MFA Speaker Series Archive 2012

Emergent Landscape Speaker Series

The MFA in Emergent Media degree program is proud to host a range of engaging speakers as part of its third Emergent Landscape Speaker Series. The series is part of the EMM 510 - The Emergent Landscape class which explores the questions, "Who are the thought leaders in emergent technologies, and what are they thinking?"

Visiting thought leaders, practitioners, entrepreneurs, researchers and scholars will present their work and concepts in a discussion series on current trends impacting communications. Special attention will be given to the origins and evolution of these ideas. 2012 Speakers will include:

To attend:

Seating is very limited! First priority seating will be given to MFA students and undergraduate students from co-hosting programs. If additional seats are available, they will be available for other Champlain students, faculty, staff and community members on a first-come, first-serve reservation basis. ALL attendees must RESERVE your seat in advance. Please email with "Speaker Series Reservation" in the subject line and indicate which speaker event you'd like to attend. Only 1 ticket per person. If you are part of a class from a co-hosting program, please confer with the appropriate faculty member about whether a class reservation has already been made for you already. Thank you!

Karl Abele & David Goligorsky, IDEO (September 17)

Co-hosted with the Graphic Design & Digital Media program

Karl Abele

Karl AbeleKarl is a Prototyper in IDEO's Boston studio and has worked on a variety of industrial, health and consumer projects since joining the firm in 2008.

Karl is a critical member of Boston's design group, expert in finding the quickest way to represent ideas ranging from books to boxes to buildings. He is a master in many aspects of the mechanical workshop including all manner of cutting, shaping, affixing and powering methods. His efforts proudly embody a famous quote from IDEO founder David Kelley " faster, so you can succeed sooner" - helping to figure out the details of what will work and what will not. He applies this philosophy both in his prototyping work with design teams and in his side projects, recent examples of which have included constructing a vacuum-forming rig from scratch (handy for prototyping soft goods) and perfecting a "Frisbee-Cam" which provides a whole new perspective from every dog's favorite toy.

Karl holds a degree in Electromechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

David Goligorsky

David GoligorskyDavid Goligorsky is a Mechanical Engineer and Product Designer at IDEO. His academic history has been a shuttle between the depths of scientific analysis, engineering rigor, and creative exploration while engaging a methodology to bridge the highly conceptual with the distinctly executable.

Before joining IDEO, David spent two years at a small Engineering firm working primarily on advanced R&D contracts for the Department of Defense and NASA. Projects included aero/mechanical design and manufacture for the Navy's hypersonic electromagnetic railguns as well as concept prototyping novel space suits for NASA/MIT. Here, David worked extensively with "smart materials" such as shape memory alloy and piezoelectrics. He has also worked at AeroVironment, developing next-generation unmanned aerial vehicles.

David earned an MS in Engineering at Stanford University's Joint Program in Design where projects ranged from a single-handed foray into coding social media data visualization to a small team project where he co-founded an electric vehicle company, building a fully-functional concept prototype that was presented to high-level executives of global auto industry leaders. David's earned his BS in Aerospace Engineering at Boston University, but not before exploring several other paths including Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. He held the ASME chair and was awarded an Engineering Leadership Award by the University. David's interest in Biology had included internships at laboratories specializing in Hematology, Pathology, Molecular Chemistry, and Nephrology. He has been awarded by the US Army and the US Public Health Service for research and has a publication in Circulation Research. In addition to Science and Engineering, David has exercised a strong interest in designing brand touchpoints, including services, experiences, and environments.

In his spare time, David plays the musical saw, races bicycles, and reads Hemingway.

Mary DeMarle & Jean-Francois Dugas, Eidos, Deus Ex: Human Revolution (October 1)

Co-hosted with the Game Art & Animation, Game Design, and Game Programming programs

Mary DeMarleMary DeMarle

Mary DeMarle has worked in the game industry as both a freelance contract writer and full-time narrative game designer/writer for over 15 years.

Her work has crossed genres and play styles, and includes such award-winning titles as Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Homeworld II, Myst III: Exile and Myst IV: Revelation, Dungeon Siege: Broken Sword, and the Splinter Cell license.

She is currently working as Eidos Montreal's Narrative Director.

Jean-Francois Dugas

JF DugasJean-François has worked in the game industry for over 15 years as both a Lead Game Designer and Game Director. He is currently working as an Executive Game Director on several unannounced projects at Eidos Montreal.

