symphony Orchestra and legendary conductor, Leopold Stokowski at Carnegie Hall at age 19. As an arts administrator Mr. Maguire has guided ballet companies, symphony orchestras, and numerous small ensembles and is a Founder of the Oklahoma Arts Institute. In 2003, Mr. Maguire joined the City of Santa Fe as a Culture, Arts and Tourism Planner and then directed Culture and Heritage Tourism for the City of Santa Fe and was the senior planner for the UNESCO International Creative Tourism Conference in fall 2008. Mr. Maguire is a 2004 recipient of The Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the City of Santa Fe and was appointed to the New Mexico Arts Commission in 2012 by Governor Suzanna Martinez and reappointed in 2015.

Organizing team


  • Lee Herrera
  • Noela Abney