Karen Curry, Executive Director, Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies, has extensive experience in broadcast journalism as a producer and executive. She created award-winning programs from around the world for NBC's Today Show and was NBC News London Bureau Chief. As Bureau Chief, she managed the largest bureau outside the United States and directed the bureau's coverage of the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She was responsible for covering major breaking stories, most notably the death of Princess Diana. Karen was also Executive Director of Morning News Programming at NBC where she launched Weekend Today, the first Saturday/Sunday edition of a network morning news broadcast.
Karen joined CNN as Vice President and New York Bureau Chief, where she directed the New York Bureau's newsgathering efforts and was responsible for the production needs of CNN programs based in New York. She ran the bureau's coverage of 9/11 and its aftermath, including serving the needs of several new shows that were launched in the midst of the coverage.
She has taught broadcast journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and is on the Board of Visitors of Fordham College in New York.
Hana Iverson, Visiting Professor, Westphal College of Media Art and Design – Hana Iverson is a media artist with a focus on networked communities and wireless technologies. Her public projects, Cross/Walks, Weaving Fabric Row and View from the Balcony, along with her education initiative Neighborhood Narratives, engages the neighborhood as social practice to explore questions about subjectivity, embodiment, social networks and place inside of alternative forms of distribution.
Iverson has taught and/or directed the Neighborhood Narratives program at Rutgers, New York University, Temple Rome, Temple London and Temple Tokyo. She has worked as faculty at the International Center of Photography/Bard College Graduate Program in Advanced Photographic Studies and the New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Photo and Imaging. As an educator and administrator at Temple University, she was able to engage in many cross-disciplinary collaborations that included Film and Media Arts, Computer Science, Tyler School of Art, Geography and Urban Planning, Philosophy, Political Science and now at Rutgers University, the Institute for Women and Art and the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. She has a Masters Degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Department at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Elliot Panek, Visiting Fellow, Great Works Symposium – Dr. Panek earned his MA in Media studies from the University of Texas and his PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan. His research examines the uses and effects of new media from sociological and psychological perspectives, using interviews, surveys, and experiments to understand how entertainment and social media affect our individual and collective lives. He has published articles on complex narratives, social media and narcissism, parental restriction of media use, and self-control as it relates to media choice. Coverage of his research has been featured on Time.com, the Chicago Tribune, and the Huffington Post.