11 April 2013



ANNOUNCING
THE EG CONFERENCE
AGENDA

Some of the students at EG.

Here is the agenda for EG.

A few pointers to prepare you.

EG begins at 1pm sharp on 18 April and ends at 4:30pm on 20 April.

Sessions are often long and demand real attention. Please give yourself the luxury of enjoying the opportunity. You know the drill: mute your ringer, dim the screen, and try not to be discourteous. One of the nice things about the Steinbeck Forum in Monterey is that it's easy to step out if you have a pressing business matter. Note the session timings: some are loooong. Plan accordingly.

Every presenter has something wonderful to share. Moreover, there are often unforgettable moments when you least expect them, and it's tragic to miss out. We urge you to be present.

On Friday 19 April, there is a 2-hour interval for dinner from 19:00-21:00. Please make your own plans. But be sure to be back at the conference center promptly at 9pm for a special session and screening with Michael Apted and his work on 56 UP. It's one of the great achievements in cinema.

Details regarding EG in 2014 will be announced at EG on the morning of Friday 19 April, at the end of the first session. These include special registration instructions for attendees. Priority is given to current and past EG speakers and attendees but registration will be open to the whole world, including thousands who will be watching on line. Don't get boxed out.

Finally, if you have any registration problems this year contact Jane Rosch immediately, and if you encounter problems of any kind while at the conference, volunteers and staff are easy to find and eager to help.

We can't wait to see you in gorgeous Monterey!


Michael Hawley, EG director
mike@the-eg.com 



SCHEDULE

Thursday 18 April

THU   13:00    1   LEARN & LIVE

MICHAEL HAWLEY
Director of EG, Michael is an educator, engineer and musician. His career included 20 years at the MIT Media Lab, industrial R&D with Steve Jobs, and winning the Van Cliburn international piano competition for outstanding amateurs in 2002, and the creation of a remarkable book about Bhutan.
ERIC KUHNE
American-born and London-based, Eric tackles the design of whole cities from the ground up. He and his firm use deeply-rooted physical artifacts and cultural patterns to inform aspects of their macro designs, all while respecting the fundamental human-scale pleasures and needs.
STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY
One of the most widely-seen character actors today, Stephen has appeared in over 200 films and at least as many television shows in a ridiculous variety of roles, ranging from Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day to Buttcrack Plumber. He is also a brilliant raconteur and dazzling memoirist.
JILL SOBULE
Ironic, prolific, authentic, satiric, folksy, gutsy, emotive, Jill is a singer/songwriter/storyteller with a subtle and intimate connection to her audience. We are thrilled that she is returning to EG after a brief absence.
SEBASTIAN THRUN
Google Fellow, Professor at Stanford, inventor of the self-driving car and Google Streetview, founder of Udacity... Sebastian is a member of the National Academy and the German Academy of Sciences.
NICHOLAS NEGROPONTE
Nicholas founded and led the MIT Media Lab, helped create WIRED magazine, and started One Laptop Per Child — just a few manifestations of his lifelong efforts to architect more thoughtful and fertile worlds for invention and learning.
FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS
The Karamazovs are not your father's wild-haired, juggling, flame-throwing, kilt-and-tutu-wearing performers. If you can lift it, they have probably juggled it. Who do you know with a three-letter domain name?

15:30    Break

THU   16:30    2   THE MAKINGS OF LIFE

GEORGE CHURCH & TING WU
The quintessential Harvard scientific couple, George and Ting enjoy his & hers careers at the vanguard of genomics, and are brimming with seminal connections throughout the emerging bioengineering industry.

George is founder or advisor to nearly two dozen biotech companies, author of hundreds of publications and 50 patents.

Ting studies chromosome positioning and its effect on gene expression and other phenomena.

