Philip G. Zimbardo, PhD, Professor (Emeritus) of Social Psychology at Stanford University
An internationally recognized scholar, educator, writer, researcher and media personality— Dr. Philip Zimbardo has been a Stanford University professor of social psychology since 1968, having taught previously at Yale and Columbia University. Dr. Zimbardo’s classic psychological study the Stanford Prison Experiment was ground-breaking in exploring what happens when good people are put in a position to do evil. More recently, Dr. Zimbardo served as an expert witness for one of the soldiers in the Abu Ghraib Prison abuses, and has founded the Heroic Imagination Project which seeks to prepare anyone to be a hero when called upon and challenge public indifference and social injustice around the world.
Doug Shipman, Executive Director of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Heading the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR), Doug Shipman helps implement the goal of making the Center the global hub for contemporary discussions on the link between civil rights lessons and human rights issues. Upon its opening in Atlanta, Georgia, NCCHR will deliver experientially-based exhibits and programming, including an extensive anthology of the personal papers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the collection of lynching photographs and postcards called Without Sanctuary. Shipman has an educational background in issues of race, ethnicity and gender including undergraduate and graduate studies in topics ranging from the relationship between economics and poverty, the history of American minority groups and religion as applied in social movements including the American Civil Rights movement, the Indian independence movement, and the Buddhist environmental movement in Southeast Asia.
Rik Panganiban, Assistant Director, Global Kids, Inc.
As Assistant Director of the Online Leadership Program (OLP), Rik Panganiban helps spearhead path-breaking virtual world, digital media, online dialogue, and gaming initiatives that have helped Global Kids reach millions of youth in over 100 countries and become nationally recognized for using digital media to promote global awareness and youth civic engagement. The OLP has built strong collaborative relationships with Microsoft, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Google Grants, Linden Labs, UNICEF, and the Time Warner Foundation, among others. Panganiban has a long history of using technology to facilitate civic action— from Usenet, BBSs and Gopher in the 1990s to virtual worlds and machinima today.
Prof. Van Dora Williams, Assistant Professor of Journalism at Hampton University
An Emmy award-winning producer and writer, Van Dora Williams has worked in the journalism field for over 25 years. As a senior producer at WHRO in Norfolk, Virginia, she produced many local and national TV and radio documentaries as well as multimedia websites. In addition to producing PBS documentaries like Banished and Matters of Race, Williams creates web content for national multimedia projects that highlight issues affecting minority communities and develops national outreach initiatives that target those communities.
Doria Johnson, Relative of Lynching Victim & Historian
By the time she finished kindergarten, Doria Johnson was well aware of the 1916 lynching of her great-great grandfather Anthony Crawford in Abbeville, South Carolina. While the details of the lynching were passed down in her family, they were rarely spoken about publicly; however, Johnson has spent more than 20 years tracking down relatives who dispersed after 424 acres of the family’s land was stolen and her great-great grandfather’s children were forced to leave Abbeville following his murder; researching public records; and lecturing about strategies for reconciliation and restorative justice. This family history has greatly informed Johnson’s decision to pursue a PhD in history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she is in her fourth year and teaches.
Lynette Wallworth, Media Artist
A world-renowned Australian media-artist who innovatively mines technology for its humanizing qualities, Lynette Wallworth’s most recent interactive installations— Invisible by Night, The Evolution of Fearlessness and Duality of Light— meld science and technology with intense human stories. Wallworth’s work uniquely encourages audiences to interact with technology in a way that is far from impersonal but rather compels them to reconsider their identities, humanity, and connection to the world. Her work has gained international exposure through features at festivals and exhibits in England, France, Sydney, as well as in New York and at Sundance, and Wallworth is currently developing a new installation to debut in 2012.
Carl Deeter, Jr., Relative of Murder Victim whose death sparked the Marion, Indiana lynching
Because the facts of the August 7, 1930 lynching were suppressed, Carl Deeter who was born in 1935 first learned at 15 years old that his uncle Claude was the man mortally wounded in an alleged robbery on Lovers’ Lane, and it was his death that helped incite the violence that occurred the following day. As spokesman for the family, Deeter feels a responsibility to make sure audiences know that his grandparents did not want the lynching to take place, although other relatives attended, and he regrets that while the obvious injustice that was done to the lynching victims has been highlighted for decades, the murder of his Uncle Claude is all but forgotten.
Dan Duster, President 3D Development Group
As a motivational speaker, Dan Duster educates others about the legacy of his great-grandmother, anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells, as well as the triumphs of other leaders in African American history. Duster impacts audiences across the nation through his speeches and workshops on personal achievement and leadership development.
Bryan Carter, PhD, Associate Professor of Literature at the University of Central Missouri
Dr. Bryan Carter specializes in 20th Century African-American literature, with a primary focus on the Harlem Renaissance, and has done extensive work in the area of visual culture. His most recent project, Virtual Harlem, combines these interests in the creation of a Second Life (SL) virtual world environment of Harlem as it existed in the 1920s. Virtual Harlem is one of the earliest SL islands created for use in the humanities and has been presented at venues in Paris, the Netherlands, Sweden, Hungary, and the United States. Dr. Carter’s innovative work in virtual reality environments has won several grants from agencies as diverse as the National Black Programming Consortium and the Government of Norway, and he continues to explore in the classroom the changing nature of culture in the digital age.
Bernhard Drax, Machinima-maker, Producer, & Journalist
An award-winning machinima producer, filmmaker, musician, and pioneering journalist whose SL documentaries and news reportage merge real life and Second Life footage, Bernhard Drax documents how virtual worlds can facilitate social change and cross-cultural collaboration. Originally from Munich, Germany, Drax continues to supply social issue documentaries with immersive media, produce machinima for corporate and non-profit clients like the MacArthur Foundation, and work on new music.