Play/back Speakers

Dave Isay (Keynote Speaker)

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody Awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. In 2015, Dave was recognized with the TED Prize, awarded annually to one exceptional individual with a creative, bold vision to spark global change. Dave is the author of numerous New York Times best selling books. In April 2016, the fifth StoryCorps book, Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work was released by Penguin Press. 


Nancy Watrous (Keynote speaker)

Nancy Watrous, Founder and Executive Director of Chicago Film Archives (CFA) graduated from Miami University and University of Illinois Chicago with a BA in Latin American Studies. Watrous prepared all initial paperwork and applications for the creation of a 501©(3) organization and negotiated space to house the Chicago Public Library's film collection and all collections that followed.  She works full time to raise awareness and promote the sustainability of CFA.  She writes grant applications; hires and manages staff as well as outside contractors; contacts and negotiates with other organizations and businesses to create mutually beneficial and productive relationships; and actively acquires collections. Before starting and organizing Chicago Film Archives, Watrous was a producer and assistant director of educational, commercial, corporate and feature films. She has one son with her husband Steve.

Sara Fishko (Plenary Panel: Appraising our Audiovisual Heritage)

Sara Fishko’s dual career in film and Public Radio has brought her recognition in both fields. Her work as film editor on documentaries for POV, American Masters, Frontline, Bill Moyers’ Journal and others earned her many awards including a National Emmy for editing. And in Public Radio, her signature WNYC culture series Fishko Files has won prizes from the New York Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, The Newswomen’s Club, The Public Radio News Directors Association and RTNDA (Edward R. Murrow Award).  Fishko wrote, produced and hosted WNYC’s Culture Shock 1913, a spirited portrait of the birth of Modernism, and also WNYC’s and NPR’s Jazz Loft Radio Series (2009), in which she unpacked in ten episodes the vast archive of pictures and tapes created in the 1950s and 60s by photographer W. Eugene Smith.  Recently she extended that project, by making her film directorial debut with the WNYC STUDIOS feature-length documentary, THE JAZZ LOFT ACCORDING TO W. EUGENE SMITH (scheduled for release, fall 2016).  


Hannah Gill (Plenary Panel: Appraising our Audiovisual Heritage)

Hannah Gill is an anthropologist and oral historian with a specialization in Latin American and Caribbean migration studies. She directs the Latino Migration Project (LMP), a collaborative program of the Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Center for Global Initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Gill is Principal Investigator of the New Roots Latino Oral History Initiative, winner of the 2016 Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award from the Oral History Association, and author of the book, “North Carolina and the Latino Migration Experience: New Roots in the Old North State” (UNC Press 2010). Gill received a DPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, England and a BA from UNC Chapel Hill.


Tanya Clement (Plenary Panel: Appraising our Audiovisual Heritage)

Tanya Clement is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary area of research is
scholarly information infrastructure. She has published widely on digital humanities and digital literacies as well as scholarly editing, modernist literature, and sound studies. Her current research projects include High Performance Sound Technologies in Access and Scholarship (HiPSTAS).


Yvonne Ng (Plenary Panel: Appraising our Audiovisual Heritage)

Yvonne Ng is the Senior Archivist at WITNESS, where she manages a collection of human rights video and develops training materials on video archiving aimed at activists. She is also a member of XFR Collective, a non-profit that provides low-cost preservation services for artists and small organizations. Since 2010, she has co-organized the annual Community Archiving Workshop at the Association of Moving Image Archivists conference. In Summer 2016, she co-taught a new Personal Digital Archiving course at New York University.  She holds an M.A in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from NYU.

Jon Ippolito (Plenary Panel: Developing a Framework for Action: How to Ensure the Persistence and Quality of the Audiovisual Record?)


Jon Ippolito is an artist, educator, new media scholar, and former curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Ippolito studied astrophysics and painting in the early 1980s, then pursued Internet art in the 1990s. His works explore digitally induced collaboration and networking, a theme that is prominent in his later scholarship.  Ippolito also has an abiding interest in the legacy for today's artists of conceptual practices of the 1960s and 1970s. His contributions to this subject include curating events for the New York presentation of Rolywholyover A Circus for museum by John Cage. He is particularly interested in the parallel between digital art, Minimalist and Conceptual art, a parallel that led him to propose a new paradigm for preserving art called the Variable Media Network.  In 2014 Ippolito co-authored the book Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory with Richard Rinehart, which has been called "the first book dedicated to the subject of conserving new media art." In 2015, Ippolito was the inaugural recipient of the Thoma Foundation Digital Arts Writing Award for an established arts writer who has made significant contributions to the intersection of art and technology.



Barclay Ogden (Plenary Panel: Developing a Framework for Action: How to Ensure the Persistence and Quality of the Audiovisual Record?)

Barclay Ogden is Director for Library Preservation at UC Berkeley, with responsibility for development and management of the Library's preservation program. Barclay also serves as a manager for several grant-funded statewide and regional preservation programs: the California Preservation Program, the California Audiovisual Preservation Project, the California Heritage Protection Project, and the Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (13 Western and Pacific states and territories). Two of Barclay’s current professional interests are developing applications of risk management principles to preservation decision-making in the cultural heritage community, and developing collaborative programs to help preserve heritage collections in smaller cultural heritage institutions throughout the West and the Pacific.



Karen Cariani (Plenary Panel: Developing a Framework for Action: How to Ensure the Persistence and Quality of the Audiovisual Record?)

Karen Cariani is Senior Director of the WGBH Media Library and Archives (MLA). The MLA provides licensing services and access to the WGBH collection in addition to circulation, accessioning, and preservation activities. Karen has 20 plus years of television production and project management experience. She has been project director for WGBH’s Teachers’ Domain, an online collection of multimedia resources for K-12 classrooms; WGBH Open Vault, a digital library for the WGBH Archives; WGBH Digital Library prototype project, WGBH Vietnam and Nuclear Age digital library, and for development and implementation of the NEH funded WGBH HydraDAM system. Recent projects include PBCore development, the Boston Local TV News Digital Library project, and WGBH Project Director for the American Archive for Public Broadcasting in partnership with the Library of Congress. She is active in the archive community and professional organizations and passionate about the use of archives and library digital collections for learning and education.



Kim Christen (Plenary Panel: Developing a Framework for Action: How to Ensure the Persistence and Quality of the Audiovisual Record?)

Dr. Kim Christen is the Director of the Digital Technology and Culture Program, the Director of Digital Projects, Native Programs, and the co-Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University. She is the founder of Mukurtu CMS ( an open source community digital archive platform designed to meet the needs of Indigenous communities, she is also the co-Director of the Sustainable Heritage Network and the Local Contexts initiative. More of her work can be found at her website: and you can follow her on twitter @Mukurtu.