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Time: 10:00 - 11:30 A.M.
Moderators: Burcu Ellis, Professor, International Relations and Philip Hallworth, IR Alum
Moving Up: Careers in Social Sciences
Participants:
Julian Hamud
Glass, Lewis & Co.
Raghda Karajah
Office of Congresswoman
Jackie Speier (CA-14)
Lachanda Davis
Kaiser Permanente
Maria Scarzella-Thorpe
Nomad Pass and Basecamp
Almas Khan
San Francisco Passport Agency
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Time: 9:00-10:00 A.M.
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019, HUM 587
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019, HUM 587
Moderators: Matthew Davison, Lecturer, Creative Writing, San Francisco State University
Creative Mind at Work
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Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019, HUM 587
SFSU Art, Art History and Museum Studies Alums Reflect on their Careers at the SFMoMA
Time: 12:00-1:00 P.M.
Moderators: Gwen Allen and Sharon Bliss
So You Want to Work in a Museum
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Date: Friday, April 26, 2019, HUM 587
Time: 11:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Moderators: Martha Lincoln and Paloma Mathern
Getting a Jump on the Job Market
Participants:
Stella Lochman
SFMoMA
Ian Gill
SFMoMA
Nancy Arms Simon
SFMoMA
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Celebrate the Museum’s One-Year Anniversary!
Time: 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Date: Friday, April 26, 2019, Fine Arts Bldg., Global Museum, Room 203
Going Global: From San Francisco to the World
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SFSU Experimental Music Ensemble Presents the Music of Hans Tammen, Dafna Naphtali, Steve Horowitz and Student Composers
Special Events
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Date:  Friday, April 26, 2019, Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
Thursday, April 25, 2019, HUM 587
Friday, April 26, 2019, HUM 587
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Date: Friday, April 26, 2019, HUM 587
Time: 1:00-2:30 P.M.
Using any and all means to raise your profile, get work and thrive in the entertainment and media industry
Moderator: Steve Horowitz, Composer, Lecturer in Music, San Francisco State University,
Promoting your Creative Genius
Participants:
Frank Dellario
Pixel Valley Studio
Jerome Rossen
Freshmade Music
Michael Winger
SF Grammys
Dafna Naphtali
Singer/Sound Artist
Frank produces, directs, writes, and shoots video content with his company Pixel Valley Studio in the SF Bay area. He experience in the film business spans three decades and multiple disciplines. In 1994 he founded and published FilmCrew Magazine, a trade dedicated to the technical and creative film crew community. In 1997 he co-founded the award-winning creative team the ILL Clan. He has produced, directed, and filmed productions for clients such as CBS, Paramount, Universal, NBC, Warner Brothers, Intel, MTV, SpikeTV, and Microsoft. He currently produces and co-stars in the video production how-to series Pull My Focus with his business partner of over 20 years, Manu Smith.
Jerome Rossen of Freshmade Music creates custom music for media. Freshmade is an independent audio production studio that focuses on creating music for apps, games and TV. Jerome is a composer, sound designer, songwriter, producer and professional musician. Jerome’s music has been featured on MTV, Fox, ABC, USA Network, and Direct TV titles including The Challenge, Temptation Island, Gordon Ramsey’s “The F-Word”, The Bachelor, The Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelorette, as well as a series of Verizon radio ads. Jerome created music for Originator Kid’s MathTango App Starbase, numerous Leapfrog games including Disney Princess, and a cult cartoon for older kids, Happy Tree Friends, which has over 2 billion lifetime YouTube views! Jerome is a voting member of the Recording Academy.
Michael Winger is the Executive Director of the Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter, where he educates and engages music professionals to participate in the GRAMMY awards process, and produces professional development programming with top music artists and industry leaders. He also leads advocacy efforts in Northern California, Utah and Colorado, which recently resulted in the successful passage of comprehensive copyright reform through the US Congress.  Prior to his work at the Recording Academy, Winger engineered and produced hundreds of studio and live recordings by artists such as  Kronos Quartet, Regina Spektor, Tom Petty, The Shins, Feist and more. He recently produced the second full-length album for the acclaimed Americana band Four Year Bender which is due out in April 2019.
