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.
Danny Ferrington, Luthier (EG8)
May, 2014: A delightful Danny Ferrington charms the crowd with touching recollections of the people he has made guitars for, including Johnny Cash and David Lynch, and is joined by Sam Zygmuntowicz for a brief chat and performance. Einstein studied the violin at Princeton, and when he gave up he said, you can't figure out human intuition and that's what makes them sound good.
Nadejda Vlaeva, Pianist (EG8)
May, 2014: Nadejda Vlaeva discusses her formative years in Communist Bulgaria, performs two rarely heard pieces, and shares an animated short film. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Nadejda began playing the piano at age 5.
Arthur Drooker, Photographer (EG8)
May, 2014: Arthur Drooker shares stories and photos from his new book, Conventional Wisdom. Drooker is the photographer and author of American Ruins, Lost Worlds, and Pie Town Revisited.
Andrew Hessel, Scientist (EG8)
May, 2014: Andrew Hessel shares his theory on what could be a radical shift in the near future of drug making. Hessel thinks cancer can be beaten if we can only make smarter medicines faster and cheaper.
Stephen Berkmen, Photographer and Artist (EG8)
May, 2014: Stephen Berkman shares his work with us, including photographs from his new book, Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, the Lost Years. Like a 19th century somnambulist, Berkman perambulates through the now vanished era of pre-chemical photography.
Mark Siddall, Leech Expert (EG8)
May: 2014, Mark Siddall shares a fascinating and inspiring account of the eradication of the dreaded Guinea Worm. Siddall of the American Museum of Natural History maintains a research program studying leech biodiversity and evolutionary history.