Principal and Founder, Local Projects
Museums used to be places where we entered, looked around and left. Now, thanks to people like Jake Barton, museums are highly interactive and immersive experiences that attempt to use the latest technologies to excite, educate and inspire. Jake Barton is the founder of the design studio Local Projects, and has worked on the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Museum of the City of New York and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among many others. Jake tells us about how he is integrating media and technology into museums to create what he calls “emotional storytelling.”
Director, Marist College Center for Sports Communication
Sports Columnist, The New York Daily News
We love sports stories because they are intrinsically about what we value in ourselves as well as our culture: hard work, competition, overcoming defeat, and redemption. But, if sports journalism gives us a lens into who we are today, what does it show us about how we value women’s contributions, as compared with men’s? To what extent does sports media go beyond reflecting our culture, and actually influencing it? I discuss these issues with Jane McManus, the Director of Marist’s Center for Sports Communications. She has covered sports since 1998, including 18 US Opens, five Super Bowls, two NCAA Final Fours and the inaugural season of the New York Liberty. Her work has appeared in the New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, the New York Times and ESPN.
State Director, Senator Charles Schumer
From FDR’s fireside chats to today’s Twitter feeds, media has always been an essential component of political strategy and communication. Recent changes in the way Americans get their news, including the rising influence of social media, are dramatically altering the way elected officials must communicate with their constituents if they are to do so effectively. Martin Brennan, State Director for Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, is one of the Senator’s closest aides and a 30-year veteran of New York politics. He has worked on numerous state and local campaigns, including Sen. Schumer’s successful 1998, 2004, 2010 and 2016 Senate campaigns. He currently oversees Sen. Schumer’s New York team and is known, according to Politico, for possessing “an encyclopedic knowledge of New York politics and its players.”