ROZ CHAST
Brooklyn-born cartoonist and author, bedecked with honorary doctorates and beloved by readers, Roz has been a wry voice of sanity at the New Yorker for decades.
BATHSHEBA GROSSMAN
A mathematician and sculptor, Sheba has found a unique way to earn a living: by driving mathematical fantasies through CAD systems to sculpt in bronze and steel using advanced 3D printing systems, all from the quiet seclusion of her home studio in the redwoods of Santa Cruz.
DAVID ESTERLY
A singular artisan, nobody wields the carver's gouges like David.  Picking up where the baroque genius Grinling Gibbons left off, David's incredibly detailed limewood carvings are unique in their richness and complexity — but so is the way he found his calling, and mastered his art.

18:00    Dinner:
STONE BREWING BASH

THU   19:30    3   NATURISTS

ANDERSON & ROE
The Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers of the piano,Greg & Liz are the most original, inventive and infectiously entertaining piano duo ever. When was the last time you saw a classical piano duet go "platinum" on YouTube?
FRANS LANTING
One of the foremost wildlife photographers working today, Frans has built an impressive body of work that reveals the challenges and beauty of life in virtually every ecosystem. His latest work: covering the cheetahs of Iran.
BRYANT AUSTIN
Several years ago, Bryant put everything he had into the photography of whales — the largest photographic prints of the largest animals on earth. An artist specializing in large-format multi-media installations, Bryant is designing a new 150Mp capture device for his next series.
BRIAN HARE
A Professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke, Brian is Director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, co-author of The Genius Of Dogs, and co-founder of Dognition.
MIKE GUNTON
Producer in the BBC Natural History Unit, Mike has worked cheek by jowl with Sir David Attenborough to bring us some of the most astounding natural history television epics ever captured.

22:00    Zzz...

Friday 19 April

08:00    Caffeine Canteen

FRI   08:30    4   GOING UNNOTICED

MARCO TEMPEST
More than just a dazzling and polished magician, Marco may be doing more than anyone to prototype what our augmented future really is when science fiction becames day to day reality.
APOLLO ROBBINS
Apollo is a scarey good pickpocket. After stealing the wallet, watch, itinerary and limousine keys from Jimmy Carter's secret service man, he began using his superpowers not simply for entertainment, but as a medium for teaching security and police what to look for — and how to think differently about criminal challenges.
TINK THOMPSON
Tink spent a few decades as an academic philosopher and authority on Kierkegaard, doing a Ph.D. in Ph and becoming a full professor at Haverford. Along the way he took two years off to work as a Navy frogman on underwater demolitions. He eventually abandoned his academic career to become a private investigator.
KEN PERENYI
Picasso used to say that good artists copy, but great artists steal. By that metric, nobody compares to Ken. He is a master art forger whose works passed unnoticed through the major art auction houses of the U.S. and Europe for many years. He also eluded the FBI long enough to outlast the statutes of limitations, and recently wrote a book about his exacting craft.
JIM MESKIMEN
Actor/impressionist, Jim has been a cartoon designer, fine artist, audiobook director, and worked in Hollywood for nearly three decades but made his biggest mark as perhaps the most versatile vocal impressionist around.

10:00    Nosh

FRI   11:00    5   FAR OUT

MATT HARDING
A 36-year-old deadbeat from Westport, CT, Matt abandoned an early career in videogame design to travel the world — where he became micro-famous as "that internet guy who travels the world doing that...dance." Matt knows travel matters: it helps us learn what we're capable of, that the path in front of us isn't the only one we can choose, and that we don't need to be so afraid of each other.
CATHERINE & RICHARD DESOMME
A couple of Belgians who abandoned their comfortable lives, threw away their TV, and left Europe 20 years ago to embark on a new nomadic adventure on board their ultimate expedition vehicle...
BRAN FERREN
A uniquely inventive talent, Bran has been solving impossible problems across the entertainment industry for nearly forty years. His most recent thrust, Applied Minds, may be one of the world's most remarkable invention studios.
STEVE JURVETSON
The "J" in Draper Fisher Jurvetson of Sand Hill Road, Steve is passionate about scientific frontiers. He's up to his eyeballs in such ventures as SpaceX, Synthetic Genomics, and Tesla Motors. And when not dabbling professionally, he pursues his hobbies brilliantly: photography, rocketry, photography of rocketry...
ADAM STELTZNER
A bright star at NASA, JPL engineer Adam Steltzner has worked on missions including Galileo and Cassini and most recently led the design for the hair-raising Mars Curiosity sky crane landing system.

