Symposium Program:

Tishman Auditorium Ground Floor         


Coffee (basement Event Cafe) : 8:30 am to 9:15 am


Opening Remarks and Introduction : 9:15 am to 9:30 am


Panel 1: 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Subjective/Objective: Versions of Reality

360 surround cinema and news, entertainment and advertising


Vladan Nikolic (Associate Professor of Media Studies)


Justin Hendrix (Executive Director, NYC MediaLab)

Livio Sanchez
(Cause & Affect Media)

Colleen Macklin
(AMT Associate Professor of Media Design)

Sultan Barodawala
(You Visit)

Kailu Guan (AR Fashion Artist/Designer)


Panel 2 : 10:30 am to 11:30 pm

Beyond the Classroom: How do we teach VR?

VR/AR/MR in an arts and humanities design school and university


Jessica Irish (Assistant Professor of Design and Technology)


Anezka Sebek/Tammy Walters (AMT Collab: Making VR Pi)

Robert Yang (AMT Adjunct Faculty Building Worlds)

Kyle (Kan Yang) Li (AMT – Recursive Reality, Numerous Industry Collaborations)

Melanie Crean (AMT Assistant Professor of Media Design-Documentary and VR)

Greg Climer (Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design)


Light Lunch: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm


Panel 3: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Exploration Narrative: Agency and VR experience

VR/AR/MR effects on experience in theater, advertising and games


Nicholas Fortugno (Adjunct Professor Game Design and CCO Playmatics)


Ethan Silverman (AMT – Theater and Technology)

John Sharp (AMT Associate Professor of Games and Learning)

Debra Anderson (AMT Adjunct Faculty Digital Dev: WebVR and Co-founder Datavized)

Lance Weiler Director (Columbia University, Digital Storytelling Lab)

Jake Lee-High (Future Colossal)


Keynote Speaker : 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Jessica Brillhart, principal filmmaker Google VR, will be interviewed by Tim Marshall, our Provost.



University Center Lower Level – Starr Foundation Room L105

12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Virtual Reality Demos/theatrical experiences by faculty, alumni, and students of The New School as well as industry.




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