J-F's work has covered racing games to first person shooters and includes such titles as Monaco Grand Prix, F1 Racing, and Far Cry Instincts, among others. His most challenging endeavor to date has been the award-winning action-RPG, Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

What game(s) are you currently playing: "Kingdom Rush", "Spec Ops: The Line", "The Walking Dead", "Max Payne 3", "Pitfall iOS", "Resident Evil Revelation".

What upcoming game are you looking forward to the most:  For now, the games in my head are "Assassin's Creed 3", the next "Resident Evil" and "NHL 13".
Favourite game all-time: I hate this one since I always feel that I'm penalizing a great game ;) I'm torn between "The Gabriel Knight Series" and "Heroes of Might & Magic 2". Ok, "The Adventure of Link" as well! LOL!

Deus Ex character you most resemble (either physically or emotionally): Good question! Hopefully, I don't look like any of them... ahahahahah!!! I guess, I'll go with JC Denton - he's curious, he's going to fight for what he thinks is right.

One work tool or software application you can't live without: Post-its, my iPhone and my iPad. J

A funny/motivational quote you enjoy: "C'est pas clair!"

Jane Lindholm, Vermont Public Radio & Eva Sollberger, Seven Days (October 15)

Co-hosted with the Broadcast & Streaming Media program

Jane Lindholm

Jane LindholmJane Lindholm hosts the award-winning Vermont Public Radio program Vermont Edition. Jane joined VPR in 2007 to expand Vermont Edition from a weekly pilot into the flagship daily newsmagazine it is today. She has been frequently recognized with regional and national awards for interviewing and use of sound. Before returning to her native Vermont, Jane served as director/producer for the national program Marketplace, based in Los Angeles. Jane began her journalism career in 2001, when she joined National Public Radio (NPR) as an Editorial/Production Assistant for Radio Expeditions, a co-production of NPR and the National Geographic Society. During her time at NPR, she also worked with NPR's Talk of the Nation and Weekend Edition Saturday. Jane graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Anthropology and has worked as writer and editor for Let's Go Travel Guides. In her free time, Jane enjoys nature writing and photography. She has had her photojournalism picked up by the BBC World Service and combines photography and nature writing on her blog, She lives in Monkton.

Eva Sollberger

Eva SollbergerEva Sollberger produces editorial and advertising video for Seven Days, an alternative newspaper in Burlington, Vermont. As a full-time staff member for the past 5 years, she has produced hundreds of videos and hours of content. She is a one-woman crew - producing, shooting and editing her videos from start to finish.  Her weekly Stuck in Vermont videos profile artists, events and oddballs - in January of 2013, she'll celebrate her 300th episode. Eva also appears weekly on WCAX's The :30 to show a short version of her video and discuss it live on air.

Prior to joining Seven Days, Eva worked in the Northern California film industry for a decade, producing visual effects for big-budget pictures, staffing the San Francisco International and Sundance film festivals, and projecting 35mm films at The Rafael Film Center. She's worked just about every gig imaginable from babysitting to bartending to coffee jerking and everything in between. This eclectic resume is where Eva learned how to talk to different types of people which makes her current job a lot easier. Eva made a cable access show about popular culture called The Deadbeat Club for three years and any day now she swears there will be new episodes.

Christina Rosalie Sbarro & Pete O'Neil, Jager Di Paola Kemp (Cancelled due to weather)

Co-hosted with the Graphic Design & Digital Media program

Christina Rosalie Sbarro

Christina Rosalie SbarroChristina Rosalie Sbarro is a writer and an Emerging Media Strategist at JDK Design where she works collaboratively across brand strategy and creative technology to develop engaging brand concepts and strategic executions that invite participation and collaboration through social and emerging media. Prior to JDK, Christina worked as a creative consultant with various tech and cause-driven start-ups and solopreneurs.

A social media early adopter, Christina has blogged, both professionally and for her own enjoyment for almost a decade. Leveraging Kickstarter the year it was developed, Christina successfully launched her first book project, a collection narrative essays and original illustrations exploring the art of living intentionally in the present tense. That book, A Field Guide To Now ( was recently released in September, 2012 by Skirt! Books (Globe Pequot Press.)

Christina graduated with an MFA in Emergent Media from Champlain College in May 2012, and has a BA in Language, Culture and Identity from Connecticut College. Visit: and follow: @christina_write

Pete O'Neil

Pete O'NeilPete O'Neil is the Director of Creative Technology at JDK. In that capacity he is responsible for helping JDK and their clients define and develop digital strategies and execute interactive projects. To put it another way: help businesses figure out what they should be spending their time doing online, based on that figure out what they need to build & how to do it, and then use technology to create those things.

