• Robert "DJ Rob Swift" Aguilar

    Mixin' the City: Hip-Hop in Practice and Play
    Rob Swift is widely recognized as a master stylist and innovator in the field of DJing or turntablism, through his solo projects and collaborations with the X-ecutioners, Linkin Park, Herbie Hancock, Bob James, and others. He has introduced people to the art of DJing through many different avenues, including commercials, movies, albums, live performances, and teaching. His main goal is to connect individuals through music.

    Sam "Rabbi Darkside" Sellers

    Mixin' the City: Hip-Hop in Practice and Play
    Sam “Rabbi Darkside” Sellers is a Buffalo-born Brooklyn-based hip-hop artist/educator, rocking the world as MC, DJ, and beatboxer. A renowned freestyle artist, Rabbi Darkside has won a number of prestigious MC battles. He has also starred on MTV’s Made as a head coach. His debut LP, Building the Better Bomb, was released to international acclaim.

    Albert Mobilio

    Writing: Crime, Criminal Minds. and the City
    Albert Mobilio is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and the National Book Critics Circle award for reviewing. His work has appeared in Harper’sBlack Clock, BombCabinetOpen City, and Tin House. His books of poetry include Bendable Siege, The GeographicsMe with Animal Towering, and Touch Wood. He is an assistant professor of literary studies at The New School’s Eugene Lang College and is an editor of Bookforum.

    David Fresko

    Documentary Realities: History and Theory of the Nonfiction Film
    David Fresko is a visiting assistant professor of culture and media at Eugene Lang College, The New School. He recently completed a PhD in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University with a dissertation entitled Montage—Praxis—Politics: Radical French and American Film of the 1960s and 1970s, which shows how filmmakers in France and the United States utilized the technique of montage to galvanize solidarity with political movements at home and abroad, above all those across the decolonizing world. His writing has appeared in animation: an interdisciplinary journal, InVisible Culture, and The Global Sixties in Sound and Vision: Media, Counterculture, and Revolt (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). David also holds an MA in Film and Media Studies from Emory University and a BA in Film Studies with a concentration in filmmaking from Wesleyan University, where he was trained in 16mm and digital film production. Before joining academia, he worked as a documentary film editor and at the legendary Mondo Kim's on St. Mark's Place.

    Jennifer Gilmore

    High School Writing Workshop - Altered State: Identity and the City
    Jennifer Gilmore is the author of the novel The Mothers, which is currently being adapted for film; Something Red; and Golden Country, a New York Times Notable Book, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Her work has appeared in magazines and journals including The AtlanticBombBookForum, the Los Angeles Times, the New York TimesReal SimpleSalonTin HouseVogue, and the Washington Post. She has been a MacDowell Colony fellow and has taught writing and literature at Barnard College, Cornell University, The New School, New York University, and Princeton University. Currently she is a visiting lecturer at Harvard University.