PAST SPEAKERS: 2017
Art for the Public
An insightful and funny analyses of public art, and a presentation of various public works by renowned Chicago artist.
Tony Tasset (b. 1960 in Cincinnati, OH) has become renowned for creating work that satirizes our culture of exhibition and display. His work engages with the principle that the formation and understanding of our history is crucially affected by the manner in which our most esteemed objects are displayed and how our most cherished narratives are told—an approach that harkens McLuhan’s axiom "the medium is the message". Works like Tasset's “Hot Dog Man” (2011), “Bear” (2012), or “Rainbow” (2012) have come to epitomize Tasset's work. Referencing the fiberglass advertisements common in America’s Midwest or on eastern seaboard boardwalks, these sculptures tap into a tradition of amusement and advertising culture considered unique to the States. In these pieces, dime-novelties and highway-side attractions are presented within the context of fine art, a synthesis which equates dichotomous ends of the traditional cultural evaluative spectrum.
The Science of Adversity, Resilience, and Transformation
Our current and historical experiences as individuals, in families, in communities and as a society affect our biology and chart the course of our growth and development, for better or worse, across the lifespan and from generation to generation. Humane social conditions, secure attached relationships, and participation in self-regulation practices allow us to build resilience and weather life’s storms. We have the knowledge and power to prevent, mitigate, and treat the root causes of our deepest suffering so that we can identify our true purpose and fulfill our potential. Our lives and the lives of the next 7 generations depend on it.
Audrey Stillerman, MD, is the Associate Director of Medical Affairs for the University of Illinois Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Initiative and medical director for its Mile Square-affiliated school health center program, which includes medical and behavioral health services. Dr. Stillerman is board-certified in both Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine and has been providing comprehensive care for the whole family, from babies to senior citizens, since 1991. She has worked in a variety of public and private practice settings: caring for patients; teaching medical students, residents and community members; and advocating for holistic care for some of Chicago’s neediest residents. She will discuss shifting the current illness and health paradigm through using an ACEs and trauma framework to transform practice and outcomes.
Interactive Gaming in an Augmented Reality
Mark Ladd traces his relationship to arcades, computers, and architecture — from pondering his first imagined moment to his current work creating breakthrough interactive augmented reality gaming projects — to envision a future in which augmented reality will enhance our digital entertainment experience.
Mark uses his personal stories to make the case that an uncommon path of learning and experiences can engender new ways to view the use of innovative technologies with each of our own personal, human stories. Mark examines the social engagement of activities such as LARPing, eSports and physical gaming to explore how we might engage the intertwining digital and physical worlds.
Mark J. Ladd has over 24 years of management experience leading design and technical innovation for large multi-national architectural/engineering and emerging services companies. He is the Founder/ CEO of LyteShot, an immersive augmented reality (AR) gaming platform that leverages the cloud and connected IoT devices for unique gaming experiences anywhere.Mark provides subject matter expertise and thought leadership on such topics as augmented/ virtual/ mixed reality, IoT, mobile platforms, BIM, Interactive Gaming, Internet of Things (IoT) & mobile platforms for international consulting companies such as GLG Consulting, BWG Strategy, and AlphaSights. Mark will provide insight into how, with encouragement and passion, simple childhood hobbies can turn into groundbreaking career work that shapes the future.
88 REALLY Exciting Things That Are Happening Right Now
How do you keep up in a world changing so fast? Emerson Spartz, viral media expert and founder of DOSE, shares 88 charts and headlines that will make you feel more optimistic about the future.
Emerson Spartz is the CEO of Dose, one of the world's fastest-growing digital media companies with 50 million unique visitors per month. Dose, the company behind Dose.com and OMGFacts.com, has raised $35 million in funding.Named "The Virologist" by The New Yorker, Spartz is one of the world's leading experts on internet virality and has been featured in major media including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc, CBS, CNBC, and CNN. At the age of 12, Spartz founded Mugglenet, the #1 Harry Potter site and one of the largest websites of the early 2000s, which attracted 50 million page views per month. Spartz take continuous interest in how things become viral and how to optimize these statistics within digital media companies.
Identity, Access and Health: From Nepal to Chicago
Andrew Trotter, MD MPH, shares the contrast between his upbringing in a homogeneous small town, his global travels and urban work in diverse populations in Chicago and how identity or perceived identity can be a barrier to access to medical care. Through three years of work caring for people living with HIV in Nepal, he describes his experience confronting HIV related stigma and discrimination and uses this as an example as how a part of an individual's identity can confer risks for poor health through social and psychological marginalization and stigmatization and how health has a social dimension.
He sees health care through the lens of social justice and human rights, no matter where it may be. He continues to have strong ties with Nepal. In addition to Nepal, he has been involved in clinical and research projects in Namibia and India.
Andrew Trotter, MD MPH is an infectious disease specialist and internist at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System and an assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Disease, Immunology and International Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine’s Chicago campus. His clinical work focuses on the care of people living with HIV both in urban centers in the US and in resource poor international settings. He sees healthcare through the lens of social justice and human rights, no matter where it may be. Dr. Trotter recently returned to the US after living in Nepal for three years volunteering at an academic teaching hospital, providing HIV care both in hospital and community settings and taking part in a program to provide treatment for hepatitis C.
One Size Doesn't Fit All, Personalizing Medicine
"One size doesn't fit all, personalizing medicine" considers the story of gender as an outlier in medical research and a call for change to those sitting at the healthcare table and represented in clinical, instrument and medical research. Dima Elissa shares her story as an outlier and "accidental entrepreneur" and how her experiences helped to shape how she see the gender blindness in medical research and the importance of diversity in the medical research.
Dima Elissa is CEO and founder of VisMed-3D, a biomedical design and consulting firm that has emerged as the leader for 3D biomedical visualization and printing in personalized medicine. Dima was selected by Chicago magazine as one of the top Women in Tech, ChicagoInno’s 50 on Fire and by Chicago Tribune’s BlueSky Vault as one of the Top 100 entrepreneurs in Chicago. Her current venture, VisMed-3D, a biomedical design and consulting firm, is in keeping with her thirst for new technology and innovation. Alongside this novel start-up, she is pursuing her passion — devoting time, energy and guidance to women founders and entrepreneurs.
Internationally recognized Chicago poet, activist, educator & musician, Malcolm London shares his educational journey as an organizer and how his art became an intersection of social justice and education. He tells of his current transition into music and why hip hop poetics are important foundations in educating the next generation. Malcolm London's talk includes his moving poetry, rap and prose in order to share the story of his origin.
Malcolm London, called the Gil-Scott Heron of this generation by Cornel West, is an internationally recognized Chicago poet, activist, educator & musician. He brings vim & vigor to his energetic performances tackling tough contemporary issues head-on. London, who runs the largest youth open mic in Chicago alongside friend Chance the Rapper, sees art as the intersection between justice & poetic imagination. Malcolm is now taking what he's learned from teaching & becoming an artivist & putting it into music. Using mediums of poetry and music, Malcolm will share how he takes his story with him wherever he goes in his effort to bring attention to contemporary issues and face them head-on.