Dafna Naphtali is a singer/electronic musician who composes/performs experimental, interactive electro-acoustic music using her custom Max/MSP programming for live sound processing of voice and other instruments for multi-channel audio and musical robots.  She draws on an eclectic musical background in jazz, classical, rock and near-eastern music, and interprets Cage, Stockhausen and contemporary composers, in projects with well-regarded musicians around the world.  Fellowships and awards include: New York Foundation for the Arts, NYSCA, Brooklyn Arts Council, Franklin Furnace, American Composers, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, American Music Center, Brecht Forum, and Signal Culture in Owego, NY. Recordings and collaborations include work with “What is it Like to be a Bat?” digital punk trio w/Kitty Brazelton (Tzadik), “Pulsing Dot” duo with Gordon Beeferman (piano/voice/live‐processing, Clang) and Chatter Blip with Chuck Bettis (Acheulian Handaxe). http://www.dafna.info/
Robi Kauker
EA
Robi Kauker is known for his work on The Sims franchise (2000-2019), and other Maxis/Electronic Arts titles (1997-2019). He performs under the name Critical Monkey, doing contemporary noise music based on the generation and manipulation of sound. He works on the occasional music project as producer, mixer or creative sound designer. His work is scattered in diverse areas of music and technology but focuses on eliminating creative barriers and guiding audiences towards fresh artistic communications. He appeared in I Dream of Wires (2014), a documentary about modular synthesis, and many articles have been written about him and his work. He has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Memphis and a Master of Fine Arts from Mills College. He has no idea what to do when he grows up.
Layne Austin
Tesla
Ezra Hayman
Lyft
Lindsey Ayotte
Skyline College
Brian Gleeson
CSU East Bay
Sophie Minnig
AECOM
Martin Maaloumi
User Experience Researcher
Martin Maaloumi is a user experience researcher who works with the educators and technology professionals at Education.com to create products and services that improve the experience of parents, teachers, homeschoolers and thousands of pre-K – 5th grade learners. He believes that the daily practice of listening to what people tell us about their needs is the fastest, and most enduring, route to success. He has researched and evaluated the effective integration of technology into learning environments of all shapes and sizes on five continents. Martin is a CoSN Certified Education Technology Leader, holds a Master of Arts in Historical Sociology from Binghamton University, and a Master of Arts in International Comparative Education from Stanford University.
Brian Gleeson holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Anthropology from San Francisco State University (2001 and 2011), with an emphasis on Cultural Anthropology. He conducts ethnographic and ethnohistorical research with California Indians and serves as Editor in Chief and Co-founder of the digital journal, California Cultures: a Monograph Series. Since 2015, Brian has taught Cultural Anthropology courses at CSU East Bay with an emphasis on the Indigenous Peoples of North America and California. Since 2006, Brian has worked as a consultant for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan where he currently leads a regulatory affairs team addressing clinical and legal matters.  Brian has lived in Oakland since 2001, enjoys coffee, Futures studies, playing drums and guitar, and is a proud parent of two.
Sophie Minnig is an archaeologist and osteologist at AECOM, Oakland. Ms. Minnig has an M.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis in bioarchaeology from San Francisco State University. She has 6 years of experience working on archaeological investigations in California, primarily in the Bay Area and Northern California, and 7 years of experience working on identification and analyses of human skeletal remains.
Hailing from Grass Valley, California, Layne is a 2013 graduate from San Francisco State University’s Communication Studies program. During her studies, she participated in the Communications Department intern program and worked at Lonely Planet in Oakland for a semester. After a brief post-grad existential crisis, Layne landed a job at Genentech on the University Recruiting team and there she knew she’d found her niche. Through her time at Genentech and now Tesla, Layne has been helping students find their career paths through intern programs and entry-level recruiting programs. Outside of work, Layne loves to travel and prides herself on her suitcase packing skills.
Ezra Hayman is the Head of Autonomous Vehicle Marketing for Lyft, working between the strategy, brand, and technology groups to support the next chapter of transportation. Prior to Lyft, they led product marketing and communications at Practice Fusion (acquired by Allscripts in 2017), taught Communication Studies at San Francisco State University, worked in HIV public health education at Planned Parenthood, and managed multiple small businesses in San Francisco and Northern California. Ezra holds a master’s degree in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University.
