More about Our Featured Panelists:
Karen Beckman: Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media, Director of Penn Art and Culture Initiative, and the Interim Director of the Penn Humanities Forum. She is the author of Vanishing Women: Magic, Film and Feminism; Crash: Cinema and the Politics of Speed and Stasis, and is working on a new book, Animation and the Contemporary Art of War.
Al Filreis: Kelly Family Professor of English, Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House, Director of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, Co-Director of PennSound, and Publisher of Jacket2. Among his books are Secretaries of the Moon, Wallace Stevens & the Actual World, Modernism from Left to Right, and Counter-revolution of the Word. He has taught a massive open online course on Modern Poetry called ModPo to 42,000 students in 2012 and 37,000 in 2013.
Ken Lum: Director of the Undergraduate Fine Arts Program. He has worked in a variety of media including performances, sculptures, photographs, paintings and installations; a large and complex body focusing on identity formation in the public and private arenas. He has participated in numerous major art exhibitions around the world, including this year’s Whitney Biennial. He has published widely and is the Founding Editor of Yishu: The Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.
Amy Sadao: Daniel Dietrich II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art. Before assuming the directorship of ICA, Sadao served for ten years as Executive Director of Visual AIDS in New York City. Sadao has been the recipient of several awards for her work and notably honored by Christine Quinn, Speaker of the New York City Council, as a Women in the Arts Leader. She is the 2014 recipient of ArtTable’s New Leadership Award and also serves on the board of directors of Denniston Hill, an artist residency program. She is a strong advocate for the importance of art and culture in civil society,
Davis Butner (C’14): Double major in Music and Architecture with a minor in Architectural History. He plays violin in the Penn Symphony and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. He is the founder of Penn Encore Society and Encore Classics radio program. He is also a member of ArchTank, Penn’s architecture society student board, and is involved in Philadelphia's American Institute of Architects chapter.
Gary Kafer (C’14): Double major in Visual Studies and Cinema Studies with a minor in Fine Arts. Since his freshman year, Gary has served as a DJ, the Head Music Writer, and the Blog Editor at WQHS, UPenn's student radio station. Gary has interned with New Horizons Pictures in Los Angeles and is working on a website about Nollywood, the Nigerian video film industry. He is performing a cognitive analysis of avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage's editing techniques as part of his senior thesis, and has applied to PhD programs in Film Theory.
Whitney Kite (C’14): Anthropology major with minors in Art History and Music. She performs in Penn Flutes, is the residential advisor of the Ancient Studies residential program, and has worked in Penn Museum's skeletal collections and archives. She is a member of the History of Art Undergraduate Advisory Board, and she is one of the student curators of the exhibition "On the Wings of Eagle and Raven: Tlinglit and Haida Traditions," opening April 10th at Arthur Ross Galley. Whitney is also an Art and Culture campus tour guide.
Kate Herzlin (C’14) is a senior majoring in English with a Creative Writing Concentration and minors in Political Science and Theatre Arts. Kate serves on the boards of Penn Players and Penn Singers, is the Director of Penn Monologues, and is the Chair of the English Undergraduate Advisory Board. Kate interned in Philadelphia the past two summers at PlayPenn in 2012 and InterAct Theatre in 2013. She is currently the artistic intern at The Wilma Theater. Kate was the winner of the 2013-2014 Penn Plays Fellowship for her one-act play Princess.
Levi Gikandi (C’14): Fine Arts major with a minor in Urban Studies. He is an international student from Mombasa, Kenya. Levi traveled to Istanbul as part of the 2012-2013 Silverstein Photography Studio Abroad program, during which he worked on a photography project on the complex identities of African transitory migrants in Istanbul. Levi also traveled to Jamaica to work on the Tivoli Stories photography project with Professors Ken Lum and Deborah Thomas. He is a member of Penn’s African Rhythms dance troupe. His senior thesis project, “The Captive Audience: A Drama in Three Acts,” has photo, writing, ink print, and performance components.