Pete has been designing and building digital stuff since 1994, when loading images inline on web pages defined emerging media. After founding a small digital studio in the Boston area with a few of his friends, in early 2000 he joined the Boston office of Razorfish, one of the larger early digital agencies. Arriving just in time to experience the bursting of the bubble, he ended up working there for 10 years as part of their technology group. With an ever-evolving role as the company was bought/sold/reorganized repeatedly over his tenure, he eventually settled into the position of Technical Architect. Over that span he applied his experience broadly in other areas within the agency for clients including strategy, business & functional analysis, information architecture, content development, user experience design, project management... and even visual design on occasion despite his lack of artistic talent in the traditional sense. He remained with Razorfish after moving to Vermont in 2005, and traveled across the US and into Europe working with a long list of clients that includes Audi, the US Navy, Dow Jones, Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola, T. Rowe Price, and Mercedes-Benz. Road-weary, in 2010 Pete joined Tag New Media, a smaller digital studio in closer to home in Burlington, Vermont where he continued working in digital technology for local clients (such as Green Mountain Coffee, SkiVermont, and Champlain College) before moving to JDK in mid-2012.

Pete has a BA from Colby College where he majored in Biology and Philosophy. He intentionally doesn't have a personal site or discernible public-facing Web presence, and while he does have (several) accounts on the various social media platforms, he typically only uses them for developing, testing, or killing time while waiting for something.

Kristen Haring, Auburn University historian of science and technology (November 5)

Co-hosted with the CORE division

Kristen HaringKristen Haring is a historian of science and technology on the faculty of Auburn University. In Ham Radio's Technical Culture (MIT Press, 2007), she examined amateur technical activities, particularly the hobby of two-way radio communication in the United States. Kristen is currently working on two projects. One documents how the telephone changed conceptions of place. The other is a cultural history of binary systems.

Though the use of binary that is most familiar today is in electronic communication and computation, analytic methods based on two fundamental elements have been deployed for centuries, in many contexts. Kristen hopes to increase popular understanding of contemporary binary systems while raising appreciation for past forms of binary coding and interpretation. Her presentation of the diversity of binary applications includes playful, tangible products: she knits Morse code, by toggling between the stitches knit and purl like a telegrapher turning an electrical pulse on and off. The act of knitting Morse code provided unexpected insight into the history of telegraphy, underscoring the value of hands-on engagement in research and teaching.

Kristen earned degrees in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in history of science from Harvard University. She has held fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center, Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), and the Smithsonian Institution.

Mahmoud Jabari, Student, peace activist and organizer of BREAKAWAY youth summer camps (November 26)

Co-hosted with the Emergent Media Center
Silent Auction & Reception 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Presentation 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Announcement of Auction Winners & Post-Reception 8:00 -8:30 pm

Mahmoud JabariMahmoud Jabari is a Communications Major undergraduate student at Champlain College. He is Youth Ambassador to the UK based organization of Children of Peace. He is a social activist, as he implements and helps others' small projects that enable teenagers and youths to speak up about their opinions, learn about new media, and connect to global issues and youths in other parts of the world in a way that strengthens understanding and dialogue principles between cultures and nations.

He was elected and served as the Youth Mayor of the city of Hebron (2005-2008). He has worked as freelance journalist and as a youth reporter and photojournalist for World Youth News and Aljazeera Talk from 2008 until 2011 in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, where he covered clashes and tense actions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mahmoud's journalistic activism is part of his believe in positive change and peace, which youth from different nations can make together through journalism and dialogue.

Mahmoud has been a peace activist since 2007, working to promote by spreading the importance of listening and understanding each other in order to enable ourselves to share an effort for a better and peaceful life, based on understanding each others' rights and duties as people who share the same land and the same future.

His philosophy about activism: Youths - from all cultures and nations - are able to overcome all kinds of political, religious, and cultural borders and become unified together based on human soul, and shared dreams to make the change they want, and create the world that they want to see themselves and the next generations living in.

In 2012, Mahmoud developed and implemented a series of summer camps for youth in the city of Hebron, Palestine. The summer camps were successfully used as a vehicle to deliver the BREAKAWAY game about preventing violence against women to over 130 young people in the region. In Spring 2012, Mahmoud was also 1 of 11 young people to give a talk at TEDxTeen in New York City.

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