Lindsey Ayotte is an Assistant Professor at Skyline College. She earned both her BA and MA in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University. Her areas of focus are public speaking, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, and performance studies. She has an extensive background in competitive forensics: speech and debate.
Schedule: Subject to change
Schedule: Subject to change
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Tips and Tricks for a Successful Experience
Time: 01:00-02:00 P.M.
Introduction:  Cyrus Ginwala, Director, School of Music, San Francisco State University
Inside the Interview
Thursday, April 25, 2019, HUM 213
Schedule: Subject to change
Participants:
Matthew Davidson
The Lab Writing Studio
Peter Sinn-Nachtrieb
MFA SFSU
Pam Benjamin
Mutiny Radio
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Date: Friday, April 26, 2019, HUM 587
Time: 09:00-10:30 A.M.
Moderators: Maggie Harrison, MFA in Fiction with Creative Writing, author, professor at City College San Francisco
Writers at Work
Participants:
Pam Benjamin
Mutiny Radio
Cynthia Slates
Jen Sullivan Brych
City College San Francisco
Matthew Clark Davison is creator and teacher of The Lab: Writing Classes with MCD, a non-academic school started in 2007. He earned a BA and MFA in Creative Writing from SFSU, where he now teaches full-time. Matthew served as the Chief Artistic Strategist at Performing Arts Workshop, bringing intensive residencies to children who may not otherwise receive an arts education. He has also coached writing at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, and his prose has been published both in print and online, including The Atlantic Monthly and Guernica.
Pam Benjamin has been the Director of Mutiny Radio since 2013. She earned her MA (Fiction) '10 and MFA (Poetry) '12 from SFSU.  She's has two novels and over 50 poems published both nationally and internationally and host six podcasts with 12 hours weekly live on air. Pam has been performing stand-up comedy all over the US since 2011 and produces a weekly comedy showcase every Friday 8pm at Mutiny Radio.  www.mutinyradio.fm
Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (MFA, Creative Writing) is a San Francisco-based playwright whose work has been seen off-Broadway and across the country including at Ars Nova, Woolly Mammoth, SPF, Seattle Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Southern Rep, Kitchen Dog, and in the Bay Area at  Z Space, A.C.T., Encore Theatre, Killing My Lobster, Marin Theatre Company, Impact Theatre, and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Peter was the Mellon Playwright in Residence at Z Space in San Francisco 2013-18.
Julian Hamud, governance professional and stakeholder relations specialist, has completed over 300 engagements with publicly traded companies and their investors, and has authorship credits on over 1,500 reports. His research includes tailored reports for investors, regulatory comment letters, and official position papers on rapidly evolving normative and legal issues. Julian currently leads the executive compensation research team at Glass Lewis & Co., the world's leading independent proxy advisor, where he has covered governance issues and corporate events across North America, Europe, and Israel.
Raghda Karajah (BA ’13, International Relations), who studied at the American University School of International Service, worked concurrently with several foreign governments, international development organizations, and joined humanitarian missions to the Middle East. In 2017, she earned a Master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, with an emphasis on Post-War Peacebuilding and Development. Raghda went on to work at the Negotiation Affairs Department in Palestine and currently serves as a Field Representative, Foreign Affairs Staffer, and Caseworker at Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s District Office.
LaChanda (M.A. ’07, Philosophy) pursued doctoral studies in philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.  LaChanda began working at Kaiser Permanente six years ago as the assistant to the Director of the Ethics Department.  Currently, LaChanda works in the department of adult and family medicine as a special projects manager.  She works closely with executives to design and implement initiatives and training programs for physicians across eight different medical office buildings.
