Presenters

2010 Gathering presenters: Gregory Maguire, Nancy Willard, Salman Rushdie, and Luong Ung
Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith is Poet Laureate of the United States. Her many other awards and honors include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, a 2004 Rona Jaffe Writers Award, a 2008 Essence Literary Award, a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, a 2005 Whiting Award, the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her newest book Wade in the Water will be available in April, 2018. She is the director of Princeton University’s creative writing program and lives in New Jersey.

Academy of American Poets Chancellor Toi Derricotte said of her poems: “The surfaces of a Tracy K. Smith poem are beautiful and serene, but underneath, there is always a sense of an unknown vastness. Her poems take the risk of inviting us to imagine, as the poet does, what it is to travel in another person’s shoes. The Academy is fortunate to be able to confer this fitting recognition on one of the most important poets of our time.”

Presentation:

A Poetry Reading

Margaret Wertheim

Margaret Wertheim

Margaret Wertheim is an internationally noted writer, artist and curator whose work focuses on relations between science and the wider cultural landscape. The author of six books, including The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace,and Physics on the Fringe, she has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and many others. Wertheim is the founder, with her twin sister Christine, of the Institute For Figuring, a Los Angeles-based practice devoted to the aesthetic dimensions of science and mathematics. The sisters are co-creators of the Crochet Coral Reef, the largest participatory art & science project in the world, which has been shown internationally at the Andy Warhol Museum, the Smithsonian and elsewhere. Margaret’s Reef TED talk has been viewed more than a million times and translated into 22 languages.

Daniel Klein and Thomas Cathcart

Daniel Klein and Thomas Cathcart

Daniel Klein and Thomas Cathcart

Dan went to school at Harvard College where he received a B.A. in philosophy. After a brief career in television comedy, which included writing for people like Lily Tomlin and Flip Wilson, he began writing books, ranging from thrillers and mysteries to humorous books about philosophy, including the New York Times bestseller, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes (with Thomas Cathcart). He lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and is married to journalist Freke Vuijst.

Tom graduated from Harvard with a degree in philosophy, studied theology at the University of Chicago, and then embarked on a “checkered career” (his words) from college teaching to hospice management until, at the age of 67, he started his writing life, linking up with his best friend to write Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington, and Heidegger and a Hippo Walk through Those Pearly Gates. He is also the author of The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge? an entertaining philosophical look at a tricky ethical conundrum. He and his wife, Eloise Cathcart, a professor of nursing administration, live in Red Hook, New York.

Presentation:
Finding Truth in Punchlines

William Dunham

William Dunham

William Dunham is a historian of mathematics who has spoken on the subject at over a hundred campuses around the U.S. Now retired from Muhlenberg College, he has held visiting positions at Harvard, Princeton, Penn, and Cornell, and he is presently a Research Associate in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College.

Presentation:

Theorems as Masterpieces

Giorgia Lupi

Giorgia Lupi

Giorgia Lupi is an award winning information designer. She co-found Accurat, a data-driven firm with offices in Milan and New York, where she is the design Director of the firm. She earned a PhD in design at Politecnico di Milano. She is co-author of Dear Data, an aspirational hand-drawn data visualization book based on postcards that have been acquired recently as part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art

Presentation:

Dear Data

Tim Grimm

Tim Grimm

Tim Grimm is an actor, musician, and song writer. After earning an MFA in theater at The University of Michigan, he worked in regional theater in Chicago. He began to write and perform folk songs, and after releasing two cds embarked on an acting career in Los Angeles. He co-starred in the NBC drama Reasonable Doubts, performed with Harrison Ford in A Clear and Present Danger, and in several other productions before returning home to Indiana where, he lives on 80 acres with his wife Jan and family. Tim Grimm and The Family Band perform and tour in the United States and Europe. The band includes his Tim, Jan, and two sons, all of whom are professional musicians. Tim’s album, THE BACK FIELDS, was named Americana Album of the Year by the Just Plain Folks Music Awards– the world’s largest independent music awards.

Emirhan Tunca

Emirhan Tunca

Emirhan Tunca was born into a family of musicians in Istanbul, Turkey. 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. İn 2017 he earned his PhD at the Manhattan School for Music, where he has been asked to join the faculty.

Donna Fetzko

Donna Fetzko

Donna Fetzko, M.S., RYT offers yoga classes for all levels. As an instructor certified through Yoga Alliance and trained in the Yogafit style and in Chair Yoga; she has been bringing the benefits of yoga to area schools, businesses, and the community at large for 10 years. As a yoga instructor and health educator she believes in a holistic approach to wellness and hopes to share her passions well into the future.

Presentation: Morning Yoga

Begin your day centered, calm, and energized with the ancient practice of yoga. An ideal exercise to promote overall health through breath, movement, and inner awareness; classes are suitable for all levels and presented in the user-friendly, safe, and effective Yogafit style. Come prepared with comfortable clothes, a mat, towel or blanket, water, and enjoy the enlightening experience of yoga; ready to embrace your day and all it has to offer.

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