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2012-2013 Guests-in-Residence

2012-2013 Unit One/Allen Hall


Fall 2012

September 9, 2012 – September 13, 2012
S. Bear Bergman is an author, theater artist, and frequent lecturer on gender, sexuality, and culture. Bear was one of the founders of the first Gay/Straight Alliances and a founding commission member of what is now called the Massachusetts Safe Schools Project. Today, he creates cultural competency and institutional policy around LGBTQ issues for corporations, universities, school systems, health organizations, and state and provincial governments. Bear is the creator and performer of five award-winning solo performances. Bear's published work includes Butch Is a Noun, Lambda Literary Award-finalist The Nearest Exit May be Behind You, and the children's books Backwards Day and The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy. He is also the editor (with Kate Bornstein) of the multiple-award winning Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation.  

September 16, 2012 – September 20, 2012
Nina Paley is the creator of the animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues, which has screened in over 150 film festivals and won over 35 international awards including the Annecy Grand Crystal, The IFFLA Grand Jury Prize, and a Gotham Award. Her adventures in our broken copyright system led her to “copyLeft” her film and to join as Artist-in-Residence. is dedicated to expanding the debate about copyright and helping cultural producers embrace open distribution. She recently produced a series of animated shorts about intellectual freedom called Minute Memes. Prior to becoming an animator Nina was a syndicated cartoonist; she is now freely re-releasing all her old comics with a “Copyheart” message which invites people to copy her work. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, Nina has a new daily comic strip, Mimi & Eunice.

September 30, 2012 – October 4, 2012
Nada Alwadi is a Bahraini journalist, writer, and researcher. She has been working in print media since 2003 covering politics and human rights issues in the Middle East. She holds a Masters degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis on women's political empowerment in the media, from the University of Maryland, where she was a Humphrey/Fulbright fellow. Alwadi covered the recent crackdown in Bahrain for several international media outlets including USA Today. In 2011, she was one of the recipients of the first James Lawson Award for Nonviolent Achievement by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. Alwadi co-founded the Bahraini Press Association with other prominent Bahraini journalists. The Bahraini Press Association seeks to defend local and international journalists who have been attacked or targeted by the Bahraini authorities.

October 14, 2012 – October 18, 2012
Jimmie Rodgers is a full time hacker, artist, musician, open hardware developer, and techno-nomad. For the past three years, he has been traveling the world teaching people how to make everything from musical instruments to 3D printers. He has written for Make Magazine, and created many popular projects online, all of which are either open source or creative commons. He has taught thousands of people how to program the Arduino, which is an open source micro controller platform designed to help artists and non-engineers create interactive objects or environments. His most popular project is the LoL Shield for Arduino, which is a 14x9 LED matrix that people can build themselves. The LoL Shield has been used for many fun projects, such as twitter bots, LED chandeliers, robot faces, and other projects that blink or say something. Over the years, he has helped teach over 40,000 people to solder though events like Maker Faire and hacker conferences.

October 21, 2012 – October 24, 2012
James Loewen wrote the best-selling Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong, in part as a critique of existing textbooks, but also an account of American history as it should be taught. His more recent books include Teaching What Really Happened and Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism. He also wrote Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong; The Truth About Columbus; and Mississippi: Conflict and Change; which won the Lillian Smith Award for Best Southern Nonfiction. This book was rejected for public-school text use by the State of Mississippi, leading to the path-breaking First Amendment lawsuit, Loewen et al. v. Turnipseed, et al. He has been an expert witness in more than 50 civil rights, voting rights, and employment cases.

Spring 2013

February 3, 2013 – February 7, 2013
Annie Sprinkle is an internationally known multi-media artist and a preeminent figure in the “feminist sex-positive movement”. She has researched and explored sexuality in all of its forms for thirty six years, and has shared her findings along the way through films, photographs, workshops, and college lectures. Since 1989, Sprinkle has continuously toured one-woman theater performances about her life. Her art work has long championed sex education and equal rights. The film she produced and directed, The Sluts and Goddesses Video Workshop, has played in over 100 film festivals and at museums and galleries across the country, including the Guggenheim in New York City. Annie Sprinkle’s autobiography, Post Porn Modernist, broke new ground in art books that included sexually oriented imagery and became a cult classic. Her book Hard Core From the Heart; The Pleasures, Profits and Politics of Sex in Performance won the Firecracker Alternative Book Award (2002).

February 10, 2013 – February 14, 2013
Antwi Akom is Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED) which focuses on creating sustainable cities and schools so that people do not have to leave their communities in order to live, learn, work, and thrive. His research focuses on the links between race, environmental health, and educational equity in cities and schools; the role of the green economy in facilitating pathways out of poverty for vulnerable populations; and the role of local knowledge in the production of environmental health and educational equity. His forthcoming books are Building Sustainable Cities and Schools and Redemption Songs: New Visions of Race, Schooling, and Sustainability.  

February 24, 2013 – February 28, 2013
Douglas Ewart is best known as a composer, improviser, sculptor and maker of masks and instruments. Ewart is also an educator, lecturer, and arts organization consultant. Born in Kingston, Jamaica and currently based in Minneapolis, Ewart has performed throughout the world, including collaborations with Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill and others. Ewart’s abilities extend to a variety of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, flute, bamboo flutes, bassoon, didgeridoo, Rastafarian hand drums, and numerous hand-made and invented instruments. His sculptures, sound sculptures, and handcrafted masks have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Ewart has received numerous awards, including a Bush Artists Fellowship, a Minnesota Composers Forum/McKnight Foundation Fellowship, Jerome Foundation grants, and Mayor Harold Washington's Outstanding Artist Award.

March 3, 2013 – March 7, 2013
Davy Rothbart and Peter Rothbart
Davy Rothbart is the creator of Found Magazine, a frequent contributor to This American Life, and author of the essay collection My Heart is an Idiot and a book of stories, The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He writes regularly for GQ Magazine, and his work also appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Believer. He has directed three films; a fourth, Easier With Practice, based on one of his autobiographical essays, won two 2010 Independent Spirit Awards.
Peter Rothbart is an award winning songwriter and the front man for folk rock group The Poem Adept. He recently released his third solo album, You Are What You Dream, and his music was featured in McSweeney's Wholphin and the 2012 documentary film Mister Rogers & Me. He is also an editor at Found Magazine and the executive director of the urban gardening organization We Patch.

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