Ann Carlson

Ann Carlson borrows from the disciplines of dance, performance, theater, visual and conceptual art, often dismantling conventional boundaries between artist and subject. Ann’s work takes the form of solo dance/performance, site-specific projects, ensemble theatrical works and performance/video. In l986 Carlson began a series of performances made with and performed by people gathered together by a common profession, activity or shared passion. Lawyers, security officers, nuns, fly fishermen, poker players, physicians, gardeners, a farmer and her dairy cow have all performed in works by Carlson. Her Creative Capital supported project, The Symphonic Body, builds on this body of work; individuals come together in concert to renew and re-experience the artistry embedded in the everyday. 

Cody Coleman

Cody Coleman is a first generation student, who aims to leverage his passion for computer science to improve education and society as a whole. He is a second-year Computer Science Ph.D. student at Stanford University and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellow. Advised by Matei Zaharia and Peter Bailis, Coleman is a member of the Stanford DAWN project, which aims to democratize artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) by creating systems and tools to improve the efficiency and accessibility of end-to-end ML application development. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a B.S. and an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Hannah Drake

Hannah Drake is an artist-advocate with an inspirational message, is the lead artist for Project HEAL (Health Equity Art Learning), which uses arts and culture engagement to help communities discover creative new ways to identify their health priorities and to develop a healthy equity action lan for maximum impact. A writer and performer, Drake is currently working in the Smoketown neighborhood of Louisville. Project HEAL is the signature program of IDEAS xLab, a nonprofit that is driving large-scale social change by training artists to become a unique force of social entrepreneurs in the health sector.

Drake will participate in a panel discussion following King's remarks.

Emily Dreyfuss

Emily Dreyfuss is a Senior Writer at WIRED, one of the top 10 technology news websites in the world. Reaching approximately 30 million people monthly, WIRED focuses on how emerging technologies impact breakthroughs and innovations in business, the economy, politics, security, science, design and culture. As Senior Writer at WIRED, Dreyfuss covers the intersection of technology and society, and is in a unique position to monitor trends, innovations and factors that influence the future. During the 2016 presidential election, she led WIRED's National Affairs coverage. Prior to that, she managed and edited WIRED Opinion and WIRED Security sections.

Tom Eblen

Metro/state columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. He was the Herald-Leader's managing editor from 1998 to 2008. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, he was editor of the College Heights Herald. Tom teaches journalism ethics at the University of Kentucky and has been a frequent writing/editing coach at The Mountains Workshops.

Eblen will moderate a panel discussion following King's remarks.

Joe Geoghegan

Joe Geoghegan is a full-time traveler, sometimes worker, and native Louisvillian. Having not held a “real job” for the last year, he has instead explored “Real America” - inhabited by the 626 million Americans in the nations to our South. 

In October 2016, Geoghegan and his high school friend, Noah, left their desk jobs to take an impossibly-fast 6-month journey from Louisville to Antarctica - all without taking any planes. Two weeks into the trip - driving through Northern Mexico - things changed when Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States and they were asked questions they didn’t have the answers to.

Since then, Geoghegan has talked with scores of people from a dozens of countries as he and Noah traveled by car, bus, and boat through Central and South America. This experience has left an intense impression that traveling can  make tourists and locals both better people and enduring ambassadors for unity in a fracturing world.

As of July, Geoghegan is living in Australia via the Working Holiday Visa program.

Instagram: joegeoghegan154

Ghana ThinkTank

Founded in 2006, the Ghana ThinkTank is a worldwide network of think tanks, managed by John Ewing, Carmen Montoya and Christopher Robbins, creating strategies to resolve local problems in the "developed" world. The network began with think tanks from Ghana, Cuba and El Salvador, and has since expanded to include Serbia, Mexico and Ethiopia. In a recent project, problems were collected in Wales and sent to think tanks in Ghana, Mexico, Serbia, Iran, and a group of incarcerated girls in the U.S. Prison system. These think tanks analyze the problems and propose solutions, which we put into action back in the community where the problems originated—whether those solutions seem impractical or brilliant. 

Peter Gray

Peter Gray is an American psychologist who currently occupies the position of research professor of psychology at Boston College. He is the author of a widely used introductory psychology textbook, Psychology, The book broke new ground when the first edition was published (in 1991) as the first general introductory psychology textbook that brought a Darwinian perspective to the entire field. He is also author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life and he writes a popular blog for Psychology Today magazine entitled Freedom to Learn.

Gray is a well-known critic of standard educational systems and is frequently invited to speak to groups of parents, educators, and researchers about children's needs for free play, the psychological damage inflicted on children through our present methods of schooling, and the ways in which children are designed, by natural selection, to control their own education. Along with a group of other concerned citizens, he has created a website, AlternativesToSchool.com aimed at helping families find alternative, more natural, routes to education.

Sponsored by Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest with generous support from PNC Bank.