Appearances & Events

Craig M. Vogel

Craig M. Vogel, FIDSA is a professor in the School of Design in the College of DAAP at the University of Cincinnati. He is the Past President and Fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America. His research areas include how multi-functional teams can optimize early phases of innovation, inclusive design and service design. Vogel is the co-founder and current president of the Live Well Collaborative (livewellcollaborative.org). He has been advisor to several design programs in China during the last 20 years.

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Jonathan Cagan

Jonathan Cagan is the George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor of Mechanical Engineering and was co-founder of the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.  Globally known for his rigorous and effective approach to product innovation, Cagan teaches and leads innovation teams in both university and corporate settings. Cagan’s research on innovation processes and tools focuses on the practice and AI-based integration of individual and team-based design.

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Shelly Jones

Shelly Jones, PhD is an Associate Professor of English at SUNY Delhi, where she teaches classes in mythology, literature, and writing. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from SUNY Binghamton. Outside of academia she is an active nerd who enjoys board games, Dungeons and Dragons, being outdoorsy, and

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Danielle Filipiak

I am an Assistant Professor of English Education through the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Most recently, I served as a researcher for the Institute of Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where I completed my Ph.D. in 2017. Here, I served as curriculum director for Cyphers for Justice, a youth development program apprenticing young people as critical social researchers through multiple literacies, hip hop and spoken word. I have over 15 years of experience working in city schools, including a decade of teaching and activism in Detroit, MI as well as adjuncting...

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Ilana Curtis

Ilana Curtis holds a BA in Architectural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. While at the University of Pittsburgh she received several fellowships to support her independent research on affordable housing and urban planning, which resulted in several publication projects.  Since 2016, Ilana has been involved with all aspects of Point Line Projects including managing the traveling exhibition, Now What?! Advocacy, Activism, and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968, editing the publication En Pointe, and developing publication projects. She currently leads marketing and editorial operations at Point Line Projects. Her expertise includes writing, editing, architectural research, branding, graphic design, and...

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Sarah Rafson

Sarah Rafson is an editor, curator, and researcher, the founder of Point Line Projects, an editorial and curatorial agency for architecture and design. She was the 2017-18 Ann Kalla Visiting Professor at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, where she continues to teach and curate the year-end exhibition and publication, EX-CHANGE. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Columbia University's Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices program, she has worked on books with Kenneth Frampton, Bernard Tschumi, and Barry Bergdoll, and collaborated on exhibitions atMoMA, Centre Pompidou, Center for Architecture in New York, and the Parsons School of Design....

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Miłosz Markocki

Miłosz Markocki, Ph.D. is an independent researcher based in Toruń, Poland, whose expertise and research concerns fantasy fiction and online gaming (especially massively multiplayer online role-playing games), as well as the related communities. He has published several peer-reviewed journal articles about online gaming and machinima videos. He is also the author of book chapters concerning game mechanics, storytelling, and various aspects of gameworld design (including cultural framework features), as well as online player communities and related culture.

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Dariusz Brzostek

Dariusz Brzostek, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. His main research interests include sound studies, science and technology studies, science fiction, and horror studies. He has published a book and peer-reviewed journal articles about sound studies, postmodern horror, and media archaeology. His current research project concerns early Polish electronic music (Polish Radio Experimental Studio), counterculture in Poland, Communist Era science fiction, and history of jazz.

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Katarzyna Marak

Katarzyna Marak, Ph. D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland; she is the author of Japanese and American Horror: A Comparative Study of Film, Fiction, Graphic Novels and Video Games, and has published a number of papers and chapters concerning independent games, game mechanics, player experience, and player/fan reception, as well as comparative analyses of horror texts. Her research interests include game studies, with particular emphasis on independent game texts, supernatural horror fiction, and testimonies of reception.

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Elizabeth LaPensée

Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D. is an award-winning designer, writer, artist, and researcher who creates and studies Indigenous-led media such as games and comics. She is Anishinaabe with family from Bay Mills, Métis, and Irish. She is an Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. Most recently, she designed When Rivers Were Trails (2019), a 2D adventure game following a displaced Anishinaabe during allotment in the 1890’s which won the Adaptation Award at IndieCade 2019. She also designed and created art for Thunderbird Strike (2017), a lightning-searing side-scroller...

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