12:30    Picnic Lunch

FRI   14:00    6   SEEIN' IT ALL

A PIXAR MOMENT
Another incredible animated masterpiece presented by our friends from Pixar.
A.J. JACOBS
Abandoning a perfectly good academic philosophy degree from Brown, A.J. has become a human guinea pig. Author of half a dozen books, and columnist for Esquire, A.J. is frequently tapped as a trivia expert by National Public Radio's Scott Simon.
HONG YI
Red as she prefers to be known, Hong Yi schlepped from Shanghai to burst on the scene at EG last year with her captivating and highly original artwork. You'll be amazed at what has blossomed in the year since.
BEN DAVIS
A multifaceted designer (is there really any other kind these days?), Ben is the founder of the San Francisco-based firm Words, Pictures, Ideas, and was the visionary and organizer behind the recent Bay Lights art installation.
BRANDY GALE
A Canadian landscape painter with raging synesthesia, Brandy's sensual paintings mirror her more colorful take on the world.
SCOTT HAMILTON
Explorer and financier, Scott has spent much time in the world's far places.  For the past several years, he has focused on curing blindness in remote Himalayan villages of Mustang.

16:30    Break

FRI   17:30    7   FRESH STARTS

MAGGIE SIMPSON
This year, Maggie Simpson starred in her first Oscar-nominated short film: The Longest Daycare.
ALISON GOPNIK
Alison is a Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at Berkeley, and one of the most prominent researchers in the effects of language on thought. She is renowned for her work on cognitive development in babies.
UMI GARRETT
A bright young pianistic star, Umi has already won more than a dozen piano competitions and made numerous concert appearances around the world, both as a solo recitalist and with orchestras from Boston to Wuhan.
LINDA RONSTADT
A legendary American popular musician, Linda has had a dazzling career including dozens of awards (Grammys, Emmy, ALMA...), numerous gold and platinum hit records, and collaborations with a breathtaking range of artists. Recently, she has used her voice for the betterment of national arts and music programs.
DEAN ORNISH
Dean is a leading progenitor of patient-centered, foundational medicine. He and his team proved that basic change in diet and lifestyle is the key to reversing damage done by chronic arterial disease and other chronic ailments.
KINA GRANNIS
In 2007 at age 22, singer/songwriter Kina Grannis began creating YouTube music videos to accompany her original songs — videos that have been seen more than 99 million times, propelling her world tours in 2011 and 2012. With nearly a hundred songs on seven albums and ten music videos to her credit, she's just getting started.

19:00    Dinner: ON THE WATERFRONT = ON YOUR OWN

FRI   21:00    Special Screening: 56 UP

MICHAEL APTED
One of the most prolific British directors, Michael thrilled us with James Bond (The World Is Not Enough), and tugged at our hearts (Coal Miner's Daughter; Amazing Grace), but his documentary 56 UP stands as a singular and tenacious achievement in the history of cinema.

22:30    Zzz!

Saturday 20 April

08:00    Caffeine Canteen

SAT   08:30    8   LET ME EDUTAIN YOU

ANOTHER PIXAR MOMENT
Another incredible animated masterpiece presented by our friends from Pixar.
AMANDA HILL
As Chief Brands Officer, Amanda is responsible for new strategic thrusts that further the BBC's mission and extend its core qualities far beyond the television-land. Among other thrusts, she was the Managing Director of BBC Earth.
DAPHNE KOLLER
MacArthur Laureate, Stanford Professor of Computer Science, innovator in machine learning, Daphne is co-founder and co-CEO of Coursera in Mountain View, California.
NOLAN BUSHNELL
Legendary Silicon Valley innovator, Nolan founded Atari, won the hair-raising Trans-Pac yacht race, and thinks his latest company, brainrush, will be the most successful of all. It incorporates insights from neurology and gaming to achieve breakthroughs in learning.
PHILIP SHEPPARD
Composer, virtuoso cellist, Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Philip has written extensively for film, television and theatre. He notably created fresh arrangements for all of the world's 205 national anthems for the 2012 Olympics in London.

