Innovation: Radical Dreams for the Real World
In 2016, Gathering participants will explore their own potential for innovation by exploring new fields, and listening to people who have taken radical leaps into new art forms, new technology, new ventures, and in their private lives. The program will feature writers, artists, scientists, philosophers, and entrepreneurs who have broken through established ways of thinking to change the world in ways large and small. The aim of Radical Dreams for the Real World is to inspire and challenge participants to break new ground in their creative lives.
Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D., MBA, J.D. is a lawyer, entrepreneur, and medical ethicist. In 1990 she founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio (now Sirius XM). When her daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease, Martine left Sirius to search for a cure. She founded United Therapeutics in 1996 and has since served as Chairman and co-CEO. Martine is also a leading legal advocate for human rights and has led the IBA in presenting the UN with a draft treaty on the genome.
Real Dreams for the Radical World – A Conversation about Digital Mortality and Breaking Other Barriers
Dreams, Downfall, and Starting Over
Is this the Golden Age of Documentary Films? A filmmaker takes us through the steps of making a documentary using his current project The Seeds of Vandana Shiva, and discusses the role of independent documentary in today’s media landscape.
Our Future Off-Earth
Off-Center, Off-Kilter, Off-World: Philip K. Dick’s Radical Dreamscapes
Poetry Reading and My Life as a Poet
Emirhan Tunca was born in Istanbul, Turkey, into a family of musicians. He began studying the cello at age eight at Istanbul State Conservatory. In 2011, he was accepted into the studio of Professor Marion Feldman at the New York University Steinhardt School, where he received both his Master’s and Artist Diploma in Cello Performance in 2015. Since his debut at age eleven with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Emirhan has appeared in numerous concerts and recitals in Europe and the United States, as well as national and international competitions. He recently made his debut at Carnegie Hall performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto as a soloist with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta. His awards and honors include: NYU String Competition, New York, 1st Prize; Associated Music Teachers League, New York, Grand Prize Winner;International Young Musicians Classical Music Competition, Edirne, Turkey, 1st Prize; International Young Musicians Competition, Bari, Italy, 1st Prize; International Young Virtuosos Competition, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1st Prize. He has participated in masterclasses and worked with many of the most eminent cellists of our time, including Yo-Yo Ma, Maria Kliegel, Claus Kanngiesser, Peter Bruns, Jens Peter Maintz, Lazlo Fenyo, Daniel Muller Schott, Antonio Meneses, Wolfgang Boettcher, and Alexander Rudin.
Robert Naismith is a geneticist and businessman who co-founded the Commonwealth Medical College, a new and fully accredited allopathic medical school that serves northeastern Pennsylvania. He has founded and run several successful businesses, including Life Science Analytics ,Pharmakon Research International, Biofor, Microp Cap, and JUJUMA, the professional networking company he founded with his daughter Nadia Dailey. He holds a PhD in genetics from Pennsylvania State University.
Father and Daughter Talk about Building Dreams into Businesses
Yoga in the Morning (Saturday and Sunday)
Ty Defoe is a writer, performer, and educator who from a deep well of knowledge from the Giixhiig, Onieda, and Ojibwe Nations, distilled and refined over many generations, yielding a profound sense of the universality of the human spirit and its inclination toward harmony, balance, beauty, peace, and the sacred. Through movement and dance, sound, and music, he conveys this universal spirit through stories, music, and dance.
Friday Workshop: The Rudiments of Prose Innovation
Novelist Marilynne Robinson says that structure provides us with opportunities for freedom. This is, perhaps unexpectedly, especially true of so-called experimental fiction and nonfiction.
This workshop will introduce writers to the relationship of structure and freedom at the heart of radical innovations in literary form dating back to the birth of Romanticism and provide opportunities for practice.
Saturday Workshop: Beyond Unreliable
What exactly is an unreliable narrator, and why would a writer choose to use one? This workshop will introduce to participants the uses, historical origins, time-honored conventions, and radical variations of the fabled unreliable narrator.
Getting Your Writing Out There
Workshop: Perfecting Your Pitch: Polishing Queries and Tweets to Connect with Agents and Editors – Kelly Ann Hopkins
Gail Carson Levine, Amanda J. Bradley, and Raymond P. Hammond
Friday Workshop: Poetry Dreaming
Gail Levine, Amanda J. Bradley, and Raymond Hammond lead a workshop that begins with a brief panel discussion of radical ways to view poetry, then turns attention to the participants’ work through innovative prompts in small groups, and finally re-convenes everyone in a dreamy writing setting that will allow the participants to tap into their own unconscious.
Saturday Workshop: Imagining Imagery
Gail Levine, Amanda J. Bradley, and Raymond Hammond lead a workshop that begins with a brief panel discussion of the centrality of imagery to good poetry. Participants will then work through writing prompts that help them develop images and poems from those images.
Workshop: Innovation in 3-D Artmaking – James Harmon
A tour with demonstrations of the Keystone College Visual Arts program Glass and 3-D Center.
Workshop: Exploring the Radical Dream: An Introduction to Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed – Nellie Perera
In this workshop, participants will identify a societal oppression that requires radical action to address. Using Boal techniques including Image Theater and role-play, the group will explore possible solutions, and play their way towards the ideal. No acting experience necessary! Please come in comfortable clothing and be ready to move.
Workshop: Creating Games – Matthew Cirba and Robert Nardelli
A hands-on computer workshop on developing games for entertainment and practical applications
Workshop: Native Music and Movement -Ty Defoe