Speakers

Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames is the author of ten books, including the forthcoming novel, A MAN NAMED DOLL. Two of his novels have been made into films, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE, starring Joaquin Phoenix, and THE EXTRA MAN, starring Kevin Kline. Mr. Ames, in addition to writing prose, is the creator of two television shows, BORED TO DEATH and BLUNT TALK. He is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and used to dabble in boxing, fighting as "The Herring Wonder."

Shoshana Berger

Shoshana Berger is the coauthor, with Dr. BJ Miller, of A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death. As the editorial director at IDEO, Shoshana has worked on projects ranging from the end of life to modern Judaism to school lunch. She was a senior editor at WIRED, and has written for the New York Times, Fast Company, TIME, WIRED, and Quartz. She cofounded the design magazine, ReadyMade, later turning it into a book, Ready Made: How to Make (Almost) Everything. Shoshana lives in Berkeley with her husband, Tony Saxe, and children, Cleo and Judah.

Zackary Drucker

Zackary Drucker is an independent artist and creative producer. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMa PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy nominated producer for the docu-series This Is Me as well as a producer on the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Amazon hit Transparent.

Gillian Laub

Gillian Laub is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York. Laub has spent the past two decades investigating political conflicts, exploring complex family and community relationships. Laub’s first monograph, Testimony (Aperture), began as a response to the second intifada in the Middle East. Laub spent over a decade exploring issues of racism in the American South. This work became Laub’s first feature length, directed and produced, documentary film, Southern Rites that premiered on HBO. Her monograph, Southern Rites (Damiani) and traveling museum exhibition are used as a teaching tool in schools and institutions across the country. She contributes regularly to many publications such as Vanity Fair, TIME, and the New York Times Magazine.

Libby Lenkinski

Libby has worked at the intersection of politics, communications, activism and culture related to Israel/Palestine for more than 15 years. She is the Vice President for Public Engagement at the New Israel Fund. Prior to joining NIF, Libby lived and worked in the Israeli non-profit field for almost a decade. In addition to human rights work, Libby worked for documentary films including Budrus and The Law in These Parts, new media initiatives like +972 Magazine, and for progressive campaigns. She is a founding member of Zazim-Community Action and The Whistle. Libby lives in Brooklyn with her psychoanalyst husband.

David Pescovitz

David Pescovitz is a writer, futurist, content strategist, and producer whose work focuses on science, technology, art, and culture. He is a partner/editor at Boing Boing, a research director at Institute for the Future, and co-founder of Ozma Records, a music label focused on the intersection of science, art, and consciousness to spark the imagination. In 2018 he won a Grammy Award for co-producing The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition. Pescovitz was also the founding editor-at-large for Make: magazine and he has written for Wired, Scientific American, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications.

Lacey Schwartz Delgado

Lacey Schwartz Delgado is an award-winning producer/writer/director/outreach strategist who draws on her interdisciplinary background to create compelling stories that span documentary and fiction. She produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed documentary feature LITTLE WHITE LIE and produced the feature narrative DIFRET which won the audience awards at Sundance and Berlin International Film Festival. She is also the National Outreach Director for Be’chol Lashon. A native of Woodstock, NY and resident of Rhinebeck, NY, Lacey has a BA from Georgetown and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Eric K. Ward

Eric is a nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between hate violence and preserving democratic governance and inclusive societies. His 30 years of leadership includes founding the Community Alliance of Lane County; establishing over 120 task forces in six states through the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment; supporting immigrant rights advocates as National Field Director for the Center for New Community; serving as The Atlantic Philanthropies’ U.S. Reconciliation and Human Rights Executive and Ford Foundation Program Officer; and volunteer leadership with numerous organizations. Eric’s writings and speeches are widely quoted and credited with key narrative shifts in defense of inclusive democracy.

Manny Yekutiel

Manny Yekutiel is the owner of Manny's, a community-focused civic event space in San Francisco's Mission District that includes a non-profit restaurant and political bookshop. Manny's was established in 2018 and was named a 2019 "Small Business of the Year" by the California State Senate, District 11. Manny also worked on President Obama and Secretary Clinton's Presidential campaign, was Chief of Staff of FWD.us, and a White House intern.

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