10:00    Nosh

SAT   11:00    9   SUSTENANCE

PETER SAGAL
Playwright, author, actor, avid runner, Peter is perhaps most widely known as the quick-witted host of the hit NPR quiz show Wait Wait, Don't tell me! which is heard by several million listeners each week.
JAMES KUNSTLER
Novelist and author of more than a dozen books, Jim has often turned his incisive literary blade at the tragic landscape around us — strip malls, housing tracts, mutilated cities, ravaged countryside — and possible, hopeful, remedies.
CHRIS YOUNG
Insatiable appetites for technology, food and education drive Chris who returns to EG with a fresh creation: Chef Steps, a shiny new startup, hot out of the oven.
CHRISTOPHER SHIH
A leading gastroenterologist, Christopher is also an accomplished concert pianist. He won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs and somehow finds the time to perform in recitals and with top chamber musicians across the country.

12:30    Camp Lunch

SAT   14:00    10   KINECTIONS

JOHN UNDERKOFFLER
Sporting numerous degrees from MIT, John retired as a holographer to try his chances in Hollywood — where he became the town's go-to science advisor. But his more lasting creation may be Oblong Industries and a pioneering approach for using rich and natural human gestures to maneuver through vast information landscapes.
RAVYNN KARET COXEN
Ravynn is the progenitor of NKFC which operates charity schools near Angkor Wat. There, village families find sustenance, and children learn the ancient Khmer arts of dance and music.
MICHAEL MOSCHEN
The only juggler who is also a recipient of a MacArthur prize, nobody has done more to innovate methods and techniques. Michael invented so-called contact juggling (remember the movie Labyrinth?), and he will be premiering his latest invention at EG this year.
JO MONTGOMERY & CHUCK JOHNSON
Founders of the largest school for circus arts and acrobatics in the country, SANCA, Jo and Chuck now run a program enjoyed by nearly 1000 students from the Seattle area, all learning thrilling circus aerial and acrobatic techniques. School gym class was never this good.

16:00    Toast: Adieu! Farewell! ...

FRIENDS OF THE SHOW:

BANDELLA
An unlikely band of NASA astronauts, Bandella includes Chris Hadfield (guitars, vocals), Micki Pettit (lead vocals), Dylan Mathis (guitar), Joe Schmid (bass) and other stars who drift into nearer-earth orbit.
SIMON CORONEL
Simon quit his career in management consulting to pursue his passion full time: he is a magician and illusionist — an up and coming star, brimming with enthusiastic, fresh twists on the classics, and inventive new creations.
HENRY KAISER
Prolific, eclectic, adventurous, his credits include over 250 albums, dozens of TV shows and films, and a Grammy. It's a wonder Henry finds the time to be a research diver with the US Antarctic Program.
EMILY LEVINE
Harvard cum laude, humorist, speaker, radio commentator, Emily's waypoints include: dubbing spaghetti westers in Rome; Emmy-winning skits on TV; standup comedy; writing and production for dozens of sitcoms on CBS, NBS, ABC and HBO.
ERIC MEAD
An inventive, creative, wall-to-wall delight, Eric not only has given brilliant presentations and exquisite magical vignettes at EG over the years, he also curated an entire session on magic and illusion.
JAMY IAN SWISS
A truly exceptional scholar of magic and a peerless sleight-of-hand artist, Jamy has been a dear friend and a thoughtful, dazzling presence at EG from the beginning. His knowledge of magic is encyclopedic and his multitude of writings are incisive and illuminating.
MICHAEL WEBER
An intellectual property lawyer by day, Michael is also a renowned designer of illusions and a successful magician. With his partner, Ricky Jay, Michael founded Deceptive Practices which provided effects for such films as Forrest Gump, Congo, and The Illusionist.
CHARLES YANG
Violinist Charles Yang first made his mark on EG in a beautiful improv with Jake Shimabukuro in 2011. We're not the only ones to notice: the Mayor of Austin declared June 5, 2005 to be the first Charles Yang Day.