Maria Scarzella Thorpe is an entrepreneur & startup founder with a B.A. in 2010 in International Relations and a minor in Global Peace Studies, Human Rights and Justice Studies. After graduation, she completed the M.Sc. program China in Comparative Perspective at the London School of Economics.  Subsequently, she became the Co-Founder of two startups in the hospitality & travel space: Nomad Pass and Startup Basecamp. The latter is the first startup hotel in San Francisco, offering unique short-term, co-living and co-working spaces for startup professionals and entrepreneurs to easily land in San Francisco
Almas Khan (BA, International Relations and ABA, Certified Paralegal Studies Certificate) has worked for the U.S Department of State, San Francisco Passport Agency as a Passport Specialist since 2017. Prior to her work with the Department of State, Almas also interned with the District Attorney of Alameda County, Cold Case Unit.  She has assisted with criminal prosecution of primarily sexual assault cases solved through the use of forensic DNA evidence.
Robert Kuhn
Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.
Robert Kuhn is an attorney at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.  Robert’s practice areas include employment law and data privacy and he advises on a wide range of issues including wage and hour compliance, employee terminations, sexual harassment and discrimination issues, and employee privacy rights.  Robert holds a BA in International Relations from SFSU and received a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Stella Lochman (SFSU Class of 08) is the Senior Program Associate for Public Dialogue at SFMOMA. She is the project manager of Public Knowledge, a collaborative initiative between the museum and the San Francisco Public Library. As head of production for the artist commissions, she collaborates with artists to coordinate the various projects and engage participating organizations and community members across the library system.
Nancy Arms Simon works as an Assistant Registrar in Loans Out at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She works in a team with Associate Registrars to facilitate national and international loans of the museum’s permanent collection. Nancy received her MA in Museum Studies from SFSU in 2004. She holds BAs in Studio Art and German Literature.
Ian Gill (SFSU Museum Studies, Class of 2017) is the Documentation Associate at SFMOMA. He assists the Collections Information Manager with maintaining the museum collection database and ensuring the validity of object information in exhibitions and the online collection.
Vineet Gopal
Benchling
Vineet Gopal holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Physics and a Master's degree in Machine Learning, both from MIT (2014). He is currently an engineering manager at Benchling, a software company developing a platform for life science research. Vineet has served in many roles during his time at Benchling – software engineer, PM, recruiter, and engineering manager. Over the last 5 years, Vineet has interviewed hundreds, as a recruiter, software panelist and hiring manager.
Pam Benjamin has been the Director of Mutiny Radio since 2013. She earned her MA (Fiction) '10 and MFA (Poetry) '12 from SFSU.  She's has two novels and over 50 poems published both nationally and internationally and hosts six podcasts with 12 hours weekly live on air. Pam has been performing stand-up comedy all over the US since 2011 and produces a weekly comedy showcase every Friday 8pm at Mutiny Radio.
Jen Sullivan Brych’s past publications include Fourteen Hills, The Los Angeles Times, Wired, The Rumpus, and sparkle+blink. She was also a finalist for Third Coast magazine’s Fiction Prize. Her plays have had readings and performances in various Bay Area theaters, and she has an MFA from SFSU. She has also read at large events like Litquake, and she’s led panel discussions as part of the Visiting Writers Series at City College of San Francisco, where she teaches creative writing and English. She also helped revive Forum, the college’s literary magazine first published in 1937 (forumccsf.org).
Maggie Harrison
City College San Francisco
Maggie Harrison (MFA, Creative Writing: Fiction) is a professor of English, Women’s and Gender Studies, and LGBT Studies at City College of San Francisco, where she chairs the department of Women’s and Gender Studies.  Her creative work has been published or is forthcoming in Entropy, Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, Green Hills Literary Lantern, New Letters, Blithe House Quarterly, Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly, and Sinister Wisdom. Her story “Everything I Know of You I Know From Your Warts” received a Pushcart nomination and an Honorable Mention for the Readers’ Award for Fiction.
Cindy Slates is a tenured professor in English and the director of the English Lab writing center at City College of San Francisco. She received her MFA and two certificates in Teaching Post-Secondary Reading and Composition from San Francisco State University. At City College she led the Creative Writing program for five years and coordinated the Visiting Writers Series. Through her leadership, the creative writing committee was able to double course offerings and develop the Creative Writing Certificate. Ms. Slates teaches English courses in composition, tutor-training, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
City College San Francisco
Career Panels
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Time: 10:00 - 11:30 A.M.
