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Wednesday, August 2 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Seeing the Future in the Past: Exploring and Designing History in VR

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While VR is often referred to as the the next stage in education, entertainment, and even medicine, the application of VR technologies to the past-- exploring history, literature, and cultures far removed from our present-- is, perhaps, one of the platform's most exciting modes.   Exploring a range of historically-based VR projects, from a time-shifting model of the Giza pyramids, to a sunrise walk with Thoreau on the shores of Walden pond, to a first-person account of the incident that started the American Revolution, this roundtable will discuss the affordances and difficulties in meshing VR with the past, and the processes and design possibilities that suggest its most profound future.  The discussion will be moderated by Marc Ruppel from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Adam Blumenthal

Virtual Reality Artist-in-Residence, Brown University
Adam began VR R&D in 1990 and for 25+ years he's awaited the incubation of the technology. In the meantime Adam's been producing innovative digital media with many of the world’s best-known brands. For several years Adam was a digital strategy and production leader at preeminent... Read More →
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Caitlin Burns

Vice Chair, Producers Guild of America, New Media Council
Currently Vice Chair of the Producers’ Guild of America New Media Council, and Head VR instructor for the New York Film Academy, Caitlin Burns has developed storyworlds ranging from global blockbuster feature films, television shows, AAA console games to 360° video, VR, AR, Mixed... Read More →
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Katerina Cizek

MIT Co Creation Studio
Katerina Cizek leads the emergent Co-Creation Studio at MIT's Open Documentary Lab, which produces and researches collaborative methods in non-fiction media making. Katerina Cizek is a two-time Emmy-winning documentarian, and a pioneer in digital storytelling most notably as the director... Read More →
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Tracy Fullerton

Professor and Director, USC Game Innovation Lab
Tracy Fullerton is an award winning experimental game designer and director of the Game Innovation Lab at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she holds the Electronic Arts Endowed Chair in Interactive Entertainment. Her game credits include Cloud, flOw, Darfur is Dying, and The... Read More →
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Peter Manuelian

Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology, Harvard University
Peter Der Manuelian received his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago in 1990. In 2009, he was appointed the “Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology” at Harvard University. He is director of the Harvard Semitic Museum, and also directs the Giza Project at Harvard... Read More →
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Marc Ruppel

Lead, Digital Projects for the Public / Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities
Dr. Marc Ruppel is a Senior Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Public Programs, where he specializes in game, digital media and transmedia storytelling. Before joining the Endowment, Marc worked on several transmedia/digital-experiential learning... Read More →

Wednesday August 2, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT