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Plenary Sessions

Dr. Barbara Kerr (Sept. 11, 9 AM - Champ Auditorium)

 Dr. Barbara Kerr holds an endowed chair as Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Kanas and is an American Psychological Assocation Fellow. Her M.A. from Ohio State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri are both in counseling psychology. Her research has focused on the development of talent, creativity, and optimal states, while training psychologists and counselors to be talent scouts who provide positive, strengths-based services. She founded the Guidance Laboratory for Gifted and Talented at the University of Nebraska; was Associate Director of the Belin-Blank National Center for Gifted and Talented at the University of Iowa; and co-director of the National Science Foundation projects for talented at risk girls at Arizona State University. She currently directs the Counseling Laboratory for the Exploration of Optimal States (CLEOS) at the University of Kansas, a research through service program that identifies and guides creative adolescents. With Karen Multon, she has co-directed the NSF Project, Milestones and Danger Zones for STEM Women.


Sarah Lench (Sept. 11, 2:45 PM - Champ Auditorium)

Aisha FukushimaSarah Lench is the Chief Curiosity Officer of the Center for Innovation in Eudcation at the University of Kentucky, where she supports adult learning networks working to integrate broader definitions of student success and assessment for learning practices into classroom experiences for students across the country. When not working out of her home office in Corvallis, OR, you might find her practicing the ukulele, collecting vintage t-shirts, or digging in the garden with her husband and son. 





David Wilson (Sept. 12, 1:30 PM - Champ Auditorium)

David WilsonDavid Wilson is the co-founder of the True/False Film Festival, a documentary film festival founded in Columbia, Missouri. Alongside running the festival with his co-founder Paul Sturtz, he is a documentary filmmaker himself, creating short films and documentaries about small towns and Midwestern culture. These works include Magic City (2001), a short film about teenage culture in Moberly, Missouri, and We Always Lie to Strangers (2013), a full-length documentary about Branson, Missouri.

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