Seven-minute Stretches (mini-TED-like talks)

Coordinators: Zarmik Moqtaderi & Jordan Shin
Moderator: Caroline Bicks
Saturday 10AM – 11:30AM

Caroline Bicks - Everyday Shakespeare
Mark Brazaitis – How to write a novel in 100 days
Jeff Camp – How to survive brain surgery and still change the world
Rachel Hellenga – Tiaras, Tutus, and Technology Education
Jeremy Shapiro - Why your government is a genius
Kevin Volpp - Automated hovering
Christine Yardley - 6 Months, 6 Continents, 4 Kids, 1 Mom

Caroline Bicks is Associate Professor of English at Boston College and is also on the faculty of the Bread Loaf School of English. She’s written academic books and articles on midwifery, anatomy, and girlhood in Shakespeare’s works and time. Her non-academic writing has appeared in the “Modern Love” column of the New York Times, on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, NPR’s “All Thing’s Considered,” and in the book and show Afterbirth: Stories You Won’t Read in a Parenting Magazine. She and her colleague Michelle Ephraim have been blogging at Everyday Shakespeare for over three years, and their humorous Bard-meets- life cocktail book, Shakespeare, Not Stirred, is coming out in Fall 2015 with Perigee Press.

Mark Brazaitis is the author of six books, including The Incurables: Stories, winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize and the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose, and Julia & Rodrigo, winner of the 2012 Gival Press Novel Award. His writing has been featured on the Diane Rehm Show as well as on public radio in Cleveland, Iowa City, New York City, and Pittsburgh. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, he is a professor of English and the director of the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop at West Virginia University.

Jeff Camp awoke, head throbbing, the day after his 41st birthday. He tried to ignore it and soldier on; this was a meeting that mattered. After 12 years at Microsoft, Camp had shifted his focus to education reform in California, as an appointee to the Governor’s Committee on Education Excellence. It was time to present the Big Plan. But it turned out there was a reason the headache wouldn’t go away. A brain tumor has a way of throwing one’s priorities into question. What’s really important?  If you get the chance for more time, what are you good for?

Rachel Hellenga majored in Psychology and Social Relations and never stopped learning about learning. She spent the first twenty years after college designing exhibits for children’s museums and science centers, and she now consults with museums, libraries, and park districts to engage more girls in science and technology without losing the boys.

Jeremy Shapiro is a Visiting Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.  From 2009-2013, he was a member of the U.S. State Department’s Policy Planning Staff and the Senior Advisor to Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs, providing strategic guidance on a wide variety of US-European foreign policy issues.  Prior to joining the State Department, he was the research director of the Center of the United States and Europe (CUSE) at the Brookings Institution and a fellow in foreign policy studies from 2002-2009.   He was also a non-resident senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University.  He also has published several books and monographs including, with Nick Witney, Towards a Post-American Europe: A Power Audit of US-EU Relations (ECFR, 2009), with Michael O’Hanlon, Protecting the Homeland 2006/7(Brookings Press, 2006) and with Philip Gordon, Allies at War: America, Europe, and the Crisis over Iraq(McGraw-Hill, 2004).

Kevin Volpp is the Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, one of 2 NIH- funded centers on behavioral economics and health in the US. He is a Professor at the School of Medicine and the Wharton School and has a number of administrative leadership roles at Penn, including serving as the Vice Chairman for Health Policy for the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Co-Director of the Penn Med Center for Health Care Innovation. “Automated hovering’ refers to an approach that he and colleagues have developed at the interface between wireless devices and behavioral economics, using these tools as a way to improve chronic disease management and patient, employee, and health plan member engagement.

Christine Berkenstock Yardley has lived in Belgium, Costa Rica and her native Pennsylvania.  A certified teacher of Social Studies, French and Spanish, she has taught students from 5th grade through 12th grade in the U.S. and Costa Rica.  Currently a full-time mother, Christine is an avid volunteer in her community and a school board director.  She and her husband Kevin Yardley ’89 have been married for 22 years, and they have four children — Elizabeth (17), Josh (14), Rebecca (11), and Zachary (11).  They both love to travel, and together they have driven north to the Arctic coast of Alaska (in a ’74 Buick Skylark), south to Costa Rica (in a pickup with camper), and across the US and back (stuffed in a mini-van with their 4 kids).  After taking some trips on their own to South America, they dreamed of traveling around the world with their children.  When Kevin decided that he couldn’t leave his business, Christine set out on her own with the four kids in 2012.  Traveling for six months, she and the children volunteered on 6 continents and visited 16 countries.  Christine planned the entire trip and homeschooled her kids as they traveled.