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  • Celebrating the Fortieth Anniversary of the Leonardo Network
  • Kathleen Quillian, Network News Coordinator

The Newsletter of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology and of l'Observatoire Leonardo des Arts et Technosciences

Jeffrey Babcock and Greg Harper Elected to Leonardo Governing Board

The Leonardo Governing Board elected two new members at the April 2007 Governing Board meeting. The new members, elected to serve through 2009, are Jeffrey Babcock and Greg Harper.

Jeffrey Babcock is a composer, producer, consultant and arts executive with a special interest and expertise in creative technologies that are expanding, even redefining the creative process and significantly influencing the role of the arts in society. As Executive Director of San Francisco State University's International Center for the Arts, he leads a multidisciplinary team of distinguished artists and innovators who pursue a variety of entrepreneurial initiatives that focus on the creative process and the advancement of gifted emerging artists through research projects, performances and exhibitions. Babcock co-founded the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with artistic directors Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony with Tilson Thomas; he served as the latter organization's first president and CEO. He led the creative/technology team that developed the innovative Pianocorder Reproducing System for Superscope/Marantz, directed the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Maryland, served as dean of Fine Arts at Boston University and general director and CEO of Boston Ballet, and owned Cultural Strategies, Inc., a nonprofit consulting, event and new media production company.

Greg Harper is an attorney and a politician. His formal education consists of a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science and B.A. in economics, both from the University of Illinois. His graduate work at San Jose State University focused on artificial intelligence and culminated with a J.D. from the University of California at Hastings. He is the principal of Harper & Associates, a law firm specializing in contract and land use law. Since 2000, Harper has served in the elected political position of director of the Alameda-Contra Costa County Transit District for Ward 2, representing approximately 300,000 citizens of Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont, California. Currently he is president of that board as well. He is also a member of Berkeley's Measure G Global Warming Task Force. His numerous political positions and appointments include the position of Mayor of Emeryville from 1990 to 1991.

Leonardo Education Forum Elects New Chairs

Leonardo is pleased to welcome Nina Czegledy and Victoria Vesna as co-chairs of the Leonardo Education Forum (joining Eddie Shanken, Chair and Andrea Polli, Co-Chair) and Justin Cone (joining Mariah Klaneski and Josh Levy) as Co-Chair of the Graduate/Young Professional Committee of the Leonardo Education Forum.

The Leonardo Education Forum (LEF) promotes the advancement of artistic research and academic scholarship at the intersections of art, science and technology. Serving practitioners, scholars and students who are members of the Leonardo community, LEF provides a forum for collaboration and exchange with other scholarly communities, including the College Art Association of America (CAA), of which it is an affiliate society.

The Leonardo Education Forum is open to all individuals in the Leonardo and/or CAA communities.

Visit the Leonardo Education Forum web site for more information on LEF members, events and activities: <>.

Join the LEF discussion list: <>.

Nina Czegledy, media artist, curator and writer, has collaborated on international projects, produced time-based and digital works, and participated in workshops, forums and festivals worldwide. She has exhibited her work with the ICOLS group and toured with the Girls&Guns collective in Eastern Europe. Czegledy is a senior fellow at KMDI, University of Toronto, an adjunct associate professor at Concordia University, Montreal, and the outgoing chair of the Inter Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA).

Victoria Vesna is a media artist, professor and chair of the Department of Design|Media Arts at the UCLA School of the Arts. She is also director of the recently established UCLA Art|Sci center and the UC Digital Arts Research Network. Vesna has exhibited her work in 18 solo exhibitions...


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