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019, HUM 587
Moderators: Burcu Ellis, Professor, International Relations and Philip Hallworth, IR Alum
Moving Up: Careers in Social Sciences
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Time: 9:00-10:00 A.M.
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019, HUM 587
Moderators: Matthew Davison, Lecturer, Creative Writing, San Francisco State University
Creative Mind at Work
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SFSU Art, Art History and Museum Studies Alums Reflect on their Careers at the SFMoMA
Time: 12:00-1:00 P.M.
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019, HUM 587
Moderators: Gwen Allen and Sharon Bliss
So You Want to Work in a Museum
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Time: 11:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Date: Friday, April 26, 2019, HUM 587
Moderators: Martha Lincoln and Paloma Mathern
Getting a Jump on the Job Market
Lachanda Davis
Kaiser Permanente
Maria Scarzella-Thorpe
Nomad Pass and Basecamp
Almas Khan
San Francisco Passport Agency
Robert Kuhn
Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.
Participants:
Julian Hamud
Glass, Lewis & Co.
Raghda Karajah
Office of Congresswoman
Jackie Speier (CA-14)
Participants:
Stella Lochman
SFMoMA
Ian Gill
SFMoMA
Nancy Arms Simon
SFMoMA
Layne Austin
Tesla
Ezra Hayman
Lyft
Lindsey Ayotte
Skyline College
Participants:
Brian Gleeson
CSU East Bay
Sophie Minnig
AECOM
Martin Maaloumi
User Experience Researcher
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Celebrate the Museum’s One-Year Anniversary!
Time: 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Date: Friday, April 26, 2019, Fine Arts Bldg., Global Museum, Room 203
Going Global: From San Francisco to the World
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Time: 7:30 P.M.
Date:  Friday, April 26, 2019, Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
SFSU Experimental Music Ensemble Presents the Music of Hans Tammen, Dafna Naphtali, Steve Horowitz and Student Composers
Special Events
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Date: Friday, April 26, 2019, HUM 587
Using any and all means to raise your profile, get work and thrive in the entertainment and media industry
Moderator: Steve Horowitz, Composer, Lecturer in Music, San Francisco State University,
Time: 1:00-2:30 P.M.
Promoting your Creative Genius
Participants:
Frank Dellario
Pixel Valley Studio
Jerome Rossen
Freshmade Music
Michael Winger
SF Grammys
Dafna Naphtali
Singer/Sound Artist
Frank produces, directs, writes, and shoots video content with his company Pixel Valley Studio in the SF Bay area. He experience in the film business spans three decades and multiple disciplines. In 1994 he founded and published FilmCrew Magazine, a trade dedicated to the technical and creative film crew community. In 1997 he co-founded the award-winning creative team the ILL Clan. He has produced, directed, and filmed productions for clients such as CBS, Paramount, Universal, NBC, Warner Brothers, Intel, MTV, SpikeTV, and Microsoft. He currently produces and co-stars in the video production how-to series Pull My Focus with his business partner of over 20 years, Manu Smith.
Jerome Rossen of Freshmade Music creates custom music for media. Freshmade is an independent audio production studio that focuses on creating music for apps, games and TV. Jerome is a composer, sound designer, songwriter, producer and professional musician. Jerome’s music has been featured on MTV, Fox, ABC, USA Network, and Direct TV titles including The Challenge, Temptation Island, Gordon Ramsey’s “The F-Word”, The Bachelor, The Bachelor in Paradise and The Bachelorette, as well as a series of Verizon radio ads. Jerome created music for Originator Kid’s MathTango App Starbase, numerous Leapfrog games including Disney Princess, and a cult cartoon for older kids, Happy Tree Friends, which has over 2 billion lifetime YouTube views! Jerome is a voting member of the Recording Academy.
Michael Winger is the Executive Director of the Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter, where he educates and engages music professionals to participate in the GRAMMY awards process, and produces professional development programming with top music artists and industry leaders. He also leads advocacy efforts in Northern California, Utah and Colorado, which recently resulted in the successful passage of comprehensive copyright reform through the US Congress.  Prior to his work at the Recording Academy, Winger engineered and produced hundreds of studio and live recordings by artists such as  Kronos Quartet, Regina Spektor, Tom Petty, The Shins, Feist and more. He recently produced the second full-length album for the acclaimed Americana band Four Year Bender which is due out in April 2019.
