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.
Doug Menuez, Photographer (EG8)
May: 2014, Doug Menuez discusses his photo journalism work during a time that changed the world forever - the early years of Silicon Valley, with a young Steve Jobs and several other visionaries. Documentary photographer Doug Menuez once stood at the North Pole, crossed the Sahara, had tea with Svetlana Stalin and held a chunk of Einstein's brain.
Charles Yang, Violinist (EG6)
April: 2012, Charles Yang performs his arrangement of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. Yang was described by the Boston Globe as one who plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star.
Brendan Foley, Marine Archaeologist (EG8)
May: 2014, Brendan Foley discusses his work uncovering ancient artifacts in the Mediterranean Sea. After taking his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire, Brendan continued to Tufts for a Masters in History, the University of Southampton for an MSc in Maritime Archaeology, and then MIT for a PhD in the History and Archaeology of Ancient Technology.
Michael Wright, Antikythera Resurrector (EG8)
May: 2014, Michael Wright shares discoveries, his study of the Antikythera Mechanism, and mechanisms of his own making. Wright studied Physics at Oxford and History of Technology at Imperial College, London.
Yogi Daniel, Contortionist (EG8)
May: 2014, Yogi Daniel collapses his body, and our minds, in this live performance. Called the “World’s Most Flexible Man,” and able to fold his body into a glass box 14x18x18" Yogi Daniel is one of the great contortionists and yoga masters of all time.
Tim Jenison, Inventor and Ersatz Painter (EG8)
May: 2014, Tim Jenison shares his extraordinary 5-year journey of discovery, which is documented in the film 'Tim's Vermeer', and is joined by Master Forger Ken Perenyi. Founder of NewTek and pioneer in digital video and computer graphics, Tim Jenison is an inventor, hacker, and keyboard player who has built his own pipe organ, flies his own aircraft — and is the magnificent obsessive who took half a decade to maniacally reverse engineer a Vermeer painting using the “Vermirrors” and cleve optical aids thought by David Hockney and others to have been employed by Vermeer.