Nina Paley, Cartoonist, Quilter (EG8)
May: 2014, Nina Paley shows her brilliant animation and quilting work, and explains her fearless, forward thinking stance on copyright issues. Paley is the creator of the animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues, which combines the Indian epic Ramayana with 1920's pop recordings of Annette Hanshaw.
Ford Hallam, Metal Artist (EG10)
April, 2016: Ford Hallam shares the alchemic poetry of working with metal. Ford trained initially as a goldsmith in the European tradition, completing his apprenticeship in 1985.
Max Ferguson, Painter (EG5)
April, 2011: Max Ferguson shares his stories and paintings, including a series on his father, and a poem he wrote after his father’s death. Ferguson is an artist known for his highly realistic paintings of vanishing New York scenes.
Shai Reshef, President, University of the People (EG5)
April, 2011: Shai Reshef speaks on tuition-free education, open source technology, and a new culture of learning. Credited with taking the world to school, Shai Reshef is the president and founder of University of the People (www.UoPeople.edu), the first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited U.S. online university aimed at democratizing higher education.
Bob Kramer, Master Bladesmith (EG10)
April, 2016: Bob Kramer follows his heart - he takes star stuff and turns it into cutting edge beauty. Bob has become one of 120 Master Bladesmiths in the US.
Derek Wang, Pianist, & Hugh Welchman, Oscar-winning Filmmaker & Writer, Founder, Breakthru Films (EG10)
April, 2016: Hugh Welchman shows selections from the animated films, The Magic Piano and Little Postman, each with Chopin Etudes soundtracks, performed live by Derek Wang. Seventeen-year-old pianist Derek Wang has a thirst for beautiful music that he is driven to share, in the belief that great art invites all of today's citizens in a search for sincerity and unity. Hugh graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics and a vague notion of wanting to make films.
Louis Rossetto, Chocolatier (EG5)
April, 2011: Louis Rossetto provides a chocolatey treat for everyone in the room while discussing both the delectable, and the distasteful aspects of the business. Rossetto is the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of TCHO, the award-winning San Francisco bean-to-bar craft chocolate manufacturer.