Dafna Naphtali is a singer/electronic musician who composes/performs experimental, interactive electro-acoustic music using her custom Max/MSP programming for live sound processing of voice and other instruments for multi-channel audio and musical robots.  She draws on an eclectic musical background in jazz, classical, rock and near-eastern music, and interprets Cage, Stockhausen and contemporary composers, in projects with well-regarded musicians around the world.  Fellowships and awards include: New York Foundation for the Arts, NYSCA, Brooklyn Arts Council, Franklin Furnace, American Composers, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, American Music Center, Brecht Forum, and Signal Culture in Owego, NY. Recordings and collaborations include work with “What is it Like to be a Bat?” digital punk trio w/Kitty Brazelton (Tzadik), “Pulsing Dot” duo with Gordon Beeferman (piano/voice/live‐processing, Clang) and Chatter Blip with Chuck Bettis (Acheulian Handaxe). http://www.dafna.info/
Robi Kauker
EA
Robi Kauker is known for his work on The Sims franchise (2000-2019), and other Maxis/Electronic Arts titles (1997-2019). He performs under the name Critical Monkey, doing contemporary noise music based on the generation and manipulation of sound. He works on the occasional music project as producer, mixer or creative sound designer. His work is scattered in diverse areas of music and technology but focuses on eliminating creative barriers and guiding audiences towards fresh artistic communications. He appeared in I Dream of Wires (2014), a documentary about modular synthesis, and many articles have been written about him and his work. He has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Memphis and a Master of Fine Arts from Mills College. He has no idea what to do when he grows up.
Thursday, April 25, 2019, HUM 587
Friday, April 26, 2019, HUM 587
Martin Maaloumi is a user experience researcher who works with the educators and technology professionals at Education.com to create products and services that improve the experience of parents, teachers, homeschoolers and thousands of pre-K – 5th grade learners. He believes that the daily practice of listening to what people tell us about their needs is the fastest, and most enduring, route to success. He has researched and evaluated the effective integration of technology into learning environments of all shapes and sizes on five continents. Martin is a CoSN Certified Education Technology Leader, holds a Master of Arts in Historical Sociology from Binghamton University, and a Master of Arts in International Comparative Education from Stanford University.
Brian Gleeson holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Anthropology from San Francisco State University (2001 and 2011), with an emphasis on Cultural Anthropology. He conducts ethnographic and ethnohistorical research with California Indians and serves as Editor in Chief and Co-founder of the digital journal, California Cultures: a Monograph Series. Since 2015, Brian has taught Cultural Anthropology courses at CSU East Bay with an emphasis on the Indigenous Peoples of North America and California. Since 2006, Brian has worked as a consultant for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan where he currently leads a regulatory affairs team addressing clinical and legal matters.  Brian has lived in Oakland since 2001, enjoys coffee, Futures studies, playing drums and guitar, and is a proud parent of two.
Sophie Minnig is an archaeologist and osteologist at AECOM, Oakland. Ms. Minnig has an M.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis in bioarchaeology from San Francisco State University. She has 6 years of experience working on archaeological investigations in California, primarily in the Bay Area and Northern California, and 7 years of experience working on identification and analyses of human skeletal remains.
Hailing from Grass Valley, California, Layne is a 2013 graduate from San Francisco State University’s Communication Studies program. During her studies, she participated in the Communications Department intern program and worked at Lonely Planet in Oakland for a semester. After a brief post-grad existential crisis, Layne landed a job at Genentech on the University Recruiting team and there she knew she’d found her niche. Through her time at Genentech and now Tesla, Layne has been helping students find their career paths through intern programs and entry-level recruiting programs. Outside of work, Layne loves to travel and prides herself on her suitcase packing skills.
