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Breakout Sessions

Locations to be announced at the conference.

Session 1, 1 - 2 pm

Q & A with the Alums

Jacquelyn Costello, AAS Jewelry Design, BS International Trade and Marketing
Elizabeth Pulos, BS International Trade & Marketing
Meghan Navoy, BS Textile Development & Marketing
Caitlin Powell, BS Textile Development & Marketing
Daniel Silverstein, BFA Fashion Design

After seeing our alumni share their experiences on a more formal panel, get a chance to ask them questions in a more informal setting. This will be an open forum to ask about their jobs, their experiences at FIT, career advice, etc.

Peaceful Activism, Session I

Robert Kaku Gunn, PhD

Facing the wall, Looking within. Fear, greed, rage. What peace can come of this? A pebble's ripple in water. How does meditation help us amid the chaos and fragmentation of our times? Is this just another form of passivity and avoidance? Or is it the quintessential empowering? Gain insight into applying these approaches to activism. Gunn is a Zen Buddhist priest at the Village Zendo, a Protestant Christian pastor, and a psychotherapist. 

Growing Natural Dyes, Protecting the Bees, and Other Ecological Projects in the FIT Natural Dye Garden

Alexandra Wright, PhD

In this session we will look at some of the flowers that were grown and harvested last year in the natural dye garden at FIT. We will discuss the importance of pollination for flowers and food production, the role of green roofs in the NYC ecosystem, biodiversity, and how to get involved in this project in future years. Wright is an ecologist and a faculty member in FIT's Science and Math department.

Bridging Composting and Natural Colorants

Ajoy K. Sarkar, PhD

The session will demonstrate the potential for transforming fabric waste from any point in the supply chain - design, garment production or post-consumer textile waste to create novel new materials, specifically natural colorants, that can be subsequently used to reduce pollution at the manufacturing stage. Sarkar is a faculty member in FIT's Textile Development and Marketing program.

Save Our World Art Project, Session I

Miyah Harris, Leadership Ambassador Team (BFA, Fine Arts, class of 2018)
David Western, Leadership Ambassador Team (AAS, Fashion Business Management, class of 2017)

Join members of FIT's Leadership Ambassador Team in a fun and creative way to highlight aspects of our planet that need saving and support! This session will involve a group discussion about how to make a positive impact on the Earth through individual and collective action. Following the discussion, work with other participants to create a mural. The resulting art project will be displayed at the Social Change Showcase on May 2, noon - 2pm in the Breezeway. 

Please note: Space is limited for this session. Art supplies will be provided and there is a sink for clean up.

Session 2, 3:45 - 4:45 pm

Design for the Developing World

Pam Campbell, Partner, COOKFOX Architects

For over a decade, COOKFOX has been working in Cambodia on projects that assist some of its most disadvantaged communities. Architect Pam Campbell will present on the design principles and sustainability strategies developed for the Neeson Cripps Academy and the Friends Center at the Angkor Hospital for Children. Her talk will cover the challenges and opportunities encountered through the design and construction of modern, high-performance buildings within the cultural context of Cambodia.

Peaceful Activism, Session II

Robert Kaku Gunn, PhD

Facing the wall, Looking within. Fear, greed, rage. What peace can come of this? A pebble's ripple in water. How does meditation help us amid the chaos and fragmentation of our times? Is this just another form of passivity and avoidance? Or is it the quintessential empowering? Gain insight into applying these approaches to activism. Gunn is a Zen Buddhist priest at the Village Zendo, a Protestant Christian pastor, and a psychotherapist. s a Zen Buddhist priest at the Village Zendo, a Protestant Christian pastor and a psychotherapist. 

Save Our World Art Project, Session II Leadership

Miyah Harris, Leadership Ambassador Team (BFA, Fine Arts, class of 2018)
David Western, Leadership Ambassador Team (AAS, Fashion Business Management, class of 2017)

Join members of FIT's Leadership Ambassador Team in a fun and creative way to highlight aspects of our planet that need saving and support! This session will involve a group discussion about how to make a positive impact on the Earth through individual and collective action. Following the discussion, work with other participants to create a mural. The resulting art project will be displayed at the Social Change Showcase on May 2, noon - 2pm in the Breezeway. 

Please note: Space is limited for this session. Art supplies will be provided and there is a sink for clean up.

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