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2012, Amsterdam

The first annual Beagle was held on the eponymous houseboat in Amsterdam. Participants came from the US, Germany, and the UK to participate. The event was held in August.

Rachel Ritchford
Rachel Ruysch, 17th Century Dutch painter

Artist Rachel Ritchford will enlightens us on the subject of Dutch painting.

Rachel Ritchford (née Eckstein) was born in Ohio, USA. She received her MFA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and BFA from Herron School of Art. She has attended residencies at Yale University School of Art in Norfolk, CT and MULTIPOINT International Art Symposium in Nitra, Slovakia. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Dedalus Foundation Fellowship, SAIC MFA Graduate Grant, Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Award, the Ellen Batell Stoeckel Fellowship, and a Trustee Scholarship from SAIC.

Erik Brunar
Greifswalder Strip Show

During the two and a half years Erik Brunar lived on Berlin's Greifswalderstrasse, he observed and recorded one of the fastest-changing pockets of the city and now he has something to say about it.

Erik Brunar is a man who doesn't really know where he comes from and sort of wishes people would stop asking. As the stay-at-home half of his couple he has found masculine domestic bliss in cooking, home renovation, and trying to figure out how the global economy works.

Michael Dorian
Sex Till 90: 70 Years of True Love

Michael Dorian will explain, in graphic detail, what he learned about sex and love from his grandparents' relationship and how that knowledge has caused him to remain an unreconstructed Romantic. (An alternative take on this is that it ruined him by making his life an endlessly optimistic quest for lasting love.) Michael Dorian is a documentary filmmaker, award-winning screenwriter, host of the New York City Atheists' monthly discussion forum, and a damn good dancer.

Learn more about Michael Dorian's projects at...
Pizza, the Movie
A Cross to Bear
Michael's Youtube channel

Kai Carver
51 Proofs for the Existence of God That I Thought of on the Train to Amsterdam

Kai Carver will defend belief with whatever arguments he can summon between Paris and Amsterdam.

Kai Carver is a hacker, a tea drinker, and a long-term studier of the Chinese language.

Martin Klang
The Importance of Ernest Being

Martin Klang was either feeling lazy, adventurous, or both when he asked the other symposium participants to choose his topic. Martin, whose name coincidentally is also Ernst, ought to be able to come up with something on this topic.

Martin Klang was born in Sweden. He has called many places home, including London most recently. Martin builds electronic musical devices and stays in sporadic contact with old friends.

Tracy Rolling
Free Will? Who Cares?

Tracy Rolling tells us why it really doesn't matter that free will doesn't exist.

Tracy Rolling was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She studied French Literature and Linguistics at l'Université de Paris X Nanterre and somehow ended up working in software, which she loves for the cheap thrills. Tracy does not pretend to be a laid back person and she enjoys almost everything

Tom Ritchford
The Unsolvable: two thousand years of anti-mathematics

Mathematician Tom Ritchford tells us about the unsolveable.

Tom Ritchford is a know-it-all with an old but serviceable mathematics degree and an obsessive interest in music. A software engineer for 30 years, In 2009, after five years with the search engine leviathan Google, Mr. Ritchford left to fiddle with music, computer music and audio programming.

Derrick Rossi
New Drugs to Give to People

Microbiologist Derrick Rossi tells us about new therapeutic drugs.

Derrick Rossi received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Toronto, Canada in the 1990s, and his Ph.D. from the University of Helsinki, Finland in 2003. He trained as a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University from 2003-2007. Dr. Rossi holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Department at Harvard Medical School, and Harvard University. He is an investigator at the Immune Disease Institute (IDI), and the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston. He is also a principal faculty member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.

Dr. Rossi has received multiple awards including the Pathways to Independence (PI) award from the NIH, and a Robertson Investigator award from the New York Stem Cell Foundation. Time magazine cited Dr. Rossi’s discovery of modified-mRNA reprogramming as one of the top ten medical breakthroughs of 2010. Time magazine also named Dr. Rossi as one of “People Who Mattered” in 2010, and as one of the 100 Most Influential People (Time 100) in 2011.

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