Ezra Hayman is the Head of Autonomous Vehicle Marketing for Lyft, working between the strategy, brand, and technology groups to support the next chapter of transportation. Prior to Lyft, they led product marketing and communications at Practice Fusion (acquired by Allscripts in 2017), taught Communication Studies at San Francisco State University, worked in HIV public health education at Planned Parenthood, and managed multiple small businesses in San Francisco and Northern California. Ezra holds a master’s degree in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University.
Lindsey Ayotte is an Assistant Professor at Skyline College. She earned both her BA and MA in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University. Her areas of focus are public speaking, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, and performance studies. She has an extensive background in competitive forensics: speech and debate.
Schedule: Subject to change
Schedule: Subject to change
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Tips and Tricks for a Successful Experience
Time: 01:00-02:00 P.M.
Moderators: Vineet Gopal, Engineering Manager, Benchling
Inside the Interview
Thursday, April 25, 2019, HUM 213
Schedule: Subject to change
Peter Sinn-Nachtrieb
Playwright
Participants:
Matthew Davison
San Francisco
State University
Pam Benjamin
Mutiny Radio
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Time: 09:00-10:30 A.M.
Date: Friday, April 26, 2019, HUM 587
Moderators: Maggie Harrison, MFA in Fiction with Creative Writing, author, professor at City College San Francisco
Writers at Work
Participants:
Pam Benjamin
Mutiny Radio
Cynthia Slates
Jen Sullivan Brych
City College San Francisco
Vineet Gopal
Benchling
Matthew Clark Davison is creator and teacher of The Lab: Writing Classes with MCD, a non-academic school started in 2007. He earned a BA and MFA in Creative Writing from SFSU, where he now teaches full-time. Matthew served as the Chief Artistic Strategist at Performing Arts Workshop, bringing intensive residencies to children who may not otherwise receive an arts education. He has also coached writing at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, and his prose has been published both in print and online, including The Atlantic Monthly and Guernica.
Pam Benjamin has been the Director of Mutiny Radio since 2013. She earned her MA (Fiction) '10 and MFA (Poetry) '12 from SFSU.  She's has two novels and over 50 poems published both nationally and internationally and host six podcasts with 12 hours weekly live on air. Pam has been performing stand-up comedy all over the US since 2011 and produces a weekly comedy showcase every Friday 8pm at Mutiny Radio.  www.mutinyradio.fm
Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (MFA, Creative Writing) is a San Francisco-based playwright whose work has been seen off-Broadway and across the country including at Ars Nova, Woolly Mammoth, SPF, Seattle Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Southern Rep, Kitchen Dog, and in the Bay Area at  Z Space, A.C.T., Encore Theatre, Killing My Lobster, Marin Theatre Company, Impact Theatre, and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Peter was the Mellon Playwright in Residence at Z Space in San Francisco 2013-18.
Julian Hamud, governance professional and stakeholder relations specialist, has completed over 300 engagements with publicly traded companies and their investors, and has authorship credits on over 1,500 reports. His research includes tailored reports for investors, regulatory comment letters, and official position papers on rapidly evolving normative and legal issues. Julian currently leads the executive compensation research team at Glass Lewis & Co., the world's leading independent proxy advisor, where he has covered governance issues and corporate events across North America, Europe, and Israel.
Raghda Karajah (BA ’13, International Relations), who studied at the American University School of International Service, worked concurrently with several foreign governments, international development organizations, and joined humanitarian missions to the Middle East. In 2017, she earned a Master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, with an emphasis on Post-War Peacebuilding and Development. Raghda went on to work at the Negotiation Affairs Department in Palestine and currently serves as a Field Representative, Foreign Affairs Staffer, and Caseworker at Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s District Office.
LaChanda (M.A. ’07, Philosophy) pursued doctoral studies in philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.  LaChanda began working at Kaiser Permanente six years ago as the assistant to the Director of the Ethics Department.  Currently, LaChanda works in the department of adult and family medicine as a special projects manager.  She works closely with executives to design and implement initiatives and training programs for physicians across eight different medical office buildings.
