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Keynote Speakers

Saturday Luncheon Speaker:

Dr. Amy Kimme Hea

Dr. Amy Kimme Hea 

Rhetoric, Composition, & Teaching of English Program, University of Arizona

Dr. Amy C. Kimme Hea is an Associate Professor in the Rhetoric, Composition, and Teaching of English Program at the University of Arizona where she is also Associate Director of the Writing Program. She is Incoming Assistant Chair of the Rhetoric and Composition Graduate Consortium. Her research interests include spatial rhetoric, hypertext theory, computers and composition, and professional and technical writing theory and practice. Her 2009 collection Going Wireless: A Critical Exploration of Wireless and Mobile Technologies for Composition Teachers and Researchers was nominated for the Computers and Composition best book award, and she has published in a range of edited collections and journals in the field.


Friday Evening Speaker:

Architect Jeff Vandeberg.

Jeff Vandeberg, RA

Architect, Chelsea Market

Jeff Vandeberg emigrated from the Netherlands to Nebraska as a teenager in 1950.  He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Nebraska and subsequently pursued graduate studies at the University of Michigan where he apprenticed with sculptor Joseph Goto.  In 1963 he was invited to join the New York firm of Marcel Breuer and Associates where he collaborated on the Whitney Museum, IBM offices in Le Gaude, and the HUD building in DC. He later joined the firm of Ira Kessler and Associates as head designer prior to striking out on his own in 1972.  The early years of independent practice were spent as a design consultant for east coast architecture and engineering firms.  In 1974 he took space in the Flatiron building and began work with Irwin Cohen on converting Philadelphia’s largest bulk building, 401 North Broad St.  This led to other large conversions with Cohen in Long Island City, among them the Ford motor building and the Gimbels and Macy’s warehouses.  During this period there was also active involvement in residential and commercial projects.  From 1983 to 1985 Mr. Vandeberg taught as adjunct professor at Pratt Institute, following this sabbatical Mr. Vandeberg returned to private practice.  In 1993, his relationship was renewed with Irwin Cohen to develop a two-block West side parcel of the former Nabisco Factory and transform it into the present day Chelsea Market.  As a consequence of 9-11, his firm was also intensively involved in relocating federal and state agencies displaced by the event.  To the present, Jeff is intimately involved in a broad spectrum of work ranging from public projects and commercial conversions to apartments and private residences.

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