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Kevin Arnovitz
Basketball Specialist, ESPN

Kevin Arnovitz is a basketball specialist for ESPN, where he edits and contributes to blogs about the game as well as presents radio and TV commentary. He often writes about the social dimensions of professional sports. He is a former contributor at NPR, and has written articles analyzing the evolution of gay athletes in sports. In 2012, Arnovitz gave the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Evolution of Sports presentation on the implementation of analytics to traffic congestion at professional sports venues. At ESPN and TrueHoop. Arnovitz has covered the rise of the Los Angeles Clippers and the fast paced Golden State Warriors. He has also written on the resurgence of basketball in New Orleans. He is a frequent contributor to TrueHoop live on Kevin is a graduate of Columbia University.

Matthew Bernstein
Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies, Emory University

Matthew Bernstein is a native of Long Island, New York and is Goodrich C. White Professor and Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies at Emory University, where he has taught since 1989. Matthew received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University. He researches and teaches courses on Hollywood cinema, international film history, documentary film, African-Americans in film and Japanese Cinema. He has twice been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities research grants, and twice has won outstanding essay awards. He has authored 2 books, edited 4 anthologies and published 32 articles and 28 film and book reviews. His next book will be the anthology Atlanta at the Movies.

Valerie Boyd
Associate Professor, University of Georgia

Valerie Boyd is author of the award-winning Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. She is currently curating and editing a collection of Alice Walker’s personal journals, which span more than 50 years. Simon & Schuster/37 Ink will publish Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker in 2017. Formerly arts editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boyd has written about the intersection of race, arts and culture for such publications as The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Paste, Ms., Essence and Atlanta Magazine. Boyd is also a journalism professor and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Georgia, where she directs the new low-residency MFA Program in Narrative Nonfiction.

Seth Colter Walls

Seth Colter Walls is a critic and reporter who has written for the London Review of Books, Slate and the Baffler. He contributes regularly to Pitchfork and the Guardian US.

Lila King
Global News and Publisher Partnerships, Instagram

Lila King leads global news and publisher partnerships for Instagram. Before joining Instagram in April, King had a long tenure at CNN Worldwide, most recently leading partnerships and product development at HLN, and before that heading up social news for CNN. In 2006, she and a tiny group of colleagues launched CNN iReport, the first citizen journalism effort inside a traditional news organization.

Linda Pattillo
Professor, Georgia State University

Linda Pattillo is an award winning former war correspondent for ABC NEWS and CNN. She was the only female television correspondent to cover frontline troops in Gulf War I, traveling with the combat pool covering First Marine Division. She also covered the U.S. intervention in Somalia; the last days of war in Bosnia; the overthrow of the Mobutu dictatorship in Zaire; and the U.S. intervention in Haiti. She is the Executive Producer and Director of the award winning documentary “The Breast Cancer Diaries” about young mother Ann Murray Paige and her fight with breast cancer. The feature length documentary aired at film festivals around the world and on the Discovery Health Channel. She currently writes and blogs about travel on her blog “The Foreign Correspondent” and teaches journalism at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Cameron Shaw
Executive Director and Founding Editor, Pelican Bomb

Cameron Shaw is a writer, editor, and the Executive Director of Pelican Bomb in New Orleans. Her work at Pelican Bomb centers on developing platforms for diverse voices that expand the ways individuals and communities interact with contemporary art. Her articles, interviews, and essays on art and visual culture have been widely published including in The New York Times, Art in America, BOMB Magazine, East of Borneo, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as in books on Chris Ofili, Marcel Dzama, Tameka Norris, and other artists. Shaw was awarded a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for Short-Form Writing in 2009 and was selected as a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Writing Fellow in 2015.

Alex Shephard
News Editor, New Republic

Alex Shephard is the news editor at the New Republic. He previously worked as the director of digital media for Melville House.

Elizabeth Zimmer
Dance Critic, The Village Voice

Elizabeth Zimmer writes about dance, theater, and books for The Village Voice, Dance Studio Life and other publications, edits manuscripts for dance authors and others, and teaches writing at Hollins University, among other places. She served as dance editor of The Village Voice from 1992 until 2006, and reviewed ballet for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1997 through 2005. She holds a B.A. in Literature from Bennington College and an M.A. in English from SUNY Stony Brook, and has studied many forms of dance, especially contact improvisation with its founders. She edited Body Against Body: The Dance and other Collaborations of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (Station Hill Press, 1989) and Envisioning Dance for Film and Video (Routledge, 2002). Her one-woman show, North Wing, played at two off-off-Broadway theaters, and she has appeared in the work of Christopher Williams, Aaron Landsman, and Kriota Willberg.