Maria Scarzella Thorpe is an entrepreneur & startup founder with a B.A. in 2010 in International Relations and a minor in Global Peace Studies, Human Rights and Justice Studies. After graduation, she completed the M.Sc. program China in Comparative Perspective at the London School of Economics.  Subsequently, she became the Co-Founder of two startups in the hospitality & travel space: Nomad Pass and Startup Basecamp. The latter is the first startup hotel in San Francisco, offering unique short-term, co-living and co-working spaces for startup professionals and entrepreneurs to easily land in San Francisco
Almas Khan (BA, International Relations and ABA, Certified Paralegal Studies Certificate) has worked for the U.S Department of State, San Francisco Passport Agency as a Passport Specialist since 2017. Prior to her work with the Department of State, Almas also interned with the District Attorney of Alameda County, Cold Case Unit.  She has assisted with criminal prosecution of primarily sexual assault cases solved through the use of forensic DNA evidence.
Robert Kuhn is an attorney at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.  Robert’s practice areas include employment law and data privacy and he advises on a wide range of issues including wage and hour compliance, employee terminations, sexual harassment and discrimination issues, and employee privacy rights.  Robert holds a BA in International Relations from SFSU and received a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Stella Lochman (SFSU Class of 08) is the Senior Program Associate for Public Dialogue at SFMOMA. She is the project manager of Public Knowledge, a collaborative initiative between the museum and the San Francisco Public Library. As head of production for the artist commissions, she collaborates with artists to coordinate the various projects and engage participating organizations and community members across the library system.
Nancy Arms Simon works as an Assistant Registrar in Loans Out at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She works in a team with Associate Registrars to facilitate national and international loans of the museum’s permanent collection. Nancy received her MA in Museum Studies from SFSU in 2004. She holds BAs in Studio Art and German Literature.
Ian Gill (SFSU Museum Studies, Class of 2017) is the Documentation Associate at SFMOMA. He assists the Collections Information Manager with maintaining the museum collection database and ensuring the validity of object information in exhibitions and the online collection.
Vineet Gopal holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Physics and a Master's degree in Machine Learning, both from MIT (2014). He is currently an engineering manager at Benchling, a software company developing a platform for life science research. Vineet has served in many roles during his time at Benchling – software engineer, PM, recruiter, and engineering manager. Over the last 5 years, Vineet has interviewed hundreds, as a recruiter, software panelist and hiring manager.
Pam Benjamin has been the Director of Mutiny Radio since 2013. She earned her MA (Fiction) '10 and MFA (Poetry) '12 from SFSU.  She's has two novels and over 50 poems published both nationally and internationally and hosts six podcasts with 12 hours weekly live on air. Pam has been performing stand-up comedy all over the US since 2011 and produces a weekly comedy showcase every Friday 8pm at Mutiny Radio.
Jen Sullivan Brych’s past publications include Fourteen Hills, The Los Angeles Times, Wired, The Rumpus, and sparkle+blink. She was also a finalist for Third Coast magazine’s Fiction Prize. Her plays have had readings and performances in various Bay Area theaters, and she has an MFA from SFSU. She has also read at large events like Litquake, and she’s led panel discussions as part of the Visiting Writers Series at City College of San Francisco, where she teaches creative writing and English. She also helped revive Forum, the college’s literary magazine first published in 1937 (forumccsf.org).
Maggie Harrison
City College San Francisco
Maggie Harrison (MFA, Creative Writing: Fiction) is a professor of English, Women’s and Gender Studies, and LGBT Studies at City College of San Francisco, where she chairs the department of Women’s and Gender Studies.  Her creative work has been published or is forthcoming in Entropy, Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, Green Hills Literary Lantern, New Letters, Blithe House Quarterly, Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly, and Sinister Wisdom. Her story “Everything I Know of You I Know From Your Warts” received a Pushcart nomination and an Honorable Mention for the Readers’ Award for Fiction.
Cindy Slates is a tenured professor in English and the director of the English Lab writing center at City College of San Francisco. She received her MFA and two certificates in Teaching Post-Secondary Reading and Composition from San Francisco State University. At City College she led the Creative Writing program for five years and coordinated the Visiting Writers Series. Through her leadership, the creative writing committee was able to double course offerings and develop the Creative Writing Certificate. Ms. Slates teaches English courses in composition, tutor-training, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
City College San Francisco