Symposium Moderator Bios

We’re very pleased to announce the moderators for Friday evening’s portion of Slow Networks, the 2011 iLAND Symposium at The New School. For more information on the Symposium, check visit HERE and HERE. We look forward to seeing you there!

Paul Besaw, independent choreographer, has a primary interest in the development of original dance/theatre works. With collaboration as a vital goal, he often works in a setting that includes composers, designers, theatre-makers, and visual artists. He is the founder and co-artistic coordinator of The Solo Workshop, a multidisciplinary group of artists exploring the solo mode and premiering new evenings of performance. He is also a founding member of New Agnes Orange, a performance collective devoted to original, collaboratively devised theatre projects. Paul holds a BA in theatre from Keene State College, and an MFA in dance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Currently, Paul serves as associate professor of dance at The University of Vermont where he coordinates the dance program, and teaches classes in contemporary dance technique, choreography, and dance history.

Selene Colburn is an Assistant Library Professor at the University of Vermont, where she serves as Dance Liaison and Assistant. to the Dean of Libraries for External Relations. Her teaching focuses on the intersection of research and performance. At WGBH Educational Foundation, she was Project Archivist for the New Television Workshop Collection, which included over twenty-five years of seminal works of video art and dance. She has also worked in the archives of the Shelburne Museum, the St. Johnsbury Archives Collaborative, and the University of Vermont. Her performance works have appeared at venues such as the International Festival of Art and Ideas, the Bay Area Dance Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and the Scope Art Fair

Adrian Ivakhiv is an Associate Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, where he coordinates the graduate concentration in Environmental Thought and Culture. With a background in the arts (as a musician and music director) and in the study of religion, culture, and media, Adrian’s work features an interdisciplinary scope that cuts across the sciences and humanities, the theoretical and applied arts. He is the author of Claiming Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona (Indiana University Press, 2001) and Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect, Nature (forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier University Press), and Executive Editor of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (Thoemmes Continuum, 2005). He has been interviewed on Krista Tippett’s syndicated radio show “Speaking of Faith” (now called “On Being”), is on the board of directors of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, and blogs on environmental and cultural issues at Immanence.

Robert Sullivan is the author of Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants, and The Meadowlands and A Whale Hunt, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship. A contributing editor to Vogue, he is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. His work has also appeared in Condé Nast Traveler and The New York Times Magazine. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

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